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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Updates! (UPDATED!)

Now that we've hit the mid-point of summer, I figured I'd give y'all an update on my progress.

As of this morning I've completed 40% of the rough draft of Necromancer.  And a goodly portion (about a third) of Trask's Odyssey.  I took about two weeks off for Scout camp, swim meets, and general summer maintenance, as well as a couple of great conventions where I promoted the heck out of Spellmonger.  New books have been ordered in preparation for the Baltimore Comicon, in September, so put that on your calendar if you are local and want to see me.

In other news, Magelord Audiobook is up for pre-order, and will be available July 25th!  I'm hoping to have the hard copy version available around the same time.  I'll keep you posted.

Back to the word mines.

UPDATE: Just approved the proofs for Warmage - you may now order the book in hard copy at the following address:

https://www.createspace.com/6939137

I will also be offering autographed copies for sale at the Baltimore Comicon and at Gallery 71.

That is all.


79 comments:

  1. Keep up the good work and thanks for the updates. Looking forward to Necromancer.

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  2. Thank you Terry much appreciated, can't wait for Necromancer, and some of your promised side stories.
    Maybe another anthology like the road ton Sevendor would be awesome, with interludes from Olmeg, Banamor, Sir Ryf's wedding, Joppo! Min's Mother even! Would be great fun, I particularly love the Wizard of Birchwood bridge & the road to Sevendor.
    As I face redundancy and some horrific things in my personal life, I can always rely on your books to cheer me up, and give me something positive to look forward to.

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    1. I would particularly like to get to know Mainalan's extended family better.

      We really only know his Dad so far and a little about his Mom. She hasn't even spoken and has really only been talked about by Min. Would also like to get to know his sisters and some of his nephew and nieces.

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  3. Just happened to be shopping for a new Audiobook this AM and first thing I saw was Book 3 Preorder. All ready signed up! Thanks for the good word on Necromancer. That is probably by 2nd most anticipated book for this year!

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  4. Awww, only 40% done? I can only re-read the series so many times before I need the next book you know. :P lol

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  5. Also, am I the only one that thinks that Tyndal and Rondal capturing the Spider and alientating him from the Brotherhood is a set up to eventually convert him into Minalan's personal head of intelligence? :P

    He did have a lot of contacts outside of the Rats and was quite good at such a job... and now has nowhere else to turn to.

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    1. You could never trust that guy...
      The order/school of Shadowmages are going to be the next intelligence service

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    2. No way! that guy is 100% scum! Besides, Min already has a head of intelligence gathering. . .

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    3. Had to look it up lol - The great and powerful Iyugi! lol

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    4. If Min can trust Lady Mask enough to give her parole, a witchstone and allow her to help Rondal and Tyndal, after she tried to kill his wife and children, I think he can trust an old spider with no one else to turn to who is desperately in need of protection from the remnants of the Brotherhood. The shadowmages are going to be working for Duke Anguin, not for Minalan directly.

      Iyugi is a good spy, but he isn't a spymaster and can't be everywhere at once. Unless he's been gathering a network of footwizards to help him with that without it being mentioned in the book. :P

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    5. Iyugi has to have a decent network of like minded individuals or he would not be able to find out what he does. He is always pulling in info from far flung locations.

      As to Mask, she was under the influence of the tainted witch stones when she did the bad stuff. Min also did not technically give her a stone, he was kind of forced to since she happens to win the Spellmongers Challenge. (and he really likes her dad)

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    6. Iyugi is good but I think running a team of agents is his limit.

      Minalan doesn't just need a Spymaster he needs an intelligence head - i.e. someone who can organise a theft, arson, blackmail or murder when absolutely necessary. Not a pretty job but its a necessary one.

      The only person who has proven she has the skills to run the network is Pentandra - unfortunately she has another job and doesn't really have the stomach for it. I suppose the new shadowmage who was friends with Lenguin could potentially do the job but I'm not conviced that he's cold and ruthless enough to do every part of it - the family are thieves not spy's and assassins and while that means they need a good ear to the ground that's not the same thing as running a kingdom wide intelligence service.

      We need someone who is Pentandra like but can stomach making the dirty choices. Maybe Azar knows someone -- wasn't he working as an assassin in the eastern duchies prior to coming to Bontal vale at the beginning of this.

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    7. Maybe the newly raised High Mage, Lady Noutha (aka Mask). She seems to fit most of those requirements lol

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    8. She's more warmage than spy though. She ran some covert ops but again I'm not sure she has all the skills required.

      I'd be fine with creating a new character to fulfil this role as long as he's interesting

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    9. With how things are going would be a fun twist if Rardine ends up the spymaster for Min.

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  6. I agree that the Shadowmages will most likely start sending people for Glass to Min and he can easily convert many of them to his agents in return. It would be very interesting to see what loyalty transfers from Rondal to Min after the wedding...since they broke the brotherhood of the rat...he's free and clear from oath's so it's wedding time.

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    1. It wasn't just defeating the brotherhood of the rat Rondal also said he wouldn't get married until the orphan Duke recaptured southern Alshar.

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    2. What I'm worried about is that after Necromancer we will have a gap in narrative for a couple of years and the series will resume severla years in the future from Minalans son's perspective. And then all the marriages will have been done years before and they will just be referred to as Uncle Rondal and Aunt... summin(forgot her name)

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    3. I certainly hope that doesn't happen... The books from Tyndal and Rondal's perspectives were okay, but Court Wizard (Pentandra) was awful. I wish he had stuck with things from Minalan's point of view and hope he does so from now on..

      Though I expect there will be a gap in narrative for a few years if only so the readers can actually see the completion of Sevendor Castle, Vorone Castle and Vanador (new city being built by Carmella).

      Sevendor Castle was started like 7 books ago :P Ready for it to be near finished, personally.

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    4. Spartan813 - Totally forgot about the Southern Alshar restoration...maybe that will be the next part of the "Knights Magi" series. Although with the brotherhood broken and the Gurvani/Enshadowed fronting tainted Glass and "harvesting" southern Alshar's magic users I would think the Nobles down there will reach out to Min for help to fight back and it would be an easy thing to help restore Alshar from there. I'm sure Terry will put some different twists in place but I would have thought that the toppling of the Rats would have been harder than getting a few Nobles to get back in line...just need a bigger threat to them personally.

      But like Jared mentions above, I like the Knight's Magi series, but the Min novels are the best and I hope we get a good 4 or 5 of those in a row with maybe 1 or 2 Knights Magi thrown in for perspective...but with that big City/Fortress being built I am guessing we will get 2 or 3 more Pentandra novels before the gang (from the first book) is all back together for a final confrontation/epic battle.

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    5. I won't mind a jump in time and seeing things from Min's son's POV, i just hope it doesn't happen soon, and when it does he is grown up (at least 17-20) and is a badass xD

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    6. I also enjoy the Min storys far more and (educated guess) Terry had a hard time writing from Court Mage (he finished the books before it in a few months and Court Wizard took over a year - yes I know that he also had problems in his personal life but its telling)

      My biggest fear right now is that Necromancer is going to be a cross over with parts from Mins pov and parts from Tyn and Ron. Tyn saving the princess while Min gets the Celestral Handmaiden sounds about right and I wont comment on this idea... whatever.
      Mins books sound like his diarys or the books he wrote as arch mage and ANY cross over with other povs doesnt fit into this style.

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  7. Glad to hear it! And I repeat my plea for a short story or even more book content for Olmeg the Green, my favorite non-Min wizard!

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  8. Jared, I disagree about court wizard. It was setting up some story lines that will contribute to the solutions and new trials. I prefer the books with Min but they all contribute especially the short stories.

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    1. I may have liked it better if it wasn't so repetitive..

      Lost track of the number of times that the undead getting smarter was brought up and discussed among the characters and always as if it was the first time they had heard of such a thing. Maybe after the Great Rectification it will be better.. But I will likely still dislike it.. Pentandra was a pretty lame character from the start in my opinion and hasn't really improved. Plus I hate when prophecy gets too involved in a story.. A bit of prophecy here and there is one thing, but when its pages upon pages upon pages of talking about it... blah.. Court Wizard is likely one I will almost always skip when I reread the series.

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    2. I love Penny, I feel she plays a very important part in Min's world. I love that we got to spend some time with her and how she is playing her part in the rebuilding of magic, she specializes in the long game. I also really enjoy prophecy being thrown in, and how Penny stays true to her character and reads the prophecys. And let's face it that she would have read it is already known. The many people working in the back ground for Min are all important and I enjoys every book very much.

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  9. Good to hear about Trask's Odyssey hope the writings going well and you are enjoying it, I can not wait to read the third installment of the Tanith Series.

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  10. If you are friends with spellmonger on Facebook he gave a tanalyzing treat.

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    1. That was a good catch! Thanks!

      I had liked a Spellmonger page but I guess this is the real one lol.

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    2. Too much of a tease....although I like where that thread was heading...just need more of a real short story. A few more paragraphs and it could have a little more closure while allowing more threads and characters to be brought into play. Just makes me want Necromancer to come out that much sooner.

      Type faster Terry - and don't forget my offer of free proof reading services. I caught a few in your short story. :)

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    3. It made me think of all the people, namely Mins blood relatives, that have been drinking & eating snowstone this entire time. I am surprised there have not been more "incidents" around Sevendor Town lol

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  11. Speaking of re-reading the series, anyone ever get the urge to go and start reading/listening to Book 1 again just days after finishing up with Shadowmage? I particularly like audiobooks, so Magelord coming out on audible makes me want to at least listen to those first three.

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    1. I couldn't wait for Magelord to come out on audio so I ended up reading the entire series again. Just finishing up Shadowmage again. Have been taking my time trying to drag it out so that it will not be that long until Necromancer!

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    2. I recently finished re-reading the entire series again and all the short stories myself just because I like the story so much. It also reminded me on just how many things I forgot happened and many of the good comic jabs I forgot.

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  12. Speaking of re reading the books. Does anyone else think that Isily is going to come back in Necromancer? Or that maybe the princess is not really a prisoner at all anymore?

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  13. I hope isily is completely out of commission. She hasn't added to the story other than provide angst to Minalan's mental state. I'm not sure about Rardine, I'm sure power is her goal. Extinction of the human race wouldn't be in her best interest. My bet is Alta will be influenced by the celestial mother and handmaiden. The result might be at odds with Minalan at times. We will see what Terry has cooked up. Excited by the next installment, but hate waiting

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    1. I think Rardine can be redeemed, maybe facing true terror shakes her, also the one human person i want to see fall is the queen, not even her predecesor seens so callous, and she was like that even when she was a princess (i can't remember what the correct title for a duke's daughter is), she is like a corrupting influence. She reminds me of Cersei. Only more competent and less delusional (she is still delusional and incompetent when dealing with certain things)

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    2. Just like Alya, Isily was hollowed out by the blast. Not only is she basically an empty vessel now, her body got all blueified and now she may be a super vessel! Maybe even a good fit for Korbal himself!

      As for Rardine, I had been starting to feel bad for her as well. What started me thinking that she could turn traitor was the short story at the end of Enchanter called "Checkered Past" I do not think I read it until I reread the series. There is a prophecy in there that implied that there will be a traitor that shatters the kingdom. Rardine has not been happy at all since the kingdom was formed and she was relegated to being married off instead of being rewarded for her help in its creation. If they offered her power over the humani in exchange for her help . . .

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    3. Isily may become the vessel for the celestral handmaiden, they want to truly restore her and its said that they were also scouts (found things out for the celestral mothers or something like that)
      We cant say that Rardine is evil, she did as she was teached and I found humor in the idea that she plays Penny on us: The striking (single) knight magi leaves a big impression on her and she wants him! If Tyn saves her that would make him baron (2 baronies for the savior of the princess)
      Honestly, I dont like Rardine but Terry is not George Martin (thats why I love Terrys books) and I may get my happy end!

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    4. My happy ending would be Rardine being dead.

      And I don't think Minalan would put the handmaiden into Isily, thats far too close to necromancy.

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    5. Isily is dead as was stated several times in Shadowmage. Anything further involving her would be necromancy and I don't see that avenue being opened up on Min's side. I know she wasn't dead at the end of Enchanter but Terry has made many changes like that from one book to the next.

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    6. Necromancy is when you use a dead body, this is more like giving the empty vessel a new mind ^^
      (it starts with the point that the reanimated body no longer has the fundamental body functions (doesnt eat, no heartbeat ect.))

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    7. I just finished Shadowmage a few days ago and If it was mentioned by anyone, I do not think it was definite. Min was really the only one still standing on the roof when the big blast went down and he would not want many people to know that Isily was around even if it was in such a reduced capacity.

      In the end though, I think Min will at least try to rebuild Alya but trying to recreate/fix her pattern (with the help of Ruderal) but what will wake up in anyone's guess.

      With Isily though, I am sure the "Family" knows where she ended up and that means that Korbal likely does as well.

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    8. So far all the book titles have been directed at the main character (Magelord - Min when he took over Sevendor, Journeymage - when Min took the kids accross the wilderness. Shadowmage - Tyndal and Rondal were playing Spies the whole time)

      If this follows the same pattern, then Min will be practicing some form of Necromancy.

      one thing though is that I think even the patterns they have been using to make their new staffs and weapons is considered Necromancy as well so it may have nothing to do with Isily or Alya in THAT way at least

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    9. Is there a "definition" of Necromancy? Does it need to be reanimating a dead body or could it be using the Eneagram in something? To the point above, will Min start making active - thinking constructs - that are essentially copies of something? Could he take Sire Cei's pattern and copy it into a warrior construct such as the example from the story on the grain of pors with the clay warrior. He was already talking about something along those lines in Enchanter. Will he take the time to one up the boys' sentry at the rat trap with state of the art components, some glass for power, and enchanted weapons. He could send an "automation" into forward combat areas with translocation magic and let them kill anything furrier than themselves...could prove very interesting and be a decisive advancement for the war effort.

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    10. thats not necromacy... its called enneagrammatic enchantment and to be clear you CAN accomplish this with necromacy too but its a differemt way (the difference between animal sacrifice were you take a living mind and the grain were you use the imprint (record/copy) of the mind)

      @Sir Loki: You may not know that Terry released a short story (the Spellmongers Yule) that takes place after shadowmage. Lets just say you should read it before Necromancer ^^

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    11. @Lodrik18 Yeah, I have read that (and listened lol)

      Still pretty sure that Necromancy and Enneagrammtic enchantment are pretty much the same thing. There are many instances in the books where they refer to "dark Necromancy" or Death power vs Life Power but I think all of those end up under the same umbrella. The Censorite certainly thought so, that is why they locked up the Grain of Pors. As Ryndal above said, What would you call it if you took a body completely made of inanimate materials and then stuffed a fully formed Enneagram into it?

      Even with the help of the Handmaiden, it will likely be a form of Necromancy that is what heals Alya. Maybe even that will be what ends up happening to Isily, being the host of the handmaiden.

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    12. Necromancy works with dead, to gather the energy released when something dies/to use a dead body. Its already in the word; greek: nekros = corpse
      Alya is not dead and her mind is "only" fragmented so how is this related to necromancy at all? (we know what they are going to try, its different...)

      Death & Life-force are polar opposites (the dead cant enter areas filled with to much life force) << like matter and antimatter

      Any elemental is a Enneagram in a inanimate materials amd you dont have to give any Enneagram from the grain full awareness.
      I get the feeling that you think to take any Enneagram from the grain means to bring this dead being back and thats your reason for calling it necromancy.

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  14. Have been listening to the magelord Audiobook really good except that some of the errors from the book have still made it through for instance the Yeoman of Westwood is first introduced as Kyre instead of Kaman and it says he just obtained the westwood on his fathers death - which we know didn't happen now from both later in the Magelord book - and later books - and from Hawkmaiden.

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    1. Disappointing that this made it into the audio version.. Wonder if they'll ever be able to fix it now

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    2. That's what sucks . . . you can edit and edit, but some stuff still slips through.

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  15. Only Terry knows how Alya will progress but I doubt she will be the same Alya we came to know and love. I'm hoping Terry will continue to write her in as a good character and a good partner and mother. She has been a secondary character even Penny has had more to do with the story development than Alya which I think is a shame. Terry has alluded to her having some magical potential (see the Spellmon gers honeYmoon and Magelord). I hoping that plays out as the story continues. I think families are the building block of any great society, so I am hoping Mins family stays whole conquering everyday and epic problems Calidore throws at them. (I'm not expecting alya to become a Mage but she does have the magical ability to bring people together and protect those she loves.)

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    1. Oh, it will. In a big way. By book 13, it should be pretty obvious.

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  16. Can someone put a link up for the Facebook page tease? I can't find it.

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  18. Hi Terry! I am a new fan of your works after discovering The Spellmonger series. I just completed listening to book 3, Magelord, on Audible and am 100% hooked. I was also pleasantly surprised to see how many books are currently in and planned for the series. While I have already started reading the Kindle version of book 4, Knights Magi, I was curious when there might be print or audio versions of this book and indeed the whole series? Hope you are having a fantastic day!

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    1. Magelord was just completely and released on July 25th.. Knights Magi is currently being produced by Podium Publishing as an audiobook. :)

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    2. I must have found the series just after the recent release. I am chewing through Knights Magi on Kindle and its quite fun so far. Very much looking forward to the audio book version, thanks for the info!

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    3. I like to think I make fantasy Epic-er. Still holding strong at a planned 30 books.

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  19. Is it September yet? (Is Necromancer done yet? :P )

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    1. More than halfway. By the end of the week, I should be hitting Chapter 50. That will make it as long as Magelord.

      Only 30 more to go . . .

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  20. Jared, I'm with you....ready for Necromancer. Nothing out there captures my imagination as well as the Spellmonger's Series.
    Aaron don't forget the short stories. They give a lot of information that is helpful in the longer books.

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  21. Just finished reading the series 1-9 and all i can say is i truly hope that book 10 gets back to the main story... i cannot express how truely annoying it was to open book 9 and see once again it was in the past and there was 31 chapters before it even caught up the the last books timeline.

    this has the potential to be a great story if it would stop hopping around in different timelines. I might not have be so bad if there hadnt been 2 books in between the main story.

    I did not particularily enjoy the court wizard book, it had its interesting moments but there was so much filler and repedative conversations that had already happened and for some reason the characters seem to have just forgotten about.

    All i can say is if the next book is not about the minalin and the main story then i think you will have lost a loyal reader, there is no way im going to wait another year and a bit to find out what happens i will simply move on

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    1. Shouldn't worry so much, Terry complains about waiting for G R R Martins books to come out.

      What is it up to now? a decade?

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    2. Legend says The Winds of Winter will come out this year......of couse HE said the same last year =S

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    3. I didn't mind seeing a lot of repeating conversations and what you've called "filler" the way I see it, a lot of what happened in the last two books is the jumping off point for everything to come - maybe we could have done without it, but I imagine it would have made certain things coming up seem like a deus ex machina

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  22. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It's about 90% Minalan (you'll understand when you read Necromancer why I had to do the other 10%). And the plot advances - quickly. I just finished Chapter 44, and am headed into Chapter 45. Tying up most of the outstanding plotlines, adding some new ones. But this one is hard, I won't lie. Should be announcing the release date sometime next month.

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    1. How is Trask's Odyssey going? I'm really looking forward to my next hit of space adventure!

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  23. I want to thank you for this series. I'm a dual purchaser--Kindle (Not KU) and audiobook versions. Let me say that as a regular audiobook listener--I LOVE YOUR NARRATOR. Podium totally rocked that one.

    Also as an avid reader, I appreciate both the length and progression in the series. I am only on book #5, but am trying to pace myself so I don't catch up to you.

    I really wish you were on Goodreads.

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  24. Can't wait! Anything on Zagor? I've been hoping for a story on him and Olmeg. An update on Tal and bess the two kids min brought home from the March. And maybe an update on Daisy the maid. Has she delivered yet?

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  25. Love the books but would like to know when Tanith 3 is coming!!

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  26. Question was rereading shadow mage, and was wondering; at the fight at the auction when Rondal talked with Ocajon is this before or after Ocajon's "death" in court wizard? I can't remember if he died after the Ishi fest or out in he woods.
    On that note in both books Ocajon stated he would be "resurrected" if he died. Would he some how retain any memories from that time he was out and about or revert back to what he knew when last his Lord copied his enegram? I think he loses all the gained memories but would like a confirmation.

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    1. Are we sure the enegrams are copied? I was under the impression that they returned back to somewhere else after the vessel containing them was destroyed.

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    2. I figure they are copied and stored somewhere because if as you say they have a "save point" they retreat to that means there is something out there that can over ride the pull of the other world. And if that is true there is no reason for Korbal and such to need the ghost rock because they can just search and pull any enegram from the other world.
      I do realize in court wizard Ocajon states "Slay me, and my master will merely call me forth again...", this could mean what you are saying. I don't believe it is that simple and am asking just for clarification if it does not spoil anything.

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    3. I think in the conversation with the one that Penny had out at the witches house they said what happens. From what I remember when they are "killed" again their minds do not disappear, they kind of hang around like a cloud of essence that if gathered up and placed in a new vessel they do not lose anything. If they are out of body too long then they have to go back to the template and they would lose all memories

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    4. That works as a sort of half way.

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