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Steven Brust: “A masterful storyteller of contagious glee and self-deprecating badassery” —Skyler White

Book Update


I really like to plow straight through the first draft, however often the plot suddenly turns on itself and surprises me, figuring to fix it in the rewrite.  Sometimes, however, there are just too many unexpected changes, and I have to stop and get things in line before I got on.

Iorich just did that, around chapter 11.  The rewrite is complete, and now there’s a chapter 12 to go with it.  So things progress.


Author: corwin

Site administrative account, so probably Corwin, Felix or DD-B.


  1. Can have some hints about Your Itch?

  2. Now for chapters 1-10 and 13-17! Do you usually start books in the middle?

  3. Glad to hear you worked out your itch. Do you usually start writing a new book after the previous has been published or do you wait until you are inspired?

  4. Huh. I’d have expected such behavior from Jhegaalah, but I guess the law chases its own tail often enough that this makes sense.

  5. Please, try not to drop too many hints about Your Itch. I like to be surprised.

    Glad to hear it’s progressing so well, in any case. And that Vlad still has surprises in store for you. This would seem to greatly decrease the chances that you will become bored with him and stop writing about him.

  6. corwin

    Jason @ 3: I give myself 3-6 months down time before starting a new book. Usually.

  7. Can not wait to see where we go next, back or forward in time, a new Vlad adventure is always eagerly anticipated.

  8. Any chance we can at least find out where Your Itch occurs, chronologically? (i.e. Is it after Dzur?) 🙂

  9. Just dropping in to repeat my request that we see Sticks again.

  10. Thanks for sharing. Glad you haven’t scratched the updates or anything.

  11. Wow, I just finished your last book it’s great to hear your already on chapter 12 of the next one!!!

    I love the Vlad books, they are such a fun read.
    Good Luck!

  12. Bawrence @9: I second the motion for more Sticks.

    I was just rereading Dragon and thinking that I new exactly where Iorich should be set chronologically. Unfortunately, I cannot recall it now…memory is a tricky thing.

  13. Bawrence @ 9 & Jason @ 12:

    Since Sticks neck was snapped in /Phoenix/, and Vlad’s life is pretty well filled in up to that point, I don’t know how likely we are to see any more of him.

    You can keep asking, but there’s probably no future in it.

  14. There *have* been ressurrections in Adrilankha before.

  15. One of the things that prevents revivification is a snapped spine, unfortunately.

  16. corwin

    Your Itch picks up a couple of years after Stir.

  17. So they can raise people from the dead but can’t heal a snapped spine? That’s a bummer of an HMO.

  18. Spoiler alert!

    In Ioriich, Vlad is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as “The Cobra”, who has infected Vlad with a virus. Vlad and Jackson have no choice but to fight the Cobra and his bands of ninjas.

  19. Oh wait, that’s the plot of American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt. I get those mixed up sometimes.

  20. corwin

    Kit @ 18: It’s actually pretty close, except that you left out the zombies.

  21. skzb@20: KEWL! So Sticks IS back!

  22. corwin

    “Look, just let me eat your brains, okay? What’s the point of fighting it? No future in it.”

  23. Just finished reading Jhegaalah, thanks for telling the story of the missing finger.

    I can’t help but wonder which House will be left out since I saw a quote of yours one time saying you expected 17 books, but with Taltos taking the place of a house, which house gets snubbed?


    Thanks again for all you have written.

  24. No. the deal is:
    19 books. A first one, Taltos, one for each house, and a last one, The Last Contract.

  25. Wait, two years after “Stir”. Hmmm… Verra’s probably dead, Aliera’s pregnant but can’t find the baby, Kragar has successfully levered Vlad’s area to be twice its previous size (but no one has noticed) and… Lady Teldra?

    BTW, Devera appears in this post.

  26. “BTW, Devera appears in this post.”


    To quote myself, sort of … can you spot the Yendi in Seventeen Nights Drunk in Adrilankha?

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