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November 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm #10837
I loved the Doonlands so much! The spires, the language, the customs… What did you love about this story? And did you figure out all the clues?
November 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm #10838
I loved the mystery, intrigue…the Aladdin meets aerwiar with some unexpected twists thrown in for good measure. I did figure out the clues, but I would not have been able to do it if I had been running around dodging for my life immediately beforehand.
I think some of what I loved about it was just being back in Aerwiar and in one of Andrew’s stories again. I missed them and it was so fun to have one again and have a NEW one to be in with new characters (and such characters…I really like the grandmother).
December 5, 2016 at 6:16 pm #11024
I take it back, I forgot about the really long clue on page 36. I didn’t figure that one out. Someone at Church did and I didn’t know what they were talking about so clearly I missed one.
December 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm #11058
Yep, the Aladdin/Arabian Nights feel was strong with this one. I had always thought of Yorsha Doon as much grungier place, and perhaps something like a more eastern version of LOTR’s Umbar. But yeah, you could really tell that Andrew was just relaxing, and telling a classic adventure tale in a city he didn’t quite get to. Props for that. The most intriguing thing to me though, is the mercenary fangs. Sometimes they seemed little more than rabid animals and were treated as such, and other times they were still highly intelligent and the Doonish cowered. Also, where were all the green fangs? I mean, this is the South, the Desert, and the Grey Fangs are the only fangs that I caught as being mentioned. Was this just the particular group that the BloodBrute had hired or were the Greens just worthless due to their all ready limited intelligence? Anyway, I really loved this one, and it’s great to see something from Andrew again.
December 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm #11104
After reading the places beyond the maps, I’m surprised there weren’t a bunch of a certain kind of fangs in this story.
No matter. It is still one of my favorites.
I went back and figured out the really long code on paper eventually, but I couldn’t pull myself away from the story to do it until I was done with the book.
January 29, 2017 at 6:35 am #12004
Okay. What is the answer to the long code? I decided To go figure it out but….it’s long. What is the answer?
Also…LOVED this story.
February 1, 2017 at 7:38 pm #12049
Thanks for the kind words, all. I just loved writing this story, especially without the pressure of trying to wrap up a huge story arc. One of my favorite series when I was in high school was the Dark Sword Trilogy, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (of Dragonlance fame). Don’t bother reading it–it had one of the most disappointing endings in the history of disappointing endings–but the Arabian Nights-meets-fantasy vibe was one that never left me and I was dying to give it a shot. I’m so glad you guys enjoyed the story.
Oh, and I’m not telling what the answer to the long code was. 🙂
February 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm #12050
Maybe could we have a hint? Like: was it the similar to the other ones (something like ‘unlock the —-‘) or is it something totally different?
By the way, I loved this story. Reading it again this week I really enjoyed the beginning (which reminds me of the Intro to OtEotDSoD), and I loved the footnotes (especially the one about the wormway).
February 2, 2017 at 10:36 am #12053
Now I won’t say it outright, since some people probably want to figure it out on their own, but I can tell you that the answer has the letters K L N C U O H T D E I T E H O C and W in it.
Hope that helps!
January 21, 2018 at 9:50 am #21213
This was great fun to read, and to use the brain a little to break the code at the castle. I’m glad there weren’t spoilers posted here. I loved the story, Andrew.