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First Chapter Excerpt Up! [Jan. 27th, 2010|12:51 pm]
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Del Rey has put up the first chapter of Oath of Fealty, which has a March 16 release date, on their site. For those who want more particulars on the book, I'm giving you a link to their catalog description, and for those who just want to read the chapter, a link to the chapter.

A few words for those who are familiar with the original Paks books:  there is overlap at the beginning; though events were shown from Paks's and Kieri's POVs in the original, other people had their own experiences, somewhere else.   You don't need to re-read the whole monster unless you want to.   Connecting links are (we certainly hope!) made clear, but not every detail (obviously) repeated.

A few words for those who never read the original Paks books but might be interested in these:  you do not need to read The Deed of Paksenarrion first, though, being a writer, I hope if you like the new books, you'll want to read it later.   I tried for a balance of backstory that would keep new readers oriented enough, without the level of detail that would imply you needed to know everything that had gone before.   Should you be interested, a lot of background material is online at the Paksworld website and there are frequent updates to the progress of the later books in the group, and some interesting discussions,  at the Paksworld blog.


[User Picture]From: neshel
2010-01-27 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you've tried to make it so you don't need to read the Paks books. They're an old favourite of mine, but I'm sure I've forgotten so much from them and I don't have time time to re-read them. =(
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[User Picture]From: greatsword
2010-01-27 08:15 pm (UTC)
Now more than ever on my buy list.

You might want to point out to the editor/webmaster that the sample text has several missing spaces, running words together. Enough to break the flow of reading. Unlikely to discourage those of us that are fans of Paks, but not helpful for new readers.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-01-27 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm dealing with several Situations on the home front...anyone care to do the notification of error for me?
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[User Picture]From: greatsword
2010-01-27 10:52 pm (UTC)
Entered as website feedback; I couldn't find a more direct route.

Sorry about the Situations - that looks like a dangerous capital. Thanks for the coming book!
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[User Picture]From: greatsword
2010-01-28 05:32 pm (UTC)
Response recieved:

"Thanks for calling this to our attention. I will forward the information to the appropriate Digital Content Manager so it can be corrected on our website. I suspect that this was a scanning error when placing the excerpt on our website, rather than something that actually appears in the printed book."

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-01-28 07:25 pm (UTC)
GO YOU!!! Gold stars, showers of balloons, etc.

It really wasn't possible for me to deal with this right then.
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From: thefile
2010-01-27 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm halfway through the chapter, and I'm hooked (surprise!).

Unfortunately it's a distraction to have so many word-merges (missing spaces between words, i.e "Arcolin recognized Sef, a private inDorrin's cohort."). Seems to be primarily in last sentences of paragraphs. I hope Del Rey can fix that for you.

Edited at 2010-01-27 09:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-01-27 10:34 pm (UTC)
Please let them know. I've got other urgent stuff to deal with.
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[User Picture]From: ravenedgewalker
2010-01-27 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'm even more excited now. It's a delight to read old friends. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: moonsinger
2010-01-27 11:20 pm (UTC)
Looks like I'll have to start my re-read of the Paks books then. It's been a while since I've read the series. I'm very much looking forward to the new series!
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[User Picture]From: kabochan
2010-01-28 12:05 am (UTC)
Tempting as it is, I'm going to wait til release and continue unspoiled. :) It's on my calendar - I don't need to make the wait harder on myself by whetting my appetite!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-01-28 01:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: fierydream
2010-01-28 04:44 am (UTC)
Eee, I can't wait to read the book. :D
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-01-28 01:02 pm (UTC)
And also understood...(G)
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[User Picture]From: robinanderson
2010-01-28 03:06 pm (UTC)
The Deed is totally worth the read!

I'm a poet and did not know it.... ;-)
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