Batting 1000 - new Athera story

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   By Janny Wurts on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 10:20 am: Edit Post

Well - some nice news today.

Of five short stories written last year, all five are projected to reach print and publication.

The last one (under considered submission since December) has been "claimed" for an upcoming anthology - and is now awaiting the contract.

It IS another Athera story - another scrap of solid material to appease you starving fans! Yes, it will shed more light on the world, this series, and give you another "angle" of view that will play thru into parts of Stormed Fortress.

Once I have contract details squared away, and publication date, etc, I will post further tidbits.

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 10:21 am: Edit Post


   By David Gardner on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 02:13 pm: Edit Post

Excellent! Looking forward to it. I enjoyed Child of Prophecy a lot.

   By skeoke on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 02:48 pm: Edit Post

Janny ~

I love it when you say "YIPPEEEEEEEEEEE!"

   By Blue on Saturday, April 29, 2006 - 12:10 am: Edit Post

Details, Janny, details!

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 - 09:36 pm: Edit Post

Details -

The story is called Reins of Destiny, and the agreement was just signed today.

As soon as I have a pub date and more info, I will start a topic with the story's title.

   By Blue on Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 03:07 am: Edit Post


   By Laneth Shadow-Walker on Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 05:52 am: Edit Post

Blue, I'll see your :-O, and raise ye a :-) NOWAI!!!

   By Mark Timmony on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 01:14 am: Edit Post


   By Blue on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 06:10 am: Edit Post

"Reins of destiny" - Another story with lots of horsies? :-O

I love reading scenes describing either sailing or riding, because there is obviously lots of expertise on display, and there is a great sense of joy with both activities, even when the situation is desperate - such as Arithon's Odyssey in PG, or the plight of the Arrow, the ship Talith commissioned, which Arithon proceeded to raid.

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, December 05, 2006 - 10:33 am: Edit Post

Projected publication date for this story will be December 2007 - I will post more in depth in due time.

Just back from "pirates in paradise" the reenactment weekend in Key West Florida. There were pictures taken --- !

We had a powder keg full of fun, and did some sailing on the Wolf to boot!

   By John P Buckley on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 02:50 pm: Edit Post

Janny its August any word on this?
Thanks John

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 07:42 pm: Edit Post

John -

Reins of Destiny is coming out in the Solaris Book of Fantasy -- I've been waiting for the publisher to give me a cover image - and confirm the pub date, which was given as December some months back.

Maybe there's a listing for it now. They did a volume of Science Fiction last year.

More news as I get it.

   By Wayne on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 09:00 pm: Edit Post


If it is "The Solaris Book of Fantasy by George Mann it is listed with picure on Amazon with a November 27 release date.

No listing yet on who the contributing authors are. :-(

Maybe if they update it

And took a look at the scifi one that came out earlier... I put both in my cart :-)


   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 10:38 am: Edit Post

Wayne - it is that book.
The SF collection got splendid reviews. The fantasy one looks to be as good (I have seen the list) :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 10:39 am: Edit Post

Here's the webpage at Solaris books for the anthology that includes Reins of Destiny - order away!

   By Blue on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 11:44 am: Edit Post

Thanks for the link, Janny! :-O

Any chance of an American edition too?

   By Trys on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 12:11 pm: Edit Post


This edition is listed at and I believe (Janny correct me if I'm wrong) is the worldwide edition.


   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, August 18, 2007 - 12:15 pm: Edit Post

Solaris does distribute worldwide, so there's no difficulty for the US readers - this publication should be available everywhere.

   By John P Buckley on Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 01:59 am: Edit Post

Here is the Amazon link. 261-1731609?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189839422&sr=8-1

   By Blue on Saturday, September 15, 2007 - 10:54 am: Edit Post

Thanks for the link, John! :-O

   By Hunter on Sunday, November 04, 2007 - 06:19 am: Edit Post

For Mark @ Galaxy Books - when do you expect to have the anthology containing Reins of Destiny in store? Your website says Nov 2007.. which is about now I would think.. ::grin::

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 10:12 pm: Edit Post

Minor Spoilers here for Reins of Destiny...stop reading now if you wish to avoid!

*Blows dust off the thread, coughs a few times, then sets up shop (minus pots, pans and beating implements, for which you should ALL be grateful!)*

No references to Kayjon outside of this story that I'm aware of...gonna have to pay closer attention on the next re-read, but I think someone would have found it by now. The Havish succession, of course, but I'm wondering if there's more connection to be made here...thoughts, my fellow Wurtsians? Possibly examined in an interview that I missed? Not necessarily a continuation so much as a revealing (thru flashback/vision/tienelle/centaur gift, etc.)

Enjoyed the story AND was intrigued by the nameless Clansman and the fact that this tale is almost entirely between 2 characters (Janny's offerings in the larger tale have SO many!).

Almost forgot...thank you for another entertaining read, Madam Talespinner.

   By Annette on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 04:05 am: Edit Post

You got me all excited there Mark, I thought we were getting a new short story. :-(

Kayjon was never mentioned anywhere else, although he must have succeeded because the baby obviously survived. The nameless clansman and his cousin are possibly of interest, since we know that lineage was joined with Havish's royal line. And it was the centaurs who arranged that, whether or not they were asked to by someone else remains to be seen. But it was arranged, and no accident. Shassa's name would be significant as well, but Janny never gave us any of the Paravian meanings for the names only mentioned in the short stories.

Luhaine was willing to die to preserve Havish's royal line, which they would later need to preserve the compact and a fair few clan lineages. The Paravians might also be interested in preserving Havish's lineage for those reasons, or maybe another group had an interest? There was also the mystery of how Dakar managed to influence things, since he was not yet born. That was mentioned in one of the books, and Janny has I think yet to explain that mystery.

I gave up and am just going to wait for Janny to throw the starvelings some more crumbs.

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 11:18 pm: Edit Post

More spoilers....STOP READING if you don't want to know!

Sorry to get your hopes up, Annette. Just an old short story I'd not read yet. I too got excited when Luhaine entered the story, but just as quickly got "frustrated" (qualified to mean that I wasn't going to get any additional details on how he came by his nickname "The Defender" than a sentence or two) by the fact that he entered it dead.

By the way, for those who've not read The Solaris Book of New Fantasy, the other stories in this book (which of course has Reins of Destiny in it) are quite good.

   By Annette on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 08:11 am: Edit Post

I read Janny's post before checking the date, so it was my own fault I got caught there. For some reason I always preferred the other two short stories, maybe because they did not seem so short and we got to see a bit more of the characters.

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