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October 5, 2004

Dear Friends,

The rewrite of "Great Kings' War" is finished. It took a lot longer than I planned, but on the other hand, I ended up writing a lot more new material than I had planned. I added a new Prologue, a dozen new scenes, about 15,000 words of new material inter-woven into the text for continuity and filed off a few rough edges. The book now contains forty-one chapters and runs about 172,000 words.

Special thanks to James Landau, Richard Oakley, Eric Oppen and Chris Corley for their fine work on the continuity and copyediting of the Revised "Great Kings' War."

I divided the book into two versions. One is a modified version of the original novel, less the new scenes, but with the new prologue: this is the one that is now, as of October 1, 2004, available at the Baen Books Free Library. Roland and I both hope this free version of "Great Kings' War" will introduce a new generation of readers to the Kalvan Saga. There are no plans to do e-books of any other Kalvan novels, either now or in the foreseeable future.

Pequod Press hopes to publish the expanded 'Revised Edition' of "Great Kings' War" in the next year or two. I'll let you know as soon as there is a firm publication date.

A hearty welcome to our new readers from the Free Library! For those readers who are looking for copies of "Kalvan Kingmaker" and "Siege of Tarr-Hostigos," we still have copies for sale. See Buy the Books for details or contact Pequod Press at

John F. Carr

March 5, 2004

Dear Friends,

Almost all of the pre-orders of "Siege of Tarr-Hostigos" are in the mail; if you don't have yours yet, it will be arriving soon. I just received the slip case editions last week and will be mailing them out over the next two weeks. I am very pleased at how well they turned out.

We still have a few copies left of the 50 slip cover editions, but once they're gone -- they are gone! I've been getting some great letters from readers letting me know how much they're enjoying "Siege of Tarr-Hostigos." Thanks! The consensus (and it's pretty much unanimous) is that "Siege of Tarr-Hostigos" is the best book of the three sequels to "Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen," including "Great Kings' War" and "Kalvan Kingmaker." I know it's my favourite.

I recently finished the outline for the next book in the Kalvan Saga, "Gunpowder God," and I'm real excited about this book as it takes Kalvan into uncharted territory, introducing the Upper Middle Kingdoms, a civilization older and more complex than the northeastern Five Kingdoms.

John F. Carr