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Don’t Let Them Take Your Reynards

I have a new guest post on the Night Bazaar: Don’t Let Them Take Your Reynards

The Death of the Necromancer, published in 1998, was my third novel, and my first with a new publisher, Avon Eos. Everything went fine through the editorial process, right up until I received the copyedit, and found that one of the major supporting characters, Captain Reynard Morane, had been all but removed from the book. And it happened that Reynard was gay.


Yesterday we went to the Sherwood Forest Celtic Festival, on the Sherwood Forest Faire site. The site barely missed being burned down in the Bastrop wildfire, unlike almost all of Bastrop State Park. (The scary thing is Texas fire danger season does not actually start until November 1).

It was a good festival, but it's still in the 90s here and even with all the tree cover it was a little too hot. We honed our talent for finding a music group we wanted to listen to just as they were playing the last song in their set, but we had a good time.

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I love Reynard - and for pretty much the reasons you described. I thought he was a wonderful character who didn't fall into the easy stereotypes.

Reynard's honor is of the highest quality. It's a good thing the copyeditor's fumbled attempt to excise him was handled quickly and discretely, before it came to the attention of Nicholas and Madeleine.

That sounds like a truly badly confused copywriter on all fronts. Of course, the mild insanity being exacerbated by probable homophobia makes it worse, but it does sound like there was a lot more wrong. And I'm glad you spoke to your editor and your editor agreed. The Death of the Necromancer is an excellent book and deserved better.

Add me to the list of those who love Reynard. So glad he (and you) survived the wacky copy editor's attempt to delete him.
I am also glad we get to meet up with him again in the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy.
I spent a week this summer happily re-reading (for the umpteenth time)all 5 of your Ile-Rien books. They wouldn't have been the same without Reynard.

Thanks very much! And I always love hearing that people re-read the books. :)

Someone tried to remove Reynard? oO

That is just entirely too wrong. What the hell is wrong with people? Especially in butchering someone's novel because of their "concerns" about non-standard characters? WTF?!?

I can't believe they tried to rewrite your story so severely. What gall!

Some day, I've got to make it to Sherwood Forest Faire.

I think you'd really like it. The site is so nice, with all the trees and shade.

is this the person who also told you you couldn't have gaslights and electric lights in the same city?

i adore Reynard, and cannot really imagine Death of the Necromancer without him. i was delighted when he reappeared in Tremaine's story.

Yes, that was her!

And thanks :)

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