Janny, I didn't mean to suggest that the Empire books can't stand alone, they certainly do. I just felt that while both series are great by themselves, having some idea of what is going on on the other side of the rift adds another layer to the books. Plus, I tend to immerse myself in the worlds. I read all of the additions to that universe because the characters and nations appeal to me, and I want to see what happens to them.
Of course, I feel you are a better writer than Feist, for certain in areas like vocabulary, imagery, detail, and weaving plot threads. This doesn't mean I enjoyed his books any less, but I've now gone way off topic, so that's all I say here.
Sean - it's not a "competition" - Ray's an excellent writer.
It was the "should read" rather than "could read" that I responded to - letting readers know that one series was not a prerequisite to either of the others. They are concurrent in time, but the events stand separately in each case. Yes, you are right - both series lend depth to the other one.
The permutation doesn't matter - Riftwar first will lend insight into Empire second. Empire first will lend deeper insight into Riftwar second.
Readers can choose their point of entry as they wish.
I read Daughter of the Empire before Magician, and vividly remember lots of things falling into place reading the Riftwar second. Can't remember the order thereafter!
I adored reading the Imperial Games part from two different perspectives in the two books. I re-read Riftwar - for the first time in 8 years or so - only recently (I'm going the whole hog and am now on "Shadow of a Dark Queen") and had forgotten what a cracking read it is! Was going to read some Harry Potter stuff next but I think the Empire books are well overdue another read. They made a massive impact on me! Arakasi, Lujan, the Cho Ja. Tremendous stuff!
One thing I really liked, aside from Janny and Ray's collaboration on the Empire series was Don Maitz's gorgeous paintings of Mara on the covers, especially for Mistress of the Empire. Mara matured before our eyes on those covers, from a young girl into a goddess.
I only wish it were not so time consuming for authors and artists to do graphic novels, because I would sure love to see more of that artwork, and see the inside action executed as lovingly and beautifully by the talented Mr. Maitz.
Of course, chaining the talented Ms. Wurts to her easel for a lovingly and beautifully executed graphic novel version of WoLaS would LIKEWISE be a treat.
Tip to Janny: I may have created a monster by suggesting this - I think it's time to fortify your house, and train your horses to become attack ponies. That, or stock up on cheese to fend off the ocean of whine from graphic novel fans like me.
Another main chapter is drafted.
Also, the countersigned contracts arrived, today, for Stormed Fortress and the first volume of the next arc. Fully Official.
Page count is growing....
Feels like a literary(is that the right word? Feel free to correct!)tidal wave is gathering momentum.Very exciting to witness. I'm amazed at how quickly you work, Janny.Wish I had half your energy!
So the name of the next story arc is "Fully Official"??? Now we know how rumors start.
new contributor. love the series. i re read from the beginning statring about 6 months before new one is due to be published. they get better at each re reading!!!
I Agree! I am back to re-reading Ships of Merior!
And Congratulations Janny on the contract and the writing progress. I've managed to secure another avid reader - my 20 year old son. I wasn't sure if he could get into your style...but he did. This from a kid who used to complain about how Hemmingway took 3 pages to describe a meal!
Welcome to Sheena, thank you to Iris, and hi to your 20 year old adventurer. He obviously isn't afraid to stretch his limits a bit!
Today's peep into the authorial mindset: Lysaer v. Koriathain
I started reading Janny when I was about 15 or 16 I think. It did me nothing but good! Of course, it's only now that I'm starting to draw out some of the deeper veins... but still. It's not impossible for younger kids to read Janny.
(Wow, has it really been that long?!)
Indeed it has - I have just turned 24, and I think I borrowed Curse of the Mistwraith from Cinderford Library.....when I was 15, I think?! I still haven't tired of the unfolding tale - I think its safe to say I am officially hooked. This is my first post, but have been following your discussions for a year or so now. You really add a whole new level to my re-reads!
CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE I CAN FIND CHILD OF PROPHECY CAN'T FIND IT ON AMAZON I TAKE IT ITS OUT. I LIVE IN THE UK
LOVING THE SERIES JANNY KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
No need to yell (all caps are yelling).
The short story is in Masters of Fantasy.
Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1416509275/qid=1124100712/sr=2-2/ref=pd_b bs_b_2_2/002-1842612-7684826
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Oops, topic drift has occurred. All of the book discussion topics are being moved to the Book Nook.
Just dropping in briefly again. I seem to drop back to this place every few months!
Great news that the contracts for SF and part 1 of arc4 have been done, nice one.
More topic drift, will be moving these posts also. There were moved to: General Discussion: Koriathain longevity.
Just as an FYI, this topic is for discussion of the status of Stormed Fortress and needs to be relatively clean so people can find info quickly.
Thank Trys .... was getting a bit boggy for a while there ....
and a HUGE thanks to Janny ......
I wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks for engaging your audience like this, I really cannot think of any other author who interacts with their readers in the way you do here. To me it not only adds to the whole atmosphere of the story, but creates a sense of belonging ... adds to the immersion.
For a fan to be able to discuss a author's book(s) on forums is not new, but active participation from the AUTHOR is something else entirely ... you provide clarification where possible and tease where you can, all appreciated greatly.
I think you are an amazing author and the fact that you reach out to your audience in this way simply confirms to me your commitment to the fans and to the story.
a present for the hard work ;-)
Thank you so much Trys for putting 'em where they belong. This will definitely enable
seeker(s) to more readily find references to other books.
Stormed Fortress update - Another subchapter's drafted....and another wee hooker that harks back to Fugitive Prince.....smug wink. Wonder who'll see it coming? Now - one more scene, 3 little one line flash glimpses -- and that'll be another chapter wrapped UP. Wonder if I can do this bit by the weekend....? There's this chance...
It's a wet and windy day in the UK today and that puts a smile on my face. That is because I get the feeling Autumn is on it's way, and that makes me smile because I know I'm one season closer to getting my hands on 'Stormed Fortress'.
Am I the only one wishing my life away in anticipation of Janny's next book?
Every time Janny updates us on another finished subchapter I can't help but look forward to the publication date.
Any chance of another teaser Janny? My imagination is running wild thinking about what's transpiring on Athera (and beyond).
Your devoted fan.
Nathan - I'll see about it...the trouble is, finding one that won't spoil Stormed Fortress OR! Traitor's Knot, which some folks haven't seen yet...I could post another Paravian teaser.
(a line Davien gave to Arithon)
I will have a preview here, at some point....of course, if you're at Dragon Con, you could come to the READING and see a whole chunk!!! But inevitably I will have to gag that bunch - swear them to silence for the sake of the rest of you.
Reading at Dragon*Con? Excellent! I look forward to it, Janny!
Incidentally, I'm guessing you'll have copies of TK's US edition, available, correct?
And, will you be doing a signing?
Sort of OT to the topic at hand, but with D*C rapidly approaching, I'm getting hyped and they still haven't posted much of use at the website beyond the guest list.
At DragonCon - there will be a LOT happening!
Here's a slice:
Don and I will be sharing a booth with MEISHA MERLIN in the main Exhibition Hall. This is the upstairs venue with the nice, wide aisles, not the dealer's room. We will have prints and trading cards and Don's pirate calendars, and Meisha Merlin will have the books - not only my releases but those of other attending authors, etc. This ought to make us easy to find between venues. Stop by! If there is no scheduled autographing, books can be done at the booth. (I have no schedule yet, on "official" autographings)
There will be a reading - it could cover any of several unpublished (as yet) pages - I am leaning toward the opening chapter of Stormed Fortress, BUT if no one's read TK, yet, this could change. I don't know what time, yet.
Paintings will be on exhibit in the artshow: the cover art for the British editions, Hell's Chasm, US, and Traitor's Knot, and maybe a few surprises.
Don and I will be hosting the announcements of the artshow and art awards (done at Worldcon). We will also be on a panel on cover art.
I am told there will be 3 writer's panels, but this isn't confirmed yet - I don't have the schedule. I usually bring some books to the panels for new readers to impulse buy - and I can sign AFTER panels so long as we do this in the hallway, not to crowd out the incoming panelists.
Additionally, I will be piping at the head of the DragonCon parade (Highland Pipes) and probably a slot in the artshow with the Shuttle Pipes.
I hope you will all introduce yourselves, stop by, slip out for a coffee or a beer - whatever. This is a great con, a huge party, and it has an amazing number of facets to enjoy.
Ah yes - I have finished my CHAPTER OFF! A wee bit of touch up and it's off to test read.
Sorry if I missed this in the posts but is there a rough idea of the current page count?? I wonder as I am hoping that the book will arrive sooner rather then later without a total rewrite being required due to publishers being unhappy with the page numbers.
I don't think Janny posted a page count and she is currently at Dragon*Con, so no confirmation until she returns.
Janny i live in Middle east- any chance of test reads coming this way???? for a more international point of view? and also because i can hardly wait for the new book!!!
Shahina, I can't find the link, but Janny only does 2-3 test reads for each book, and these are for very specific people. Believe me, we'd all like to see an advanced copy, or give our perspective on an early version and see our input carried through to the final copy, but it probably wonn't ever happen.
Here's the take on test reads: I have enough of them.
Nor do I need more.
The job's not that glamorous, wading thru draft & relating the way the on page flow "plays" - so I can correct course as need be, to be sure the readers come down on the emotional foot that is close enough to "centerline" concept for the story to work.
Test reads largely replace the fact that "editors" have no time anymore. So the story better be on track before turn in.
They just help me catch inconsistencies and "fix" areas that may cloud understanding - it's not very profound.
And the gag order that goes with it cannot be much fun. so...thanks for your willingness, but firmly - the story will be available to all when it is damnwell ready.
The gag order would not be a problem for me - I would LOVE the opportunity to lord it over someone - "I know what's going on, without having to second guess Janny!"
Then we might have to give a new meaning to the word 'gag order' specially for you.
Lol Blue! I already have to keep quiet about a few things since my Hubby is so SLOW at reading stuff, and all he keeps asking me about this series is "Is it done yet?". So, a gag order wouldn't bother me if I got to preview some Janny stuff.
Of course like any entertainment in progress, you may not enjoy the final product as much if you were perusing bits and pieces of it beforehand.
Nice try at the downplay on test reading, Janny, but it seems none of us are buying it! *grin*