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Ravens of Falkenau

So out of curiosity, and to get an idea what you guys liked, which were your favorite stories in The Ravens of Falkenau?

My favorite stories were

The Ravens of Falkenau
Dion Ex Machina
Cold Frontier
Small Victories
How the Lady of Cats Came to Nagada
Prince Over the Water
Horus Indwelling
Slave of the World
Little Cat
Unfinished Business
The Messenger's Tale
Morning Star
Templar Treasure

My favorite stories were

Winter's Child
Brunnihilde in the Fire

I'm very curious as to which characters and eras you found the most interesting.


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Jul. 31st, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
I loved all of them, and I definitely see why your favourites are those two, but Little Cat was the one where I turned the page, saw the title of the next story and went 'Noooooo, you can't stop there!!'.

But I really do want to know what happens to Natia... and I can't wait for Fortune's Wheel... oh, and I need Lioness, like, now! Not to mention the other 90 or so stories you mentioned...

That's a point - do you think Ravens was enough of a success to justify another anthology?
Jul. 31st, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the anthology!

The story of Natia and her grandmother will be told! Needless to say, her grandmother is a spy, and Natia definitely has some adventures ahead of her. Fortune's Wheel is the story of her grandmother, twenty five years earlier, and how this all came to be....

Yes, Ravens was definitely enough of a success to justify another anthology! After I've done the revisions to Fortune's Wheel it will be time to think about it.
Apr. 8th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
While I prefer more Ancient settings, my favorite stories here were due to the characters and themes:

The title piece very much followed through with your theme clear back from Gull being told a lamp placed under a basket will still shine through. The two main characters empower selves in a hostile world and live their lives in accordance to their virtues. They are not helpless.

“Slave to the World” - It’s amazing to see the different interpretations of the same religion and to see two adults on those opposite sides and why they came to their opinions. They still respect one another in spite of how they can’t be together because of their opposite ideals. Integrity is admirable and they can’t help but to see it and respect it in one another.

“Messenger’s Tale” - In such a short amount of time, you set the dangerous tone with passing of King and the coming storm you endear the reader to Dickon by showing us he is someone of honor who will not go back on his word to deliver his message, in spite of obstacles or the lures of better-priced offers. By the time his is speeding through the storm in the middle of the action, one can’t help but to identify with him and root for him.
Apr. 10th, 2013 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time to tell me what you liked! :)

That's very much the theme of the title piece -- Georg is still Gull, and no matter how many bad things have happened there is still that core. And the same is true of Izabela. Though the world would stand against them. Whatever happens, even if they lose they won't fail.

Slave of the World is very much back to Gull's life and the things she learns -- that grace is manifest in the world, not in separation from it.

And I'm glad you like Dickon! He's a true Companion, and he's very Lydias, isn't he?
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