||[Jan. 29th, 2009|11:37 pm]
New snippet posted at Paksworld blog.
This one is from Oath of Fealty (next book out) and the characters involved are Paks, Dorrin, and the Knight-Commander of Falk. Dorrin has the viewpoint.
Those not familiar with the Paksenarrion world won't know that magelords made themselves thoroughly unpleasant and as a result were driven out (less completely than some people thought. A few families in Tsais retained magery, but the most powerful achieved results with blood magic. That there is a real, genuine, first-class-A-1 magelord is about to shock the populace.) Elves are accepted (they're not human, so it's easier to believe their magical abilities really are innate), wizards are suspect but their powers are known to be the result of long study.
They're illegal. At least, using their magery is illegal. At least, using their magery is illegal unless...well. That's part of the story.
Wow - magelords! I figure though - considering Paks is a game changer, so to speak - it'd make sense that other things of your world might not have been "gone" permanently... I am looking forward to the new book more every day; it is worth waiting any length of time for too.
I was wondering something else - are there other short stories set in Paks' world that weren't in the Moon Flights book that I've missed?
The list of Paksworld short fiction is at http://www.paksworld.com/shortfiction.html
. If I ever sell more short fiction from that world, it will be listed here. (I wrote a lot, right after I finished the Deed, but most of it never saw print--and that was a good idea for some of it.)
I think (don't have that list in front of me) that _Moon Flights_ did not include "Bargains," "Dream's Quarry," or "Those Who Walk in Darkness." The last of those is the only direct-relation-to-Paks story.
I don't have a firm publication date. The word is "Sometime in 2010."
When I have a better date, I'll be announcing it everywhere--but the best place to keep an eye out is the Paksworld website, http://www.paksworld.com/
The Paksworld blog will also have it, of course, but its content changes rapidly enough you might miss it (unless you have that blog on a feed.) http://www.paksworld.com/blog/
Chickens are coming home to roost.
It's clear, for instance, that Aris and Seri were the first Girdish paladins. If Gird's daughter's book had not died on me (one of two books that died), readers would have had a few more clues, but maybe my creative mind knew what it was doing. Couldn't say.
Anyway, successor Marshal-Generals held the opinion that all magelords were bad and evil and all use of magery, ditto. For a time even the Old Human magicks (such as laying pain on a stone) were banned and hedge-witches, persecuted.
That eased off. Technical wizardry moved into the area from the SW (I think.) This was a mixture of smoke and mirrors with spells and potions: a craft, basically. Wizards needed reasonably nigh intelligence, excellent memory, good manual dexterity. Both the magelords' innate magery and the wizards' magic (different words to denote different realities) have been efficient enough at getting things done to impede straight scientific and technological progress in areas where they dominate.
But to your point...oh, yes, the presence and legality issues do crop up in these books. At times most inconvenient for our heroes.