Archive through April 04, 2006

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 3: Alliance of Light: Stormed Fortress: Status: Archive through April 04, 2006
   By Myranda on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 03:17 am: Edit Post

I liked the old UK cover art, but I think the re-printed covers look really nice, and as long as the publishers stick to it till the very end, it will make a lovely set on the shelf :-)

I remember going to the states while reading a series of books - had bought number 1 here, and the cover art was a well painted piece... got to the states and bought 2, 3, and 4 as the nights were dull (parents not wanting to go out after a fll day) and there was no cover art, just blue white and red covers with raised writing.

I wonder Janny, as an author do you sometimes feel "this is the absolute perfect cover for this book" only to have different publishers in different continents tell you to do another? I'd have thought that could be very frustrating

   By neil on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 04:20 am: Edit Post

Arend, very impressive :-)

Beth, I, at least, wasn't complaining ;-) I was perhaps being a little too cheeky so near the author's posts...that's the down side of feeling too comfortable on the's words can always be misinterpreted or plain badly expressed :-)

I *was* shocked to see only Arithon on the last few US covers (I have the UK ones and thus haven't paid much attention to the US covers which generally I like less (and that goes for all books/authors). Something about the style so mabe the publishers do know what we like in different parts of the world (or at least what we are used to seeing on covers) ;-)

That said, of course, the cover would not stop any of us from buying the rest of books :-)

And I don't feel the publishers are unaware of the market (although here I have to admit to complete and utter ignorance) I suspect that everyone has a different point from where to see. This is, of course, a theme in WoLaS ;-)

   By Arend on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 09:09 am: Edit Post

Trys, that took me all of 20 minutes. Getting the data as well as plotting it. I'm a professional at the data analysis thing :-)

Thanks, neil, we do what we must while waiting for SF to come out ^_~

I forgot to mention that the dashed vertical line is Jan 1st, 2006.

   By juliana on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 01:03 pm: Edit Post

Is there a place in this web site to see the original UK cover artwork?

   By Trys on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 03:12 pm: Edit Post

Hi Juliana,

Welcome to the site.

Yes. Using the menu, navigate to Books: List of Books: Wars of Light and Shadow and click on the title you want to see. The page will come up showing the most recent release's cover. Clicking on that cover will cycle through any covers that I have for that book. For instance, Curse of the Mistwraith will start with the new UK cover. Clicking switches it to the US cover, the old UK cover, the Czech cover, the two German covers (book was split into two) and then the two Hungarian covers (also split into two).

You can also see thumbnails of the various editions by clicking on the List of Books menu item.



   By juliana on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 07:30 pm: Edit Post

Thank you Trys. I like the variety of the European releases. I thought I knew these books pretty well but.. who is the sorcerer on the cover of the Hungarian Ships of Merior?

   By Trys on Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 07:22 am: Edit Post


No idea. :-) It's not Janny's artwork. I always wondered about the black feline on the second Hungarian book of Ships.


   By juliana on Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 05:59 pm: Edit Post

perhaps a poor translation of what the Leopard of Rathain looks like??

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 09:14 am: Edit Post

One goal for today: put the wrap on chapter set 10. Shouldn't be too impossible. I know where it's going. It's making it lock into the transit for the opening of 11....official page count as of today is: 685

   By Maddie on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 02:22 pm: Edit Post

I understand that the manuscript is going to the publishers in June, not knowing the procedure for draft-to publishing to on the shelves, when will we be able to read SF in the UK?

I am fairly new to the fantasy books used to read just fiction, If I may be so bold to ask can any one recommend a really good book/series,I've read the riftwar sagas and a couple of standalones from Mr Feist and to Ride to Hells Chasm. Hope you don't mind me asking Janny.

   By Trys on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 05:14 pm: Edit Post


I'll let Janny answer the question about publication date.

As to books... there is a Book Nook topic where you can find many recommendations from those who wished to post.

Feel free to post there and give us some idea of what you look for in a book in the way of style, etc. and I'm sure we'll come up with a plethora of recommendations. ;)


   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 07:02 pm: Edit Post

Maddie -

Book Nook has my personal favorites, and many of my fans - your tastes can't be too wide of the mark. There are some excellent titles mentioned there.

Pub date for this volume - I will not say now as the dates spoken for are too tentative. When the book is locked in and on the publisher's catalog, then there will be an announcement here.

In the past, when I mentioned the early tentative dates, some folks took that as Final, and got really annoyed when the dates moved - as they very often do, so far out in the schedule. So - to avoid the blasts of frustration, this time, I am not going to play the same hand. Expect that the pub date will lock down after the book is handed in polished. Production takes quite a bit of time, so this will not be overnight!

Hold your horses - the wait will be worth it. You cannot DREAM of what this volume me, you can't.

This said, ten set got into loose draft, yesterday, and as of today is wrapped, pending shifts and tweaks as the test reads sort thru.

Eleven - awright. Into the final dramatic punch, now, which finale will leave all else in the dirt. Better had, anyhow - it's ending an arc! If I don't floor you on this take, I've failed. :-)

   By Wendy Collett on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 03:02 am: Edit Post

How many chapters (roughly) are there in the book, Janny?

I figure if you say you are into the 'final dramatic punch', maybe only 2 or 3 chapters to go or so? Or is that being a big optomistic?

Cheers, Wendy

   By Derek Coventry on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 04:18 am: Edit Post

Hi All,
I've been a silent visitor for a while, but as eager as everyone to start on SF, but enjoying your thoughts. I often wonder how Janny finds time do all the many things she does though I do appreciate her teasing. Myself, I'm making no conjectures on the fates of different characters; whatever Janny decides will be fine by me. I'm presently reading Feist's "Flight of the Nighthawks" but have been taking my time; something I won't be doing when I purchase SF. Mind you knowledge of the publication date will allow a re-read of TK first.
And for Maddy, may I recommend Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. It is another of my "Can't wait for the next one series" and has an excellent web page with a glossary of characters.

   By Tadgh on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 08:09 am: Edit Post

Hows it goin everyone,
i've just been coasting through the sight as i tend to do, awaiting upon that glorious moment when a date shall be given for SF. It really is torture waiting for the next segment in this arc.
Janny, i would like to say/type that it is ur brilliant works that got me back into reading and now i cant stop. Thank you

P.S. Steven Eriksons "Malazan Saga" is worth a read if ur trying to bide time

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 10:34 am: Edit Post

Hi and welcome to all the new faces! (another batch of lurkers out of the closet, to much applause from me! Silence might be golden in some circles, but I never met a fan here I didn't learn something from - you guys are awesome!)

I expect 14 chapter sets for the finish of this arc....beginning 11, there's maybe two hundred something to go, then glossary, etc. I am aiming to finish within a page count that will allow the Appendix from TK USA edition to be included in British SF, with maybe some of the blown up maps. We'll see....I can at least ask.

Probably it's time for another teaser coming....I wonder what I can find that would not give away anything major...nothing from ten set, that's utterly certain! Apparently I can still blindside the test reads.... :-)

   By Laneth Shadow-Walker on Sunday, April 02, 2006 - 05:28 am: Edit Post

Hello, greetings, Mae Govannen and G'day!

After taking a long break from the cyber world, I've
decided that I'd return to a magnificent land of
magic and intrigue - Janny's boards.

I once frequented these boards, but was intimidated
by the massive knowledge so many people showed on
Janny's series...I felt that my personal opinion of
myself as being a big fan was a little presumtuous.

But...I'm back now and am so deperately hanging
out for the next book. I remember when Traitor's
Knot came out I nearly died with relief, and
devoured the book in a matter a hours - deleting
all knowledge of the outside world to simply
enjoy the tale - (I took a day off work to read
all through the night and then dream of Paravia,
like the good old days...)

From the last time I was here, I was unemplyed and
pretty much a 'bum', but now am both working and
studying chinese mandarin, and have picked up my
... keyboard? and begun writing again, and came
out with a basic chapter one that blew me away
with the ease of which it came forward. It seemed
so right.
And my writing began the day after I put down
Shadowfane for a second time. OMG Inspiration.

And now, whilst waiting for SF, I have begun the
impossible task of following Pug through Ray
Feist's Magician, and the series thenceforth.

Enough of me, I really came to praise Janny for
all the work she's done, and to say that I haven't
forgotten her advice to me on how to go about
getting the WoLaS into a film :-)
(I'm a leo and so can get away with imagining
myself in the role of Arithon - my hair is now
the right length, and I'm almost perfected getting
my eyebrows to arch without making a weird face!)

Now I think that comment has will stir the pot
a little, I'll be back soon!

Blessed Be as Blessed Is,


   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 09:44 am: Edit Post

Status - well, I was so engrossed, I slipped past page 700 quite unremarked. Main chapter 11 is well along - let's see if I can complete it by the weekend. It is still looking like 14 sets to finish - things are taking about the space I estimated as the story winds toward finale which is really really satisfying - on schedule, on length! YES.

Hi back Laneth.

   By juliana on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 11:14 am: Edit Post

One of the pleasures of reading is creating the visual in my mind. THe details change with rereads, new interpretations,skipping ahead to possible future "arcs". Its called imagination.
I would not like to see Janny's COtMW series on film. Cost and time restraints would whittle the story down to battle scenes (witness Lord of the RIngs )omitting or fundamentally changing characters and story lines.
I can see how it would be fun to stage the books as "home movies". FOr preparation may I suggest archery and fencing classes given at local community colleges!!

   By Anthony Hunt on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 01:55 pm: Edit Post

Maybe not a film, but how about a series? 25 episodes per series, one series per book.

I think if you had a team that cared about the story, it would translate very well.

I'd do the series in CGI (in a similar style to "Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within").

Janny - what's the latest chapter forward? Are they still a struggle?

I have another question (as always). Is seldie dead? Obviously Morriel has the remote control, but is there anything left of poor little Seldie? Or is her continued existence the reason the Fellowship haven't made Morriel a charred greasy spot on the floor?

Say hi to Don for me. I can't believe it's been three years since I visted!

Good luck with the next chapter. Let me know when to pre-order on Amazon.