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Sword of Shadows: Some Questions

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I am in the midst of re-reading Sword of Shadows by JV Jones. 
 

Is there a guide or does someone know off-hand the ages of the following characters: 1) Effie (8?) 2) Raif (18?), 3) Drey(20?) 4) Raina, 5) Ash (13?) 6) Angus, 7) Vaylo, 8) Mace, and 9) Bram? 

Not sure if this is made clear, but is a year in the books roughly equivalent to a year on Earth? Not sure if the weather patterns mean the planet is further away from its star.

Lastly, it’s a little hard to tell during my re-read but does anyone know the span of time the books take place over so far?

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Effie - 10

Raif - 19

Drey - 21

Raina - 30+

Ash - 16

Angus - 40+

Vaylo - 50+

Mace - 25

Bram - ?

 

Guesses from memory.  I need a reread myself one of these days.

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13 hours ago, Garlan the Gallant said:

I am in the midst of re-reading Sword of Shadows by JV Jones. 
 

Is there a guide or does someone know off-hand the ages of the following characters: 1) Effie (8?) 2) Raif (18?), 3) Drey(20?) 4) Raina, 5) Ash (13?) 6) Angus, 7) Vaylo, 8) Mace, and 9) Bram? 

Not sure if this is made clear, but is a year in the books roughly equivalent to a year on Earth? Not sure if the weather patterns mean the planet is further away from its star.

Lastly, it’s a little hard to tell during my re-read but does anyone know the span of time the books take place over so far?

I believe that the length of years is the same as on our world (that's backed up by the Book of Words predecessor trilogy as well).

The books so far take place over a period of about a year, IIRC.

With Book 5 nearly done, a reread might be a great idea.

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15 hours ago, Deedles said:

Is Book 5 nearly done? Would be wonderful if so

Yup. Apparently it would have been done at the end of last year or the start of this without the pandemic and attendant problems, but it got pushed back a bit. I think she was sitting around the two-thirds-done point late last year.

I know JV has also recovered the rights to the Book of Words trilogy - which leads into Sword of Shadows but is not strictly necessary to enjoy it - and wants to re-release them as ebooks and audiobooks. If Tor picked them up, that could take the sting out of waiting eleven years for Endlords (though I suspect they'll also want to see the progress on the final book as well, which JV is planning to roll straight into) and allow for a unified marketing and cover design strategy.

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On 4/15/2021 at 4:56 AM, Werthead said:

Yup. Apparently it would have been done at the end of last year or the start of this without the pandemic and attendant problems, but it got pushed back a bit. I think she was sitting around the two-thirds-done point late last year.

I know JV has also recovered the rights to the Book of Words trilogy - which leads into Sword of Shadows but is not strictly necessary to enjoy it - and wants to re-release them as ebooks and audiobooks. If Tor picked them up, that could take the sting out of waiting eleven years for Endlords (though I suspect they'll also want to see the progress on the final book as well, which JV is planning to roll straight into) and allow for a unified marketing and cover design strategy.

I seemingly remember you calling the increase in quality between the Book of Words series and Sword of Shadows possibly the greatest increase in writing quality between series, or something like that.

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11 hours ago, Garlan the Gallant said:

I seemingly remember you calling the increase in quality between the Book of Words series and Sword of Shadows possibly the greatest increase in writing quality between series, or something like that.

Yeah, I'd stand by that. Book of Words was solid and got better as it went along, but Sword of Shadows is probably on a par with ASoIaF. There was a huge step-up between the two series.

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2 hours ago, Werthead said:

Yeah, I'd stand by that. Book of Words was solid and got better as it went along, but Sword of Shadows is probably on a par with ASoIaF. There was a huge step-up between the two series.

Yes. Sword of Shadows is a mix of GRRM’s North/Beyond the Wall, and a fantasy Scotland, with a lot of Scottish place nanes (Castlemilk etc).

The scene in the first book in the ‘inn’ where Raif fights the Bludd clansmen is excellent.

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If I may chime in on a slightly unrelated point ...

I wrote once, in one of the never-finished-books threads that I expected Endlords before Winds of Winter / Doors of Stone. At that point JV Jones wasn't writing..

 

Vindication!

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I want to go back to this series and get first edition hardcovers. There seems to be a lot of different editions/publishers for the first book. 
 

What publisher is the true first edition?

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3 hours ago, Garlan the Gallant said:

I want to go back to this series and get first edition hardcovers. There seems to be a lot of different editions/publishers for the first book. 
 

What publisher is the true first edition?

For Book of Words, Warner Books in the USA and Orbit in the UK. Warners published all three books as trade and then mass-market paperbacks. Orbit published Books 1 and 2 as mass-market paperback originals and then switched to hardcover for Book 3.

For Sword of Shadows, Warner Books published Book 1 in hardcover in the USA, then Tor bought the paperback rights for Book 1, then published Books 2-4 in hardcover. Orbit published all four books in hardcover (with a change in cover design between Books 1 and 2). Warners had the first edition for Book 1 and Tor for Books 3-4, but Orbit had the first edition of Book 2 (Warner Books shut down around the time Book 2 was supposed to come out and there were problems in transferring the deal to Tor, during which time Orbit just pressed on and got the book out).

Jones's ISFDB page may be helpful.

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