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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 26 Jun 2008 :  19:41:56  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Firestorm

quote:
Originally posted by PatrikF

Her name was Varra, and she appeared as a minor servant in Shadow's Witness on pages 105-106.

That's her. Servant of Zhentarim lord Verdinal. Its page 104 actually.

Just struck me as too coincidental to have Riven acquainted with a girl of the same name knowing a woman who looked like Tazi would be Cale's weakness.....

Probably nothing, but that's why I am asking Paul here:) To Satisfy my curiosity:)



The double use of the name is coincidental. Sorry for any confusion. I regard Varra as akin to Jane or Kathy.

I appreciate the close reading, though.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 26 Jun 2008 19:42:41
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Firestorm
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Canada
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Posted - 28 Jun 2008 :  00:08:16  Show Profile Send Firestorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

quote:
Originally posted by Firestorm

quote:
Originally posted by PatrikF

Her name was Varra, and she appeared as a minor servant in Shadow's Witness on pages 105-106.

That's her. Servant of Zhentarim lord Verdinal. Its page 104 actually.

Just struck me as too coincidental to have Riven acquainted with a girl of the same name knowing a woman who looked like Tazi would be Cale's weakness.....

Probably nothing, but that's why I am asking Paul here:) To Satisfy my curiosity:)



The double use of the name is coincidental. Sorry for any confusion. I regard Varra as akin to Jane or Kathy.

I appreciate the close reading, though.



Thank you:)

Now I can continue coming up with Hypothetical Situations depicting who will be 3rd and 4th of 5:)

I keep thinking Abelar might be one, but I can also see him reconciling what he did.

I am almost sure one of the Tanthul brothers will be one, but I can't decide which:)

Rivalen has more cause to become one. Mask being one of the few who can hide him from his Father, to smite Shar due to her choosing another for her chosen, etc. If Riven and Cale can become this close after being deadly hated enemies, then anyone can(Except Azrrim, who helped kill Jak)

Ahhh, hypothetical's:) Likely You have a world of surprises in store for me and I am wasting my time deciding on what will be what:P

The new book is coming out shortly right? I am Dying waiting:)

Edit: OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I just realized that they moved the release date to December 2008???? After the last 4 months of thinking it was coming out in August

Edited by - Firestorm on 28 Jun 2008 00:23:28
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Alisttair
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Canada
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Posted - 30 Jun 2008 :  21:47:07  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I thouroughly enjoyed this short story. I enjoyed that it was the first one in the book because I had "just" finished reading "Shadowstorm" before starting Realms of War, so my mind was already into characters in this story.

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Kyrene
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Posted - 24 Jul 2008 :  06:36:37  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not yet having read anything more* about Erevis than what was told about him in the Sembia books -- and a short story here and there in some of the anthologies -- I had no knowledge of any of the characters in this one. Not that it really mattered, since it was a dark but superb read. I did miss Mask though, but have to smile now at Varra's reactions to the "dark young man". Does that mean the child will be gods-touched?

* Something I've been meaning to rectify, once the funds are disposable.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 24 Jul 2008 :  16:18:16  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kyrene

Not yet having read anything more* about Erevis than what was told about him in the Sembia books -- and a short story here and there in some of the anthologies -- I had no knowledge of any of the characters in this one. Not that it really mattered, since it was a dark but superb read. I did miss Mask though, but have to smile now at Varra's reactions to the "dark young man". Does that mean the child will be gods-touched?

* Something I've been meaning to rectify, once the funds are disposable.



Kyrene,

Thank you. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the story. AS for whether the child is god-touched, I have to sidestep the question for now.
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Kyrene
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Posted - 25 Jul 2008 :  06:37:26  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Thank you. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed the story.

People probably tell you all the time, but I have enjoyed all of your work I've thusfar laid eyes on. I have the Erevis Cale Trilogy on my online wishlist thanks to your contributions to the Sembia series. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favourite between Shadow's Witness and Black Wolf.
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AS for whether the child is god-touched, I have to sidestep the question for now.


I'll ask no more, as I'm not yet decided on reading more of The Twilight War. Have to read the trilogy first...

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The Sellplague began, for all intents and purposes, in the dominions of the Corporation. Greed murdered Good Design, unraveling common sense in the cosmos and destroying her dominion. At the same time, Sales Fears and Warcraft Envy happened into alignment. This cataclysmic coincidence led to upheaval, shaking apart the primeval order, opening up holes in wallets, and reshaping everything...
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 25 Jul 2008 :  16:31:41  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kyrene

[quote]I have the Erevis Cale Trilogy on my online wishlist thanks to your contributions to the Sembia series. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favourite between Shadow's Witness and Black Wolf


Black Wolf is a wonderful novel. Dave is a great writer and a great editor.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the Cale Trilogy when you get to it, and the Twilight War after that (should you choose to go on).

Thanks again,

Paul
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Stout Heart
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Posted - 05 Sep 2008 :  18:52:07  Show Profile  Visit Stout Heart's Homepage Send Stout Heart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OMG it blew my mind I want to read Shadowrealm so bad I'm just about in love with paul s kemp these days. This short story was amazing. The part I love most is when he says to his mother what was your wish and she says to be the instrument of your down fall. It was just so artfully written it makes you want to invest in his characters because he gives them so much depth.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 05 Sep 2008 :  19:36:51  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Stout Heart

OMG it blew my mind I want to read Shadowrealm so bad I'm just about in love with paul s kemp these days. This short story was amazing. The part I love most is when he says to his mother what was your wish and she says to be the instrument of your down fall. It was just so artfully written it makes you want to invest in his characters because he gives them so much depth.



Thank you, Stout Heart. I'm truly pleased that you enjoyed the story.

Paul
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Arion Elenim
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Posted - 07 Sep 2008 :  06:55:05  Show Profile  Visit Arion Elenim's Homepage  Click to see Arion Elenim's MSN Messenger address Send Arion Elenim a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll never forget that line of Mask's: "Just fiddling about the edges...."

Mask as Uncle Ernie? 'fiddling aah-ahh-bout....'

:)

I've told Mr Kemp this before, and I'll say it again: Continuum is just an incredible, chilling story.

My latest Realms-based short story, about a bard, a paladin of Lathander and the letter of the law, Debts Repaid. It takes place before the "shattering" and gives the bard Arion a last gasp before he plunges into the present.http://candlekeep.com/campaign/logs/log-debts.htm
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skychrome
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Posted - 31 Mar 2009 :  21:46:25  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul:

after finishing Shadowrealm I started re-reading everything about Erevis from Halls of Stromweather on.

Now that I read Continuum again I get truly excited especially since you anounced the Cycle of Night Trilogy.

Continuum is a masterpiece and shows the love for details and atmosphere that I know from your writing. The story has a slower pace which allows you this level of detail while Shadowrealm was so epic, that you obviously had to write a little bit more macro.
Brennus... Rivalen and his mother... and also the beginning of Varra's part: simply great!

Now the really interesting thing is this:

It took me a second to understand, that the perishing of the flowers around Varra was due to the wish granted to her. Rivalen mentioned this feature in the beginning when beeing on the same site with his mother so the connection needed a brief moment to sink in.
So if a wish granted implies some of the flowers die... then I am really eager to see in you next trilogy, how Rivalen's mother's last wish to be part of his downfall will be granted, as apparently it worked (flowers died)!

Maybe it is already fulfilled with Brennus' finding her artifact, but as he ultimately does not turn against his brother, there may be more to come!?

Would also be intersting to know, how Mask managed to shift Varra in time, if the meadow's magic was elven and thus the magic's design not his part. Varra's wish could also have been executed in a different way but the timeshift that is convenient for Mask.
Will you provide background on this in the next trilogy?





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Dennis
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Posted - 23 Oct 2010 :  00:32:21  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I read it after reading the entire trilogy. I feel it's so short a story. I want to 'see' Telamont's reaction upon learning his wife's death.

Maybe if I read it prior to Shadowrealm, I would have appreciated it more.

Every beginning has an end.
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Dennis
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Posted - 01 May 2011 :  05:38:23  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Funny how rereading makes one feel. Reread this last night, and I actually liked it the second time around. I really feel sorry for Alashar. How devastating it must have been to be slain by your own son [save perhaps if you're a Greek god---matricide and patricide would have been...sort of expected].

Every beginning has an end.
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Thauranil
Master of Realmslore

India
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Posted - 06 Apr 2013 :  12:11:03  Show Profile Send Thauranil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reread this short story myself recently. I thought Rivalens actions were callous beyond belief but it was an act that one could easily believe him capable of. I was intrigued by her last wish about being the cause of his downfall and with Brennus discovering the ring one can see a chain of events that might very well lead to it. A well written and poignant story.
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