Hey! Wizard’s Tower has released Juliet McKenna’s The Gambler’s Fortune.
It took me about six months to get this book digitized and ready to go. Most of that was copyediting for scan errors. The ABBYY OCR software seems to do a more accurate job every time I scan something, but in 500+ pages there’s inevitably a missed page, inappropriate paragraph breaks, and the t in “tucked” rendered as an f.
So, there was nothing for it, I simply had to read one of my favorite novels all over again. Twice.
I got to do the cover for this one, too, as I have been doing for the whole series. The artwork is by Geoff Taylor. These artworks were on the original Orbit publications.
I re-digitized McKenna’s original birth runes for Sorgrad and ‘Gren, and those close out each section of the novel. Here’s McKenna’s page on her runic system.
In this novel, book three in the Tales of Einarinn, Livak–the gambler of the title, The Gambler’s Fortune– is out on a journey to find the origins of folk songs and poems that may hold magical powers in their ancient words and rhythms. Each chapter begins with one of these poems or songs, fictionalized non-fiction which is one of the many ways McKenna’s writing makes for an immersive experience.
When I turned this in to McKenna, I asked her about the origin of brothers Grad and Gren. She answers that question here on her blog.
McKenna also gives us an all-new introduction to the novel, a discussion of why she choses to not utilize fantastical creatures in her fantasy world, and how readers often interpret the different human races as elves and dwarves.
For me, on to The Warrior’s Bond! Ah! Ryshad, you hearthrob!