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Lord Rad
Great Reader

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02 Nov 2004 :  12:07:32  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for keeping a lookout, Murray. I'll get it ordered right away

Lord Rad

"What? No, I wasn't reading your module. I was just looking at the pictures"
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Lord Rad
Great Reader

United Kingdom
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Posted - 05 Nov 2004 :  12:14:45  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Murray Leeder

I note that Cloaked in Shadow is now on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. It's a terrific read so far (I just got my copy in the mail on Friday)... I particularly like Elaine's, no surprise. It's also the first time I've ever really been illustrated.



Shucks! Still no luck in the UK Has anyone managed to locate a copy in any shops in the UK?

Lord Rad

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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 20 Feb 2005 :  18:19:08  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone. My horror short story "Toothy Grin" appears in the anthology Cold Glass Pain, availabe as an e-book at http://books.lulu.com/content/108352

It will soon be available in print as well.

Edited by - Alaundo on 20 Feb 2005 21:19:46
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Lord Rad
Great Reader

United Kingdom
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Posted - 01 Mar 2005 :  10:56:10  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Murray Leeder

quote:
Originally posted by Lord Rad

Sememmon eh? What is his current situation? Did he just go missing after being pushed out of the Zhentarim by Fzoul?

Is this story to be set in the current timeline?




Yes and yes. I believe it will actually take place a tiny bit before the current timeline (before Forsaken House, for instance), just because I needed it to take place in the autumn.

Sememmon and his evil elf ladylove Ashemmi quit Darkhold and went into exile after Fzoul tightened his hold on the Zhentarim. But Sememmon is not without his resources, and, you'll discover, still retains some contacts within the Western Zhentarim at the very least.

But why not discuss this on my scroll, rather than Erik's?



I've pulled this across from Erik Scott de Bie's thread as i'm sure many will wish to talk about this So.....

Now THIS is what i've been after for years! Murray, what can you tell us about this novel?

Is it part of a new series?
Is the series focusing on the Zhentarim in particular or just certain powers of the Realms?
When is the novel out? Any word of the title yet?
Is this to be a big Zhentarim revival and part of a new RSE?

I'm giddy with excitment of this novel!!

Lord Rad

"What? No, I wasn't reading your module. I was just looking at the pictures"
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Evro
Acolyte

USA
12 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2005 :  13:18:42  Show Profile  Send Evro an AOL message Send Evro a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Murray Leeder

quote:
Originally posted by Evro

Hello Ed and THO,

I'm wondering if you might be willing to offer any information on Mythkar Leng and Lord Geildarr of Llorkh before they came to the Greyvale. Perhaps Felishar(the leader of Orlbar) as well? I've never seen any background on these guys from before the time that Geildarr moved into Llorkh with his Purple Cloaks.

Thanks so much!



As a point of interest, both Geildarr and Leng figure prominently in my novel Son of Thunder, out next January.



Murray, this is VERY exciting to me, as both of these ne'er-do-wells have figured prominently in my campaign over the last several years(I host an online NeverwinterNights module in a FR-based multi-server Persistent World).

Is there any information available about the novel at this point?
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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 01 Mar 2005 :  13:43:47  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The novel I'm speaking of is Son of Thunder, which is Fighters #3, due out next January. Zhentarim play a large role in this novel, which will find Geildarr in the same sort of dilemma that Sememmon faced -- with the Banites taking over more and more of the Network, do I stay or do I go?

So -- no Zhentarim revival (not from me, at least), no RSE, just one author deciding to make us of them more prominently than they have been for a while. I always felt a little sorry for the Zhents, actually. How many novels are there in which they serve as secondary villains, made subtly wimpy to make the main villain looks meaner by comparison?

This will not exactly be a return to form for the Zhents, mind. I hope you'll be pleased, and that it'll have some of the flavour of the Realms novels that I started reading so long ago.

Edited by - Murray Leeder on 25 Mar 2005 22:50:45
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4745 Posts

Posted - 01 Apr 2005 :  00:51:01  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Murray

From your recent post, the novel will be set in the time period before the events in "Forsaken House". That would make it 1372-ish?

I note that you mention a short story that will be about Uthgar Gardolffson (although in your post you call him "Uther". Umm, with respect, he's never been noted as "Uther" in any of the sources on the North). Hopefully you'll have read the "Old North" timeline in the new "Lost Empires of Faerun" product which tracks Uthgar's actions before his apotheosis and notes some history on the Uthgardt tribes. I'd also point you toward Eric Boyd's "Mintiper's Chapbook" web-series (on the FR WotC website - Archives) which details, inter alia, much lore on the Uthgardt (subsequently incorporated into LEoF - at least, timeline-wise).

Looking forward to having a read of it in January.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus

Edited by - George Krashos on 01 Apr 2005 00:55:40
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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 01 Apr 2005 :  15:19:56  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Hey Murray

From your recent post, the novel will be set in the time period before the events in "Forsaken House". That would make it 1372-ish?

I note that you mention a short story that will be about Uthgar Gardolffson (although in your post you call him "Uther". Umm, with respect, he's never been noted as "Uther" in any of the sources on the North). Hopefully you'll have read the "Old North" timeline in the new "Lost Empires of Faerun" product which tracks Uthgar's actions before his apotheosis and notes some history on the Uthgardt tribes. I'd also point you toward Eric Boyd's "Mintiper's Chapbook" web-series (on the FR WotC website - Archives) which details, inter alia, much lore on the Uthgardt (subsequently incorporated into LEoF - at least, timeline-wise).

Looking forward to having a read of it in January.

-- George Krashos




It'll be in set in the fall of 1373... I needed to skew it just behind the current-current timeline so it could take place in the fall.

Uthgar's mortal name is given as "Uther Gardolffson" in the very oldest source, The Savage Frontier accessory by Paul Jacquays, in which both Uthgar and the Uthgardt were created. It's the same in The North boxed set. Heck, now that I check it, even Faiths and Pantheons calls him Uther. Admittedly, there has been some inconsistency here (Silver Marches calls him "Uthgar Gardolfsson," for one). The story makes some use of the Uther/Uthgar dichotomy, believe me. As far as Realmslore goes, I took the unusual step of sending the short story to Eric L. Boyd to see if it passes muster. So I wouldn't worry.

I discovered the Mintiper's Chapbook material long ago, and you'll find that some of it comes out in Son of Thunder.

Edited by - Murray Leeder on 01 Apr 2005 20:01:02
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4745 Posts

Posted - 02 Apr 2005 :  01:57:00  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Goodie!

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2005 :  01:18:11  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I thought I'd note here that, in addition to containing my short story "The Strength of the Jester," Realms of the Dragons II contains an excerpt from my forthcoming novel Son of Thunder. And now that I've seen Raymond Swanland's covers for the first two of the Fighters series, I can't wait to see what he does with Son of Thunder -- my editor tells me that he'll illustrate the very sequence that appears in the excerpt.
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Paec_djinn
Learned Scribe

173 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2005 :  08:33:54  Show Profile  Visit Paec_djinn's Homepage Send Paec_djinn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just thought of this after a few times look through the RotD2 discussion. I'm really looking forward to this book. My question is how does it feel to be the "senior" author of the batch?

Just a random interesting question I thought of.
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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 09 May 2005 :  15:33:18  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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quote:
Originally posted by Paec_djinn

I just thought of this after a few times look through the RotD2 discussion. I'm really looking forward to this book. My question is how does it feel to be the "senior" author of the batch?

Just a random interesting question I thought of.



Hard to think in terms of seniority, really. I'm just happy to be in such a strong pack.
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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 27 Jul 2005 :  03:42:40  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It appears that Son of Thunder now has a listing at amazon.com! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0786939605/qid=1122431835/sr=8-3/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i3_xgl14/103-0284539-0713476?v=glance&s=books&n=507846. I sure hope the cover is close to follow.
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Brom Greenstar
Seeker

Argentina
25 Posts

Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  21:11:04  Show Profile  Visit Brom Greenstar's Homepage Send Brom Greenstar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Murray, what happened to the story of Uther? will it be published? when?
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Alaundo
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Admin

United Kingdom
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Posted - 16 Sep 2005 :  23:39:21  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Murray Leeder

It appears that Son of Thunder now has a listing at amazon.com! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0786939605/qid=1122431835/sr=8-3/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i3_xgl14/103-0284539-0713476?v=glance&s=books&n=507846. I sure hope the cover is close to follow.



Well met

Splendid! Thank ye for the notification, Murray. I'm very much looking forward to this one. Now let's just hope that the cover art goes up soon. I'll then add it to the Son of Thunder page here at Candlekeep, along with any other details I can glean

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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 18 Sep 2005 :  04:21:06  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brom Greenstar

Murray, what happened to the story of Uther? will it be published? when?



Ah, that. I recently found out that Dragon magazine has decided not to print it. They gave it the okay a year ago, but agendas shift there very often and I think fiction is getting the slip. Perhaps I'll find some other place to bring it to light.
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Posted - 18 Sep 2005 :  09:33:26  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Murray Leeder

quote:
Originally posted by Brom Greenstar

Murray, what happened to the story of Uther? will it be published? when?



Ah, that. I recently found out that Dragon magazine has decided not to print it. They gave it the okay a year ago, but agendas shift there very often and I think fiction is getting the slip. Perhaps I'll find some other place to bring it to light.



Well met

Look no further! ::slides piles of scrolls off a shelf::

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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 02 Nov 2005 :  22:20:18  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've discovered that my novel now has a blurb on wizards.com: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=products/frnovel/954417400. I really like it; it sums up Son of Thunder rather nicely.
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4745 Posts

Posted - 02 Nov 2005 :  22:49:38  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Murray

For some reason the above link doesn't seem to work at the moment.

Shame re the fiction piece - a good way to grab readers and get them to buy the book. Would they take it for the "Legendology" site they've got running on the WotC website?

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
4586 Posts

Posted - 02 Nov 2005 :  22:54:41  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I noticed that as well! Erik to the rescue!

Son of Thunder

('Course, that one might not work either. Heh.)

Good blurb they've got, Murray.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

Also check out my Realms work, most recently Shadowbane: Eye of Justice, out now on e-readers everywhere! (Kindle, Nook)

Edited by - Erik Scott de Bie on 02 Nov 2005 22:57:00
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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 02 Nov 2005 :  23:37:32  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Oops, sorry about that. Thanks for bailing me out, Erik.

George: I've been discussing other options for the short story, "The Bones of the Beast," and it looks like some kind of publication on the official website will indeed happen.
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4745 Posts

Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  05:20:42  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Murray Leeder

Oops, sorry about that. Thanks for bailing me out, Erik.

George: I've been discussing other options for the short story, "The Bones of the Beast," and it looks like some kind of publication on the official website will indeed happen.



Yay! Good stuff. As a fan of the North, I'm looking forward to "Son of Thunder".

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
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Posted - 24 Jan 2006 :  20:56:22  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I sent Murray a private note, but I wanted to comment publicly as well. I thought "Son of Thunder" was a very enjoyable read. Murray did a great job exploring the history and the nature of the Uthgardt peoples and in conveying the mystery of the High Forest. I won't go in to spoilers here, but I thought he did a great job adding a secret history to the Thunderbeast tribe.

--Eric

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Murray Leeder
Forgotten Realms Author

Canada
220 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2006 :  00:58:09  Show Profile  Visit Murray Leeder's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the public endorsement! Eric, of course, formulated quite a lot of the history and lore I tap for Son of Thunder, especially through the fantastic Mintiper's Chapbook series. Son of Thunder is a house built on other people's foundations, and without people like Eric surely would not exist.
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Braveheart
Learned Scribe

Austria
159 Posts

Posted - 03 Feb 2006 :  16:01:12  Show Profile  Visit Braveheart's Homepage  Send Braveheart an AOL message  Send Braveheart an ICQ Message Send Braveheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Murray,

just wanted to say that I enjoyed your book a lot. Especially the huge amount of references to other parts of the Realms is something I've missed in some other recent novels (except for Ghostwalker, which had quite the same feeling to it).
The ending was quite fitting too and I was impressed that the final battle already started around page 260 and you could hold the pace til the end. I'm looking forward to read more novels from your pen (or keyboard )
Keep up the good work!

Braveheart

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Entreri: "And the real thing can kill you whether you believe in it or not."
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