I've been meaning to post this for a while now, just never got around to it.
Okay, so the first time I read Curse of the Mistwraith, I was a freshman in high school (a whole six years ago now... lyke whoa.) I remember I grabbed it off the shelf at the library because the cover was so pretty, but from the description on the cover I thought it was going to be one of those stereotypical fantasy novels.
Ha, was I wrong.
Anyway, in my English class that year we had "silent reading time", which was in my opinion the best part of school, and I can clearly remember sitting up in the window on top of the heater, because it was October or November and it was cold. It was very grey and rainy too. I started reading and from page one I was sucked in. I wasn't able to read for the rest of the day, but as soon as I got home, I kept going. I'd been obsessed with iced tea for a while before that, so I remember going and making a huge glass of lemon iced tea and curling up on the couch to read.
So, the point of this unnecessarily long post is that I will forever associate lemon iced tea with Janny's books.
Do you remember the first WoLaS book you read? Do you associate anything in particular with your first time or the series in general? (I'm used to giving out spoonfed discussions on the other message board I frequent. XD )
I also got that book because of the shiny, pretty cover. I thought it was going to be a trilogy. Heh, boy was I wrong!
I had no idea there were other books in the series for maybe two or three years. I just thought it was one of those cliffhanger, "you decide what happens" endings.
Actually, I bought my first WoLaS because it was a Janny book. I didn't care what it was about, I figured it would be good just because she wrote it. My first one was Curse of the Mistwraithe but I really don't associate anything with it. (well, other than a great book that I recommend the series to everyone )
My first Janny book was Sorcerer's Legacy. I loved this book and bought it while I was in high school, over 15 years ago. At that time I didn't read Janny because she was Janny. This was just a cool book I found. Then a few years later, I read the Cycle of Fire and connected the author of that with the Sorcerer's Legacy and I just bought anything of Janny's since then.
I had the same misconception after SoM and WoV. I wasn't reading very closely (lots of life distractions) and I thought that WoV was the end of the 'series' and trying to force a trite happy ending on the book, I thought the reference in the last triplet to Feylind sailing away with Arithon was somehow Elaira!
Because I bought SoM and WoV for travel reading, I'll always think of dark wood, bamboo, scented tanning oil, tropical drinks, palm ceiling fans circulating sea-scented air, and wide open patio doors with sweeping caribbean vistas. My first times snorkeling, taking our rental for a less than legal cruise around the block, collecting piles and piles of nifty seashells... those were all punctuated by half-understood readings of the books.
Happy memories all. (Well, the seashells did give off an unexpected, almighty fishy reek by the time they got home to Oregon, but...)
I saw Fugitive Prince in the library a few years after and squee'ed, and immediately grabbed it. I read the first few pages and was totally disappointed that I had no idea what was going on, so I never finished it. I looked in the front of the book and saw that Ships was the next one, but the library never had it. Then I was at Barnes and Noble and just happened to see it sitting on the shelf.
I glomped onto it and didn't let go until I had to put it down to pay for it. Then I put the entire rest of the series on my Christmas list with five stars next to them.
A boyfriend of mine had them, up to Fugitive Prince, all of which I read in 1998. I was thrilled with the series. I had read Janny's Stormwarden cycle and before, and of course the Empire series and loved them. It wasn't until Peril's Gate that I matured into a proper reader of her work. To me, this series is her signature work and Peril's Gate, the book of the series. (So far...)
I found CotM at the library A few years ago. The first thing I did was check to see when it had been published and thought, finally, no waiting, the whole series must be out by now! Flash forward to Nov. 2004, flash forward to Mar. 2005 (I live in the U.S.), forward to present. SIGH. Ah well, GREAT read and well worth waiting.
I was between jobs and needed something to read so I went to the library and found Curse of the Mistwraith. It was so complex that I felt I had missed something by the time I finished it so I read it three more times. Then I went online and order it, SoM, WoV, FP, and GC. I read them over and over again waiting for PG to be published. No matter how many times I read them I discover something new. I have had to replace a few of them from reading them until they fell apart. I loved the complexity, the character development, and Janny's maddening way of making you really think. While I want to know the end of the story, I don't want to lose these characters. I'll miss new stories about them when the series is completed.