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Alisttair
Great Reader

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Posted - 10 Jun 2005 :  17:27:52  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Thank you. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the novel.

BobROE,

As Alisstair mentioned, if all other things are equal, hardcovers do generate more per-unit royalties for the author than paperbacks, but that's not really my reason (and all things are not equal, because paperbacks and hardcovers are not perfect substitutes in the marketplace). I think -- and I base this on no research and only anecdotal evidence -- that there is, for any given book, a potentially untapped market of readers, some of whom would be picked up by a hardcover release. Why do I say that?

Because for any given paperback release, there are some potential readers who don't buy it because they want to buy only those releases that they consider "big" or that are authored by what the reader perceives as one of the line's "top" authors. But "big" and "top" are subjective terms, and (I speculate) are somewhat determined by whether the release or the author previously has been published in hardcover. On that basis (and I acknowledge that I'm speculating far afield here), a hardcover release of a Cale trilogy might pick up some readers who otherwise don't pick up the Cale books because they are in paperback and tell more of a character's story rather than the story of an event -- ergo, they are in the readers' minds neither big nor authored by a top author.

Now I'll take issue with my position: the authors that WotC publishes in hardcover currently (and I can think of only three: EC, Bob, and Ed) have proven sales records, write quality novels, and have done all of that first with paperback releases, with the hardcover releases following after, as their careers and audiences became well established. In other words, they earned the hardcover credits by establishing a big enough audience in paperback that it made sense to WotC to publish future releases (or rereleases) in hardcover. This obviously is somewhat at odds with my argument. So Paul, why don't you sell enough books that WotC will publish you in hardcover?

The short answer: I'm trying! The longer answer is, in part, that the marketplace is *crowded* with fantasy. Lots of choices among a finite pool of readers means a smaller audience for any given author, unless that author is one of the biggies. And becoming a biggie is that much tougher in a very crowded marketplace. So I think that if a publisher was willing to take a chance on one or more of their authors by giving him or her a hardcover release, that very fact might actually expand that author's audience (for the reasons that I set forth above), rather than just reallocating it amongst hardcover and paperback purchasers in the previously established audience.

In sum, I guess I'm saying that given today's marketplace, it might make some sense for a publisher to try to create a new "big author" by pushing some releases into hardcover, rather than waiting for a new author to become a biggie in an increasingly diffuse marketplace.

Make any sense at all? Anyway, just an opinion, and we know all about those.




Ah yes, a paradox. That's what this is. In any case, I believe Cale/Kemp is deserving, based on having read your stuff and from the accolades given you by a multitude of FR fans on message boards. I can't base this on sales unfortunately as I don't have access to such. I'm quite certain that Ressurection, like it's predecessors, is a New York Times best seller. It better be anyways lol (despite that it might be partially because of having R.A.Salvatore appearing on the covers as well).

Oh and on a different note, Paul good sir, Erevis Cale reminds me of the wrestler "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. A bald, bad ass good guy lol. That's about the only similarities though (unless you plan on making Cale wave his middle finger at demons before slicing them up lol).

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Lord Rad
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Posted - 11 Jun 2005 :  09:40:43  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well without a doubt, you're definately one of the top FR authors as far as i'm concerned and i'm sure many agree. I've said this before, but I believe that the flavor of FR novels has changed over the past few years to a much more mature and darker feel, and this was initially noticable with Shadows Witness (and indeed much of the Sembia series). Cale is an amazing character and i'd love to see him in hardcover some day. You certainly deserve it!

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SiriusBlack
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Posted - 11 Jun 2005 :  12:26:48  Show Profile  Visit SiriusBlack's Homepage Send SiriusBlack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alisttair
I'm quite certain that Ressurection, like it's predecessors, is a New York Times best seller. It better be anyways lol (despite that it might be partially because of having R.A.Salvatore appearing on the covers as well).



It is, check the thread devoted to the novel or the author's blog for details.
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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 19 Jun 2005 :  02:49:44  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, I know the following is a complete geek question, but if you would consider answering it would be much appreciated.

Jak Fleet mentions that he is from Mistledale and also mentions that his mother still lives there. Where might she live in Mistledale, and does Jak have other family there?

I often throw cameos at my players that is only background material to see if they catch the reference, and since they live in Mistledale I would love for them to bump into the Fleet family.

Thanks!
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 19 Jun 2005 :  15:16:33  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Paul, I know the following is a complete geek question, but if you would consider answering it would be much appreciated.

Jak Fleet mentions that he is from Mistledale and also mentions that his mother still lives there. Where might she live in Mistledale, and does Jak have other family there?

I often throw cameos at my players that is only background material to see if they catch the reference, and since they live in Mistledale I would love for them to bump into the Fleet family.

Thanks!



KnightErrant,

My notes say that Jackert Fleet hails from a small, lakeside hamlet in Mistledale named Stumphill, called such for the dead elm whose leafless bole stands solitary sentinel on the village's "lookout" hill. Jak's father kept bees (and had a full-on apiary) and fished the lake. You won't find Stumphill on any map, however, because I invented it when putting together Jak's background for the Sembia series.

Jak's father passed to Halfling's Rest a while back, as did his elder brother Cobdon (Cob). His mother, last Jak knew (though he has been away from home a long time), was alive and well and living in Stumphill with Jak's younger, unmarried sister (Lis), and his younger brother (Holt). A couple aunts, uncles, and several cousins (all on his mother's side)also call Stumphill home, and at least a couple of the youngest cousins show some signs of having inherited the same wanderlust that infected Jak.

Hope that is useful.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 19 Jun 2005 15:28:55
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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 19 Jun 2005 :  16:17:17  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you very much Paul, that was indeed helpful.
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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 03 Jul 2005 :  18:57:12  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, I just have to say, having read your blog, not only did you recently win me over as one of my all time favorite Realms authors with your Erevas Cale books, but anyone who is inspired by Led Zepplin lyrics (especially Led Zepplin lyrics inspired by Tolkien, which brings the whole thing around in a weird full circle) is a true Sage indeed.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 04 Jul 2005 :  19:22:22  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnightErrantJR

Paul, I just have to say, having read your blog, not only did you recently win me over as one of my all time favorite Realms authors with your Erevas Cale books, but anyone who is inspired by Led Zepplin lyrics (especially Led Zepplin lyrics inspired by Tolkien, which brings the whole thing around in a weird full circle) is a true Sage indeed.



KE,

That does make a nice circle.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 28 Jul 2005 :  15:17:07  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote

All,

I will not be checking Candlekeep.com in the future. So if you have a question or want to reach me, find me at my Q&A thread here: http://p197.ezboard.com/frasalvatoreforumsfrm8, my blog here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/paulskemp/, or drop me an email at: pskemp at sbcglobal dot net.

Alaundo, please lock the thread. Thanks, all.
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 28 Jul 2005 :  16:26:15  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp


All,

I will not be checking Candlekeep.com in the future. So if you have a question or want to reach me, find me at my Q&A thread here: http://p197.ezboard.com/frasalvatoreforumsfrm8, my blog here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/paulskemp/, or drop me an email at: pskemp at sbcglobal dot net.

Alaundo, please lock the thread. Thanks, all.



Locked at Paul's request. Hopefully Paul will return at some point in the future, at which time we will unlock this thread.

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Alaundo
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Posted - 28 Jul 2005 :  17:20:41  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met

Indeed a sad moment to see Paul leaving the halls of Candlekeep. As Wooly Rupert stated, I also hope that Paul returns here soon. One of the greatest authors of the Realms, in my humble opinion.

I'd like to take this opportunity, on behalf of all at Candlekeep, to thank Paul for his time here at the library and for all the time and effort he has spent to respond to the numerous questions and queries from his fans.

This scroll will always remain here at Candlekeep for all to enjoy. In addition, please see the interview with Paul Kemp on his Shadows Witness and Erevis Cale novels.

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Posted - 15 Sep 2005 :  18:58:51  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met

Splendid news. Paul has returned to Candlekeep (somebody ensure those gates are firmly closed this time!) and is ready to take any questions and participate in the threads herein

I'm sure Paul needs no introduction, but for those who have missed it, his latest work has gained some interest over in the dedicted Twilight War Trilogy thread.

Welcome back, Paul, it's good to have ye with us again

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  00:31:50  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Alaundo. If anyone has any questions, fire away.
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Steven Schend
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  04:12:11  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul.....how do Pop-Tarts work?

Steven
Who actually does wonder just how far afield Erevis Cale has wandered across the Realms...or is he strictly an Inner Sea fella?

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Hammerfist
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  04:25:12  Show Profile  Visit Hammerfist's Homepage Send Hammerfist a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Greetings to the author, I have certainly enjoyed reading your works and they are indeed fantastic pieces of work that really kind of captivated my imagination and dreams, especially the Erevis Cale Trilogy.

If the author does not mind my asking and permits me to ask this question, can I humbly ask is there any tips or snippets of information about the Twilight War Trilogy, I apologize if this question is found to be offensive. Thanks.

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George Krashos
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quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend


Who actually does wonder just how far afield Erevis Cale has wandered across the Realms...or is he strictly an Inner Sea fella?



Well, looks like he's heading to Anauroch in the next trilogy for a spot of tea and biscuits with the Shades of Thultanthar. Oh, and Paul please have the actual citizens of said city call it Thultanthar as per LEoF. Shade is so ... Slade and 2E.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  13:47:30  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Paul.....how do Pop-Tarts work?

Steven
Who actually does wonder just how far afield Erevis Cale has wandered across the Realms...or is he strictly an Inner Sea fella?



Steven, other than a sojourn in the Abyss, the Plane of Shadow, and Skullport, Cale has spent most of his life in the Inner Sea area (Westgate, Selgaunt, and a brief stint in Starmantle). The next trilogy may result in his becoming more widely travelled.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  13:51:04  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hammerfist

Greetings to the author, I have certainly enjoyed reading your works and they are indeed fantastic pieces of work that really kind of captivated my imagination and dreams, especially the Erevis Cale Trilogy.

If the author does not mind my asking and permits me to ask this question, can I humbly ask is there any tips or snippets of information about the Twilight War Trilogy, I apologize if this question is found to be offensive. Thanks.



Hammerfist,

I'm quite difficult to offend generally, and certainly asking questions about my work is NOT offensive. And please call me "Paul."

First, I'm glad you've enjoyed the Cale books. They're a lot of fun to write.

Second, "The Twilight War" will pick up some threads established in "Midnight's Mask" (the third and final book of the first Cale trilogy) and will feature the surviving characters from that book (as well as some others). It will also feature the Shadovar of Thultanthar and events of significance for all of the Realms. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to say much else at this time. Careful readers and loremasters of the Realms will no doubt deduce some things from "Midnight's Mask," when it is released in November.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  13:52:30  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos
Oh, and Paul please have the actual citizens of said city call it Thultanthar as per LEoF. Shade is so ... Slade and 2E.

-- George Krashos




Done!
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The Sage
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  15:00:09  Show Profile Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

The next trilogy may result in his becoming more widely travelled.
Ooh! That's good to hear. You've got me sold on this new trilogy Paul. It's beginning to sound like a fine follow-up tale.

BTW, it's good to see you back at Candlekeep .

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Dart Ambermoon
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Posted - 17 Sep 2005 :  02:04:58  Show Profile  Visit Dart Ambermoon's Homepage Send Dart Ambermoon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Paul.

Firstly, the praise*g*. I thoroughly enjoyed the Erevis Cale trilogy thus far. For my tastes, youve given the "dark" Cale a perfect companion in Jak Fleet and also a great Nemesis in Riven )love that triumvirate). I was actually sold on Cale after I read the first short story in DRAGON. Looking forward to the final novel and I danced a happy jig in front of my computer (to the grave concern of my girlfriend) when I read about the fact, that there will be another trilogy. Thanks, too, for putting some spotlight on Mask once again*g*, that deity is just plain kewl.

Secondly, the question.
I was pretty fascinated by Sephris and his "mathematical" approach to problems(quite unique and darn, if you didnt put some cliffhangers/suspicion raisers/riddles for the reader there). Where did you get the idea for that from?

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 17 Sep 2005 :  14:15:23  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dart Ambermoon

Hello Paul.

Firstly, the praise*g*. I thoroughly enjoyed the Erevis Cale trilogy thus far. For my tastes, youve given the "dark" Cale a perfect companion in Jak Fleet and also a great Nemesis in Riven )love that triumvirate). I was actually sold on Cale after I read the first short story in DRAGON. Looking forward to the final novel and I danced a happy jig in front of my computer (to the grave concern of my girlfriend) when I read about the fact, that there will be another trilogy. Thanks, too, for putting some spotlight on Mask once again*g*, that deity is just plain kewl.

Secondly, the question.
I was pretty fascinated by Sephris and his "mathematical" approach to problems(quite unique and darn, if you didnt put some cliffhangers/suspicion raisers/riddles for the reader there). Where did you get the idea for that from?



Dart,

Thank you.

Honestly, I'm not entirely sure where Sephris came from. I've always thought it interesting that music is, essentially, mathematics, so maybe I extrapolated from there. I also try to make any "Chosen" depicted in my books as paying a price for their specialness (so that partially explains Sephris's seeming insanity, his inability to just *stop* calculating, even for a short time).

Someone once told me that Sephris reminded them a bit of John Nash, the genius depicted in the movie "A Beautiful Mind," but I think I saw that movie long after I wrote Twilight Falling.

Not sure that's helpful, but there it is. As for the various hints that Sephris drops, let's talk again after Midnight's Mask.
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George Krashos
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Well, at least I know what the hype is all about now. "Twilight Falling" was a great read, impossible to put down and had a depth of characterization that I haven't encountered in a fantasy novel for a while. Time to buy the rest of the trilogy. Thanks Paul - great stuff.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 21 Sep 2005 :  17:23:48  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Well, at least I know what the hype is all about now. "Twilight Falling" was a great read, impossible to put down and had a depth of characterization that I haven't encountered in a fantasy novel for a while. Time to buy the rest of the trilogy. Thanks Paul - great stuff.

-- George Krashos




George,

Thanks for that. I appreciate it a great deal.

I've been told that TF stands fairly well on its own (i.e., it makes sense and the characters come through even for folks who haven't read "Halls of Stormweather" and "Shadow's Witness") and I'm glad that seems to be true.

Anyway, thanks again.
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Greetings Paul, I really have enjoyed reading your works on Shadow Witness, Book 1 and 2 of Erevis Cale trilogy, a pity I have yet to get book 3 of this impressive trilogy. But if you permit, can I ask what is meant by "two and two makes four" for Erevis Cale, is this sentence a kind of portent into Cale's destiny or does it concern his comrades and him? I have a difficult time trying to sort this question out.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 22 Sep 2005 :  15:10:00  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Shadovar

Greetings Paul, I really have enjoyed reading your works on Shadow Witness, Book 1 and 2 of Erevis Cale trilogy, a pity I have yet to get book 3 of this impressive trilogy. But if you permit, can I ask what is meant by "two and two makes four" for Erevis Cale, is this sentence a kind of portent into Cale's destiny or does it concern his comrades and him? I have a difficult time trying to sort this question out.



Shadovar,

The phrase, "Two and two are four" is/was Sephris's way of trying to tell Cale that his fate is predetermined, that the answer will always be the same no matter what he does. CAle does not like that idea, but this is why Cale sometimes thinks of those words when he comes face to face with the idea that he is what he is, even if he doesn't like it. Make sense?

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 22 Sep 2005 15:23:01
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Zanan
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Vendui Mr. Kemp!

A wee while back we discussed the final book of the WotSQ series on the livejournal board ( http://www.livejournal.com/users/paulskemp/10749.html?view=68861#t68861 ). Now, some people are pretty canon bound and regard information only as canon when it appears in some written form. On the named board you gave some info on the results of the War and I wonder whether you can elaborate on the new ranking of the Spider Queen. Was that an intention by the Wizards, i.e., did you have the authority to call her a (well, there are no real spoiler markings that I can find) the goddess she is now?

Are there any publishing dates set for the "Realms-shaking" new Erevis trilogy?

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PaulSKemp
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Zanan,

I understand that Lolth's reclassification was one of WotC's purposes for WotSQ.

As for the next Cale trilogy, I don't have firm dates. I believe "Shadowbred" will be released in late '06.

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khorne
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quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Zanan,

I understand that Lolth's reclassification was one of WotC's purposes for WotSQ.

As for the next Cale trilogy, I don't have firm dates. I believe "Shadowbred" will be released in late '06.

Paul

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Zanan
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quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Zanan,

I understand that Lolth's reclassification was one of WotC's purposes for WotSQ.

As for the next Cale trilogy, I don't have firm dates. I believe "Shadowbred" will be released in late '06.

Paul



Thanks for this info!

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SPOILER END. I haven't yet read the thrid part of that trilogy though.

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