Thanks Janny! This new blurb gives us much more info than the original. I thought the original read better though, and built up the excitement better, without giving too much away. Be interesting to see how the publisher edits this new one.
oh wow oh wow! I am looking forward to this book! Thanks for sharing more of it Janny.
Dakar's oath of debt??!!! That is the big surprise for me (I'm pleased that Havish still stands - I suppose otherwise there mightn't be any clanblood left alive.)
What on Athera has Dakar been up to to get indebted to the Koriathain? I'd have thought he was almost a reformed character at the end of 'Stormed Fortress', and not liable to run foul of Koriathain. Maybe it's a really really old oath, from when he was a child - anyone else care to speculate? or was it to save Arithon's life?
You've got me agog. I wonder if the sneak peak of Asandir facing triumphant Prime Matriarch is the point where the terms of the oath become forfeit...can't wait to read that scene and how Arithon/Asandir get out of it.
Again and again - why is the unity of the Fellowship so important? Obviously if they are seven they can care for the land better, and they have gone through so much together, but that's not enough (surely) to risk everything as they have, and to force Arithon's hand as they have? Janny, would you care to drop a hint?
I've been busy and only rarely lurking, but now have child no.2 reading the series (he's up to Traitor's Knot), and it's nearly midnight and I should be in bed, but I thought I'd wander in to see what's happening. I've loved the sneak peeks Janny - that image of Asandir and a young dragon is just wonderful.
Okay I found a reference on another page saying the reason for the oath of debt is in Stormed Fortress. Hmmm, won't put in details (spoilers) here, but didn't think the last couple of chapters were the reason - I thought that act was protected from Koriani interference.
Will have to reread again (what a pleasure) to see what I've missed.
Wowza. I never cease to be astonished.
The OUTRIGHT ACTION of Dakar's is right, plain there in Stormed Fortress; I can believe (maybe? ) it could be missed in the heat of the action on first read; but...later? Whee....
I do very much suggest a re-look at that final sequence at Athir/ending of Stormed Fortress; it is all there, what sets the stage for this volume, coming....Lots of things shift/emerge/lock down in that scene...and yet, (my continued amazement) this bundle of information ATTACHED TO/SET IN MOTION BY what occurs in that scene - almost NO speculation.
I'd expected an explosive series of discussions on this material (similar to the storm created by Davien at the end of Peril's Gate)...well. Duct tape my mouth, it's up to you readers.
So busy, maybe, looking at what threads tied up you missed the explosive seeds of OMG!!!
I'd think - time to wake up the Stormed Fortress threads.
Well, have a reread of Traitor's Knot AND Stormed Fortress on the agenda soon, but not too soon. I can believe I missed quite a bit as it was the end of my WLOS blitzkrieg! But I want to wait until it's closer to release date!
I have to confess that I have only read SF through once fully. Though I have dipped in to bits of it again, I missed rereading Dakars vow, or maybe I took the Prime Matriarch's reaction (when we see it later ) as a sign that it had no long term value (good red herring, Janny)- that and no-one apparently telling Arithon what he's been let in for and letting him blithely sail off.
Crumbs! on rereading it - the possible implications send shivers down my spine. It does shift everything.
Am progressively and carefully reading the whole series again in preparation for Initiates Trial, as no doubt are so many others.
Keep gloating Janny.
Sundancer - I am just heading into a reread of Traitor's Knot and SF after that. I've totally missed the things you're talking about. Shivers, indeed.
My. Wow. What's right THERE on the page...;)
OMG!!! thank you Janny for prelook at the story. I have just started rereading the whole series starting from the very first. do your opinions change with age?? Oh yeah!!I don't like Lysaer anymore. Altho I always thought siblings should be your biggest backup, I am now discovering that they are also your worst enemy. no one else knows the best buttons to push. So excuse me if I hope Arithon kicks Lysaer's lily white butt!! [smilin at ya]
"Of the barriers woven by Selidie's malice, and the entanglements blood-sworn to a Sorcerer, Elaria did as she must, and called Dakar forward to make disposition. She could not thwart fate without drawing, in part, on the knowledge derived from her order. Therefore, she asked the spellbinder to swear oath of debt, that no blank line should be left for Koriani interests to interpret. 'You will not bind over the Name of Arithon S'Ffalenn,' she decreed with explicit directness. 'The bond will be assumed against the crown of Rathain, which must answer to Fellowship precepts.'
I guess that's it right?
Wow. Can't believe I totally missed that before.