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So Blade of Empire is out on 10/24 and the cover looks like this. It's a striking cover—in a Soviet Brutalist way. (That's supposed to be Runacar, I suspect. Now let's see if the image drives sales the way Marketing hopes it will.)

Greetings from the far side of the autumnal equinox (for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere). It's been a busy summer here in the Enchanted Forest, though none of it has involved responding to emails and other notifications from Tor because they haven't sent any. Most of what I'm learning about the progress toward publication of Blade of Empire has come from your comments. They are greatly appreciated!

I have one other project to deliver before going back to work on Scourge of Fate, but it should be out of the way by the end of the month. George RR Martin is a cautionary tale for modern storytellers, as we are all well aware, and I have no intention of forcing those of you who have been gracious enough to come along with me on Vieliessar and Runacar's epic adventure to languish for years without the rest of the story...

Meanwhile, a question: do you want to see snippets from Scourge as it is written—even if they might contain possible spoilers? Or do you want to go into the third book in the trilogy completely unspoiled?

And now, onto the comments backlog...

Date: 2017-10-08 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Glad to read a post from you. As for the spoiler question. I am someone that anytime I pick up a new book, I would always read the last page first. I do the same thing when I get to a new chapter (in going to the last paragraph first). I know, that is highly odd. As you can guess I do not read much mystery books. I would defeat the purpose in finding out who did it, before I even start reading. As for getting snippets from Scourge, I would love too. I will will say (even though I know you would do this) you should at least mark it. So people that don't want the spoilers want continue reading. Once again just saying I love your books. Almost impossible to put down.

Date: 2017-10-09 12:19 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Will not continue

I hate automatic spelling

Date: 2017-10-10 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Can't wait!!!!

Date: 2017-10-09 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] iloverandomthings
Like the person above. I always read the last few pages first. It isn't the ending of the book that's important to me but the journey to that ending.

I would love random snippets from the book.

Date: 2017-10-09 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I.

WANT.

SNIPPETS.

In a less demanding tone of voice, I certainly love your writing style, which has bled over a bit into my writing, and I'd love to see more of what you write. Spoilers don't really matter to me - I just love a richly detailed world like the Obsidian Universe!

Date: 2017-10-10 12:47 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Like the above, I don't mind spoilers. Not because I read the last page first, but because I simply won't remember everything. I even have to reread the previous books in a trilogy before I can read the new one (therefore I am reading Crown now)

....When Diana Gabaldon's next Outlander book comes out next year, I'm going to probably miss out on a few weeks of sleep to reread lol. (I also read her Daily Lines with no issue....I will forgot...most of it...)

Date: 2017-10-10 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] destofworlds
I absolutely love world building in books, it is one of the many reasons I love the Obsidian Universe as much as I do. It always makes me sad when good books must be cut, because I always want to know as much as I possibly can. Perhaps (besides the novellas I hope will come in the future) you could possibly do something along the lines of Tolkien's Silmarillion, some sort of collections of stories, general background information, and history.

Date: 2017-10-11 02:48 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Or (though far less likely) an entire history of the Endarkened Wars in 6 volumes would be amazing...

Date: 2017-10-18 01:51 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Unspoiled!

Forthcoming:

The next book in the "Dragon Prophecy" series is Blade of Empire. It will be published by Tor Books on October 24, 2017.

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