I thought it was about time to start this thread, as Ms. Wurts has been so kind on her own site (Trystane's Website: host for the Janny Wurts Offical Webpage and the Don Maitz Official Webpage) to keep us readers updated on her progress. A word of warning, Janny Wurst DOES NOT, EVER, give release dates to her readers or anyone else (yes, that includes you, Amazon, as you continue to post release dates for novels that are not even finished), until her final draft has been submitted to her publisher (Harper Collins UK). She has been very clear on this point, and a certain other epic fantasy author would do well to follow suit, or at least to tell his publisher to stop guessing. This, of course, does not prevent us from speculating until the cows come home as to when Initiate's Trial will be in our hot little hands. The latest word from directly from Janny is that she is working on the penultimate (that means "next-to-last", Grimward) chapter set in the novel, so the end of the first draft is in sight, but there is absolutely no word on a release date (quite properly). For those who don't know, the way she structures her chapters are in sets, with one main, longer chapter, and two successively shorter chapters, that usually take place at the same time. Then there are three short paragraphs, little snapshots if you will, at the end of the set that lets you know what is happening elsewhere as a lead up to the next chapter set. She is working on the 13th chapter set (so 36 chapters proper have been done). After Stormed Fortress, I just know that this is gonna be good.