Skirmish, and the story so far

First, noting the tags, I want to apologize for a number of things.

I did not intend to write a series of books that would break in the middle this way. What kind of an idiot writes a series that requires another entire series to be read in the middle? Apparently, me. Had I realized, when I finished Hidden City, that there would be three books that would cover one arc, I would have called the series something else, and had one “early years” trilogy.

I like to believe that I learn from my mistakes. I promise that I will never make this one again.

It didn’t occur to me, while writing Hidden City, that people who hadn’t read The Sun Sword would actually be reading these books. I am enormously grateful that they are — but it wasn’t something that I considered at the time. I know I should have. I am, I think, a clearer writer than I was when I first started writing The Sun Sword, but one of the things I’ve struggled to accurately understand is how much needs to be said for clarity’s sake. But when it became clear to me that I had new readers for this series, I was left with a large problem: How could I make the actual House War make any sense to people who hadn’t read The Sun Sword? I wrote several versions of a first chapter in Skirmish in an attempt to cover the story-so-far in a way that wasn’t intrusive.

But I realized, with each variant attempt, that it was a lost cause. I couldn’t do it in the book itself unless I changed the start point, and I couldn’t do that because the events are written, published; they can’t be conveniently moved or changed–and so, for better or worse, I didn’t, but instead, decided that I would have a summary, a story-so-far, for people who hadn’t read The Sun Sword.

When I approach a novel, I know what it’s going to be about. I have a plan. I don’t know it in every small detail; I know the world, I know the characters, I know what they want – but there’s an alchemical reaction that occurs on the page when two characters actually meet and talk. Whole conversations veer in directions I hadn’t anticipated, because people are like that. It’s like when you introduce two of your best friends to each other. You love them both; they love you. You naturally assume that they will love each other because it makes sense.

Except that they don’t, always. You know them. They know you. But what happens between these two people you know and care for is outside of your control, and often confounds your expectations. Writing is like that, for me. I know a lot about things in stasis. But things in action (where action in this case means the actual writing) move or change in ways that surprise me while still remaining utterly true to what I know of the world or characters.

I sat down to write the story so far, and as usual, I had trouble summarizing. In part, I have trouble because what I know and what is in the text are not the same; the text is a subset of the knowledge. (The other part: I wrote six books when I thought I had two. I am so not the person to write a summary of anything). I dragged my heels. I worked on Peril and War. In my mind, it’s still the end of November. And yes, our Christmas tree is still up.

So: There are three parts of the story so far. The first is a simple point by point recount of events that involve House Terafin leading up to the moment Jewel leaves for the South. These events are largely contained in The Broken Crown and The Uncrowned King. I don’t think this will be of interest to anyone who’s read the actual novels: Skirmish Summary 01

The second is a conversation between Finch and Jewel on the night Jewel returns from the South: Skirmish Summary 02

The third, and by far the longest, takes place in the kitchen, between Jewel and her den. In Skirmish, Jewel does speak with her den in the kitchen; this is in some ways a longer version of that discussion. This actually takes place before the conversation between Finch and Jewel. It is the longest because it touches on the larger issues that affect Jewel and the Empire: the wild magics, the hidden paths, the gods. A much shortened version does appear in the book. Because I’m so late with this, and because it is not finished, at 15k words, I am posting the first part of the third section, and will post the last part tomorrow (or possibly the day after): Skirmish Summary 03.a

The reason parts two and three are written as if they were novel text, rather than point-by-point summary is selfish, in some ways. The first section recounts events that the den as a whole experienced. But for the last four books of The Sun Sword, Jewel is not with her den. She is with Avandar Gallais, Lord Celleriant, Kallandras and a number of other characters. Her life is not political; the events she witnesses and participates in do not reflect the increasingly dire situation in House Terafin at all.

Jewel doesn’t see what’s happened in her absence; the den doesn’t know what’s happened to her in theirs. It made sense to write these sections as if the characters were attempting to fill each other in on what occurred, when time is a constraint, but it also tells me what they know, and what they won’t say.

49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DeDe
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 09:20:08

    LOL – I wake up early because I have a million things to do today. I need to do them BEFORE my copy of Skirmish arrives this afternoon – and I find this wonderful gift waiting for me…that cuts off just as I NEED to keep reading?! Arghh…. Now I’m left hanging – my copy of Skirmish won’t be here for hours – and I still have a million things to do. (Thinking to myself…I wonder if I throttle Michelle will it drag more words out of her?) :-)

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    • Michelle Sagara
      Jan 07, 2012 @ 14:17:51

      So sorry >.<.

      In part, the dialogue, or monologue, gives me the chance to give emotional weight to the summary. It also, unfortunately, adds words and it makes the writing choices more difficult, so it's (of course) longer, and it takes longer =/. But I know it's late; it should have been up on the 3rd or 4th of January, so, ummm. Late, late last night, I linked the (not quite complete) summary so far. I promise late tonight or tomorrow the rest will be there!

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  2. Michael
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 09:59:38

    I have read the point by point, but not the other two sections yet, and a thought occurred:

    Shouldn’t Jewel’s attempted assassination at the hands of the Kovasachi be included here, mainly for what the Lady tells Kallandras after his interference?

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    • Michelle Sagara
      Jan 07, 2012 @ 14:50:18

      @Michael: One of the difficulties of summaries, for me, is an argument can be made that all of the events are peripherally relevant. Even the story lines that don’t involve Jewel in any obvious way contain information about the world with which she interacts.

      In the case of the summaries, I chose the elements that I felt were more or less necessary to understand what was happening in Skirmish. I left out a lot, because it would have been 60k words, otherwise. But, if I hadn’t left out a lot, it wouldn’t be a summary…

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      • Paul Howard
        Jan 07, 2012 @ 15:00:35

        I haven’t read the final book in the Sun Sword series but have read some of the early ones (I forgot some bits).

        I found the summaries “nice to read” not “necessary to read”.

        Of course, if I hadn’t read any of the Sun Sword series, the summaries won’t be enough. [Wink]

        I really doubt that you could please everybody. [Sad Smile]

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  3. Paul Howard
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 11:23:59

    Thanks. I’m looking forward to the rest of Summary 3.

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  4. Beanz
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 11:48:42

    Hi Michelle,
    thanks so much for your efforts. For some reason I hadn’t realized until I actually held Skirmidh in my hands that I should have taken the time between House War and Skirmish to read the Sun Sword series even though I had started to collect the books. I came to your worlds via Elantra so hadn’t read them before.
    Luckily I am on vacation and basically spent the whole time first reading the Broken Crown and now the Uncrowned King.
    Unfortunately most of the next four books have to be read when I am back at work so it will be a couple of weeks before I’ll let myself read Skirmish now.
    Still I appreciate your “short versions” and will insert them as well at the appropriate times:-)

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  5. Klara
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 12:41:00

    Thank you for the summaries. After receiving Skirmish (on the 4th of January) I had skimmed through the Sun Sword-books again and had read all the parts about Jewel and her den before starting the new book. The 3rd summary tells the story very well. I wish I had not yet started (and finished) reading the book before reading the summary. I will simply have to start reading the book again (just a bit slower).
    Thank you for the great new book.

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  6. Betty Hyland
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 12:49:25

    I walked into my bookstore and found skirmish (which they had told me would not be out until late January) on the shelf, brought it home and opened it and found I had to go looking for the Sun Sword. I had all of the series to hand EXCEPT that one. Curses!
    I was therefore glad to see your summary this a.m. I don’t like reading on the computer and in any case I have a lot of other things to do first but thank you for the signposts.
    It was interesting to see how your other readers handle this bump in the road and in some cases the routes they have taken.
    Is the Elantra series anywhere near the end? Not that I want it to end just curious.
    Thank you again for putting your vivid imagination into print.

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    • Auraya
      Jan 08, 2012 @ 11:06:37

      Elantra is a different universe. Those books are entirely separate. They also are in a different style than the “Michelle West” books. So next time you’re looking for something to read, you can start on Elantra :)

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  7. Alan
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 14:33:05

    Write a summary:

    Three Short Stories Later.

    Michelle, we love you. I don’t think any of your readers expect brevity; I know I don’t begrudge your longer than expected responses. No need for groveling apologies.

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  8. Kate Elliott
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 15:25:49

    You know what? This is actually a brilliant idea. I hate writing synopses or those “what came before” summaries at the fronts of books, which is why I don’t write them (although I probably should). But I could totally do a dialogue between two characters catching each other up on what’s happened.

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  9. Kate Elliott
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 15:26:35

    And by “actually” I don’t mean, “actually, what a surprise, given that it came from you.” ;)

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    • Michelle Sagara
      Jan 07, 2012 @ 16:33:31

      The problem with a synopsis for me is it sounds — and feels — so dry. I *can* do it; I did it for the first two books, but in those, the events were scant enough, and the den was (largely) peripheral. But for the four that followed, not so much. When I say “the” problem, what I mean is “a” problem >.>

      And!

      Dialogue and discussion gives me the ability to add texture and emotional weight to the events, because even if someone is recounting things to friends, they speak of it with awe, dread, contempt — with emotion. So it’s like a recap, but it’s also like writing, because the characters are who they are, and they bring something to the retelling and to the things they don’t actually want to say. If that makes sense.

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  10. Kerri Knorr
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 17:17:53

    Thank you so much for this. I read the Sun Sword series, but hadn’t realized how much I had completely forgotten. The sneak preview of Skirmish you have up here had me so confused.

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  11. Chris
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 18:45:07

    “What kind of an idiot writes a series that requires another entire series to be read in the middle?”

    Who can claim to understand the ways of The Makers? ;)

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  12. Chris
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 18:57:13

    While I have now read The Sun Sword and House War series (though not yet the two Hunter’s books or the short stories), I am still quite happy to see these summaries. There is, of course, quite a lot in Skirmish that I enjoyed, but one of the few aspects that I was disappointed by was that there was not more time spent with the Den, especially Teller and Finch. I love their pov’s just as much as Jewel’s. Separately, I also wanted to see more discussion amongst characters and information exchanged. The lack of such is both true to real life, and true to the extremely short time in which these characters have to fit so much into. Still, despite what the mind understands the heart can still hope for.

    So, thank you for these chapters. I, personally, may not have needed them, but I did want them.

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    • hjbau
      Jan 07, 2012 @ 23:25:58

      Sometimes it is nice to have more den perspective just because it can be hard for me at times to see Jewel through certain people’s eyes. The condescension in some people’s thoughts towards Jewel can be too much for me and there is never any of that in the den. I understand Jewel’s fear more then i understand the continued condescending thoughts toward Jewel especially with her two days shy of becoming the Terafin. At least we can hope. It is always nice to see Jewel through the den’s eyes, trust and respect, just as a change of pace from some of the other perspectives.

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      • Chris
        Jan 08, 2012 @ 00:44:29

        I think that I can understand where you’re coming from. As far as the condescension goes, to me it seems realistic in light of Jewel’s public persona since coming to the House and being given the Name. We readers understand and like her, but it seems to me that many others in that world might not, especially given how hard they have likely worked in order to earn their places. As well, she has been ATerafin long enough that many might feel that she should have better conformed to their societal rules by now. Clearly this is not the reader’s perspective, but I can see it bothering some other characters that in a culture meant to be defined by merit and achievement, she has gotten where she is by Talent, and then not worked as hard as they would expect to “better” herself so as to do a more effective job of integrating in to that culture. In matters outside of her Seer-born ability it’s not been said that she has done anything particularly remarkable, so I’m sure that those characters are aware of other candidates who could have fulfilled her other duties at least as well. In response, I can see why they might be condescending.

        We also know that much of what she’s done is not known outside of her circle, or to those whom she must report. And even when she does report to them, much can be omitted. **MINOR SPOILER** For example, in Skirmish we see that her role when the demons came 17 years ago is not well known, and also, when asked by Sigurne and the Exalted, she admits that she met the Winter Queen, but she says nothing about speaking with the Oracle, or meeting any of the other Firstborn. **END OF SPOILER**. I think that there are quite a few instances, such as this, of how the powers outside of the Den do not have all the facts, or the full picture, of what’s going on with Jewel. Some of those omissions are probably unimportant on their own, but some aren’t, and taken together, they portray a very different Jewel to the world than the one that we see. That is clearly changing, but until it fully does, then the condescension that you speak of strikes me as realistic. As a fan of Jewel’s, I don’t like it either, but it does seem authentic to me of where this story is right now.

        I agree with you about the Den in terms of how it reflects Jewel, though for me, I like many of them quite a bit on their own terms. I don’t know how many fans might agree with me, but I’d be willing to read whole novels devoted solely to Finch or Teller. I love reading about the politics of the Houses and their interactions with various members of that society. It doesn’t seem like such will happen, the “Bigger Story” seems to be moving along, but perhaps someday there will be a chance for a short story or two.

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        • hjbau
          Jan 08, 2012 @ 01:07:09

          I do agree that the condescension is completely in character and completely realistic especially in light of what people think Jewel is; they think she is there based solely on her Talent and not on other qualities. The characters do not see Jewel the way we do partly because they have never seen her through the den’s eyes and would not value the den’s opinions even if they could. That is probably why i at times enjoy seeing her through their eyes. I think that there was a fine balance in this book. We still had some of Angel. And we saw respect for Jewel from Celleriant as well as the chosen. I think that it is exactly that, as a fan of Jewel, i don’t like it.

          I actually was very surprised about how big the story got in this book. I thought that Jewel would take the house in a political way instead of on the premise that she is the one who can best stand against the demons and whatever is to come on that matter. I am sure there will still be plenty of political maneuvering which i also love to read and i am sure we will get den perspective there especially since we are sure to lose some of them.

  13. Kate Elliott
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 19:48:29

    And, also, as the writer, one likes to spend extra time with characters . . . I cut lots of small things I’d love to narrate that would otherwise bog down the book. I think it’s a wonderful and emotional way to remind people of what came before, as well as to allow the writer to spend a little extra time with the characters.

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  14. Susan Shields
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 20:06:00

    No apology needed. I came to your writing through the Cast series. I am a rabid
    fan of those works. Late in September after rereading the entire series. I read book one and two of the House War Series. My bookstore notifed me today books 3 and 4 are waiting for me. While waiting for Books 2 & 3, I decided to order the Sun Sword Series to tide me over. I finished Book 4 last week – Book 6 is sitting on my bedside stand – AND THE RIVEN SHIELD IS OUT OF PRINT – Anybody help please??

    Aside from my plea for help with the Riven Shield, the meandering point I’m making is that I’m mid-way through the House Wars, I started the Sun Sword series in the middle of the House Wars and I’m not having a bit of trouble with anything. I love the writing and the characters too much to get overly muddled about what happened when. Now I have to order the Hunt books (chuckle)

    Thank you for making my world brighter and giving me wonderful worlds and words.
    Sue

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    • Chris
      Jan 07, 2012 @ 23:50:35

      Hi Susan Shields,

      I haven’t been able to buy Riven Shield either, though in my case I was very fortunate to find a library within 50 miles that did have a copy in stock. I’d have vastly preferred to have had my own copy, but as you’re likely discovering, they are now tough to come by. Here are the few facts that I was able to determine whilst searching for it myself:

      We’ve been told in previous threads that ebook editions are being worked on, but we don’t yet know when those might be available. It sounds like it won’t be too soon. At least one person last year had success in ordering it from Bakka Phoenix Books in Toronto, but they currently don’t have any and don’t know if/when they might get more in. They signed me up on a wait list when I contacted them, which was almost three months ago. I also tried ordering from some other internet sellers, such as DeepDiscount & Lulu, but while they were selling the book, they didn’t actually have it in-stock, and are no longer now offering it for sale.

      At this point, it seems ime as if the only copies that might be found are those from resellers, or, if you’re lucky, an independent bookstore that doesn’t realize how high the prices are shooting up on this book. As you probably know, House War Book 3 is safe to read, as it takes before the Sun Sword series. After that, you are unfortunately stuck with the obvious options. To wait on the ebook, to pay the resellers for a copy, or to read either Book 6 of Sun Sword and/or Skirmish without having read The Riven Shield.

      If you go with the third option then I will say that the first 180 pages or so of The Sun Sword are where all of the Jewel/Terafin parts are, so you might read that, then these summaries, and then continue on to Skirmish (Skirmish doesn’t really spoil much of the non-Jewel/Terafin story from Riven Shield or Sun Sword as far as I could tell). Obviously that’s not ideal, and reading even some of Book 6 before Book 5 will be a spoiler, but sadly this is just an unfortunate situation. It seems doubtful that DAW will be printing new physical copies of Riven Shield any time soon, if ever. Hopefully you might be smarter or luckier in finding a copy then I was, but that’s the extent of my knowledge of the situation.

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      • Susan Shields
        Jan 07, 2012 @ 23:58:28

        Thank you very much Chris. I tried a library search – no luck. I’m going to check out the second hand bookstores this week.

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        • Susan E
          Jan 08, 2012 @ 10:47:46

          half.com has a copy as low as $21.95 and eBay $25. abebooks today has only 4 copies and the least expensive is in the $30s. used bookstores are probably a better bet, as many still aren’t online and don’t keep up with the flaming competitiveness that the online resellers participate in. I wish I had an extra copy of Riven Shield to send you, unfortunately I don’t have Jewel’s gift and didn’t foresee they were better than gold

    • DG
      Jan 08, 2012 @ 00:11:18

      Chris pretty much covered it. I had a hair pulling experience getting “The Riven Shield”. I was resolved to just wait for the eBook (and Michelle has stated on this blog that she’s working on it), but I am a bit of a curmudgeon about eBooks. I understand the ease and the value of them, and I own a few, but I just must have the feel of a “real” book in my hands. It’s my own personal hang-up. :)

      I did manage to get a paperback copy of the book from here: http://www.abebooks.com/. I paid a wee bit more for it than the original retail price, but not the outrageous (I’m talking $100) prices I was seeing on some sites.

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    • Joey
      Jan 09, 2012 @ 14:38:56

      Howdy Susan (and all),

      I have a copy of RIVEN SHIELD I’m willing to send out into the world. Would folks be willing to do a “read and pass on” kind of thing?

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      • Paloma Doveny
        Jan 09, 2012 @ 17:23:51

        I would be totally willing to borrow your copy of RivenShield and then repost it back on this blog for someone else and then send it on. Who knows maybe we could all read it. My email is palomadoveny@gmail.com let me know by email if you still have it and I can forward you my address etc. Thanks and happy New Year

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      • Susan Shields
        Jan 09, 2012 @ 18:21:14

        Just got home from work and your post made my day. What a wonderful idea.
        My E-Mail address is FShie54686@aol.com. Email me with particulars. I would be more than happy to read it and pass it on to the next person on the list.

        Sue

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  15. hjbau
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 23:19:33

    Great summaries. I really enjoyed a bit of the den in the kitchen. I am a fan of Angel pulling sword on Celleriant any day.

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  16. Paul Howard
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 00:23:01

    I may have *gotten* the last used copy of Riven Shield from Powell’s Books on-line. I went to Powell’s after I saw the price of a used copy on B&N on-line store.

    I say may because Powell’s hasn’t sent it yet (I ordered all the Sun Sword series and Sacred Hunt series) and they haven’t told me that it was unavailable.

    Powell’s now doesn’t have it available.

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    • Beanz
      Jan 08, 2012 @ 16:10:48

      I have been lucky enough to be able to order the Riven Shield online at a German bookstore chain for just around 6Euros. The downside is I now have to wait ca. 3 weeks for the delivery:-( Still better than not getting it at all.

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  17. carole lyons
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 02:45:09

    I loved skirmish! I am a big fan of your cast series. And recently discovered your house wars series. I have also read books 1 and 2 of the sun sword series. Would love to see that series for the kindle!

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  18. Carol Duffy
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 09:36:02

    Michelle, this multi-part “summary” ::cough cough:: is just wonderful! As I’ve read your work in order of publication I didn’t need it, but loved it nonetheless as it both reminded and summed up beautifully. As you clearly have been gaining new readers to your “West” novels (perhaps from your Elantra series), might you consider integrating at least the dialogue scenes into future editions of Skirmish? Or at least a reference to the fact that it’s here?

    Which is not to say that Skirmish isn’t perfect as it is…it’s just that when it comes to your work I’ve always been a “more is more” kinda reader :)

    P.S. Speaking to the conversation above — concerning the information we have versus the information others have — you have finally made me feel the teensiest bit sorry for Duvari.

    PPS. Devon again! Yes!

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  19. Onon
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 16:39:18

    Michelle, I have read every one of the series beginning with the Hunter duology. I absolutely loved every one. I am sat here in the UK waiting for DHL to get my book to me and getting more impatient every minute. Logging on to your website today and finding these three excerpts was manna from heaven. Then, when I read them, I was astounded at your kindness in creating these. They are wonderful as are you.

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  20. bonnie
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 21:45:53

    i loved all your series and can’t wait for cast in peril.can you tell me what comes after skirmish?i got skirmish at the holidays and as my daughter chelsey had to work i got to read it first.lol

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  21. Genna Warner
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 08:58:22

    Just finished Skirmish and love love loved it. I cannot wait for the next book.

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  22. Rebecca
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 12:27:29

    Thank you so, so much for this. I was excited when Skirmish was delivered to my Kindle because I have really enjoyed Jewel, her story and this world. (I would love to someday read the middle six books of the story, and if they were available for Kindle I would buy them right now. Vision issues make it hard for me to read paper books). After reading the first chapter of Skirmish I wasn’t sure I’d be able to follow the story without knowing what happened during the time skip. Having these summaries will help me enjoy the book so thanks again for writing them. I really appreciate it!

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  23. Sharon Murphy Karpierz
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 13:43:32

    Heh. Just picked up the First Sun Sword book through Kindle after my reread of the Sacred Hunt. (In Dead Tree, yet; I bought new copies because it was easier than trying to find my old ones.) I guess I have to get reading.

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  24. AK Kat
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 16:30:55

    Y’know, the funny thing is that at the time I read The Sun Sword books I was a somewhat petulant teenager in the middle of her junior year of highschool who was stubborn and for some reason latched so strongly onto Jewel that I would skip whole chunks of book to see what she was up to. Then I read the book. Only, when I got to Riven Shield (I think that’s its name, it has the blue cover) I realized Jewel’s parts were shrinking. And I, in my youthful idiocy, stopped reading.

    . . . .yeah, I know, I mentally kick myself for being so. . .eugh. Well, I still have the books and though I never bought the last one (I was YOUNG! I guess I still am pretty young but well, at least I’ve matured and gained some patience and perspective since then), I think now is a good time to go for it. I finally received #2 and #3 of the House books, and doubtless I will have to order the last one of the Sun Sword books (B&N is very quickly earning itself a place on my dirty-look-as-I-drive-by list), but I think I shall.

    I am just so enamored by Jewel.

    But anyway the summaries are good even for people who read the books so long ago they’re having difficulty remembering what happened and who is who. <3 I am in awe of you, Michelle West, and I am so very glad you became an author.

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  25. Jacob
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 11:40:38

    Crap. Library just told me my copy of Skirmish is waiting at the front desk. And not only have I not read these summaries (not that I need to, having read Sun Sword multiple times, but I want to), I’m in the middle of another book… But I really want to start reading Skirmish…

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  26. Mark Galpin
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 01:58:52

    Jusr wanted to say Skirmish was great (I started it a bit late because with one thing and another, I was only on Sea of Sorrows when it arrived, and I like to reread the entire series before going forward . . . ) and cost me a bad day at work because I started it at 10 pm, and, as was true for the last one, couldn’t put it down ’til the end. When the next one comes out, maybe I’ll wise up and schedule a vacation day.

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  27. Sharon Murphy Karpierz
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 17:15:45

    Just wanted to clarify. I thought I had found The Broken Crown on Kindle, but rather than allowing our hostess to feel that someone has pirated her books, I actually bought the paperback and, once I found where I had stashed it, am enjoying it. I would much prefer to have it electronically because it is physically difficult for me to read a big fat paperback, and I would like to be able to read faster.

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  28. David Y
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 23:38:25

    What kind of an idiot writes a series that requires another entire series to be read in the middle?
    The worse idiot is the one whose other series is out of print!

    (sorry, Michelle)

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    • David Y
      Feb 14, 2012 @ 23:19:17

      another apology: according to the bookstore chain’s computer, only one of the Sun Sword series is not available.

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  29. Beanz
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 11:59:51

    How can one be happy happy happy and bereft at the same time?
    Easy, I have just finished reading Skirmish and while still basking in the after glow I now have an indeterminable long stretch ahead of me before the story will continue.
    After I held Skirmish in my hands and realized I would have to read the six books of the Sun Sword series before I would allow myself to actually start reading I was exasperated (as why didn’t I do tha while waiting for Skirmish to come out) but also happy because I now had seven books I could read in a row and totally immerse myself in this world. And even though I had to wait a whole week after finishing book four before the Riven Shield finally arrived, this was a wonderful time. And of course despite just having read the actual books I went ahead and took in the summary/extra kitchen scene you put up here.
    And now it’s over for now. I can’t quite imagine it…

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