Posted: March 30th, 2011 under Good News, Kings of the North.
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Your support got me on the New York Times Bestseller List (extended, at #29.)  My agent called just as I was leaving for rehearsal (or I’d have posted a thank you right away.)

First week sales for Kings of the North were slightly ahead of Oath of Fealty, even with so many Borders stores closed that used to be reliable sellers for me.  E-book sales were up 20-25% over last year; hardcover sales were down (expected, with the loss of those Borders sales) but on balance, it’s running a little ahead.

So thank you all, very, very much for your early support.

My agent also told me that Oath was nominated for a Gemmell Award (as were the books of several other writers he represents) for best fantasy novel, and cover art on some of the others for best cover art.  (Best fantasy novel nominees are here.

So all in all an exciting day, and it’s thanks to you people (and readers who haven’t found this place yet.)


  • Comment by JackieInDallas — April 26, 2011 @ 2:01 pm


    @Keenen, the present she gets are all the loyal fans buying up her books. Well above and beyond the royalties (writing is a profession, after all, and needs to pay the bills if possible), the fact that her books SELL like hotcakes is a great present, I would think!

  • Comment by elizabeth — April 26, 2011 @ 6:09 pm


    Hi, JackieInDallas–hope the hail passed you by. Glad you’ve found the books and the blogsite.

  • Comment by din — May 23, 2011 @ 11:16 pm


    sorry for the late posting, but I’m just about to start ‘kings of the north’.

    is the map in Kings correct ? it looks like its missing the name ‘lyonya’, which would be south of ‘pargum’.

    I was trying to relate the names mentioned in the start of the book ‘dramatis personae’ to the map, and I had to go back to the map in Fealty to work out where it was.

    I also notice Dramatis in Kings doesnt have the link to paksworld that Fealty had. I’ll expect you didnt have room, but ….

    and its not that important, but one day I need to clearly work out the the borders of the countries on the map (the lines I see look like trade routes, not borders).

    For the next story, can you put back ‘princple characters and their story’,and ‘what has gone before’ that was in ‘Fealty’ . Its only a few pages, but its like ‘catch up’ notes so I dont need to reread the previous book.

    last question, Whats the best way to work out what happened to Barranyi ? She left the company in Oath of Gold, and I’m curious about her.

  • Comment by elizabeth — May 24, 2011 @ 6:32 am


    din: It’s too late to add the things you suggested to the next book’s Dramatis Personae–copy edits are already in. Yes, Lyonya’s missing from the map in Kings. You can’t clearly work out the borders of the countries–the missing borders are deliberate at this time, because they’re fuzzy–often in dispute–and trying to show that in maps at that scale is, um, technically difficult. Barranyi…for the details, you need to re-read Chapters 26 and 28 of Oath of Gold: they tell you exactly what happened to Barra. In short, she turned to evil, tried to kill Paks in the trial of new knights (C-26) and tried to kill Paks after Paks was carried out of the city…but Arvid killed Barra instead (C-28).

  • Comment by John of Perth — May 30, 2012 @ 9:07 pm


    Just to say thanks for continuing a marvelous series. It has brought me many hours of joy, and is something I have shared with great success with my daughters.

    I wish you all the best the future can bring.

    Best regards


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