Sanctuary Series

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The world of Arkaria is a dangerous place, filled with dragons, titans, goblins and other dangers. Those who live in this world are faced with two choices: live an ordinary life or become an adventurer and seek the extraordinary. 

Cyrus Davidon leads a small guild in the human capital of Reikonos. Caught in an untenable situation, facing death in the den of a dragon, they are saved by the brave fighters of Sanctuary who offer an invitation filled with the promise of greater adventure. Soon Cyrus is embroiled in a mystery - someone is stealing weapons of nearly unlimited power for an unknown purpose, and Sanctuary may be the only thing that stands between the world of Arkaria and total destruction.

NOTICE: As of May 2017, The Sanctuary Series is going exclusive to Amazon for AT LEAST ninety days. Learn more about why HERE.

LISTED IN BEST (CHRONOLOGICAL) READING ORDER 

Defender (Volume One)
Avenger (Volume Two)
Champion (Volume Three)
Crusader (Volume Four)
Sanctuary Tales
Thy Father's Shadow (Volume 4.5)
Master (Volume Five)
Fated in Darkness (Volume 5.5)
Warlord (Volume Six)
Heretic (Volume Seven)
Legend (Volume Eight)

Ghosts of Sanctuary (Volume Nine)* - (Tentatively) Coming in 2018!

 *Forthcoming

NOTE: The Ashes of Luukessia Series - IS BACK ON! First book coming this summer!

A Haven in Ash: Ashes of Luukessia, Volume One - Coming Late Summer/Fall 2017!
 
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Rules for discussion page:

1. Be courteous. No name calling, no nastiness.

2. This page will be culled every 30 days or so for ease of reading. Older posts may be deleted at any time, but I'll try and leave them up as long as possible. If someone asks a really awesome question (subject to staff opinion on what makes up a "really awesome question") then it may stay.

Discuss, question and speculate away!


62 comments:

  1. I don't remember if I asked this the first time I read through book 8, but will we ever find out more about why vidarra switched sides? She was certainly guilty of avarice and pride, buying into her own godhood, but generally seemed a much more decent sort than the rest (along with Terrgenden)

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    1. No, I doubt I'll address it in story again as it'd be kinda weird to just dredge it up randomly in a future book, but basically she just got scared. Bellarum addressed it a little before the final fight, didn't he? She was trying to get back on his good side in a desperate hail mary kind of attempt, which obviously didn't work out too well.

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    2. Kinda what I thought, but wasn't sure

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    3. Thank you in reading Legend now and quit right at that figuring WTF. So I found this blog time to continue story

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  2. I just discovered your Sanctuary books in January and am already almost finished #8. I'm absolutely hooked. Thanks so much.

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  3. Will we ever find out exactly what happened to Curatio? Because he just was gone, books and all one day, but Alarm said he'd never left

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    1. Yeah, you find out. Finish book eight yet? Because the answer is in there.

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    2. [Spoiler Alert]
      I've read it multiple times, I know that Curatio didn't run off, that he chose to become what Alaric became, I meant specifics, since he wasn't seen (in the present, or Cyrus' flashbacks) since Chapter 68 of Warlord, with his absence confirmed at the end of Chapter 76. I assume Sanctuary didn't fade with him inside, unless he was just hiding from everyone the rest of that bool and all the way through Heretic until Vara's death and the 'destruction' of Sanctuary, which I can't see him doing. So how did he join with Sanctuary, or will it be revealed in the fullness of time?
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    3. I suppose it wasn't entirely clear, since the only times you see someone vanish it happens when Sanctuary goes, too - all of Sanctuary doesn't have to fade to "absorb" you into its essence. I had originally planned a6.5 or 7.5 volume that would have shown him reading at the end, looking up, and going. "Oh. It's you." And then vanishing in a flash of light as though a spell had taken him away (which obviously it hadn't - Sanctuary took him in after it became a pervasive presence in his mind). Of course that book got canceled, so it was never made fully clear, I guess exactly how he disappeared other than the simple line in LEGEND. But there you go, that's how it went down.

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  4. I have just finished Warlord, so compared to others I am new here. I have noted though that in Master and now in Warlord that your syntax and editing has become more "English as a Second language" in style. There are many syntax an grammatical "errors" at least in my Kindle editions. Is this a purposeful change, an error in electronic translation or done on purpose? Thanks for some GREAT escapist reads.

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    1. Not quite sure what you mean. I made the characters speak in a more high-fantasy tone as the series went along, which I guess could be classed as purposeful errors since they don't fit modern usage. Is that what you're talking about? If so, yeah, that's intentional.

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  5. When I think of troll wars, I see quinneria letting loose a bunch of spells and angry balls of fire.
    Man that would look awesome in 3D on the big screen!!!!
    (That message Is for you Peter Jackson) lol

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    1. The issue with making High Fantasy films is that unless it is really well done all of the terms (e.g Quartal, Rondanthar and plain old titans) can seem like cheezy gibberish and really ruin the film, think of anyy successful High Fantasy film other than the Lord of the Rings. Still though it is a cool idea, I think it would be pretty cool to see the troll wars more in the books, maybe through the eyes of Curatio or someone.

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  6. I must say that the Sanctuary Series is my absolute favorite Kindle E-books I have come across from Amazon. I've always loved Fantasy books since I was a child, all though I've just stuck with YA ones until now. It was very interesting to transfer from lighter novels to more grittier ones.

    I could go on talking about how many great things you did in the series (character growth, character faults, intricate plotlines, humor, etc), however there is one thing I really appreciated that was in them. Thank you for not having almost all your fantasy races be seperated into pure "evil" or pure "good"alliances.

    The only exception could be the titans, but I'd just put that down as Bellarum corrupting their people and that there was not any time for a "titan's can be good too" storyline (It's totally because there was no room for one in Sanctuary, uh huh).

    Anyways, it just really bothers me in stories where certain fantasy species like orcs, goblins, trolls, dark elves are all inherently evil. I just really like books where not everything is so black-and-white; it makes things so much more exciting without set archetypes.

    Oh, a few questions that I have: How long do dark elves live for? Or more specifically, how long until they take their "turn", as the elves would say.
    How exactly did the Ancients discover their magic and become seemingly immortal "gods" that allowed them to affect/shape their respective roles? When Mortus was killed there were direct and dire consequences; why didn't anything drastic seem to happen to the mortal realm when the other gods died?
    And is Alaric based off of someone Scottish?
    [Sorry for this long post and any typos from within it. I always type so much when I talk about something I love.]

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    1. Funny story about the titans - I kinda had to play them as pure evil because otherwise the fact that they got wiped out would have made the ending of Warlord a lot more bitter. There are titans in other lands, however, in much the same way as there are humans of different races in other lands, and you can expect to see some "good" titans in future volumes of the Sanctuary Series as we expand the story beyond Arkaria and Luukessia.

      Dark elves have a lifespan of about 1,000 years. They would "turn" about 850 - 900 or so, if they made it that long.

      Ancients discovering their magic? Thousands of years of effort and evolution, basically. I think someone gives a rapid summation of it when Alaric asks in Legend, though I can't recall.

      So, about Mortus - this is suggested in Legend, I think - he didn't sit on a confluence or hotspot of magic like the others did, in their realms. Instead, he built the tower in the Realm of Death that acted like a vacuum that hoovered up dead souls and entrapped them, creating a sort of artificial magical hotspot that he could draw from. The result of that, though, was the entrapment of all those souls, who became warped and pissed off over time. So, the reason no other gods died with consequences as dire as Mortus is because none of the others were growing their power on the souls of the Arkarian dead.

      No, Alaric isn't based off anyone Scottish. He's based off a guildmaster I had back in my MMO days.

      Hope this answers your questions, and I'm glad you enjoyed the books!

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  7. Psst...
    I know it's a secret but could you please tell me about all of these new places?
    I want to see the land beyond the 'placid/torrid' sea, the lands south of Zanzibar and north of Fertiss please can it just be a secret between us?
    luke171sanderson@gmailcom

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    1. Ah, no. Because I don't have a map yet, just a few names scrawled on paper and very little description. That's another reason it's going to be until 2019 until Sanctuary Vol. 9 comes out. I have to worldbuild...well, the rest of the world. And that takes time and thought, which I have very little of to apply at this moment.

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    2. Oh well, the secret cartography club is delayed....
      I will have to cancel those t-shit orders :)

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  8. Why are has the sanctuary series been pulled from iTunes? I'm so sad

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    1. I'm sorry, I tried to warn everybody! I sent emails, posted on Facebook and Twitter, there's even a link explaining this at the top of the page. (Here's the link, just to save you the scroll: http://www.robertjcrane.com/p/noooooooooooooooooo.html )

      The short answer is because Amazon is making it a lot harder to sell books without the competitive advantage you get by being exclusive with them, and the other retailers (Kobo, Google, Nook and Apple) don't really give me a lot (or any, in some cases) of sales boost as an incentive to stay. Which leaves me squeezed or squoze or however you want to say it.

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  9. Sorry lol should have taken a look on my scroll down, was frantic I think.. I've been really into the books I had made it to 7, been busy for months no chance to read just finished the sample and went to click buy... this will teach me to sign up for emails :( thanks for your amazing work though :)

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  10. so it's gone for 90 days? How long has it been so far?

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  11. Oh, just a quick question, could you please phonetically spell Reikonos for me, I am struggling with thinking of a pronunciation, at best it seems Bavarian but I don't think that's what you wanted, was it?
    Reek-kun-os, is the best I could do (I'm not exactly an expert on the Bavarian dialect)

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    1. Just a made-up word, sorry. Rye-co-nose is how I pronounce it, but you're free to say it however you like, I shan't be offended.

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  12. Thanks, I was just pondering about it so I appreciate you giving that shower thought some closure. Really looking forward to the Ashes of Luukessia And The Ghosts of Sanctuary!

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  13. Seeming as I ave not harassed you in the last 3 days I have another query.
    I am thinking about how the world of scatuary could play out and I think that mention of Mendiciant becoming emperor of the Goblins could potentially create a magical superpower (Their leader is a heretic that studied with Curatio and Qunniera), so any less than pure sucsessor may create a magical imperium that is a force to be reckoned with... Ahh, the irony,
    PLease tell me if that was on your mind as alitte joke/twist or if ti was just a nice ending for the charater, your Jar-Jar Binks level irritant, an over analysing fan.

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    1. If I told you what was on my mind, your head would explode. Since I don't want to be criminally negligent, you're just going to have to wait and see how things shake out in the next volumes.

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    2. HAHAHA I knew something was up!

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    3. I was always a bit suspicious of the fact that so many people with godly weapons are assumed gone in the next 1,000 years (Varren easily lasted 10,000), it also seems like magic has died out if after 1,000 years people are using coal-fires in factories. I am assuming that the plot reason for this is that people saw the "Second war of the Gods" or whatever you want to call it as a sign magic was too dangerous and they went full troll-shaman purge. Still I like to be surprised as much as I like to see my predictions come true - so it's a win:win for me!

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    4. Actually, the reason is much more prosaic - I don't like to repeat myself and if magic had proliferated unchecked over the last thousand years then the world would be much as we saw the civilization of the ancients in LEGEND, decadent and using magic to solve all their perceived ills. So magic is waned for reasons of history and (this is the prosaic part) reasons of story, to keep Cyrus and co. from becoming so godly overpowered that the story becomes out of reach and disconnected from the humanity of it. So when we pick up in Volume 9 (this isn't much of a spoiler since it'll be figured out almost immediately) not only has magic seemingly vanished for most of Arkaria, but *it's not going to work for our crew of transplants, either* - at least not as it should. Like I said, there are story reasons for this, but also ones of convenience to keep me from having to constantly come up with increasingly batshit crazy obstacles to put in the path of my ascended god characters. Good story thrives on conflict, and godlike characters in a world without magic would be light on conflict. Godlike characters in a world of godlike characters? Difficult to properly ground for an audience, although something we might explore at some point in a future volume or series. Our flawed peeps struggling against all manner of shit with a new backdrop and the carpet yanked out from them in a way that they can't explain? Pure dramatic gold! (Or pure dramatic quartal, I guess, in this world...)

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    5. I assumed that magic was gone because of the very clear line from legend "1,000 years ago our ancestors were equal to yours", and ancient Lukkessia is show to be behind "modern" Akaria so magic had to be gone, still I assumed that because of Vaste not really having many warrior skills and the fact that the magic of the ark keeps them ghosts that it would be easier just to have magic less effective because technology was an equaliser. Still Vaste is a troll and the magic of the ark does seem to come from or be linked to a separate dimension that it would be unaffected by the decline of this world. Either works but you know more about writing than me so I trust you picked the right one, I mean enchanters would be the most powerful spell casters and that might negate the technology of a steampunk world.
      Also we know that pure-blood elves are rare but if the curse does not affect Atmi then surely in the time of the Protainians then some would have crossed the Placid sea and would be unaffected, as well as Atmi and the now safe former-titian lands, so are elves rare in norther Akaria because of the curse, I assume Mortus' spell continues past the decay of magic much like the godly weapons seem to have, or has a massive race war (Trolls are probably involved in this due to there strategic location past the Perda and the "We'll make you sing greenie" line imply this) that hurt their declining population too much as dragons killed off Atmi. Sad but only one of many possible scenarios, this is why I will both love and hate when the new sanctuary books come out. Speculating is fun, but so is reading your books. I CANNOT WIN!

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    6. Pure-blood elves wouldn't have needed to cross the Placid sea during the time of the Protanians in order to exist elsewhere. Much like humans exist on every continent, you can expect variations of pure-blood elves to exist in other lands, along with the others species' of this world - titans, trolls, Protanians, Mler, etc. They'll all be across the sea in the new lands when we get to them, around book 11 or 12 or whatever.

      As for what's going on in Western Arkaria...whew. Yeah. You're gonna have to wait on that one, maybe even past book 9, because...well, the world is a mess when we pick back up again. Just a mess.

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    7. Let me guess, Gnomes are tunneling into Saekaj Sovar and Vara is laughing manically as she cuts them down as the Ghosts (haha) of Nyad and Fortin look down one saying "I told you so!" while the other looks hungry?

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    8. I'm sorry but your heart's desire to make this arc has been clear to me ever since I mesmerised you, and am sure it has not changed since.

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    9. Speaking of heart's desires and arcs, I finally figured out the emotional beats to end 2018's Out of the Box arc this afternoon. Whew, what a relief.

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    10. Speaking of Gnomes, when you mentioned Cyrus stopping his fall with falcon's essence, what if in the siege of Sanctuary Gnomish mercenaries were (literally) catapulted over the wall carrying dragon's breath then cast falcon's essence, quickly placed and lit it then cast return?
      You have my full permission to use this with Goblins
      or (Dwarves/Gnomes) if they are "evil" or sieging Sanctuary. Of course.... No magic. DAMMIT!
      Still, I think this could be a legitimate strategy.
      Wait... the Gnomes teleport to a portal after binding their souls to Sanctuary then teleport in troops en mass. Be so glad I am not a Dark Elven commander willing to bully some smaller races.

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    11. Wait, you replied as I was typing that...

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    12. Finally the UK and US have the same waking hours! But I must be gone, it is 9:17pm

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    13. Yes, yes, final cuppa and off to bed, I'm sure.

      That gnomish idea is not bad...if I were going to do a siege of Sanctuary again (see part above about repeating myself). I had given some thought, too, to the military applications of binding and returning somewhere when least expected. I forget if I ever made anything of it or if it was just something I was mentally tinkering with...my filing cabinet is quite full at this point of little scraps of paper with ideas written upon them that will never find use in any story.

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  14. Does Cyrus ever find out he has a son

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    1. Yes, he will find out somewhere between Sanctuary Volumes 9-11.

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    2. Am I being really dumb if I ask when this information I somehow missed is given. (I am prepared to look very foolish)

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    3. At the very end of FATED IN DARKNESS: Sanctuary 5.5. Actually, lot of people miss it because only about 1/4 to 1/3 of mainline Sanctuary readers pick up the .5 volumes.

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    4. First of all, I really need to read it gain then. And also I do read them but I just finished a big re-read and completely skipped them out so as much as I think more people should read about the events in Saekaj Sovar I suppose they are just more forgettable. Not making that mistake again, they are great insights into side characters.

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  15. Love this series. I'm on my 7th or 8th time reading through them all. In Champion when they are in the realm of death before Mortus returns, they are discussing some historical stuff. Alaric talks about fighting in Akaria with an alliance of dwarves, elves and gnomes against titans, trolls and goblins. The dragons become involved and the gods pick sides. Requiem gets involved also. Any chance of a book about that. Do we ever know who is part of the Requiem guild that comes from across the sea of Carmas?

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    1. So, about this bit of history Alaric is relating - it didn't really happen this way, as you obviously see in LEGEND. I'm loathe to say he's lying, but...it's either he's lying in order to tell the story made up by the gods in order to cover what *actually* happened at the end of the War of the Gods or the author failed to remember to write these other alliances in to the ending of the series. One of those fits canonically a bit more than the other - Alaric lying to keep people from learning a lot of heretical truths - so we're going to go with that instead of authorial error. Yep. So it is written, so it shall be done.

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    2. The safety net of lore told by some characters being unreliable saves you once more. Just be careful as the next series (I assume) will not be as easy.
      I LOVE YOUR BOOKS

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    3. Tell me about it. Maybe I can just keep the characters from referring to anything in the past books? You know, give them amnesia or something to make my life easier? It could happen, mass group amnesia. Maybe a side effect of the Sanctuary-fication of them.

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  16. So I just cannot accept that Vara actually died -- it's horrifying to me and caught my emotions for a full to days...not to say the this usually happens. Does Vara fully and forever die? if so, I still cannot unlike this wonderful series of breathtaking books.

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    1. Just keep reading to the end, I would say, in lieu of spoiling what's going to happen. Or not happen.

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  17. My curiosity is just ridiculously annoying, but yes, I'm, without a doubt, reading to the end.

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    1. Oh, I understand it well. I just don't want to ruin the ending that I layered in carefully over eight-plus volumes by blurting out the result here. Sure, in the short term it would maybe relieve your anxiety (or maybe not) but I think it would also hobble your enjoyment of the journey from here...

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  18. Great books. I am actually so surprised you're still replying to replies. You're a lot more... relate-able than i thought you would be. May I ask what MMO's inspired The Sanctuary Series?

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    1. A ton of them. I've played more EQ, WoW and Star Wars: Galaxies than any of the others, though, so those are probably the most prominent influences. Lots of more traditional RPGs added to it, though, especially the Final Fantasy series, which I played with something approaching religious fervor when I was growing up.

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  19. I may have missed this, but i wanted to know where the arc of hope came from. Did Chavoron make it or find it? If he found it where exactly did he find it. Does Terian ever find out he is related to Alaric and the old soverign? Do the elves in Termina and the capital city ever have babies like the ones in the forest? Sorry for all the questions maybe i just missed these answers. I know I had other questions, but they are not coming to me as I'm writing this. Also, LOVE this series.

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    1. 1. It came from the God of Good, presumably, and was either given to Chavoron or found by him. I probably won't ever address this, because I never considered how it got to him a terribly interesting question, much more concerned with what happened to it after it left his possession.

      2. Terian does not know this, at least not yet.

      3. Not as of the end of LEGEND, no.

      It was really only three questions, so that's not that bad! If you'd come at me with like 27, and subdivided parts where I had to answer an A, B and C for each, that might be another story.

      Glad you enjoyed the series!

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  20. Hi,

    I just wondered how it was that Cyrus was able to block mind spells such as from ashangar and janda etc. I don't think it is ever really explained but maybe I missed it.

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    1. It's sort of suggested around, somewhere around HERETIC, I think - his mother taught him a spell that he didn't realize was a spell, the thing that when you meet someone's eyes, you say - whatever gibberish she taught him (it's been a long time since I wrote the passage in question, I don't remember what made-up thing I had him say). That spell allowed him to block mind spells from Ashan'agar, though not J'anda. J'anda's spell worked fine, if I recall correctly.

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  21. I may have missed this, but i wanted to know where the arc of hope came from. Did Chavoron make it or find it? If he found it where exactly did he find it. Does Terian ever find out he is related to Alaric and the old soverign? Do the elves in Termina and the capital city ever have babies like the ones in the forest? Sorry for all the questions maybe i just missed these answers. I know I had other questions, but they are not coming to me as I'm writing this. Also, LOVE this series.

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    1. Wow, I get a lot of double posts, because frankly my website interface is terribly slow after you hit the post button, but I don't think I've ever had a double post where they showed up 9 hours apart. See answers on your post above.

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