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Subject: Blood Lance Chapter 18 to 26
Date Posted: 10/16/2012 9:26 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/18/2012 10:48 PM ET
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Finished it all in one day.  Good book to follow up Dunnet.  It was fun seeing Crispen joust.  Loved it!

I wonder if she'll follow him through to Henry's reign, and have Henry restore him ... in some fashion?  He'd be really "old" by then.

Date Posted: 10/19/2012 1:36 PM ET
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I loved the joust too.

I also love how she handles the relics, leaving room for doubt, the whole, are they or aren't they factor?

I am torn about having him regain his title.  I hope that he realizes this is where fate always intended him to be.

Where do you think Thomas ended up?  I think he will become a monk.

While I paint the hallway today and tomorrow I think I will listen to it again.

About the audio book.  I found the narrator's voice pleasant, and on the whole it was well done.

 

Date Posted: 10/20/2012 12:59 AM ET
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I am torn about having him regain his title. I hope that he realizes this is where fate always intended him to be0

Yes, that's why I said "in some fashion"? Pardon  him, restore his good name and the core of the old family lands and estates.  Maybe by then, in his old age, he'll be ready to retire from "field work" and just assist Jack and Jack's apprentices from time to time.



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Date Posted: 10/24/2012 4:07 PM ET
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I finished this last night and really enjoyed it.  I think this was the best description of a joust I have ever read!  I've read lots of "fight" scenes but this one was unique.  I think Henry is going to restore Crispin to some extent as well; lands and/or title.  I think the author is starting to set this up in the plot, but I hope success doesn't change Crispin too much.  I also liked the ambiguousness of the relics...are they or aren't they?  Neither Crispin or the reader is sure!

Date Posted: 10/27/2012 4:21 PM ET
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I just finished this one too.  What fun!  I love Crispin, and closed the book thinking, "Okay, I'm ready for his next adventure!"  laugh

Date Posted: 10/28/2012 3:06 AM ET
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Cheryl, I agree the joust was brilliantly written.

Vicky, I too am excited about the next book Shadow of the Alchemist.

I am also hoping that Jeri can get backing for Oswald the Thief, that she has discussed wanting to write,

Date Posted: 10/28/2012 8:18 AM ET
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Did I read somewhere that she wants to do a trilogy about Jack for young adult readers?  Or did I dream that?

Date Posted: 10/28/2012 10:47 AM ET
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I think that would be a marvelous idea.

Date Posted: 10/28/2012 11:10 AM ET
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  • lizabeth Calafiore Ditto. I'm interested in Jack's tales for kids. What ages are you targeting, do you have a publisher and due dates? I'm excited! Are you familiar with the Ranger Apprentice series out of Australia?
  • Crispin Guest It's Young Adult, not middle grade, so tweens and teens. Jack will be sixteen. And beyond that, no information, no publisher, no due dates. I'm still in the outlining stages which will take quite a while. Should be a three book series, with no appearances by Crispin at all.
Date Posted: 10/28/2012 11:11 AM ET
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From an interview:

 

What projects, literary or otherwise, are occupying you at the moment?
 
Crispin #6, The Shadow of the Alchemist, is in the can. Soon I’ll be outlining Crispin #7, The Silence of Stones (for which we have to find a publisher), but I’m also working on a Young Adult series with Crispin’s young apprentice, Jack Tucker. Crispin found Jack when he was eleven years old, an orphaned cutpurse on the streets of London. Jack took a shine to Crispin and just wouldn’t leave, so Crispin reluctantly took him in as a servant, but he so endeared himself to Crispin with his bravery and intelligence that Crispin soon taught the lad to read and write and is in the process of training him as the next “Tracker.” Jack’s tales will be the stuff that happens when he disappears from Crispin’s side, with a stronger paranormal element and feature a strictly Jack-oriented adventure.