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Yes! Thank you :) Also, what is that Audible deal? Damn. Purchased.
Thank you so much Terry, you're awesome, you spoil us!
The Spellmonger is BACK!! If only for a short visit...but that has gotten me thinking that I haven't read the whole series in at least 2 months. Anyone have accurate timeline to read all works chronologically?
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I like the audible cover, looks good. And the novella was indeed a nice short visit with min again, have missed his pow :) is necromancer min pow? I know you mentioned the planned book list with different pows a while back but cant remember
Humans colinizing a magical world ok, Tricorder in the hands of wizards oook, i draw the line at elf Dr. Crusher. No beem me up Skoty i have to cast a spell on the wap core
Heh. I won't be that lazy with it, I assure you.
What is a tricoder and what do you mean/refence there?
Yes saury and i appologise I did not want to critisize your creative talint and I love your work. Just could not get over the Star Trek, Midle Earth, Dragon Riders of Pern mash up in my head. Hope i didnt ofend you and looking forward to Necromancer. BTW im wondring what you could do with a mix of tecca and magic Cybermancy? Tecnomancy?
A tricoder can be compared toa VERY small MP3 player (think of gift cards with songs)This one is working centurys after it was build (gotta love sf-engineiring)I dont think your techomancy would work out. The perlvenese(or however they are spelled) didnt manage that so it seems unlikely that people without the technical know-how manage this wonder. (something like magic fueled batterys/electronics seems possible, they know about electricity and the series had hints about acient vaults *full of secrets*) ^-
About the technomancy, i was thinking that there are probably more humans out there, and we also know there are other worlds with a magosphere, so suppose another expedition found one of those worlds and they expend close to a thousand years experimenting, then those humans may or may not adopt mix of magic and tech (i am thinking shadowrun but without the steampunk, or the imperium but less nazi), wether more humans will come from space or not is another matter, for all we know the sea people decided to hide their world after the humans arrived
when the world has a magosphere, it take quite some effort NOT to lose that powers once you go to space...
Wich is why that human civilization needs tech, the other races that were invited aparently used some sort of portal (at least that is how i understood it) but these humans with tech could use many methods to not lose the magic, helped by tech: they could invernate during the trip, they could make an artificial magosphere in their ships, they could use drugs, etc, anyway this is almost a moot point, while it would be really interesting to see a group of really advanced humans arriving to see what has happened, that is something that probably won't happen, although who knows (terry obviously) with 30 books, anything could happen.
Any idea when book 2 will be released on audible? Really enjoying book 1. Wonderful book 1, very close to the traitor son cycle in detail.
AWESOME! I'm a heavy consumer of audio books and I love Audible! Please keep them coming!! Starting to read the Spellmonger's Yule now :)
The forsaken have been revealed!
how do you figure that? She never mentioned them by name, so what are you talking about?
Has anyone considered the humans on calidore are the forsaken. That the line from the prophesy could fortel reestablishing contact with the human ship - which I'm guessing is actually called the "Horizon".
I was thinking the forsaken were those humans who didn't like the magical coup, and so they forsook the rest of humanity and took some technology with them to establish themselves separately from the rest of humanity, but eh.
Also totally possible. By the forshadowing at least I'm guessing we eventually will cross path's with the Horizon though. I'm looking forward to that.
@Dark Prophet - I am with you on the ship - first Briga says that "humanity appeared on the horizon" which can be taken a few ways until she then says that "settlement stopped as the "horizon" was withdrawn beyond the moons"THAT is pretty suggestive of a mother-ship that used to reside in orbit that is now parked on the dark side of one of the moons. As to the forsaken, at this point I am leaning towards a master computer that holds the total sum of what science they had accumulated until the Inundation. It never did make a lot of sense that a society that was smart enough to invent interstellar travel would place all their eggs in one basket and allow all knowledge to go to rot. They may have made a conscious decision though to set it aside until a later date. Like stopping the colonization and sending away the mother ship . . .
I had thought that the forsaken where the cosmic gods that they set aside. I forget which book but there were reference to the forsaken judging society. Then with this short story they basically said they were afraid of being judged
I thought the same about the forsaken being gods of some sort. I also thought it was odd that after the big talk from book 2 and such that the Order of the Tower( or what ever they are called) has not done very much to free them as that is supposed to be their whole purpose. After reading this though, we know that gods come about from shared belief and that what gods were able to manifest was controllable to a certain extent by focusing on the religion. If the forsaken were really old gods, then the only thing "locked away" would be the old bibles and such right? Even if they got out, there would be no immediate manifestation as it would take a long time for the belief to build up. What got my attention was how we were told that the first Magocracy was actually a rebellion against the first Colonial government and the reason was the advent of Magic. From what I remember, that was when they started easing back on Technological advance and they began elevating the new found mages to the aristocracy.So if there was something that the early settlers forsook, it might just be their more advanced tech. Like the Horizon or other even crazier tech. I am leaning to some kind of Fusion reactor that they built on old Perwyn to power their tech. There was also that story of the engineer that stayed as the island sunk. They said he was trying to save the island but what if he was an early member of the Order of the Tower? He stayed behind not to save the island but to make sure the super computer was protected from the sea water!
Wow, i loved it, it has a little of everything, information, some clarifications along with more world building, some hooks for the next books, romance and a little heartwarming, lots of humour, and something i really needed to see: Min being a badass! nothing like slaughtering some Alka Alon to stablish someone as badass.
I dont want to spoil anything, but I am really happy about the hints towards "Necromancer"!Looking forward to it.
Ok i got Santa, batman, and popie does anyone know who the character with the winged helmet and magic strincth potion is?
Asterix and Popeye
Magic Strength Potion....perhaps Terry is testing us with a little known French Cartoon Character Asterix. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix_(character)Perhaps there was a French contingent with the settlers and the kids were getting too much magic water and their very vivid subconscious was activating the deities. Who hasn't as a kid said to their friend.. "Oh yeah, my superhero can totally beat your superhero!" "Who would win in a fight between Batman and Ironman?"
Asterix was invented in french but he is known through westeurope (just like Mikey Mouse comic books, they come from italy and never became popular in the US)Its rather the fandom, kids celebrate heros, they love and want to be them. This true believe created the gods. And some comic villians are really powerful, so the Alka lead humanity away from those ideas (that in turn lead to legends of the forsaken).Its several times said that the gods are the way humanty images them to be, so even gods created after the image of real people are stuck in the way humanity images them (Horus and Briga refered to their human lifes and the begs the question, did the people creat the god after the image of man or did the people identify man with already existing gods).
In the book series "The Demons of Astlan" gods have a "godpool"; the idea is that people send enery with prayers and this energy gets stored for use as the god commands. Do gods in this series have something similar or does the number of devotes not matter? This question has big implications regarding the power of the forsaken...(I only remember that gods manifest specially when its part of the religious idea (the god of storms manifests in BIG storms) and when the people have rituals to "invite" them (like the ritual that was used to invite Ishi)
UC 64 - In The Moodhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUnvM2DMon8
Terry i have a question about Hawklady, can you tell us more or less wich time frame will it run in? i mean will it run at the same time as Enchanter, Court Mage and Shadowmage? or will it be after them? Is just that there are a lot of hints between all those books that Dara may have been doing interesting things, and not only the love triangle (wich BTW i totally ship her and Garret!)
Dara+Garret was already hinted in Hawkmaiden and I really hope they come together. Its not "typical" for Terrys books (he explained his/the realistic view in Knightmagi), but Garret seems like a smart and brave guy so I root for his happy end. (After Rondals part in Shadowmage, I feel reasurred about this)
As much as I love the idea of exploring more into the past with the tekka and everything about the technology, I am a huge fan of fantasy. I like the idea of talking about it maybe using some of it here and there, however I am hoping it's more of an informative piece and not leading this story into a sci-fi fantasy novel. I like the idea someone used previously of maybe combining some tech and magic together. I also loved the references. In the story the term forsaken is not expressly mentioned with a group. However if I remember correctly the forsaken were on perwyn when it fell, and I was curious if this is supposed to be a link between the first manifestations and the forsaken. Love what you have accomplished and I can't wait for Hawklady and Necromancer!! Oh and now that Rondal is spoken for, I am curious to see how you might tame Tyndal.
I have also been thinking about Tyndal's possible partner, for some reason i keep thinking of Randine, i don't think it could get any more messed up than that pairing xD
I too have been thinking Tyndal may hook up with her.
I am thinking Tyndal and Mask....Rardine and Duke Anguin... because a dragon attack wipes out the Royal family ... Anguin and Rardine marry to provide leadership and better unite the people. Just a theory ...
I dont know, they are cousins...
Used to happen with nobility all the time...either that or she will be ever so thankful to the "Shadowmage" that rescues her while Min is off fighting the battle to get to the ghost rock.
I was curious if there was any way to notify you of typos. Just noticed a few, and if it would help I can send you their locations.
Really enjoyed the Audiobook and the new book but am really hanging out for Hawklady and Necromancer.I'm also hanging out for Minalan delivering a healthy dose of vengence on the peolple who have attacked him.
A wizard has to be sly and cunning (like breaking into a fortress and rescuing one of the most important people in the world as a decoy!)
+10 for the Audiobook! Loved it! John Lee did a fantastic job and it was all i could do to work in some work between chapters! Now I need all the other books as well!!
Terry - How's the writing coming along? Any new updates for us?
Hi Terry,I wasn't sure how to get in contact, so I thought I'd post on here. I'm a big fan and voracious reader and I have a remarkable (if I do say so myself) memory for detail in books. I've read all of the Spellmonger series multiple times and I <3 them all. However, I have noticed a few inconsistencies in the overall story arc (Kamen vs Kyre for example) and a few typos. I wondered whether you wanted another beta reader? I'm pretty fast and already do the same for other self-published authors (but only the ones I love reading!)Caroline
Are there any plans on release any more on Audible, i seen other people asking but no response, or i just missed it, or if anyone out there knows any plans for the future, please let me know, I'm in bad health and running out of time and would like to finish this outstanding series well if there are anything like the first book.please any info would be nice.
The next audiobook will be released sometime this Spring. It's already in post-production. We'll probably get at least the first four books out by the end of the year.
May I suggest that Audible post this info on the series? I stumbled on your book because I like John Lee as a narrator*, and now I want to know the rest of the stories. I found this page because I wanted to know whether I should wait a bit for the audiobook, or just buy on Amazon. Now I know I will wait....but Audible should have been able to tell me that! (If you click on the series, it lists them all, but says "Not available on Audible.com") By the way - I love the first book. Thanks!* - If you ever wondered whether a narrator brings in fans, wonder no more! When I am looking for books to listen to while running, I frequently search by narrator and try someone I've never read before. Sometimes, like now, it works out great. Sometimes, it's not as great, but at least I enjoy the voice! That's important.
I just bought the Audiobook. It was such a good deal, I bought it cash instead of waiting for another credit. I can't wait to have all of them on audio. I love your series.
Terry, Did you give the OK to have John Lee perform your book the way he does? I swear, to me, he sounds like Garkesku should sound. It feels pompous and forced. Will Mr. Lee perform for all the Spellmonger books/series? I know Mr. Lee has won several audio awards but I am a little bit disappointed. Either way, I will still buy all of the audiobooks :)
To say that you dislike his performance and will buy it anyways seems rather childish to me...And to hint that the voice actor should be changed shows a rather big sense of entitlement (who do you think you are?)...
So they're not entitled to their own opinion, or able to provide honest feedback?
I love how more and more of the world and universe is coming out. Like whats happening in the rest of the world with the alka or the human race in out there in space.
For the audiobook, it continues on after the teaser in the the book ends.
When will the rest be released on audible?! I'm ready!
Audible ... shmaudible ... when's the next book coming out?? :)
Terry i just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING LIKE GEORGE!!!!!!!!This sudden need to express myself came from checking the expected date for winds of winter, it supposedly comes this year, but even HE reminds us that HE thought so last year too.
Sounds like Mr. Martin is really optimistic about his deadlines. ;)Like he said, thanks Terry
Unrelated to the latest release, but I'll post it here since the thread always moves to your newest post - it occurred to me that most steel ends up with some amount of silicon in it (not too much, 0.2% is a benchmark for certain modern swords) and I wondered if a wandering Mage might notice the difference between Sevendori steel and it's more mundane counterparts (although I don't know how advanced the sevendor smithy is).
The steel would also have needed to be present during the transformation or mined it out of the affected snow stone...but an interesting point to consider.
No it wouldn't as we know that adding snowstone to staves lowers the magical density in the area and makes them better so if you forged a sword with .02% snowstorm Silica rock you would make it a better mage blade
This is pointed out by penny's staff he made.. sorry can't remeber the correct terms atm it's 6am and I'm going to bed - but te wood it was made from was not native to sevendor
Yes, if you work it in...and I am sure that Cormoran has done such things when crafting weapons. But from what I have read (I could have missed something) they imported their first blacksmith and others have probably migrated...but they do not have an active iron mine or smelting operation yet. So all their steel would have to be imported. And yes mounting snowstone in the pommel of a sword will reduce magical resistance but I would really like to see if an Iron Ore can be found that was magically changed with the mountain and what happens when Cormoran builds weapons with "inherently magic metals".
From what I can tell, most ores don't have silicon in them, but there is a long history of ceramic blades, and given that sevendori clay has been used in enchantment, I can see such blades being used
Terry - I am rereading the series again. Any updates on your publishing schedule would be greatly appreciated.