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    Jason Denzel’s Ask Me Anything

    Earlier this week, Jason Denzel, Dragonmount’s found and webmaster, hosted an Ask Me Anything panel on Reddit.com . The questions ranged all over the board, but there were a few about The Wheel of Time. And, of course, everyone offered congratulations and praise for Mystic Dragon, released July 17, 2018 from Tor. Naturally, people had questions about where the inspiration for the Mystic series came from. You can read the questions and answers in their entirety, here.
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    Mystic Dragon Now Available

    Today is the release day for Mystic Dragon, the second novel in Jason Denzel’s Mystic series. This captivating story is a great addition to the series, expanding the scope of the plotlines, the characters, and the world. Though I work with Jason as a part of Dragonmount, it's also amazing to see the author side of him. It can be difficult to judge a friend's work of art, but I strive to point out the positives and the negatives as they appeal to me. These are my honest thoughts on a well-constructed novel, one I enjoyed immensely! Slight spoilers will follow. Synopsis: The first book, Mystic, showed Pomella AnDone, a commoner, summoned by the High Mystic of Moth to trial for an apprenticeship. Though Pomella shows strength and courage and cunning, she’s not selected to be the High Mystic’s apprentice. Instead, she is chosen by Grandmaster Faywong, a man retired from the position of High Mystic of Moth, and becomes his apprentice. Mystic Dragon picks up the story seven years after the events of Mystic. Now, Pomella is a full Mystic, using her training, and her reputation as a commoner, to stop a slaver named Shadefox. Shadefox has been taking the Unclaimed people of Moth and selling them on the Continent. Her mission is cut short, however, by the celestial event known as Crow Tallin--which takes place once every sixty years. Pomella is needed on Moth to help control the fay as Treorel, the Mystic Star, momentarily links the human world and Fayun. However, Shevia, another Mystic, shows signs of going against the traditions of Crow Tallin. Shevia has been given visions of the future and her intentions for the event counter greatly to what Pomella is instructed to do. The two women must make some sort of agreement, or it will be a full-out war between them. And Shevia’s powers are much greater than anything Pomella has ever seen. Pros: From start to finish, this story was enthralling. While the first novel focused on Moth culture, the world is expanded greatly in Mystic Dragon. We see many of the other cultures of the world which solidifies it in the reader’s mind. The countries on the Continent are very different from Moth, and they offer a contrast to Pomella’s upbringing. Though the story takes place seven years later, those years aren’t lost. Through flashback scenes, we get to see exactly what happened to Sim and Shevia during that time. These scenes were among my favorite in the book because of how poignant the emotional reactions were. Much darker than Mystic, this novel dwells on loss and pain, sadness and suffering, loneliness and abuse. These times where the characters are at their lowest makes them shine so much brighter when we see them try their hardest to overcome what’s kept them suppressed. As the time of Crow Tallin approached, I was constantly guessing the direction the book would take. It was completely unpredictable. There were so many ways the events could have played out, so many choices the characters could have made. One surprise after another kept me in suspense until the very last page. And Pomella. I love her as a character. Though she’s been a Mystic for nearly seven years, she’s never forgotten her commoner heritage. Though powerful, she never lets that get in the way of her helping people. She could live a life of luxury, but she insists on being among the commoners. Her character has stayed true despite being so highly elevated. She struggles through this book, she grows, and her future is still uncertain. Cons: The deaths. I won’t give away who (or how many) die, but some of them devastated me. Not to say these deaths were for shock value. They had a purpose. I hope the third novel will ease the pain at these losses, though. Conclusion: This story was engrossing. It was difficult to put down because I wanted to see how the events unfolded. The pace kept the actions going, pulling me along with it, even late into the night. The themes of loss and survival resonated strongly with me. I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion to the series, as so many questions were left unanswered at the end of Mystic Dragon. Rating: 5 out of 5 You can purchase Mystic Dragon from Dragonmount’s DRM-free eBook store. To find out more about Jason Denzel and the series you can visit his website, or follow him on Facebook or Twitter. (Though Jason Denzel is the webmaster and founder of Dragonmount, my review is unbiased and honest.
  3. Today is the release day for Mystic Dragon, the second novel in Jason Denzel’s Mystic series. This captivating story is a great addition to the series, expanding the scope of the plotlines, the characters, and the world. Slight spoilers will follow. Synopsis: The first book, Mystic, showed Pomella AnDone, a commoner, summoned by the High Mystic of Moth to trial for an apprenticeship. Though Pomella shows strength and courage and cunning, she’s not selected to be the High Mystic’s apprentice. Instead, she is chosen by Grandmaster Faywong, a man retired from the position of High Mystic of Moth, and becomes his apprentice. Mystic Dragon picks up the story seven years after the events of Mystic. Now, Pomella is a full Mystic, using her training, and her reputation as a commoner, to stop a slaver named Shadefox. Shadefox has been taking the Unclaimed people of Moth and selling them on the Continent. Her mission is cut short, however, by the celestial event known as Crow Tallin--which takes place once every sixty years. Pomella is needed on Moth to help control the fay as Treorel, the Mystic Star, momentarily links the human world and Fayun. However, Shevia, another Mystic, shows signs of going against the traditions of Crow Tallin. Shevia has been given visions of the future and her intentions for the event counter greatly to what Pomella is instructed to do. The two women must make some sort of agreement, or it will be a full-out war between them. And Shevia’s powers are much greater than anything Pomella has ever seen. Pros: From start to finish, this story was enthralling. While the first novel focused on Moth culture, the world is expanded greatly in Mystic Dragon. We see many of the other cultures of the world which solidifies it in the reader’s mind. The countries on the Continent are very different from Moth, and they offer a contrast to Pomella’s upbringing. Though the story takes place seven years later, those years aren’t lost. Through flashback scenes, we get to see exactly what happened to Sim and Shevia during that time. These scenes were among my favorite in the book because of how poignant the emotional reactions were. Much darker than Mystic, this novel dwells on loss and pain, sadness and suffering, loneliness and abuse. These times where the characters are at their lowest makes them shine so much brighter when we see them try their hardest to overcome what’s kept them suppressed. As the time of Crow Tallin approached, I was constantly guessing the direction the book would take. It was completely unpredictable. There were so many ways the events could have played out, so many choices the characters could have made. One surprise after another kept me in suspense until the very last page. And Pomella. I love her as a character. Though she’s been a Mystic for nearly seven years, she’s never forgotten her commoner heritage. Though powerful, she never lets that get in the way of her helping people. She could live a life of luxury, but she insists on being among the commoners. Her character has stayed true despite being so highly elevated. She struggles through this book, she grows, and her future is still uncertain. Cons: The deaths. I won’t give away who (or how many) die, but some of them devastated me. Not to say these deaths were for shock value. They had a purpose. I hope the third novel will ease the pain at these losses, though. Conclusion: This story was engrossing. It was difficult to put down because I wanted to see how the events unfolded. The pace kept the actions going, pulling me along with it, even late into the night. The themes of loss and survival resonated strongly with me. I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion to the series, as so many questions were left unanswered at the end of Mystic Dragon. Rating: 5 out of 5 You can purchase Mystic Dragon from Dragonmount’s DRM-free eBook store. To find out more about Jason Denzel and the series you can visit his website, or follow him on Facebook or Twitter. View full news item
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    WoTchers Podcast Releases First Episode

    The first episode of WoTchers—a Wheel of Time reading podcast—was released earlier this month. The podcast, hosted by three authors, Hank Garner, Josh Hayes, and Jaime Castle, starts on an epic quest to finish The Wheel of Time series. The podcasters come from different points in The Wheel of Time journey, Hank and Jamie read a few of the series, while Josh is completely new. This is bound to make for interesting dialogue as these men progress farther into the series. First off, the podcasters state right out that this is not a “fanboy love fest.” In fact, Jamie admits that he would not have finished the book if he hadn’t committed to doing this podcast. They have plenty of criticism to start. This first episode is sort of an introduction, a brief overview of the tropes expected, and the unavoidable “just a Lord of the Rings knockoff” banter. Even so, they have some good points. Reading the series fresh in the year 2018 is a lot different from reading it when it began in 1990. Times have changed. Readers have evolved. It’s difficult to keep the mindset of where the books originated. (This same argument can be used with many older books, and even films; it’s sometimes hard for modern audiences to grasp the culture of the past.) Jaime states that the podcast’s purpose is to look at The Wheel of Time as an example for them to examine their own craft. Viewing the series through this lens would definitely shift the focus. Reading for enjoyment and reading for learning are two separate things, in my opinion. All in all, this was an enjoyable first podcast and I’m curious how their opinions might change—or stay the same—as they progress farther into the series. You can learn more about WoTchers at their website.
  5. Recently, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) compiled a detailed list of all The Wheel of Time related material it’s possible to own. The list contains many items most fans have heard of—the soundtrack, the comic books, the calendars—and plenty I own myself. However, it also highlights more obscure items, like a poster and program showing Robert Jordan’s permeant display at Daniel Library of The Citadel, or a custom embossed stamp used to denote Jordan’s own books within his library, or a copy of The Fires of Heaven where the dust jacket proclaims the Amyrlin is named “Flaida” instead of Elaida. Not to mention all the foreign-translated novels and the amazing covers they have. The article also speculates about re-releasing the novels with new cover art when the television series kicks off. For the avid fan, there’s plenty to collect. And hopefully, with a television series coming soon, there’ll be even more. View full news item
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    LilyElizabeth

    (When a level has been BOLDED, it has been completed) Level 1 Become a Tuatha'an Level 2 Beginner Challenges 1. Colors 2. 3. Level 3 Master Challenges Bronze: Artists 1. 2. 3. Crafts 1. 2. 3. Writers 1. & 2. April Writing Workshop 3. Social Group 1. 2. 3. Silver: Artists 1. 2. 3. Crafts 1. 2. 3. Writers 1. 2. 3. Social Group 1. 2. 3. Gold: Artists 1. 2. 3. Crafts 1. 2. 3. Writers 1. 2. 3. Social Group 1. 2. 3. Level 4 Grand Master Tuatha'an
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    New "Mistborn Spoilers" Podcast

    Our friends at the Wheel of Time Spoilers podcast have a new project in the works: Mistborn Spoilers. Following the same format, Patrick and Seth scrutinize Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series—one chapter at a time—and discuss all the nitty-gritty details, backstories, foreshadowing, and wonders that make up this fantastic series. The first three episodes focused on the background information needed to comprehend the world, the Lord Ruler, and the current life of the people. After that, they delve right into the books. I was very pleased when Seth and Patrick allowed me to be a guest host for the Prologue and Chapter 1 episodes. I’m a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, and the Mistborn series is at the top of my favorite works by him. That doesn’t mean the books are flawless. I’m very quick to point out the under presentation of women in this first novel, and the over-dependence on using rape as a plot device. That said, I do love this book, and I love these characters, and I was happy to be able to discuss them with others who are so knowledgeable. Patrick and Seth currently record Mistborn Spoilers on Monday, and for a $1 Patreon donation, you can listen live while they record! The back and forth dialogue with devoted fans adds a lot to the quality of the show, one of the reasons why both these podcasts are so popular! You can follow Wheel of Time Spoilers on Facebook or Twitter, and you can follow Mistborn Spoilers on Facebook.
  8. Our friends at the Wheel of Time Spoilers podcast have a new project in the works: Mistborn Spoilers. Following the same format, Patrick and Seth scrutinize Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series—one chapter at a time—and discuss all the nitty-gritty details, backstories, foreshadowing, and wonders that make up this fantastic series. The first three episodes focused on the background information needed to comprehend the world, the Lord Ruler, and the current life of the people. After that, they delve right into the books. I was very pleased when Seth and Patrick allowed me to be a guest host for the Prologue and Chapter 1 episodes. I’m a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, and the Mistborn series is at the top of my favorite works by him. That doesn’t mean the books are flawless. I’m very quick to point out the under presentation of women in this first novel, and the over-dependence on using rape as a plot device. That said, I do love this book, and I love these characters, and I was happy to be able to discuss them with others who are so knowledgeable. Patrick and Seth currently record Mistborn Spoilers on Monday, and for a $1 Patreon donation, you can listen live while they record! The back and forth dialogue with devoted fans adds a lot to the quality of the show, one of the reasons why both these podcasts are so popular! You can follow Wheel of Time Spoilers on Facebook or Twitter, and you can follow Mistborn Spoilers on Facebook. View full news item
  9. Congrats, Leyrann! That's such a great accomplishment! Please keep us posted on your progress and any other writing you're working on! As far as your Discord guild, how's that work? I belong to a few Facebook groups, and a few chat groups. So is the Discord guild like a mix between the two?
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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

    Sorry we didn't have more drawers! That would have made it funnier. *lol*
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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

    Pictionary is one of my favorite games. This time, it's animal themed, which promises to be a lot of fun! To play it on DM, it's actually quite simple. During the round, there will be one designated artist. I will PM them the word, they will draw it (either in digital form, or physical and then take a picture of it) and post it in the thread when completed. Guessers can guess in any order. If you've guessed once, and it's incorrect, you can guess again. TO DRAW: If you want to draw pictures, please sign up below (you can do this, even after the game has started). We'll go in order of first come, first served. And when we run out of artists, we will repeat the lineup. TO GUESS: If you want to guess, then just post below! You can participate and win points even without drawing! POINTS: Artists will win 1 point for drawing a correctly guessed animal. Guessers will win 1 point for a correct guess. Points can add up fast! PLAYERS: Chaelca: 3 JamesBrown: 4 LilyElizabeth: 3
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    Join the ACW Tuatha'an Camp

    It's on our end, @haycraftd. It can take a few days for the admins to get your status changed. I'll double check that the request has been sent, though.
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    [GotAK] Greatest Pet Poll

    And the winner of the Best Pet poll is:
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    [GotAK] Greatest Pet Poll

    There's a heated debate over which pet is the best! Now's your chance to argue (politely) why your favorite is the greatest! The animal chosen as the winner at the end of the week will be immortalized in a siggy! Vote, then discuss below.
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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

    *lol* No guessers on the last one? It was a meerkat. A very poorly drawn meerkat! With that, our game is officially over! Thank you all for playing! The winner, with 4 points, was @JamesBrown. Siggie coming soon!
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    [GotAK] Guess the Animal

    That was a lot of fun! Thanks, James!
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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

    Here’s a hint: it’s not a monkey.
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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

    HA! Sorry my drawing was so bad you couldn't even recognize your own pet.... The next one is:
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    [GotAK] Dogs

    It's pretty easy to read my doggies' body language. They both have quirks that let me know what it is they need. My girl, Friday, will bob her head up and down when she wants to go to the bathroom outside. My boy, Mr. Smith, will lick the inside of his leg if he's agitated. I can tell what they need 90% of the time. Plus, they're predictable.
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    [GotAK] Animal Bingo

    *LOL* I didn't even have this one, and I wish I did!
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    Join the ACW Tuatha'an Camp

    Oooooh! Thanks, @haycraftd! I'll take a look at this over the weekend and give it a try!
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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

    Correct! (Though it is hard to tell...) @Chaelca, are you up for drawing another round?
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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

    Sorry, @Ryrin! Not a duck. *lol* This is not the best drawing....
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    [GotAK] Animal Pictionary

    Correct again, @LilyElizabeth! Next is:
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