Black Bargain

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   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 11:58 am: Edit Post

This is the title for the new story, being penned NOW for the kickstarted anthology, Evil is A Matter of Perspective.

The reveals in it will overturn a whole pile of assumptions. Brace for it.

   By Annette on Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 06:54 pm: Edit Post

Thanks for the update Janny. Sounds like something Morriel would get up to there.:-)

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, October 21, 2016 - 11:33 am: Edit Post

Into the final polish stage for Black Bargain, which I hope to turn in soon after the weekend.

Then, by gosh, I NEEDS A BREAK from the words!!!! The artwork is going to be so much fun, though there is such a layer of dust in the paint brushes I'm going to have to be cleaning, first.

Don is away at Illuxcon, so if anybody lives near Redding, this is a totally FANTASTIC show of fantasy art - blindingly glorious, the best of the best are exhibiting. I believe it is free over the weekend, held at the Goggleworks.

   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 08:22 pm: Edit Post

Manuscript out to proofing. On target for submission on Monday.

   By Annette on Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 04:44 pm: Edit Post

Thanks for the update Janny, looking forward to reading it next year.

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, October 24, 2016 - 09:57 am: Edit Post

Story went in yesterday and verified it was the ball is in the editor's court.

   By Janny Wurts on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 08:49 am: Edit Post

Edits are back for Black Bargain - it's all teensy nits and comma touch ups, YAY. The story will go back today - so it's all go for Evil is a Matter of Perspective.

Here is your hint: Davien.

   By Annette on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 08:15 pm: Edit Post

I can think of two things I would be really interested in from Davien's perspective. Just how did he convince King Kamridian to walk into Kewar, and what did he hope would result. And what was Davien thinking stirring up the trouble that resulted in that rebellion. Think it will be the latter, interesting to see what bargains were made, and who was conniving with who and why. I got the impression from the books, that bloodbath is not what Davien was expecting to happen, although it certainly unseated the royal scions.

   By David Cornelson on Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 11:18 pm: Edit Post

Davien has already explained the rebellion to Arithon. (as usual with Janny, it takes five reads to catch these things)

(spoiler-ish? from Stormed Fortress I think)
The rebellion was his Havens. He clearly meant that he saw "the future" and thought he could avoid it by causing the rebellion. He admitted he was wrong, just as Arithon was with The Havens.

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, November 04, 2016 - 10:46 am: Edit Post

Bwahaha! snort. :-) :X - as if that one comment told 'everything'..... I am anticipating this release with great glee.

   By Clansman on Friday, November 04, 2016 - 10:57 am: Edit Post

JW, I am beginning to wonder if you might be your own protagonist in this story...

Evil, evil woman (in a good way)!

   By David Cornelson on Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 01:09 pm: Edit Post

Agreed. Evil. 304 days.

   By Annette on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 07:27 pm: Edit Post

There be at least one dragon in the story! Don Maitz did the artwork. n-anthology-of-an/posts/1779611?ref=backer_project_update

Looks golden to me, with a second dark coloured maybe black dragon, but hard to be sure in a B&W image. Are we maybe getting Davien's bargain with Seshkrozchiel? Or a bargain made earlier? Seshkrozchiel's mate Haspastion (black thunder) might have been black. I do not recall any dragons being mentioned in the time of the rebellion. There was a war with dragons in our missing time period, while Arithon was imprisoned, could also be that.

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 01:18 pm: Edit Post

Don Maitz did not do the artwork for Black Bargain....he did the artwork for The Decoy; this image was totally another artist's work.

And yes, there will be huge reveals in this little story.

   By Annette on Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 06:14 pm: Edit Post

Oops, sorry about that Janny, got overly excited about the dragon and lost my head. Jason Deem was the artist?

   By Frederik on Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 07:08 am: Edit Post

After reading Black Bargain, I can only say: I heart Davien.
Eagerly awaiting Destiny's conflict now.

   By Janny Wurts on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:06 am: Edit Post

Release day news!

Facebook post:

   By Annette on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 07:43 pm: Edit Post

They released the digital version a bit earlier, since the book was delayed a bit. Black Bargain was interesting, but still left more questions than answers. Looking forward to the main meal after that Davien spiced appetizer.

   By Neil on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 03:05 pm: Edit Post

enjoyed this one :-) thanks janny - seems that the reasons characters do things can be a surprise...davien's havens quote springs to mind...

I am still trying to see who is pulling whose strings...and what may be resolved in WaLoS and what might not...

i think there were a lot of references that a casual reader of black bargain just would not get though but hey...not my problem ;-)

I have a couple of questions but these are perhaps spoilers for another day...and who knows perhaps DC will answer :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 05:20 pm: Edit Post

Destiny's Confict will connect a few more dots; some other things in a HUGE'll see.

Yes, I know there is alot the casual reader won't possibly get....unavoidable. But the theme of the book - Davien's case fitted it so very very well, and it WAS about telling a story from a bigger story from another perspective. Since Wars of Light and Shadows already does this (it has no 'black villain' Davien's story was the most likely case, and answered the most reader questions, I thought...

The interconnections in this whole series are SO knotted together, any story I try to tell will unavoidably answer things/leave some readers (unfamiliar ones) in the dark, and also reveal LOADS of other stuff - so I have to be careful to keep away from threads that will be ripped wide open in upcoming volumes...not always easy! Simpler, actually, to just write an unrelated story from scratch, as in one that ties in, EVERTHING matters, all of the little things and all of the big things, and if I misplace the actual date of an event, it causes this mess of a cascade. So actually researching the fit so it's seamless can take me weeks.

I would really like to release a companion volume of short works to the big series that reveals some of the key points of the back history. The question always becomes: how much to stall out on the draft of the going novel to make it happen. These were crammed inbetween, and yes, slowed down the start of Song of the Mysteries; but they had a hefty and needed paycheck attached. Not to mention, hopefully will whet interest for the series and the new release upcoming.

So glad you enjoyed it!

   By Annette on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 08:13 pm: Edit Post

Oh, I found Black Bargain very interesting, especially where that citrine in the ring came from, and I suspect I know who will be ending up with the ring, suspected that since Peril's Gate. But still I cannot quite grasp the nature of it's legacy. I will no doubt have to wait for Song of the Mysteries for my primary question to be answered.

Janny has to get to it eventually.

   By Auna on Sunday, June 04, 2017 - 05:35 am: Edit Post

It was awesome to find out just what Davien meant by his Haven. Wow... just... wow....

   By Jeff on Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 01:27 am: Edit Post

I enjoyed the story. It reflects real life in that we don't really know all of the reasons behind what has brought people to their present circumstances. Assumptions can be so far off.

As usual, not a word wasted. There is so much in so few pages. I'll not risk spoiling for future readers, but I will say I find the new character interesting, and how he develops from the opening lines through... the end of the tale.

***possible Stormed Fortress SPOILER below***

Davien has already been mentioned, so I'll say that it's interesting to see what's really behind his reputation. I'm now going to reread the scene that recalls Davien's becoming discorporate, with this tale in mind.
Also, I now see that Seshkrozchiel showed great restraint while attacking/cleansing Avenor.

   By Annette on Friday, June 16, 2017 - 02:16 am: Edit Post

Spoiler, Spoiler, Spoiler, Spoiler,

What I wondered was if Davien was really doing anything out in the middle of no where, after he made his first bargain, or was he only trying to get Seshkrozchiel's attention, so he could make the bargain with her that protected the rest of the Fellowship? He moved pretty fast after he had that settled.

   By Annette on Friday, July 21, 2017 - 09:02 pm: Edit Post

For those who did not order Evil is a Matter of Perspective via the kickstarter campaign, or even those who did and do not live in the USA, the book is now available at some online retailers. I would recommend if you want a copy, you order it now, before stocks run out.

Unfortunately Grimdark has sent the kickstarter books out using Media Mail, for overseas people waiting for their books, they are possibly not going to arrive, Media Mail is USA only. I have not been able to find out yet where my books are going to end up. I have already purchased another paperback from the Book Depository, which is on its way to me already. It will only take a few weeks to arrive.

Adrian has said if necessary they will do another print run to replace any lost books, but I wanted mine next month for my birthday. It might take the rest of the year before we find out where the books Grimdark tried to send outside the US have ended up. You would think, they would be recoverable. The postage was more than the cost of the books, if I only have to pay yet more postage on the original Media Mail delivery, I will be happy just to finally get my books.

Write it off as a lesson learned.

   By Auna on Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 08:53 am: Edit Post

Oh yah, I found out just how much it costs to send a book across the pond when I bought book 3 of Trudi Canavan's trilogy long ago to escape waiting months for a US publication. Just another reason to buy ebooks for me.

   By Annette on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:41 pm: Edit Post

My birthday present to myself just arrived, very nice the paperback version is, and for free postage, it arrived super fast. But always when I look at that book, I am going to be thinking of the 2 that got lost, even if their replacements do eventually turn up.

Grimdark is going to end up paying a lot of money, for their attempt to save on postage costs.

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 10:35 pm: Edit Post

I hope it looks great - I have yet to see a copy...

   By Annette on Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 07:12 pm: Edit Post

If you are getting a copy from Grimdark, might be a while yet before you see it, even though you live in the USA. My camera is pretty woeful, and I am still hunting around for a new image hosting site after Photobucket's changes. But hopefully here is link showing the latest 2 additions to my WoLaS collection.

   By Annette on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 04:12 am: Edit Post

The two paperback versions of Evil is A Matter of Perspective I ordered as a backer of the Kickstarter project are finally sitting on my bookshelf. :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:33 am: Edit Post

Yay -- my copy arrived, and it is beautiful!

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:11 am: Edit Post

The anthology, Evil is a Matter of Perspective is on sale in e book format for .99 cents today. Your chance to grab Black Bargain and find out the deep story behind Davien's motivation.....

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