Kirsten - if you haven't checked out the author blogs on RedRoom, there is a lot of free advice there for people, direct from established authors.
A spin by, as I set up to close out 8 set.
All of a sudden, it's gone white-out quiet in here, like when the killing cold descends from space thru the eye of the storms in The Day After Tomorrow. Can't have that, says Mark, and begins lighting fires. How to stir up controversy? Hmmmm...by Jove, I've got it!
Using characters, places and/or settings ONLY from the good Talespinner's Wars of Light and Shadow, who can string together the longest series of words starting with the same letter that collectively make a point (however misguided, as we will see in a second). And the controversy? My offering by way of example....
Ath's Adepts Aren't -->(adept, that is!)
*senses the lightning crackling and leaps aside, just as Trys relocates the posting to a "more appropriate section...*
C'mon, give me your best shot! :D
Thanks, Janny. I haven't looked there yet but will now.
Spoilers Spoilers Spoilers (See, I remembered this time.)
As for Mark's idea...
Davien doesn't deem dragons darkly deceitful.
Is that the idea? I don't think mine is going to bring about a lot of discussion though.
I read this and thought hmm?!? ... then I gave in and had a go ;-)
Lysaer likes launching light...
Bidar beat bemused biddies bearing bright bijous
Sethvir's searches significant surrounding solar systems
Arithon asks as a artist and attacks argumentative antagonistic anti-compact asses
Egocentric elitist Eterrans eat entire elephants elegantly.
Tittering townspeople timmidly turn toward titanic tankards to toss tepid Tysan teas.
Hi Janny, saw your comment about wanting people to delurk, so I thought I'd join in.
I'm a new reader to your work, my brother was heaping praise on the Empress Trilogy, and after that he bought Curse of the Mistwraith. He hasn't got round to reading it yet, since he's still finishing Feists mammoth series.
I recently finished George R.R. Martins latest, and since I was looking for something new to read I picked up Mistwraith. Damn, that was a good idea. 100 pages in, I was hooked and ordered the rest of the books from amazon (UK). This was roughly 4 days before Christmas. I finished them all within a month, and now I'm reading Empress, which is awesome, but I'm tempted to go and re-read the whole Light and Shadow series again.
So thank you for the great series, I can't wait for the next one!
Also wondering if I could trouble anyone with a quick question. I've long since forgotten the answer, since when I originally read Mistwraith I was still bewildered with the whole Universe. Since according to Jannys FAQ, the F7 can use Light and Shadow like the half-brothers, how come they didn't stop the Mistwraith? I'm sure I read the answer already, and I feel stupid for asking. Thanks if anyone takes the time.
Have a great day!
Word games - Quite Quite Amusing - not just for the letters...!!
Hi Nicolas F. Marsh - welcome here, and brave of you to delurk - also delightful to hear how you came by this series! If you liked Empire, and didn't yet find To Ride Hell's Chasm - have fun!!!
Your question will easily be answered on a re-read. It's in fact, near the beginning of Mistwraith - one of the readers may be kind enough to bail you out with the info. I could, too, but don't unless asked directly. Yes, it's a series designed to keep on revealing, each time you look again.
I am - wow - happy, that, now that the last volume is under contract (Arc V) the editor just accepted the title I want....cool!!! Now we have labels for where the series is going up to finish. Watch for that...
Hooray for Arc V! Congratulations.
Nicholas, You wrote: "the F7 can use Light and Shadow like the half-brothers, how come they didn't stop the Mistwraith?"
My take on this is from 2 phrases from Asandir.
"what is possible is not the same as what is wise".
"Man created the mistrwraith. Man must resolve it".
Plus the Fellowship are not responsible for "mopping up" after mankind on Athera. And Dakar's prophesy in any case forecast the mistwratih resolution 500 years before.
On the splinter world the Rauthan mages forgot the "guidelines"...I wonder what the consequences may yet be?
Cool name for the Arc V novel!
Grand, just grand! Song of the Mysteries. Wonderful!
Which presumably means there are still mysteries around..
Thanks for the reply Janny I'm going to buy the rest of your books while I read through Empress! And congrats on Arc V!
Thanks Neil for taking the time to write that out for me I wanted to know this kind of stuff to give my brother a basic layout of the book. It's the same concept as Dune, which is quite a complex universe too. My brother explained as much about the Dune universe to me as he could (spoiler free) so that I could spend the first book reading more about the story and spend less time trying to figure out what was going on.
Thanks again! I'm off to read some Empress to get rid of my Light and Shadow withdrawl symptoms.
Oops, I meant Empire. Don't know why I keep saying Empress. Must be the iyats playing with my keyboard again.
See? I knew if I started making some noise I'd be "shouted down!" The Talespinner is nothing if not adept at oneupsmanship! ;-)
I too like the name at the several levels of nuance my feeble brain is capable of....
*knows there are deeper granularities that elude his dense cranial matter*
In other news *grins*, Neil and Walt are tied at 12 a piece in the word game (although all subsequent attempts have laid shame to my now-primative offering), and both are excellent submissions, gentlemen!
Well, it doesn't make much sense, but here goes:
Could crazed cranky curmudgeon Ciladis contain crunchy copper colored candy, charismatically crying, "Come command cute chubby children, cease cracking corrupt commonly crooked colliding countries."
Decided to stop at 24. :P Adjectives for the win.
Janny's wish that we all 'delurk' and Mark's intriguing word challenge have succeeded in drawing me in. So here goes (it's a bit of a stretch but it kind of makes sense):
Masked Morriel makes mistake misusing malignant major mineral manipulating maladroit massacre mustering missing, marauding mage. Meeting miscalculated mastery makes Morriel's machinations mockery, mage's magical mistress mirthful.
Question: What are Fellowship Sorcerers made of?
Answer: Power, Ice (think veins), and everything....crunchy? Copper-colored?
24 is awesome, Konran *bows*, and Talia, wow. 26 words, and there's no rule about how many sentences, either. Who'd have ever thought anyone could describe one of Arithon's reprisals on the Prime using only M's?!
Lol, seriously, the adjectives. That's how I managed most of my first Nanowrimo. :P Just load 'em on. Let's see if I can beat 26:
Senescent sage Sethvir strikes suddenly, smashing several swift seeking spirits. Steady siege sends seven severely stressed solemn sorcerers' sanity spiraling southward, struggling sans sleep. Seshkrozchiel soars slowly skyward smiting smarta** schmucks selfishly stealing some sweet swag. Screwed!
37! (Not sure if I spelled Seshkrozchiel right, didn't look it up *sweat* ) This is a lot easier with multiple sentences allowed! :D
That was - my jaw. Just hit the desk.
Welcome to delurkville, Talia Barnes. Wow!
Konran - wow squared. Screwed, I just lost it, laughing. Yes, you did spell Seshkrozchiel right.
Happy to please, Janny :P I like word games. This one kind of reminds me of the time I entered a poetry contest that required that you have at least one word of four syllables or more in every line... if you're restricted to one letter, you've gotta get creative with your word choices! ^^;;
Oh Janny, a contract to the end of the series is such good news - and I love the title. Congratulations, you must be so pleased.
Now for a collective effort - we see it as a newspaper article summarising an incident or two in TK, though I think we overdid the adjectives, and repeated one word.
Ingenious infamous ill-starred instrumentalist inhibits initiates in impromptu insolent incident:
Incanting importunate infatuated inferior instigates irritating ill-disposed insatiable iyat implosively irrupting into immense imposing irreplaceable indigo icon initiating ignominious infelicities. Institution's interference interdicted. Intransigent important invalid incumbent incoherently incandescent! Irrational irate immoderate incident inevitably impending. Inept inebriate impressed. Incorporate's intervention ineffective. Irony invited.
*Many more "thunks" ensue*
And I always thought the word was "erupt", and had to look "irrupt" up (ya learn something every day). Almost fell off my chair at "Inept inebriate impressed."
That was my jaw, hitting the FLOOR. Incredible I's, Sundancer!
You realize, of course, that this means war. *Bugs Bunny impersonation*
Lol, sometime when I'm more awake.
Okay, "sometime" apparently means "now", because I can't leave it alone! Lol. P's this time, covering around the start of the Alliance of Light arc.
Prideful paranoid politician proclaims Paravian property perverse, population panic pandemic palpable. Parsimonious partners perplexed, perturbed, petition parity. Pretender paladin perpetuates prepared paradigm. Prenuptial passionate paramour painfully pleads peace, peremptorily passed, palace-penned. Previously passive parasites palaver patiently, puissance profiting prestige, presaging peril. Powerful peregrin practicioner plays pawn, planning planetary portal penetration, position prickly. Pending portent predicted poor. Perceptive private priest paged, promises preservation presently, provocation pointless. Prime perpetually persecutes pretty personality, persuading phenomenal permanent pairing, per pleasant permeating pheromones.
See that ragged hole in my face?
I think my jaw bounced into orbit.
YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!
And all I have to do today, is write another scene...
Time to gallantly grab the gauntlet... ;^)
Dakar dropped determination during dangerous dalliances. Deliriums dragged dim divinations dancing drunkenly downward. Dusky data describe dastardly designs drawn darkly delicate. Daggers damn demoralized drunkards ducking duty. Destiny’s design demands despicable duties done during driving danger. Drakes dictate divine dreams doubling dire demands. Davien deals droll dilemmas, deadpan. D’ardanthic dialect descries dark deity’s desert devotion. Dhirken’s doom drowns deeds deemed Daelion’s directive. Doubling down, Dakar’s dread deepens doubt. Doxies doggedly disapprove, deprecating distressed divinator’s departing deviousness. Desh-their damaged dedication depicts dead dichotomies.
you aren't the only one swooning - all day, I'm still speechless. If somebody does this with q's or x's or z - I may never recover.
There will be bookmark(s) awarded...
Methinks I've created a monster (more than 1, from the looks of things)....
Delurking (after a fair few years of lurking) . . . with an alliterative summary of Fugitive Prince, plus the very end of Vastmark). I'm not quite up to q's, x's, or z's, but here it is with l's:
Leaving lifeless, Light's last legion limped loyally. Lysaer lectured loudly, "Listen, losses look lousy! Lest laws languish, learn lessons. Largesse lulls laypeople." Lo! locals lauded luminous leader like literal Lofty Lord. Leery ladylove locked, losing liberty.
Laboring long, leopard's line lamented, "Legendary locale lacks lush life." Lackey (later lethally lamed) limited larynx, licking local language liability. Lirenda, locket lifted, lost logo.
Lyranthe's lyricist left living, lunacy looming. Learner (lately loutish landlubber) logically lobbied lore's librarian, "Liberate!" Luckily, liegeman located lads. Looted laurels lent land's legacy lucidity.
Word Count: 86
Besting Walt's 81 by 5, presuming I counted correctly. Well-done, Plutoplex (and you also, Walt)!
I was actually considering u's, so that I could use one of my favorite words: ubiquitous :P however I may take you up on that q challenge
O wow! I love those l's, that is a great summary. Great to see people delurking. Mark, this was a great idea.
okay Janny, you're on, this is q
this is from Sundancer, Craftsman and other son7666666666 (*and interference from cat)
You may like to recall a certain six months in Jaelot:
Quibbling quotidian quarantines querulous quaffer - quills 'Quarry, Quay'. Quagmire questions quench quartz-wielders quest. Quipster's quintessential quavers - quake - queasy quarrelsome quartermasters quoth 'Quarter!'. Questionable quietus.
this is much more fun than the ironing!
Z is hard! Had to get out the dictionary - only three pages of words. Here is my best go - From the end of TK:
Zesty zitherer zonks zillion zombie zealots! Zounds!
Also a work from myself and Sundancer, making use of the 2 pages of X's in the Dictionary. Biedar vs Koriani this time:
Xanthous xerophilous xenophobes X-ray xanthippes.
Left W for those still Wavering!
Delurkers desperately desire details!
Presume perfect plot preview pending (Please)?
Assuming author agreeable, anticipating amazing account about Arithon and accomplices.
Wow! Q's! Amazing Sundancer. Way to trump me Pluto!
Now my brain is noodling which letter I should try next... hmmm....
Amazing doesn't begin to cover it.
Whistling Writer Wishes ---
S'Ffalenn super-spoilers surely suck, sorry, still searching.
I'm trully gobsmacked! Those are amazing feats of phrasing and wordsmithing. Best thing I've seen in ages.
Is it weird that I just read them all out loud?
Wow with the q's!
And I shudder to think about saying any of these three times fast!
Okay, here is my Q offering.
Querulous quadruped queues quarrels, quicksand quandary. Quirky quixotic quaffer quibbles, quizzical, quashed. Questionably qualified, quests queer quorum quintet. Quiet question quite quadruples quips, quicksilver quote quickly quiesces. Quaint quarry quakes, query queasily quelled.
Agh, all those Q's start to look the same after a while :P This one should be easy to figure out if I tell you the "querulous quadruped" is of course none other than Faerytoes... I may have cheated by inventing the word "quiesces" as a present tense verb form of "quiescent" but... *shrug*
Word count: 33
Konran ko's Katy's kews - koool. Knockout acKnowledged.
Dakar's destrier's designation delightfully described, definitely deranged.
Fellows favour Ffaraton's fanciful fantasy.
Willingly waiting wordsmith's will.
All those Qs....!!!
Truly, I have thought long and long on a preview and - literally every choice I have is a major spoiler....the test reads know it, right from Ch. I, the book will start to deliver in major increments (I am NOT fooling around!)....always before the book comes out, HC Australia puts up a chapter's excerpt...that is a long wait. If I put up a scene and CENSOR certain lines - it will still pull off some of the tension.
Perhaps the best is to snip just a BIT of the beginning - but - that will, and truly, stoke the furnace with a surge - do you really want to sweat it, ramp the anticipation that far?
The writing is progressing very beautifully - but the book has a bit to go, yet. I've turned the bend, and am spiking for the finale, but truthfully, the pub date is not finalized, yet. No chance I can relieve your agony with a (projected) schedule. I'll do that when the manuscript is turned in, acceptably.
I may have cheated by inventing the word "quiesces" as a present tense verb form of "quiescent" but... *shrug*
You guys are all super impressive! I'm completely speechless.
John Parsons: Ah. I was about 95% sure that I remembered it as being a legitimate word, but just in case... ;)
yeah, intelligent bunch doesn't begin to cover it!
What in the whole world is Not Possible, with people like this on the earth??
Thankyou for the kind welcome. The alliterative summaries are absolutely mind-blowing - wow. I can't wait for the next book - the lack of possibilities on the preview front just heightens the anticipation.
So....*having braced himself for a protracted wait until the HC release of an excerpt*....how long does the excerpt's release typically precede the book's release?
Write on, good Talespinner, write on!
And a belated thanks, Sundancer; even the blind squirrels find a nut once in a while!;-)
Hinting at an explosive first chapter, but offering us no sign of cavalry to the rescue? I think the phrase "cruel or unusual" applies -- even Tantalus didn't have it this bad!
Though I must admit, waiting lends me time to mull over the books, poring over them seeking a greater insight. Because any book worth reading is worth re-reading.
HC/Australia usually posts the first chapter a month in advance.
Likely, I could find excerpts that don't involve major characters you already know...that would stir things, but not spoil much - problem is, it may lend you to THINK this is a story that is not connected to the last books - which is misleading, as the main characters are directly involved in a major way...you'd be seeing the peripheral petticoats, so to speak.
The problematic excerpt is the one asked for: that has no entry point, I think, past what the first chapter holds, which is - explosive.
You could always attend the DragonCon reading...
Or I may relent....(I am permitted to post teasers)
Or you may make so much noise, I can't shut you up otherwise.
Or SO many new readers may jump on board in May, June and July, that they will go on and get overseas editions to catch up, prior to US date, that I will feel inclined to fire the momentum further...who knows?
You can whine, yell, pound on your keys, beg - it might work. Might.
Most important is the news that there IS MORE COMING - since some people don't check in here, and seem to think that Stormed Fortress is the ending volume. (feel free to comment if you see that misapprehension, I am straightening it out as much as I can, myself, answering e mails and in blog posts.)
Now to hit this baby OVER the tipping point. 9 set is the kick over to the final wind up.
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! CRASH! BOOM! CRUNCH! SMASH!
And, in keeping with the Talespinner's earlier exclamation, every other Adam West Batman Sound Bubble you can think of, besides....
Are we ready to present the award for the word game to Plutoplex (although coming up with all those 'q' words should at least deserve honorable mention), or are others still concocting even more astounding "rewrites"?
:P I could probably beat Plutoplex's count if I tried hard; however, I am feeling lazy at the moment. (Those Q's were draining!)
Well, you know there wasn't a "rule" there could be only one winner!
As for the rumble tactic - it might just work. When I get a smile, here, it certainly does give rise to a desire to please, in return.
There IS an Asandir preview, exceedingly possible. It does unveil some things, but as such, it does not spoil the currently relevant hot stuff.
Oh - !
Perhaps I spoke too soon....the scene right in front of my nose (being written in the moment) just Might fit the bill....let's see what develops.
Because boys bungle, begin berating.
Breathless bastions bear baited breath bowing before Brilliance. Batty bitties box betwixt bumbling ballyhoos bubbling brightly. Before bounteous beauty, bunches babble begging because bare bones brainteasers beggar, breeding babbling bewilderment. Best beseech bawdy bards by boosting bright benign bulletin banter. Behold: breaking bounty brewing briskly! Better, brilliant books broadcast broadly bewitching bosses, babes, babies. Best bequeath book bouquets, banning broken brassy baubles. Bard, beware balmy breezes blowing breath beneath blooming bucolic boweries! Battle boredom best by brushing beasties before beginning book’s benediction. Bowlegged bosom buddies beckon beseechingly.
Ooooh I miss Asandir <3
Wow to Walt for the briliant B's! Defend your word count title against all comers!
But among the word-count marvels of tongue-twisters, I still think I the Q's from Sundancer and Konran are the most impressively mind-boggling -- tough letters deserve bonus points!
Ooh, Asandir! Here begin my feeble attempts at begging, pleading, and cajoling.
Ooo. Asandir is always a good thing. And does anyone else understand why I let Konran do all the talking in our relationship? Her vocabulary beats the snot out of mine! All those qs make my head hurt!
I count 92 for Walt the Wonderous....
And yes, Q's should deserve extra credit of some sort, but Walt is King of the Hill for now....
"bunches babble begging because bare bones brainteasers beggar"; I daresay we resemble that!;-)
Will leave it for the Talespinner to mete out the prizes (spoilers are suggested, 'cuz prizes are most fun when shared!)....
*brushes a few (a VERY FEW) discarded 'Q' words off the seat next to Konran and Micheal and sits to await the Asandir spoiler*
Please, no applause necessary! Just spoilers please! hehehe
And yes, the Q's should count double or triple! That's why I stuck with the relatively easy B's and D's in my alliterations.
It's all in fun anyways. Now if I could only figure out how to focus GoogleEarth close enough to peek over our Talespinner's shoulder for an Asandir tidbit...
Spoiler please! I vote for the Asandir excerpt. I promise to shout with joy If you give us a spoiler. It could be the prize for all the alliteration.
Status: I have completed 8 set, the manuscript page count stands at 595 (almost six hundred!!) this is the tipping point for this volume, it gets relentless from here.
To celebrate: there will be a preview. You have a choice - so vote for your preference:
A bit of a scene with some new faces, and - a TINY clip that won't spoil, of Arithon - warning: it is BRIEF!!!! But it is the only snip that will not spoil beyond all repair...
Double warning: both scenes would make you CRAZY.
You'll have the weekend to make your wish known.
ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR! ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!ASANDIR!
Personally I am hungry for a taste of what is to come. Arithon or the new faces... Tough choice why not both?
I vote for Asandir
Hmmm ... an almost impossibly difficult choice!
Asandir or New Faces (with a hint of Arithon)? New Faces or Asandir? Back and forth and back .... A tough choice, but in the end my vote goes to Asandir.
Arithon! Even a hint of him along with new faces is too tempting to pass up
I like both choices, too, but....Asandir, I think.
6 for Asandir, 2 for New Faces with a wee bit of Arithon.
Methinks I see a trend emerging?
My vote for Asandir - snippets released so far have been Asandir related, why break the trend?
Arithon is such a mysterious character, why don't we just let him remain a mystery for now...
(brings total up to 7)
Ah, now this has made me de-lurk, and register even. My vote would be for Asandir. Please. And thanks Janny for the continual status reports. I love coming here and getting my taste of WOLAS. Thanks to the Gryphon as well.
Hi Geoffrey Elliott - welcome to delurk!
We are running 8 to 2, with Asandir in the lead...you could be in for some fun.
I am trying to remember when Asandir last "spilled the beans" on anything whatsoever ;-)
Probably CotM in Erdane ;-)
Anyway, go on...Asandir
Another for Asandir please.I'm looking forward to this book tho' it will be a bitttersweet time. My sister,Yvonne died in January. She was a great fan of all your books Janny and we shared many happy conversations discussing the storyline.But maybe she already knows the ending now=I like to think she does.
Am sorry to read this, Dorothy. Peace and strength to you and your family.
Dorothy - Sympathies from me too. It leaves such a hole in your life. Peace does come, eventually, I hope it will soon for you.
Ffaraton, if it's not too late (its a long weekend here so I'm stretching your definition)- I'll cast my bid for an Asandir fragment. Just now I don't want to break the suspense over where and what Arithon is up to.
The last couple of Asandir snippets were definitely grist for much speculation and fuel for brain boiling! (surprised Walt didn't weave that phrase in as well - very impressive Walt)
[spoiler?]And after Asandir's low profile in most of the last two books, it is wonderful to see him taking a role again.
After spending large tracts of three books on grimward duty, Asandir gets my vote.
I might be rowing against the tide here, but I would like to see the *Arithon* snippet..
Might give me some idea of what he's been doing for the wee while since he decided to get up close and personal with all manner of things in Alestron..
Dorothy - I am so sorry! And like you, I'm certain she knows. Consider yourself hugged.
For the Sneak Preview - Asandir wins the ticket. I'll prepare the text for upload in a bit.
Hunter - no, the Arithon glimpse wouldn't...tell you a blasted thing ... this I will not spoil. You will just have to hope Australia posts chapter 1's excerpt as they have prior. And that must wait until near to release.
Oh well, worth a try!
Thankyou for your kind thoughts Mark,Sundancer and Janny (and for the hug)
Wow! I stay away for a week and suddenly we have a snippet. Yay
Dorothy, I am so sorry to hear about your sister.
*Wanders in and finds himself beset by ghostly faces. The Wraiths of Marak? Nay, 'tis the ghosts of posters past, those who have thoughts on Initiate's Trial that they're keeping to themselves. Places hands opposed, finger-tip-to-finger-tip, closes eyes and a door opens, beckoning to the ghosts with a sign over it that reads, "Come, tarry no longer in the darkness, but bring your thoughts into the golden gleam of the Dragon's (Or, at least, the Gryphon's!) eye."
Thoughtkeepers! I bid you come!
What do we think of the North and East World's Gates, folks?