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Wind Raker live!

The ebook of Wind Raker is now going live! If you preordered, it should be delivered to you. I hope you enjoy it! (Also it's now possible to leave Amazon reviews, as the review page has now gone live too.)

I'd love to hear what you think when you've read it!

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sockich
Feb. 20th, 2015 05:47 pm (UTC)
I only got the chance to read it today, and I absolutely loved it. I have all sorts of thoughts and feelings, but right now, the most important ones are these:

- Bea and George! I love Alma, Lewis, Jerry, Mitch and Stasi without reservation, but I loved the people Bea and George used to be first and I've been excited to see more of them since that first glimpse in Steel Blues and this was everything I've been hoping for. Bea is wonderful and the bit with George's "people make the mistake of thinking I'm the dangerous one" speech was absolute perfection.
- Alma, Lewis, Jerry, Mitch and Stasi! I'm lumping them all together because, although there are things that delighted me about each and every one of them (and I'm so glad Jerry met someone and I hope we see Willi again), the most important thing for me is all the tiny and not so tiny ways in which they act and feel like a family. They love each other and and it shows and it's so lovely to read.
- The kids! I'm always a bit wary when there are kids introduced, but the Patterson kids were done really well, I thought and I'm excited (and a bit scared, give the time this is happening in) to see what happens to them next. And Dora's a joy, as well.
- The part with the Legion of Honor ritual was amazing. Alma remembering her past life (btw, have we met Mitch and here before?) was great, the conversation between George and her before that, about winning for the people after them was wonderful (and hey, did George recognize her? the way immediately jumped to imperial guard at Waterloo made me think he might have) and the glimpse of all those people as they were today was just fantastic (and again, Dönitz, have we met him before?)
- The conversation between Jimmy and Lorenz, about the future and "our leader" and following rules and hoping to make things right gave me chills. I don't even have anything to say about that, just...chills.
- Charmian! I literally squeaked when Pelley started talking about Agrippa and Charmian, I'm so happy this part exists.

...and lots of other things, but I think I've babbled enough. In conclusion, I love these books, I love this book and it was a real pleasure to read about the world and the characters again. :)
jo_graham
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
I am so delighted that you loved Wind Raker! (And thank you for telling me so!)

Bea and George! I love Alma, Lewis, Jerry, Mitch and Stasi without reservation, but I loved the people Bea and George used to be first and I've been excited to see more of them since that first glimpse in Steel Blues and this was everything I've been hoping for. Bea is wonderful and the bit with George's "people make the mistake of thinking I'm the dangerous one" speech was absolute perfection.

I love that "loved the people they used to be first." Oh yes. I love them too. They're not having a perfect life by any means, but they're managing. And he knows her. People do make the mistake of thinking he's the dangerous one. There is the (creepy) story of how she drove someone to suicide with that curse. But that shadow hasn't fallen on them yet.

(and I'm so glad Jerry met someone and I hope we see Willi again), the most important thing for me is all the tiny and not so tiny ways in which they act and feel like a family.

Oh they are! They're family, and this is actually a beautiful moment in all their lives, one they'll come back to. Maybe especially Douglas. I'm glad you think the kids were done well. Not ideal kids, just kids. With their own messy backstory and futures. And yeah, you know Jimmy's not starting college in the fall of 42.

The part with the Legion of Honor ritual was amazing. Alma remembering her past life (btw, have we met Mitch and here before?) was great, the conversation between George and her before that, about winning for the people after them was wonderful (and hey, did George recognize her? the way immediately jumped to imperial guard at Waterloo made me think he might have) and the glimpse of all those people as they were today was just fantastic (and again, Dönitz, have we met him before?)

I'm so glad you liked the Legion of Honor ritual. I worked so hard on that one! No, we haven't seen Mitch and Alma before in the Numinous World as far as I know, though I'm always discovering things. I expect we will meet Mitch in one of the later Elza books, however. I'm certain he knew Elza. And yes, George did recognize Alma. He didn't know her well, just the way you know someone you see in a work context occasionally and maybe know which department they work in and that they have a good reputation. That is, until the very end. Her end, at least. Alma was killed at Waterloo. Mitch lived thirty more years and knew Elza much better.

I'm glad you like the glimpses of everyone as they are today. That's the part that makes me cry. We haven't met Donitz yet in the Elza books, but he's Marshal Davout.

The conversation with Jimmy and Lorenz is Melissa's, and it gives me chills too. I think she just did such a good job with it. Because Lorenz isn't a bad kid at all.

- Charmian! I literally squeaked when Pelley started talking about Agrippa and Charmian, I'm so happy this part exists.

Yay! I'm glad that was clear! Pelley is (scarily) WAY WAY ahead of the characters. Stasi had no idea. But of course the Numinous World reader gets it, and knows that this was the turning point for Agrippa. He will do anything to never, never repeat his mistakes.

Which is why Pelley has to kill him. There is no turning him.

I'm so glad you liked it!
raduancairinel
Feb. 25th, 2015 08:07 pm (UTC)
Wind Raker
I liked it a lot!

I just hate the long wait between installments, but there's no helping that.
I'll be looking forward for the new books coming out.
Speaking of which, what's the word on lifeboat? I keep hoping I'll get to read it someday.
New idea: would it be terribly expensive to selfpublish online? I'd buy it...

Edited at 2015-02-25 08:11 pm (UTC)
jo_graham
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Wind Raker
I'm so glad you like it!

Yeah, the long wait between installments is for us to write the next one! :) We're almost done with Oath Bound, and it should be out this fall.

I've been thinking about self publishing Lifeboat. I'm trying out the self publishing with Passion's Dance, the romance I wrote before Black Ships, and seeing how it works.
_illumina_
Mar. 3rd, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
I am just reading it now, and although I'm only a little way into it, I had to come and leave a comment when I hit a line that really struck a chord - the bit about military folk and people moving around a lot - 'they need gods other than the gods of place'. As someone who's moved around a fair bit, that just got to me. You have such a way with words!
jo_graham
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad that line resonated.

I think there is a big difference in outlook between the gods of peoples and the gods of place. Very different approaches!

What did you think of the rest of the book?
_illumina_
Mar. 12th, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)
Loved it! As the others have said, it was wonderful to see the ritual and Alma remembering and Lewis seeing people as they were... lots of shivers! I love Stasi more and more too.
jo_graham
Mar. 17th, 2015 05:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it gave you the shivers. And I love Stasi too. She's trying so hard. But that's Stasi -- when she rock bottom decides the kids aren't going to the orphanage, they're not.
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