7 thoughts on “The Archimage’s Fourth Daughter now available

  1. I’m glad you (apparently) took my advice and stuck some links to the shops in that you hopefully gain revenue from

    Sad thing – while most American’s believe USA is the only market in fact the larger markets are overseas

    If you look at any performance figures for any media the US is a (good) percentage but the big numbers come from overseas sales – like me

    You either need to internationalise your blog (it’s wordpress – can’t be that hard, simply requires geocoding) or simply list the links in the individual markets


    Amazon US link

    Amazon UK link

    Amazon CA link

    This can be extended to other counties – if it’s available in German

    Amazon DE link

    All quite simple

    Pre-purchased my copy – reading it now (I have limited fun time)

    • Hi Simon

      Yes, I did take your advice and add the linkes to US domestic sellers. When I did that, I also checked what it would take to internationalize the vendor links for my books. It turned out that that the plugins for wordpress were either pricey (I would spend more on monthly fees than I would earn from book sales) or were unreliable. So I did not go further. I have put on my todo list for 2018 to reexamine this and keep your posted. Thanks for your continued interest.


  2. OMG! I was Googling for a decent RPG (preferably d20 or GURPS, though Palladium might do well too) based upon your Five Magics, and noticed a second edition on Amazon — when I went there and noticed this title, my heart leapt and my eyes bulged. I’ve loved your series since the first time that I ran into it in ’85 or ’86, and wished every so often that there were more books set there, but I never thought that it would actually happen. You’ve just made my day (and I just placed the order on Amazon)!

    I don’t know how many of my friends will pay attention, but I announced this title’s availability on my Facebook page, with a link to this page.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 🙂

    • Hi Charles

      Thanks for the comment. I hope that after over thirty years I can still hurdle the high bar you have set for me. This note is short because I have to go and try on all my hats now and see if any of them still fit.



  3. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work in print, and I’d like to say that ever since Master of the Five Magics came out, you’ve been on my list of authors I’ll buy sight unseen. I am torn, though, between rereading the rest (I reread Master of the Five Magics last week) immediately, or finishing Patricia McKillip’s Cygnet, which I finally have both parts of. I’ll probably just do as I’ve done so often…divide my time between several books. Heh.

  4. Greetings! Just wanted to say I loved reading your books in my teens and I;m looking forward to reading the new editions before tackling the new book, One question though, why did you call the third school of magic and its practitioners Magic and Practitioners Magic and Magicians rather than something like Enchantment and Enchanters? 30 some years I wondered that! Just a small thinf though, the books are great and I’m glad you’re writing again.

  5. Hi Bruce
    You asked a very interesting (to me anyway) question.

    When I was formulating my laws of magic over forty years ago, I wanted each of the crafts to have some basis in our folklore. Among other things there are magic rings, magic mirrors, magic swords, magic castles . . . So I definitely wanted one of the crafts to be named ‘magic’.

    The original title of the book I submitted to Lester del Rey, the fantasy editor for Ballantine books at the time, was Quest for the Fair Lady. del Rey did not like that. He said that the book would be misclassified by the buying public as a ‘romance’, and not fantasy. He asked me to give him a half-dozen or so additional possibilities.

    I came up with five ( I no longer remember what they were) and ran out of gas. Finally as the sixth, I wrote down Master of the Five Magics. Aside from the alliteration in the title, I did not really care for it. I felt it would create confusion in the reader’s mind — “Wait a minute. Five magics, one of which is also named magic?” It sounded like something produced by the Department of Redundancy Department. It also (spoiler alert!) gave away the entire plot.

    Nevertheless, Master of the Five Magics is what del Rey selected, and so the title has been forever since.

    Thanks for asking.

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