Not being able to remember the brilliant post that started this thread prior to the Great Crash of '08, I do remember the reason. There are lots of threads in this relatively new sub-forum that are simply riddled with spoilers, and given Ms. Wurts' penchant for making her readers drop their jaws, those who are just starting this series should not be rummaging around in those threads, as they take a lot of the joy away from your first time read. Therefore, this thread. It is for those of you who have just begun the Atheran journey, and those of you who would like to talk about Curse of the Mistwraith ("CotMW"), being the first book of The Wars of Light and Shadow, which is a series that currently stands at 8 novels, and will likely finish with 11 novels. The ninth is underway. As this series is more like a huge book with the invidual books being more like volumes, the books cannot be read out of order (kind of like reading The Return of the King prior to reading the other two "books" of The Lord of the Rings.) So, welcome to Athera, and please discuss any issues that come to mind in CotMW, and be prepared for answers from the more aged fans among us that go something like "wait 'till you read Fugitive Prince (etc.), because you'll find out then". And to the oldsters, WE ARE ONLY DISCUSSING CotMW!! NOTHING ELSE! Period. As a side note, CotMW is currently available in the UK, AUS, NZ etc., as is Ships of Merior. The whole series will be coming out in mass market paperback in North America in April, 2009, including the last book, Stormed Fortress. The next book, Sword of the Canon: Initiate's Trial is underway, and the best guess of this fan puts its release towards the end of 2009 or in early 2010 (publisher details have not been released pending finalization of the publication contract. The contract does include the pending books in the series, which is really, really excellent!). Janny Wurts ain't tellin' when the Initiate's Trial is coming out, because she won't tell until she submits her final draft to the publisher and the publisher puts out a date for release.