Stargate Monuments


Martha Wells

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Stargate Monuments

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Sunday morning art: here's J.P. Targete's web site. Click on the painting to see the rest of the site.

He did the inside cover illustration for the paperback of The Death of the Necromancer, and the gallery on his site has a lot of detailed SF/fantasy landscapes, which I love.

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Hi! I'm not sure if this is the right post to be commenting questions, so please forgive me - I very recently started on your Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, and worked chronologically backwards to the Death of the Necromancer, and those books were the best I've read in a very long time! I also have a few questions, which if you could provide some insight to (when you have time), will be more than great =)

For some reason, I was extremely drawn into Arisilde's character in all the books. It's almost maddening that most of his character and past life are so often alluded to from another character's reminiscings or some other indirect description - will you ever write a story on Arisilde, or perhaps one dealing with Nicholas and Arisilde's relationship? If not, how did both of them first meet? What was it like? Is Arisilde of a different race from the others?

Also (and I hope this won't be too spoiler-ish), would the gods in the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy be of the same race as the being in the crystal at the end? This is perhaps a more technical question, but I was wondering about that brief reference you had about that being having sent off her companions, and being the last one to remain, and I wondered if the gods were perhaps the spiritual remnants of these companions. This is likely a totally unintelligible supposition, but I've been thinking about that since then and the curiosity is killing me =)

Thank you for taking the time to read my questions! If you can't answer I'd more than understand, and hope they weren't too painful to read.. Thanks for writing the Ile-Rien series - I really loved them to bits, and they provide much comfort when I'm so far away from home =)

Hi, I'm glad you enjoyed the series!

1) Arisilde - yes, Arisilde is the same race as the others, he's just a very powerful human sorcerer. He and Nicholas actually met when they were both at the university of Lodun when they were young. Arisilde knew Nicholas' foster father, Edouard Viller, and helped him with his early work on the spheres. I don't have any plans to do another Ile-Rien book right now, but I might do some more short stories at some point.

2) Basically yes, she was. The companions basically moved on to a different existence (as the beings that the Syprians thought of as gods) that gave them freedom and some connection with the people now living in the Syrnai, while she stayed behind.

I hope that answered your questions. :) It's been a few years since I wrote the series so details aren't sticking in my memory quite as well.

Oh, and my first novel, The Element of Fire, is also set in Ile-Rien, but about 200 years or so earlier than The Death of the Necromancer. The Element of Fire is free online and there are links to download it from my web site

*big grin* that answered my questions perfectly!!! thank you very much!!!! and yes, i'm just about to start on element of fire =) I look forward to your next ile-rien story - especially one on arisilde =) he really is most fascinating

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