Note: The answers to these questions contain spoilers and span all the books in each series.
questions that readers ask...
Q. Would it please be possible to have a map of the continents the way you
- About the Others stories
A. Using a map of our Earth as a reference, the corresponding places would
- Afrikah (Africa) -- has a couple of areas (the size of a small country)
that belong to humans; the rest is controlled by the Others.
- Australis (Australia) -- mostly controlled by the Others; a few human
- Brittania -- the lower third of England; inhabited by humans. The rest
is Wild Brittania and is controlled by the Others.
- Cel-Romano / Cel-Romano Alliance of Nations -- the area around the
Mediterran and Black Seas; loosely based on the ancient Celtic/Roman empire
that I found in a Celtic Atlas.
- Felidae (South America) -- has a couple of areas that belong to humans;
the rest is controlled by the Others.
- Fingerbone Islands -- imaginary chain of islands in the Atlantik that
resemble a crooked finger.
- Storm Islands (the Caribbean Islands and what is left of Central
America) -- does/did have human civilizations.
- Thaisia (North America) -- has human towns and cities but is mostly
controlled by the Others.
- Tokhar-Chin -- about one-third of the land that we know as China; some
coastline, so there is access to the ocean for fishing.
- Zelande (New Zealand) -- has enough humans to have a few towns and the
people trade with other parts of the world.
Q. Why are some words pronounced differently in the audio book of Murder of Crows from the way they were pronounced in Written in Red?
A. When I listened to Written in Red, I realized I had not been clear about how I intended some words to be pronounced -- I say BOW instead of B-O-W and cassandra sang instead cassandra sangway. Since I knew there would be more books (Vision in Silver, plus books 4 and 5), I discussed this with the producer and we decided to ask the narrator to match the way I said the words (and the way I hear them when I'm writing the stories). So we tweaked the way some of the words were spoken. If you look at the list in the next Q&A, you'll see some of my pronunciation guides.
Q. How do you pronounce terra indigene?
A. Here is the pronunciation for some of the names/words in the Others
BOW (Box on Wheels) — boe
cassandra sangue — kah-sandrah sang
Cel-Romano — KEHL roe-MAHN-oh
Etu — EE-too
Honon — HOE-nuhn
Namid — nah-mihd
Phineas Jones — FIN-ee-as joenz
Sanguinati — sang-wihn-ah-tee
Tahki — tah-kee
Tala — tah-lah
terra indigene — tair-ah ihn-dih-zheen
Thaisia — THAY-zhah
Q. What is Tess?
A. The name Tess sometimes means "harvesting life." When I read that, I wondered what kind of predator would walk in the Others' world if I took the words literally. That's how my imagination conjured a form of terra indigene that may have hints and echoes of mythology but isn't based on any particular myth or earthly creature. The inability to define her is one of the things I find so chilling about her.
Q. Are there going to be more books about the Others?
A. Vision in Silver, the third book about the Others, was released in
March 2015. I'm currently working on Marked in Flesh, which is scheduled for
March 2016, as well as the fifth book about the Others.
- About the Black Jewels stories
Q. How old is a child when he or she goes through the Birthright Ceremony?
What about when someone makes the Offering to the Darkness?
A. It depends on the race, but the equivalent age for the Birthright
Ceremony would be around seven years old. The Offering to the Darkness has a
wider range, say between eighteen and twenty-two, although the average would
be about twenty years (or equivalent age) for most of the Blood.
Q. Could you list the castes and the order of the Jewels for audio book listeners?
A. Check out the Hierarchy/Castes and Jewels page.
Q. Will there be more Black Jewels stories?
A. Not for a while. I'm currently working on a new series and need to stay focused on that world and those characters. However, I've noticed that the Black Jewels characters tend to come back when they have a story to tell, so I expect to see them again someday.
Q. On the audio books for Tangled Webs and The Shadow Queen, why does Jaenelle have an Irish
A. My bad. :) When we discussed voices, I suggested using the accent to make Jaenelle's voice distinct
from the other female characters. However, after I heard it, I realized it was a perfect accent for
Khardeen and Morghann but didn't suit Jaenelle. So we changed her voice for the other audio books.
Q. What do Scelties look like?
A. They look like Shetland Sheepdogs, which are also called Shelties.
Q. Did you base the sweetened cheese dessert that Daemon ate in The Shadow
Queen on a real
A. I made that up, but I was thinking of the equivalent of a cheesecake that
had chocolate and raspberry.
Q. What makes a witch a queen? Is it psychic strength?
A. No, it's not psychic strength, since a Queen can wear a light Jewel. Like Warlord Princes, a Queen is born into that caste, and the attributes that make her a Queen are there at her birth.
Q. Does every Queen expect to eventually rule something, even if it's just one village?
A. That is the expectation, although not all Queens can form an official court. The ones whose personality or behavior prevents an official court from forming don't rule anything. (An official court is formed when a minimum of twelve males agree to serve a Queen. Three of those men will become the Queen's Triangle and serve as her Steward, Master of the Guard, and Consort or First Escort.)
Q. Will Daemon and Jaenelle have children?
A. The answer to that is in "The High Lord's Daughter," one of the stories in Twilight's Dawn.
Q. What happened to Falonar?
A. The answer to that is in "Shades of Honor," one of the stories in Twilight's Dawn.
Q. What happened to Graysfang?
A. Since Surreal prefers city life, which would not be good
for a wolf, Graysfang joined Tassle's pack and stayed in Ebon
Q. Whatever happened to Della, the girl
who was rescued by Kaelas and KaeAskavi?
A. Karla adopted her.
Q. Is there a recipe for nutcakes?
A. Not that I created. I was picturing something like a nutbread baked in a cake pan and cut into squares. Note: Since each race would make use of the nuts from their part of the Realms, nutcakes made in different Territories wouldn't be exactly alike. (There is more than one kind of cookie on Earth, right?) Bottom line? Make what you think would taste good and have fun.
About Twilight's Dawn
Q. Is this the last Black Jewels book?
A. These stories were intended to answer some of the questions readers have been asking for several years, particularly about what happens to Daemon after Jaenelle is gone. But the story isn't meant to be the end of the series or the end of the stories about the characters we know. I've been immersed in the Black Jewels world for four straight years, so it's time to take a break and work on other stories for a while. But I will come back to the Realms when the Blood are ready to share more stories, and those stories could take place before the events in "The High Lord's Daughter," and Jaenelle and Daemon might be part of them.
Q. Since Jaenelle Saetien acquired Twilight's Dawn at her Birthright Ceremony, what Jewel could she receive at the Offering to the Darkness?
A. The Twilight's Dawn that Jaenelle Saetien received ranged from Rose to Green. So the darkest Jewel she could possibly receive at the Offering to the Darkness is the Gray.
About the Tir Alainn stories
Q. Will you be writing another story
in the World of the Fae?
A. I hope to visit that world again, but I don't know yet.
About the Ephemera stories
- Q. Will you be writing another story
A. I hope to visit that world again, but I don't know yet.
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