The Unfinished, Unwritten, and Unlikely
Here's where you can find information about Ethshar novels I haven't written yet.
The novels listed below have not yet been written, and aren't sold. Some of them have been started, but how far they've gotten varies immensely; some are little more than a title and concept, while others are outlined in detail and have the opening written. These don't yet have separate pages; instead, there's a brief description for each below. You can click on any title to jump down to that bit.
Incidentally, it's possible that one or two of these may tell you more than you want to know about previous books in the series, since some of them are direct sequels to previous volumes.
At the end of the list are a few quick comments about other possibilities, and about some titles that used to be on this list but no longer are.
Long ago I had a form that let readers vote on which one they most wanted me to write next, but after I written the top few vote-getters that seemed to be getting pointless, and it was attracting spammers, so I removed it. I still list some of the final vote totals below.
And I list a couple of ideas that weren't on the form. At least one of them really should have been, I just didn't remember it when I was setting the form up.
Anyway, you can see what I was planning, even if none of these ever happen. Enjoy!
Unpublished Ethshar Novels:
Written, but not yet in bookstores:
- None at present, if you include online bookstores.
Ethshar Novels in Progress:
Currently being serialized on the web:
- None at present, and no more are planned.
Currently being actively written:
Unwritten Ethshar Novels:
Sorted by total votes received as of January 31, 2005:
- At the Sign of the Crimson Wolf:
As explained in The Misenchanted Sword, Valder the Innkeeper no longer ages. To hide this fact, he owns two inns: The Inn At the Bridge, a day's journey north of Ethshar of the Spices, and the Crimson Wolf, in the Passes in Sardiron. Every so often he switches which one he runs himself, then later returns to the other claiming to be his own son. In 5230 Y.S. or so he's just arrived at the Crimson Wolf when an early blizzard leaves him snowbound with an assortment of troublemakers, several of them magicians.
I've had this one in the works for a long time, but as it's a relatively low-key story I haven't pursued it very actively. I did work out some more of the plot not so very long ago, though.
- The Wizard's Garden:
Now retitled Stone Unturned, modified, and combined with some other ideas.
Originally, the description said that the soft-hearted buyer of a dead wizard's mansion tries to make amends for the wizard's long-ago actions, and discovers that old magic can still cause trouble. I've replaced "buyer" with "tenant," and that wizard's mansion has been split into two settings in the new version. I'm also combining A Slave of Wizardry into it as a subplot. See below for more.
- The Rune of the Implacable Stalker:
When a wizard mispronounces a name an innocent is accidentally targeted by a vengeance spell, and must find a way to elude and eventually defeat the supernatural creature pursuing him.
This one was thought up while working on Night of Madness -- I was talking with my kids about the scene I was working on, and options I was considering for what might befall a character, and I mentioned the spell called the Rune of the Implacable Stalker.
They loved the sound of it, and insisted there should be a novel about it. So there will be. They want it ASAP, but so far most of the voters out there haven't agreed with them.
- Azraya of Ethshar:
She was born to a respectable Ethsharitic family, then orphaned as a girl of ten, and left to fend for herself. She refuses to settle for any of the customary ways to survive, and instead goes adventuring in the Small Kingdoms, but finds she's not the sort of adventurer most people were looking for.
I've had this one planned since I wrote With A Single Spell, back in '85. I like the title character a lot.
- A Slave of Wizardry:
A rather callous wizard buys a slave to test his spells on, and gradually realizes that there's more to this slave than he thought. I'm pretty sure this is getting subsumed into Stone Unturned.
- A Feather from Her Wing:
A young girl in the Small Kingdoms idolizes Irith the Flyer (last seen in Taking Flight), and when she finds a feather from Irith's wing she decides to return it to its owner. It's the excuse she needs to flee her abusive father and go looking for her hero.
She finds the outside world isn't quite what she expected -- and neither is Irith.
I'm a bit disappointed that this one did so poorly in the voting, as it's one of my own favorites. But then, if I ever do write any of these, I'm not actually bound by the votes.
- Dumery of the Dragon:
At the end of The Blood of a Dragon, Dumery and Aldagon planned to go into business selling dragon's blood. In Dumery of the Dragon they do exactly that, and discover that their competition isn't going to make it easy for them...
This one's been planned since 1991, so I have no idea why I left it off the voting list.
--not on form
- The Tower of Flame:
A simple fire-lighting spell goes wrong, resulting in a permanent magical phenomenon -- and various people look for a way to cash in on it.
--not on form
- Stone Unturned:
Awhile back some readers said they'd like to see a big, complex story, and I realized it would be easy to rework The Wizard's Garden into something much bigger and more complex than my original plan, replacing the simple one-track plot I'd originally devised with multiple interweaving storylines. I started out by combining it with a story that should have been on this list already but somehow never was, The Demon's Master, and adding an entirely new plotline, The Petrified Prince. As it developed, I realized I could (and should!) also incorporate A Slave of Wizardry.
What's more, I could combine a long-abandoned false start I made back in the 1980s, Pender the Jeweler, with the A Slave of Wizardry part of the story.
So I started writing it -- and now I have over 100,000 words, and the first draft is almost done.
So what's it about? Well, when idealistic young wizard Morvash of the Shadows discovers that his merchant uncle's rented mansion houses a collection of statuary that wasn't all carved, but includes more than one person turned to stone, he decides something must be done about this...
--not on form
- Kelder the Small:
Sometimes wizards throw around magic a little thoughtlessly. This is the story of someone who gets in a wizard's way and is turned into a mouse, and has to make a life for himself as a mouse with human intelligence. (Or near-human; there's some deterioration.)
--not on form
- Sharra the Petty:
Title is likely to change.
This is a spin-off from Stone Unturned. There is a very minor character in one or two scenes whose adventures, I realized, might make an interesting story of their own. When her marriage starts to collapse she tries to buy magic to fix it, and there are complications upon complications.
--not on form
I included an option to vote for "Other" on the form, and more than a score of people did so, but I haven't found any of their suggestions sufficiently inspiring to be added to my list. Some were clever; a few were ideas I was already planning to use somewhere. Some were not clever at all. Some were strange; a couple of people clearly see Ethshar very, very differently from how I see it.
The most common suggestions were for more about sorcery, more about Fendel the Great, and more about the Great War. More about sorcery, sure -- it'd be scattered through several of the novels listed above. More about Fendel -- well, he was going to appear again, but I wasn't planning to make him the lead character anywhere; it's just not his style.
And as for more about the Great War -- naaah. I know a lot more about it than I've put into the stories, but I prefer to keep it in the background.
Ethshar Novels Formerly on the List:
- The Final Calling:
This was serialized as The Final Calling and published as The Unwelcome Warlock.
- A Stranger in the Forest:
This was serialized as Ishta's Companion and published as Relics of War.
- The Sorcerer's Widow:
The Sorcerer's Widow was serialized and published.
--not on form
That's all the novels I know of that I have thought out in any detail at the moment, though if I dug through my old files I might find more. I also have a list of things that I want to use in stories sooner or later other than actual plot ideas. Some of them might wind up as subplots, or in short stories, but some might become yet more novels.
Readers have asked whether I'll be telling any stories about theurgists, or demonologists, or witches, or ritual dancers, or scientists...
Maybe. I don't know. I think when I finish with the list above I'll be done with warlocks, but there's still more to be said about wizards and some of the other odd groups cluttering up the World.