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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 17 Nov 2006 :  05:58:13  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TomCosta

Paul, for whatever its worth, I just started Shadowbred and it's excellent. I found the prologue riveting. Most fantasy books, including FR books, have a decent storyline and fight scenes, but a good book that doesn't make. What makes it is believable characterization, and that prologue was amazing. Unfortunately, I can think of at least a dozen FR novels where the characters act like players in a real D&D game or a video game and not like real people thrown into a difficult situation, but only a few achieve the kind of characterization I think we should expect from professional writers. You're books have done so and you're work just gets better, so thank you for sharing your works with us.



Tom,

It's worth a lot, particularly coming from you. Thank you very much.
I hope the rest of the novel holds up for you. I took some chances (in the form of what I regard as unusual choices) in this novel, so I'll be interested in hearing your thoughts, should you care to share them.

Paul
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 17 Nov 2006 :  06:14:08  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Zanan

Vendui!

Just noted another thread over at the WizBoards (FR Magic, Deities ...) where someone asked what a chosen of Mask would look like. Now, to my knowledge, none has been officially created as yet, though one reply says that ... you guessed it ... Erevis is a Chosen of Mask. Would you view him as such ... or have him as a Chosen in your books?*
** Obviously, Erevis is hardly "half-decent", but I would not view him as a Chosen.



Zanan,

Cale is pretty clearly a "Chosen," but that term can mean different things to different folks in the context of a novel. It also highlights one of the issues that arises in writing fiction set in a game world. "Chosen" is a status that has a fairly clear meaning in game terms, but users of the term within the fictional reality that is the Realms might use it with much less precision. In Midnight's Mask, for example, I have one of the characters group proxies, chosen, and seraphs into one big pile that might be just as well described as "specially selected servitors of the gods." The game materials distinguish readily between those three things, but speakers in the Realms might use them interchangeably (albeit imprecisely and, arguably, incorrectly).

Another example -- Magadon refers to himself as "tiefling" throughout the Cale trilogy, but in game terms he could not be a tiefling (sidenote: he does this as a coping mechanism, primarily). He is the direct spawn of an archfiend. In game terms he is at least a half-fiend and perhaps something even more. But speakers in the Realms might use the word "tiefling" in a much less precise way (as people are wont to do) -- to describe an entire range of persons with some degree or other of fiendish blood in their heritage.

Here's the upshot of my view: I give great respect to the rules, but I always keep in mind that the rules, as such, are really a rough attempt to systematize and make playable an underlying fictional reality created by Ed that is very complex and not necessarily perfectly reflected in those rules. So I want to give them due respect, but I don't want them to be shackles.

Consider this (while I'm rambling on the subject): When Ed wrote Spellfire, spellfire did not exist in the published rules. Only later did the rules capture spellfire for purposes of game play. Similarly, when Bob wrote The Crystal Shard, the rules provided no mechanism for a dwarven warrior like Bruenor to create a minor artifact weapon like aegis-fang, yet create it he did. Wouldn't both of those books have been very different creations if Ed and Bob had looked at the rules and decided that, because the rules did not provide for those significant events, that the fiction therefore could not contain them?

Again, due respect, but not a straightjacket.
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Zanan
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Posted - 17 Nov 2006 :  09:28:40  Show Profile  Visit Zanan's Homepage Send Zanan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Vendui!

Thanks for the quick reply. Sorry for being imprecise here. I was referring to him as "Chosen" in game terms, rather than someone "being chosen". In this respect, many high level clerics, paladins et al may be viewed as "chosen" of their respective deities, no doubt about this. So in this respect, I have no problems seeing Erevis as being a chosen of Mask. Only this template stuff is being stretched quite a bit time and again - hence the initial irritation.

Regarding Bruenor, I am actually not sure how the creation of magical stuff was handled in AD&D - the time of Aegisfang's creation. In 3E, the dwarf might have faced a problem, but nothing I could not handle as a DM with e.g. the introduction of a say magical anvil and hammer instead of caster levels of the creator.

On another note, at the end of WotSQ we had eight aspects of Lolth holding their judgement on the survivors. Lolth herself was / is a dark elf in her true form, so would you envisage these eight aspects merge to somehow reform as the dark elf Lolth or stay seperate ... not that this really is an important thing for a goddess?

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chance87
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Posted - 18 Nov 2006 :  23:33:56  Show Profile Send chance87 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just finished Shadowbred, and found it to be particularly riveting. The only complaint I have is that the next book isn't on the shelf at the bookstore right now

I do find myself missing Jak, though. Any plans to include a short story from his past in any anthologies or maybe in Dragon?
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KnightErrantJR
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Posted - 19 Nov 2006 :  01:58:24  Show Profile  Visit KnightErrantJR's Homepage Send KnightErrantJR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by PaulSKemp



I'm pleased you enjoyed the novel. I could not quite tell whether you did or didn't from your comments on the final chapters in the Book Club thread.

I have not heard those songs by Alice Cooper. Interesting that you raise AC, though -- on my drive home yesterday the eclectic radio station I listen to played "Only Women Bleed," which I had not heard in ages.

On the "under one roof" subject -- you know, I've never had much difficulty with conflict between games/novels, though that is perhaps due to the fact that I've never done an RSE before.

I have been privy to some of the details of the upcoming mega-adventure. I think (fingers crossed) that you're going to see some interesting references in it to some of the things from the Cale Trilogy (and I can say no more).




Sorry, let my inner Alice Cooper geek seep out there. "Only Women Bleed" is a great song, but I can't recall EVER hearing it on the radio. And for some reason everytime I DM and run necromancers I hear "I Love the Dead" and "Sick Things" in my head . . . but hey, thats just me.

Definately looking forward to seeing the references, especially after the great job you did of working in so many current events in the first few chapters of this novel. Increadible start to the trilogy Paul.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 20 Nov 2006 :  13:51:03  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chance87

I just finished Shadowbred, and found it to be particularly riveting. The only complaint I have is that the next book isn't on the shelf at the bookstore right now

I do find myself missing Jak, though. Any plans to include a short story from his past in any anthologies or maybe in Dragon?



Chance,

I'm very pleased you enjoyed the novel. On the subject of Jak -- I've actually queried WotC on the possibility of doing a "prequel" series, featuring each of Cale, Riven, Jak, and (to a lesser degree) Magadon, and set in the time before the events of the Sembia series. Not sure if that will happen or not, but you never know.

Incidentally, it sounds like you've read the books of the Erevis Cale Trilogy? When I saw you had only a few posts on CK, I'd hoped maybe you had not, only because I'm curious about how readers who have not read the Cale Trilogy enjoyed (or did not enjoy) Shadowbred. I don't think I've heard from any of those readers yet (so if you are one and you're reading this, please sound off ).

Paul
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chance87
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Posted - 20 Nov 2006 :  14:50:07  Show Profile Send chance87 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Afraid not! I started reading Realms fiction with the Moonshae trilogy, and have managed to consume almost every novel since within a few weeks of it hitting the shelf.

I would love to see a prequel series featuring these characters. You've dropped enough hints about their past to make me very intrigued at the possibility. I have to admit, I've very curious about Riven's past, and the time he spent with the Zhents.

quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

Chance,

I'm very pleased you enjoyed the novel. On the subject of Jak -- I've actually queried WotC on the possibility of doing a "prequel" series, featuring each of Cale, Riven, Jak, and (to a lesser degree) Magadon, and set in the time before the events of the Sembia series. Not sure if that will happen or not, but you never know.

Incidentally, it sounds like you've read the books of the Erevis Cale Trilogy? When I saw you had only a few posts on CK, I'd hoped maybe you had not, only because I'm curious about how readers who have not read the Cale Trilogy enjoyed (or did not enjoy) Shadowbred. I don't think I've heard from any of those readers yet (so if you are one and you're reading this, please sound off ).

Paul

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Lameth
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Posted - 20 Nov 2006 :  21:42:17  Show Profile  Visit Lameth's Homepage  Send Lameth an ICQ Message Send Lameth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
@Paul:
You have to write 100 more FR books. Your work is great.

Please send me the first Chapters of the second book of the Twilight War Trilogy immediately
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Delzounblood
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Posted - 21 Nov 2006 :  09:46:33  Show Profile Send Delzounblood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, After not winning your comp for a pre-release copy of shadowbred I have finally got a copy on order. I am looking forward to reading it and have only just avoided the book club. I hope it's as good as I think it will be..

Delz

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 21 Nov 2006 :  13:47:26  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lameth

@Paul:
You have to write 100 more FR books. Your work is great.

Please send me the first Chapters of the second book of the Twilight War Trilogy immediately



Thanks, Lameth.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 21 Nov 2006 :  13:48:18  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Delzounblood

Paul, After not winning your comp for a pre-release copy of shadowbred I have finally got a copy on order. I am looking forward to reading it and have only just avoided the book club. I hope it's as good as I think it will be..

Delz




Delz,

I hope you find it good, too. Let me know (either here or in the book club).
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Xysma
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Posted - 23 Nov 2006 :  04:36:06  Show Profile  Visit Xysma's Homepage Send Xysma a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, the only problem I had with Shadowbred is that it ended! And of course the ending was as torturous as Dawn of Night's. I have so much praise for this book I don't know where to start, so for now let me just say it exceeded my high expectations.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 23 Nov 2006 :  11:20:08  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Xysma

Paul, the only problem I had with Shadowbred is that it ended! And of course the ending was as torturous as Dawn of Night's. I have so much praise for this book I don't know where to start, so for now let me just say it exceeded my high expectations.



Well, that is certainly good to hear. Thank you, Xysma.

If you do get to where you want to discuss some particulars, I'll meet you for an ale in the book club.
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Sarephim
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Posted - 26 Nov 2006 :  00:28:12  Show Profile  Visit Sarephim's Homepage  Click to see Sarephim's MSN Messenger address Send Sarephim a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That scene in Shadowbred where he was knife fighting with Mask in the alley had me laughing on the floor. The ending was excellent, I could just see Mr.M with that sardonic smile of his. I think what I liked most; however, was the entire shedding of light on Telamont and his sons. Being a fan of Telamont that I am this was a treat. Overall I must give it a 10/10 for being superbly written and well done. Congradulations Mr. Kemp on another excellent read.
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Posted - 26 Nov 2006 :  10:10:22  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well met

Thank ye for thy comments, Sarephim. However, please try to keep specifics of Pauls current novel in a spoiler thread. Preferably the Book Club here at Candlekeep, or if ye can't recall that particular part of the book thou art refering to, then feel free to add it to the general spoiler thread in the novels section.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 26 Nov 2006 :  17:50:28  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sarephim

That scene in Shadowbred where he was knife fighting with Mask in the alley had me laughing on the floor. The ending was excellent, I could just see Mr.M with that sardonic smile of his. I think what I liked most; however, was the entire shedding of light on Telamont and his sons. Being a fan of Telamont that I am this was a treat. Overall I must give it a 10/10 for being superbly written and well done. Congradulations Mr. Kemp on another excellent read.



Saraphim,

Thank you kindly. Much obliged.

As Alaundo says, pop on over to the Book Club for Shadowbred if there are any other questions I can answer for you.
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Delzounblood
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Posted - 27 Nov 2006 :  15:42:41  Show Profile Send Delzounblood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

quote:
Originally posted by Delzounblood

Paul, After not winning your comp for a pre-release copy of shadowbred I have finally got a copy on order. I am looking forward to reading it and have only just avoided the book club. I hope it's as good as I think it will be..

Delz




Delz,

I hope you find it good, too. Let me know (either here or in the book club).



Hi Paul, Shadowbred has finally landed!!! I shall let you know what I think ASAP.

Delz

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TomCosta
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Posted - 27 Nov 2006 :  22:30:02  Show Profile Send TomCosta a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, allow me to jump on the bandwagon.... Paul, I finished Shadowbred over the Thanksgiving break (I'm a slow reader) and it was great. I am now eagerly anticipating the sequal and glad I bumped Shadowbred to the top of my pile of books to read. It's fascinating to see the slow growth of the characters and in particular the relationship with Mask. Congrats and thanks again for sharing your story with us.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 28 Nov 2006 :  00:08:01  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TomCosta

Well, allow me to jump on the bandwagon.... Paul, I finished Shadowbred over the Thanksgiving break (I'm a slow reader) and it was great. I am now eagerly anticipating the sequal and glad I bumped Shadowbred to the top of my pile of books to read. It's fascinating to see the slow growth of the characters and in particular the relationship with Mask. Congrats and thanks again for sharing your story with us.



Thanks, Tom. Much appreciated.

And that bandwagon, modest little donkey-drawn affair that it is, can never have too many people on it, as far as I'm concerned.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 28 Nov 2006 :  00:34:15  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Delzounblood
Hi Paul, Shadowbred has finally landed!!! I shall let you know what I think ASAP.

Delz




I'll be interested to hear your thoughts, Delz.
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Posted - 28 Nov 2006 :  21:26:52  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bravo on Shadowbred. I am loving the story so far.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 29 Nov 2006 :  13:40:36  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Wandering_mage

Bravo on Shadowbred. I am loving the story so far.



Thanks, WM. Much appreciated.
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Delzounblood
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Posted - 29 Nov 2006 :  14:22:21  Show Profile Send Delzounblood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

quote:
Originally posted by Delzounblood
Hi Paul, Shadowbred has finally landed!!! I shall let you know what I think ASAP.

Delz




I'll be interested to hear your thoughts, Delz.



It is rare indeed to find an author who while being a keen observationalist and descriptive writer has the power to envoke so much feeling in the words he writes!

Paul,

I have only read the first part, having a 5mth old son keeps you busy. But I have utterly enjoyed the opening to this book. Though the Hin have never been a favorit of mine, you seem to capture the view that whilst "wee" they are not all LotR cherubs.

I am keen to keep reading if my son and wife let me!

Delz


oops prehaps this should have been in the book club section ... Sorry.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 29 Nov 2006 :  17:50:02  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Delzounblood

[quote]
I have only read the first part, having a 5mth old son keeps you busy. But I have utterly enjoyed the opening to this book. Though the Hin have never been a favorit of mine, you seem to capture the view that whilst "wee" they are not all LotR cherubs.

I am keen to keep reading if my son and wife let me!



Well, I hope it holds up for you, Delz, and look forward to your comments.
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Kajehase
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Paul, just wanted to check in and say thank you for writing Shadowbred. With your previous books I've somehow felt that although the style of writing have been very good, the "mood" of the stories hasn't been quite to my liking, and so they've been fairly slow reads for me - Shadowbred though...3 hours straight through. I just couldn't put it down, and that ending... Can't wait for the next instalment.

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