House Name is in the House, and an answer to the Kindle Question

Volume 03 of House War: House Name

House Name, the third of the House War foundation books, and the final book set in the early years of the den, is now in my house.  I would have posted sooner, but this particular holiday season, we were visited by the very long and very drawn out cold bug (I’d call it a ‘flu, but it seems to have hit all the people who were smart enough to have ‘flu shots as well). When I say ‘we’, I mean everyone but my husband (which would include my visiting sister, my parents, my children’s godparents–everyone). It was not an impressively productive holiday season, but I am now returning to life and to work.

And to email, which is so very, very backed up it would be funny only in a very particular kind of black comedy.

Which brings me to the second important point, which necessitates much, much grovelling. A number of Kindle readers in particular have written here or emailed me asking when House Name will be available on the Kindle. Because of this, I wrote to my publisher to ask. The answer?

Ummm. The answer was: did you sign and send in the amendment to the contract the legal department requires?

The what?

You know those moments of Oh My God horror when the world shifts under your feet and you experience the dreadful sensation of falling in the pit of your stomach, except you’re not actually falling so you won’t hit anything that will end the sensation anytime soon? Yes, this is one of those.

I mentioned the volume of backed-up email. The necessary amendment was in the backlog and I missed it. I didn’t know it was necessary or incoming, but that’s not an excuse, and as an explanation it’s very lacking, but has the single advantage of being true. So I have found it, printed it out, signed it, and overnight mailed it.

But I wanted to apologize and to grovel to everyone who’s been waiting for a Kindle release of this book, because this is entirely the fault of the author: me. It’s not the fault of my publisher, DAW, and it’s nothing that Amazon has any control over either, and I really wanted to make that clear: your disappointment or (justifiable) anger should be aimed at me, because I failed to notice the necessary amendment in time. I can promise you all I will never, ever do this again. (I now have a ‘pay attention to this you idiot’ filter.)

As soon as the amendment reaches the legal department, the Kindle version will go live.

In the meantime, and as an apology, if you email me at, I can send a chunk of House Name itself so you can start reading, because I expect the book should be available within the next few days. I think your email is logged when you post here, so you could also post here instead of sending direct email.

80 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sascha
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 22:43:23

    Isn’t that the way it always goes? I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the ebook but have zero anger about waiting. Obviously it’s not funny to you or anyone who is angry about waiting, but I can’t help but chuckle. Sometimes things fall through the cracks.


  2. w-b
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 23:00:06

    Ok I was wondering … since you are so awesome about answering quesitons. Can you tell me if you will put your books in audio format? I love listeing to audio books and was just wondering. Thanks


  3. Hugh Shannon Myers
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 23:00:33

    As my favorite comic illustrator famously said—“twas ever thus”! Glad to hear that #3 is in the pipeline. That said I’d be really happy to hear that both the Hunter duo and the Sun Sword series we ebook bound. For that I’d actually go out and buy a kindle! :)


  4. DG
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 23:08:08

    Glad to hear House Name is out. I’m actually in the middle of reading your “Books of the Sundered” series. (No, I won’t post spoilers, but so far I’m diggin’ it). I’ll definitely be getting to the House War series next, so keep em comin’. :D

    I also think it’s great that you took personal responsibility for the Kindle incident (lol). Handing out the books to folks via email is something you didn’t have to do and I’m sure folks will appreciate the effort.

    Self-Proclaimed President of Team Nightshade


  5. Emily
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 23:54:52

    AUGH! I somehow completely missed that House Name was available! Christmas and being sick myself were distracting. I’m now going to my fiance’s Amazon Prime account (he’s a student, so he gets that free 2-day delivery) to order it to read over the weekend…

    WHEE!! He was very entertained at how excited I was at the new book/upset I was at having missed having it at the earliest possible moment.


  6. Michelle Sagara
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 02:06:58

    Jan 11, 2011 @ 23:00:06 [Edit]

    Ok I was wondering … since you are so awesome about answering quesitons. Can you tell me if you will put your books in audio format? I love listeing to audio books and was just wondering. Thanks

    Audio books are separate rights, but someone has to want to produce them, and so far, I don’t think anyone’s expressed very much of an interest in them. In part, I think, because they’re very long. I’m sorry to not have better news =/.

    That said I’d be really happy to hear that both the Hunter duo and the Sun Sword series we ebook bound.

    I know that’s the intent – and I know I have signed amendments for the earlier books, honest! – but there’s no firm date; they’ve been working through the backlist as they go, but the earlier books require more work than the ones in current production, since the production models have changed quite a bit.


    • Hilda
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 03:29:03

      I’m old enough to worry about my future eyesight; it will be awful if I can’t read or listen to your books. I have readCcast in Chaos three times. I’ m about to start reading the second book in the House series and ordered the third. There has to be a way for your books to be automatically converted. I can imagine the pleasure for older people, as well as those with sight problems, to be able to read them as wanted. You are a best seller; maybe that should be the standard required for companies to convert them. And if the want a nice voice to read it, I’m sure the homeless guy “with the golden voice” of recent fame, would be more than please to make that extra money.


    • Sora
      Mar 17, 2011 @ 23:11:35

      I know that’s the intent – and I know I have signed amendments for the earlier books, honest! – but there’s no firm date; they’ve been working through the backlist as they go, but the earlier books require more work than the ones in current production, since the production models have changed quite a bit.

      Woohoo! I have to say, I am super-excited to hear this. I love both the Duology and the Sestet to pieces, but, ah, bringing them when I travel is a little awkward right now, since I’m a very fast reader. ;) Being able to load them onto my Kindle would make me a very happy girl.

      Thanks very much for letting us know that they’re in the works!


    • Paige Phillips
      Jun 11, 2011 @ 20:28:21

      Wait, does this mean that there will 100% be ebook versions of the Sun Sword series at some point in the future? This just made my day!!


  7. David Youngs
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 02:32:57

    Down in Orlando, I’ve had to order House Name; B&N apparently were not going to sell any here. It’s supposed to be in the store tomorrow or the next day.


    • Erin
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 04:21:10

      They only sent one copy to my local store and I wasn’t lucky enough to get there first! I understanding not having a TON of copies on hand, but one…just ONE?! Arg, but one is better than none…somebody is reading it.


  8. Hugh Shannon Myers
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 04:48:17

    Your mention of the holiday season reminded me of a question I’ve had over the years since Hunter’s Oath; just what are the months (and number of days) in the year? What I’ve been able to track down are Scarral, Misteral, Corvil, Hendon (last month of year), Veral (first month of year), Fabril (second month of year), Lattan, Wittan, Seril, Emperal, Marran and Morel. Beyond the three that I think I’ve placed correctly, I’ve no idea of what order they come in— a little background knowledge that would give me a better feeling for the passage of time…


  9. lavanya
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 07:20:23

    not to worry! instant gratification (i.e., kindle) ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. in my case, i’m in india, where books published in the US don’t get here till a year later..or i have to pay the dollar price in rupees (1 US$=47 INR) and wait one month for the shipping… so, kindle might seem a godsend, yes? NO! surprisingly, geographical restrictions apply even on the internet…which is something I do not understand. so, i just keep re-reading the chapters you post, laugh sourly at the impatient “i want it NOW” readers in the US who have NO idea how lucky they are. Still, I’d rather wait a whole year for a Michelle West/Sagara book. You are one of the very few writers who turn fantasy tropes upside down, utterly absorbing stories with real, 3-D characters, and most importantly, NO ANACHRONISMS … the most wince-worthy one is Aragorn telling Frodo to “GET SOME SLEEP???????” in the fellowship of the ring movie. get some sleep indeed!
    right, having vented, let me say, if i haven’t already said it, THANK YOU for books that I can read again and again and again and again and find something new each time.


  10. lavanya
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 07:21:41

    PS: if you are giving away more chapters…. please, please?


  11. Krenn
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 15:50:40

    Well, that explains why i couldn’t find any form of E-book or Kindle version when I checked last night…. Good to know one will available soon; my local bookstores don’t carry the hardcover versions of House War books, only the first two in paperback. Hopefully the e-book versions will be ready before I break down and order a hardcover version online, then have to wait while it ships.

    In the meantime, if you’re emailing additional chapters, reading those would be awesome: the first chapter you posted online was great.


  12. Genna Warner
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 16:30:22

    The fault does not belong with you Michelle. I would also blame the publisher for not following up with you on the amendment. I am actually a little surprised that it is an amendment to do the ebooks. I would have expected at this point it would standard in the contracts.

    I had decided to stop waiting on the ebook on monday and ordered the hardback. When the ebook is available I will also order it as I am finding myself having to have everything in ebook format.


  13. Spherical Time
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 23:02:35

    Hey there Michelle,

    Just finished reading House Name, and I loved it.

    I’m working in an ebook production capacity for another publishing house, and just wanted to point out that it can take up to a month from the day that we start work on producing an ebook and the time that it hits stores. And unfortunately, if we don’t have rights we don’t typically start work on a title.

    My bosses tend to think that that it doesn’t take any time to make an ebook, but really, the shortest that I’ve ever seen it take is three weeks, start to finish, and a lot of that time isn’t under our control. For example, we try to deliver the final file to the vendor about a week before the ebook is due to go on sale or else we can’t always ensure that it will go on sale on the right day.

    You’re absolutely right that older books take more work though. Anything prior to 2000 typically has to be scanned, and then sometimes re-edited to ensure that there are no mistake.


  14. Patricia Murphy
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 02:10:46

    Glad to hear that ebooks on the older books will be coming in the future, even though I already have the books in paperback and hardback. I’ll now be able to have them in a portable form to carry with me. Loved House Name and already looking for more.


  15. Zanson
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 02:49:55

    Glad to hear its coming! Not all your fault, email backlogs happen, someone should have called when you didn’t reply.


  16. Katherine
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 03:39:05

    A happy dance at the books becoming ebooks. I ended up having to buy a second set of Sun Sword paperbacks for traveling as the original ones were falling apart. Having a more portable version would be a wonder and a delight. I will always love an actual book in my hands but those pesky scales at the airlines do not agree with me. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for all of your work to be released in ebook format and patiently hoping.

    Only other silly question: all of the short stories you have in various anthologies that have to do with the Sun Sword world, any possibility of ever getting them in one place?


  17. w-b
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 21:53:11

    Thank you very much for taking the time out to answer my question. Have a wonderful weekend!


  18. sascha
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 01:45:46

    Soon? (in my tiniest voice and big puppy dog eyes)


  19. Katherine
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 02:19:44

    I’ll add a quivering lip to the tiny voice and big puppy dog eyes. Possible a few tears if need be.


  20. Tanya M
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 04:28:57

    Looking forward to the Kindle version. I’m running out of book room. It is either move or go to electronic books – so much easier to go to e-books.


  21. Nova
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 17:26:17

    It happens. Sadly, it happens to me quite often because I have 3 different emails that I use so I wanted to say that I completely understand. I have been checking on the status on Amazon and they have not been gotten to it yet it seems. But thank you for trying to get it sorted out :)


  22. Holly
    Jan 21, 2011 @ 21:54:05

    Ah, I am so glad I googled “why isn’t the latest house wars book by Michelle Sagara available on the Kindle” and was brought to your site with the explanation. It is still not there today but hopefully soon.




  23. Sarrie
    Jan 22, 2011 @ 15:03:48

    I was just wondering, being a UK Kindle customer and being utterly unable to download US Kindle content, when Cast in Chaos is out in UK format for the Kindle. I’ve been waiting eagerly for AGES for it.



  24. Theresa
    Jan 22, 2011 @ 23:14:32

    Yay! Thanks so much for the update! No worries about missing the amendment for the ebook. Considering you have children and they had prolonged exposure to illness in your household, it’s not surprising you missed it.


  25. David Youngs
    Jan 23, 2011 @ 03:47:42

    Having special-ordered (and now read) House Name, I noticed 2 copies on the shelf in Orlando.


  26. Pharaby
    Jan 24, 2011 @ 23:52:43

    I’d seen your name pop up as recommended several times, but it wasn’t until we got a snow day on Friday that I bought the first of the “Cast in…” books.

    Thank you so much — I hadn’t had a series suck me in in a long time, and I sucked them all down this weekend and started on the “House” books yesterday, to the detriment of my grading.

    I’ll be looking for the Sundered series in paperback, and would love the first chapters of the 3rd House book until I can get to a bookstore this week — I appreciate all the action, but I have to admit, I am a SUCKER for characterization, and I sorely want to see how Jewel and her crew acclimatize to the rarified world of the Terafin.

    Although I admit, my grading and lesson plans are probably better off for the delayed gratification, my “gimme more words” more jones is not. (I have empathy for the word-eating Devourer…9 books in 2 1/2 days; headchey bliss.)


    • Patricia Murphy
      Jan 25, 2011 @ 01:03:21

      You should also read Hunter’s Oath and Hunter’s Death. Then comes the Sun Sword series. Jewel/Jay appears in those as well as a large cast of characters, all them fascinating.


  27. Sabine Wiem
    Jan 30, 2011 @ 09:55:18

    I’ve just checked but Amazon still does not have the kindle version available. Whatever will I do with my weekend now:-)
    I guess I have to further experience the joys of anticipation like most others here. At least with your books one can be sure that the eventual fulfilment will be all that it has built up to be.


  28. Shahrazad Ali
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 04:30:52

    Is there any update on the kindle version of House Name? My fingers are itching and reading the first chapter made them itch worse . . .


  29. Shahrazad Ali
    Feb 02, 2011 @ 04:33:24

    Wait, what extra chapters?


  30. sdb
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 02:07:54

    Um, so I read all 4 recently released e-books of the Sundered while I was waiting. I can haz House Name e-book now? Normally I’m pretty zen about e-book release dates since they’re all over the board still and you never know when they’re coming out. But then you told me it was coming, AND you let me read half of it. So I’m all out of zen. Any ideas when we might see it?



  31. Theresa
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 02:39:17


    Any word of a release date for the next Cast In book? I got my friend hooked on the series (she read the entire series while teaching/sheparding college kids around Ireland for 3 weeks). We are both dying for the next one.



  32. Wim
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 18:56:46

    Dear Mrs. Sagara,

    I love your work! I love the Sun Sword series and I love the Jewel books. I’ve been eagerly anticipating House Name. I thought I could wait for Amazon to put it online, but it’s been nearly a month and the wait is starting to do physical damage. I broke. You said that you’re sending people parts of House Name until it becomes available on the kindle. I would like to avail myself of your generosity, if you’re still doing that.

    By the way, you’re the first author I sent an email to. Thank you for being approachable.

    Wim Dowers

    PS: This is the email I sent to little over a week ago, slightly edited to make more sense. It might have gotten lost in the backlog, so I thought I would try again on the blog. The kindle version is still unavailable and the anticipation is getting unbearable.


  33. Thomas Niemasik
    Feb 19, 2011 @ 06:12:57

    Hi there,

    I know my girlfriend is eagerly anticipating this book’s release on Kindle, and I was heartened to read the post about the snafu and imminent Kindle version; however, it has now been over a 5 weeks since you said the book would be released on Kindle “in the next few days.” Is there any update to when the Kindle version might be out? Has something else gone wrong?

    Thank you,


  34. Michelle Sagara
    Feb 19, 2011 @ 21:22:10

    I’m sorry I haven’t answered the question about ebook release – I’ve been trying to get an answer, and so far, am still waiting =/. I was told that it was ready to go and waiting on the addendum when I sent it in — and given that it was my screw up in the first place, there is no Michelle Goes Nuclear option, unless, you know, I blow myself up.

    But I will call on Monday, and cry, and hopefully have a real answer.


  35. Jennifer
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 02:28:28

    I’m very glad to see that the e-books will be published. (Hopefully available on, too!) I love buying new books, but shelf-space is limited because I am unable to throw out or give away books. (I’ll admit it, with seven bookshelves in the house and countless books in storage – I’m a book hoarder.) I try to buy e-books whenever possible. I was thisclose to caving in and buying the hard copy edition, but I’ll just wait until it pops up on or Amazon!

    Thanks for the hours of entertainment! (I’m reading the Cast of series for the first time now, and I’ve read the Sundered series twice…)


  36. Robin
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 12:12:12

    Can’t wait for the next one! And hopefully I will be able to get it in ebook–hauling around the hardcover is no fun! :).



  37. Angel
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 16:29:58

    I LOVE your books, and though I have been waiting a while for House Name, I can wait a little longer for the ebook version while I read some of your earlier stuff (I simply don’t have any more room on my shelves, which is why I have a Nook). Speaking of… when the Kindle version comes out, will the Nook version come out too? (Please)

    Thank you!


  38. Sarrie
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 10:12:59

    Ms Sagara-

    Does that include UK kindle edition of Cast in Chaos?


    Sarrie x


  39. Michelle Sagara
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 03:48:52

    Does that include UK kindle edition of Cast in Chaos?

    That I’m aware of, Cast in Chaos was not published in the UK – a decision of Harlequin/Mills & Boons in the UK. I don’t believe that the US division will publish a UK Kindle edition if there’s no UK pick-up of those rights.

    The Kindle/ebook in question is for House Name, and I should hopefully have an answer about the delay this week, possibly tomorrow.

    But at the moment, any decision about the disposition of the UK Kindle is not in my hands, I’m sorry =/.


  40. Roy
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 06:19:03


    Can you please, please email me a couple of chapters to hold me over until the Kindle version comes out.



  41. Sarrie
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 18:57:36

    Ms Sagara,

    That’s fine. I’ll buy the book because I love your books so much :-)



  42. jessica
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 01:52:42

    would it be possible to post any deleted chapters and what not from the Elantra series. Its a long time to wait for the next book to come out. :)


  43. Roy
    Mar 05, 2011 @ 04:49:18


    Do we have any new information about the Kindle release? I ended up buying “A wise mans Fear” I want to buy your book, its killing me.



  44. Tickle
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 07:18:00

    Hello Michelle,

    Please send me a a few chapters of House Name (if you are still doing that). I’ve been patiently waiting for it to be released in ebook format. I love your books and Jewel is one of my favorite characters.

    Much Love,


  45. Michael G
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 15:37:45

    Michelle, your books are beautiful, and your characters are alive, full of passion, and very easy to live in.

    Kiriel, is without question one of my all time favorite characters in any book. (And I’ve read 1000’s) I can’t wait to see her show up in your stories again!

    I’m excited for House War to hit ebook format, and I’m greatly looking forward to seeing Jewels den continue to evolve!

    PS: Will the warlord ever being showing up again?(Preferably in a kick lots of ass format)?


  46. Sascha
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 21:23:36

    Any word on the ebook release? I just checked Amazon and it’s still MIA.


  47. Edward
    Mar 17, 2011 @ 23:40:47

    Any word on if the old books will become available for kindle as well? .. I’ve just been working my way through the Sun Sword, finished 1-4.. picked up 6..but found out that it’s going to take over a month to get a copy of Riven Shield from the States shipped over this side of the pond. Which is.. a little bit annoying. :) It would be so much easier to get the ebook to read while I’m waiting for the dead-tree to arrive.


  48. Michelle Sagara
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 02:25:25

    I’ve been informed that there was a delay (which was clearly obvious), but that the ebook of House Name will be available in two weeks (by the person who went down the long corridors of the publishing house and stood in front of someone’s desk, peering over the piles of every other bit of work that has to be done yesterday). I’m sorry that it’s taken so long, and this is not something that should ever happen again =/.


  49. Michelle Sagara
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 02:27:29

    I have no word, on the other hand, about when the other books will be produced as ebooks. It involves a bunch of things, not the least of which is scanning and OCR correction, because the early books weren’t done digitally, and — having read, among other things, Lou Anders comments on overseeing the digitization of his own backlist (he’s the publisher of PYR, so when I say ‘his own’, I mean the books he publishes), I think it’s much more time-consuming than I’d initially realized.


    • Edward
      Mar 22, 2011 @ 01:34:00

      Well I look forward to when it happens. It’ll be nice to slide a copy onto a Kindle for travel.
      Heh, as it is trying to get hold of the dead tree version is being a nightmare on its own. I’ve had several booksellers cancel the order when they find they don’t actually have it, and Amazon has a 1-3 month wait before it’ll even post, luckily I’ve found another who might get it to me before April ends… Which is bloomin annoying while book 6 is waiting on my book shelf. :) And whilst I might be impatient for it.. I can’t bring myself to spend £50 that a seller in the UK is charging for Riven Shield.
      Still, enough of that since none of that is your fault or problem. I shall conclude with thanking you for writing some darn enjoyable reading. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens with Jewel and the Den.


  50. Sarrie
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 11:14:49

    Ms Sagara —

    I’ve been speaking to my local bookstore. You told me earlier in this thread that your UK publishers weren’t publishing anymore. My bookstore told me to write to them to ask why, since the cost of importing through them is extortionate (I imported Cast in Chaos) so, could you please tell me who they are?

    Sarrie x


  51. Theresa
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 01:39:54

    Woo hoo! Amazon has a “page” for the Kindle edition up (currently unavailable). But that’s got to mean it’s coming soon! So happy!


    • Sascha
      Mar 31, 2011 @ 00:33:03

      Do you have a link for the Amazon kindle book? I still don’t see it although I see it on I’d prefer kindle since I share books with my mom that way. I guess if it’s not available though I’ll get it at Barnes and Noble.


      • Theresa
        Mar 31, 2011 @ 11:57:16

        I found the link via the amazon app on my iPhone. I have been busy getting my house ready for the birth of my first baby’s, so I haven’t had a chance to sit and try and download it yet.


  52. Sascha
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 02:46:35

    Can’t find it on amazon, but it’s actually for sale at Yay for iphones and all the e-reader apps in one place!


    • Philippa
      Apr 04, 2011 @ 20:30:59

      This is odd. With some difficulty, I did get to a Kindle page for House Name on – but with a message saying that it was not available for customers in the US. (No sign of it in the Canadian store, either). Is this simply a delay in amazon’s processing, or a mistake on their part?


  53. Liza Ismail
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 17:13:24

    i love your books and cant wait to get house name. re your reply to edward, perhaps if you assign someone you trust to do it for you (i know i know i’m not a writer and probably don’t know how difficult it really is) but i feel that there must be loads of your fans who will jump at the chance of owning all your books in ebook format (i would and hang the expense) and it might be worth the effort in the long run.

    p/s does it have to be amazon and kindle


  54. Auraya
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 09:49:24

    I’ve always loved the Cast books, but because you said they’re very different from the West novels, I hesitated picking them up. Last week, it seemed a good idea to change that. So I went through the Sacred Hunt in two days. Now I am wondering whether it would be best to start to start the Sun Sword first or maybe the fist two House books, then the Sun Sword and House Name after that. Any advice?


  55. Edward
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 10:33:35

    The internal “timeline” of the different books can be a little jumpy. They all pretty much cross “time streams” at different points in the books, showing several of the same scenes from different characters perspectives.
    I’d start with the House books which actually start the earliest and follow Jewel from orphan on the streets to den leader to member of the Terafin in House Name.
    The Hunt duology kicks off around the same time period as the end of the second House book and shares some events in House Name.
    The Sun Sword series really kicks off about 15 or so years after the events in those books.. so I’d save them for after you’ve worked through those ones. :)


  56. Auraya
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:41:20

    Thanks. I like to read things in more or less chronological order. Which means the House Wars are next. Since I’ve been at a loss what to read these books are just what I need.


  57. Hugh Shannon Myers
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 13:41:45

    Under the right circumstances, we would all read slowly enough such that a certain person we all know and depend on would have done her part and even better inspired the editorial folk involved to move fast enough so that by the time you are finished with the existing 3 volumes of the House War and have gone on to read the 6 volumes of the Sun Sword, volume 4 of House War would be ready (actually all of this might happen by the time you are through reading this sentence!) Ignoring all of that, Edwards advice is correct. Read the 3 volumes of House War next. And do it soon enough that you remember much of Hunter’s Death to better enjoy the overlap in House Name…


  58. Edward
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 14:34:12

    Dang it. No way can I read that slow. I finished the first four Sun Sword books in a couple of days.. It’s too damn painful to force myself to read slowly.
    Waiting over a month for book 5 to arrive is awkward enough.


  59. Hugh Shannon Myers
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 14:49:24

    I don’t know if this will work for you Edward, but I’m on my third read for all published thus far. And that is only in the last year. Read all of it as it was published the first time around— been a fan of both the West and the Sagara fiction since the get-go, so didn’t even have to think about purchase, just did. The advantage to re-reading is that you notice things that you might have missed the previous time. As an example without detail, I picked up a great deal about Evayne in the Duo that I had either forgotten or not noticed; and since she is for me such a major character, this was extremely helpful/exciting! And then there is a certain tall very ‘dark’ denizen who becomes far more important to the storyline than I had originally thought :) What do I suggest? Read some, then go ‘back’ and read again! Can’t lose, the canvas is very large…


  60. hjbau
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 00:28:45

    I think that you should always read books in the order they are written. I think that information becomes known to the reader in that order on purpose. I do understand why Michelle suggests reading Hidden City first because i think that Hidden City is a better book then Hunter’s Oath. I think though if you have already began and read the first two Hunter books that you should continue on with the Sun Sword and then to the House Wars books. The first three House Wars books are going to connect to the last two of the House War books or however many there actually are in the end.

    I think that the meaning in learning about some of the deaths exists only in knowing a bit of the future and the relation those deaths mean to the characters in that future. It is clear in House Name that some of the scenes will connect to what the den will become in the future for Jewel. To not know Jewel’s future in part as of the end of the Sun Sword series i think is to lose some of the connections.

    I say read the books in written order always. At least i certainly feel that way on your first read through of the series.


  61. Michelle N. Dempsey
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 04:07:55

    Hoping House Name will be offered in Kindle format soon. I love your work and will frequently go back and re-read each series. I love that you can pick up all sorts of small details that might otherwise be overlooked the first or second time through. I do wish that some of your short stories like “Warlord”, “Huntbrother”, and “The Black Ospreys” were available in a collection or were for sale individually in e-book format, since most of the anthologies in which they were originally published are out of print.


  62. Hugh Shannon Myers
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 18:33:11

    Here as near as I can tell is the current bibliography for the SSC (Sun Sword Cycle):

    Michelle West. Hunter’s Oath. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 1995.
    Michelle West. Hunter’s Death. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 1996.
    Michelle West. The Broken Crown. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 1997.
    Martin Harry Greenberg, editor. Battle Magic. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 1998. Contains Warlord, a story about the origin of Jewel’s domicis, Avandar.
    Michelle West. The Uncrowned King. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 1998.
    Michelle West. The Shining Court. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 1999.
    Martin Harry Greenberg, editor. Assassin Fantastic. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2001. Contains Echoes, a story about Kallandras’ early years.
    Michelle West. Sea of Sorrows. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2001.
    Betsy Wolheim and Sheila Gilbert, editor. DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction Anthology. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2003. Contains The Memory of Stone, a story about the head of the Maker’s guild, his apprentice, and her creations.
    Michelle West. The Riven Shield. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2003.
    Martin Harry Greenberg, editor. Sirius, the Dog Star. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2004. Contains Huntbrother, a story about Cynthia of Maubreche that takes place after Hunter’s Death.
    Michelle West. The Sun Sword. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2004.
    Alexander Potter, editor. Women of War. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2005. Contains The Black Ospreys, a story about The Kalakar and the formation of the Black Ospreys.
    Martin Harry Greenberg, editor. In the Shadow of Evil. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2005. Contains The Weapon, a story taking place in the time of Veralaan and the Blood Barons.
    Michelle West. The Hidden City. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2008.
    Michelle West. City of Night. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2010.
    Michelle West. House Name. DAW Books, INC., New York, NY, first edition 2011.

    It is sorted by year, author/editor and title. If my hazel wood wand worked, they would all be kindle :)


  63. Roy
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 18:00:27

    Hi Michelle,

    Do you know when the release date for the Kindle version of House Name? Its been three weeks.




  64. Roy
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 21:12:47

    I finally have “House Name” on my Kindle! The world is a much better place.


  65. Brian
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 18:26:07

    I live in New Zealand and I am unable to get the ebook version of house name on my iphone (tried kindle kodo ibooks to no avail). Any idea when international release for the ebook is going to be?


  66. Renae
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 04:14:30


    I’m from Aus and and would love to know if a release date for the Kindle version has been decided on??

    Thanks :)


  67. Hilda
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 22:08:40

    I’m like Edwards and others, waiting for book 5 of the Sun Sword series which I ordered some months ago. Did all the Cast first, did them all again, and went to Michelle’s other books. And waaaiiiting. However, I would like to see, in future Jewel’s books, something more of the “great House of Handernesse”. It was mentioned so much, by some key characters connected to Ararath Handernesse, undoubtedly one of the most interesting characters in Michelle’s books. It has me wondering what happened or will happen to the House. Will Jewel ever be connected to it? We know Rath grandfather died, we know his sister is the Terafin, but what of Rath’s father? What will happen to the House? Will Jewel, who loved Rath, have anything to do with it?


  68. Hilda
    Apr 29, 2011 @ 01:51:36

    Michelle, I just received an e-mail from Amazon. After waiting some months, they are cancelling my order for Riven Shield because they can’t get it. Do you know where I can obtain a copy? Thank you.


  69. Mike Schooley
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 14:39:40

    I saw your post about putting out your short stories in stormer, and I was wondering if you were ever going to put out the sun sword and hunters oath series on amazon.


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