It's up on amazon.uk now!
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The first and third stories are the best! I'm trying to imagine the stories Rhalia, Cynara, and Simon must have to tell, what will be in City of Light, and then I get all giddy. Time to re-re-reread the books.
Absolutely awesome Will. Really enjoyed the first and the last ones. Simon is so well developed from the awkward boy at the beginning of the trilogy to this sword-wielding badass that you can't help but want to see what he becomes next.
the final story was also brilliant, but it raised more questions than it did answers. Who is the "Old Man" and why is Rhalia so different from what she was.
One final question however; I swear somewhere I read that it was preferable to trap an incarnation in it's territory but why is that?
From one reader to another,
the 'Old Man' character bears some resemblance to the 'Eldest'. Right now I hope he doesn't become one of the main characters. Cynara is much more interesting as a replacement.
Rhalia is currently Elysia's Incarnation, so the power is controlling her.
Trap an Incarnation in the Hanging Tree and eventually it will be free once again. As with Rhalia's case for evidence, apparently the Incarnation becomes another denizen of the Territory and so is no longer able to freely travel in the real world.
I thought there could only be one Incarnation per Territory? Also, I thought that Incarnations were no longer able to enter their Territory, which is why they run around Damasca instead.
The Old Man indeed!!!
I am going to reread the entire series here shortly so maybe I'll answer my own questions.
Thanks Salman and Yeah now that you mention it the old man does seem a little like the eldest; perhaps he's one of the "creatures" of Ragnarus which we haven't seen.
However with regards to trapping Incarnations in their territory I meant that isn't it better than killing them?
"Why is Rhalia so different?" - This question will be answered in CoL.
Salman: I completely agree with you in regards to the Old Man versus Cynara. That's why she was the one to converse with Zakareth in the end of Crimson Vault (spoiler warning, I guess) rather than the Old Man. It was simply because I thought she would be a more interesting character. Plus she had just been set free; I needed to give her a scene.
Rhys: Glad you enjoyed the collection! It's considered preferable to trap an Incarnation rather than kill it because killing it leaves someone else open to Incarnate and take its place. If it's trapped in a Hanging Tree, nobody else can Incarnate. If they get to a place where they WOULD become an Incarnation, something terrible happens to them (depending on the Territory and the circumstances). But they don't become an Incarnation.
If the Incarnation is trapped in their own Territory (semi-spoiler, sort of), then they steadily fade from being an Incarnation into just another inhabitant of that Territory. Once that happens, Incarnation is up for grabs once again. But there's a gradual period during which it's impossible/very hard for there to be another Incarnation in the normal world.
Rhys, in regards to killing vs. trapping, I am of the opinion that it is better to trap an Incarnation because then it is, well, trapped/imprisoned, whereas if you kill an Incarnation, a new Incarnation could simply be created. I think this has to do with the fact that there can only be one Incarnation in existence at a time.
Regarding the Old Man and the Eldest Nye, similar to Salman, my first thought was that they are the same and/or related. Especially considering that they both wear a dark gray cloak.
I completely understand why you would think that, considering that they're the same type of character with a similar appearance, but I can confirm that they are NOT the same character. They're completely different people.
Now, do they have a shared history of some kind? I can neither confirm nor deny those suspicions.
Wow! I can't wait for the next full book. Thanks for these three small snacks during the winter, but I'm ready for the all you can eat buffet. Great job once again! Now get to work and finish the third novel ;)
Glad to hear it, Gary! Back to work I go!
Also, adding to my earlier comment, when Simon first meets the Eldest Nye he "first thought that he was bowing over his arms and briefly considered a bow in return, but after a moment Simon recognized the look of an old man without a cane."
I think once an incarnation is trapped in its territory, it is possible for another incarnation to occur. For example Rhalia and Alin.
That's right, but it doesn't happen immediately, as will be explained in City of Light. The Incarnation's power and nature steadily fade, until there's room for someone else.
It's better to trap them than kill them because, if they're trapped, you get a short period of time during which there CAN'T be another Incarnation, and then another period of time during which it's very hard, though it gets gradually easier. If you kill them, then someone else five seconds later could become an Incarnation.
Thank you for writing this series. It is one of the best that I have read recently. Is "The Old Man" the same as the face on the Crimson Vaults Door. He also sounds like he has orchestrated most of what is going on in Damasca. I can't wait to see if his story is revealed in City of Lights. I for one request that you do a book on Valinhal after City of Lights if you are willing. Thank you.
That's the plan, Charles: a Valinhall book after City of Light.
Not immediately after, though. It'll be a little while. I'd like to start another series first.
Good stuff yet again. I've got my brother, a technical writer, who is even more picky about fantasy literature then I am, reading and liking your series now. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book my good Sirrah.
My compliments to your brother! I'm a little astounded that he's enjoying ME, of all people, if he's as picky as you say, but that sounds like a huge compliment. Thanks for passing on the word!
I just finished Brian Staveley's Emperor's Blades (amazing book by the way) and was SO pissed that it was back to the hunt for something to read. And then... I remembered, "Hey.. What's going on with Will Wight? That guy writes faster than Brandon Sanderson on adderall." Pull up your blog AND THE BOOK IS OUT? I may have done a dance and fist pumped. Maybe.
Wait, stop! Don't get your hopes too far up!
This isn't City of Light; this is a collection of short stories in the same world. The actual novel won't be out until next month, these collections are just to tide you over.
I hope I'm in time to keep your hopes from being dashed against the cold, hard rocks of reality.
Dear god Will you play with my heart.
Don't worry. I realized quick what it was and still read it anyway! I enjoyed the origin story of the hanging trees very much. However, I'm left banging my head against my desk for reminding myself how much I miss your series. I hope the wait isn't too long. =)
I hope you're happy. After the Endross short, all I want to read is City of Light, but it's not out yet. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?
Sheer malice, Ben. Your suffering gives me the only joy I feel in my cold, dark heart.
GET BACK TO WORK!
That is all...
BTW, really enjoyed Lightning Wastes and Ragnarus, Naraka was ok but insane teens I got enough of when I was a teen
Back to work I go! And I don't think we can ever get enough of crazy, murderous teenagers who get attacked by packs of fiery dogs.
I can't believe how fast you can pump out new material, and the material not suffer for it. I've always had the unfortunate luck to pick up a great series, only to get halfway through and find out the next one won't be out for another year. At which point the book after that will take two, and so on and so forth to the point that it's five years later and I'm still waiting for the epic finale! (cough Peter V. Brett cough)
But you never disappoint. Keep up the amazingness!
Thanks, John! I'll try to continue the amazingness as long as I can.
Thanks!! I enjoyed Simon's badassness immensely sir. Have a question. Will CoL answer what happened to Talos's Sword?
Indeed it will, Larry. Indeed it will.
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Of Darkness And Dawn
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