Rachel Neumeier

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First Reviews Are Good Times

Or at least, we sure hope so.

Orbit just sent me Publisher’s Weekly’s review of LAW OF THE BROKEN EARTH — the very first review of the third Griffin Mage book.  What a relief when the first review is a good one!

Pub Weekly says:

“This vivid, satisfying conclusion to Neumeier’s Griffin Mage trilogy introduces Mienthe, a neglected girl raised by a gardener and indifferent relatives until she’s rescued by her cousin Lord Bertaud. . . . Then Bertaud’s griffin mage friend Kairaithin brings bad news:  the Wall between the fiery griffin lands and the human kingdoms is cracking.  The engaging spy Tan is kidnapped . . . Mienthe must discover her own talents and inner strength. . . . most of the conflicting characters are sympathetic.  Most compelling is the world and its magical laws, which invite further related stories.”

See?  Vivid!  Satisfying!  You go, Pub Weekly!

Tan is “engaging”, Mienthe is “well drawn”, and most everybody else is at least “sympathetic.”    Whew!    Glad to hear it.

And it”s nice that the reviewer would like further related stories, but I have to say, I don’t have any more planned.

In other news!

I’ve got my current Work-in-Progress finished!  There’s a fair bit of revision to do, but honestly that won’t take too long.  I really look forward to finishing the revision, settling down, and re-reading the whole thing from the top to see how it flows.  I’m in the stage right now of thinking it’s pretty good!

I’d like to have the ms. ready to go to Caitlin by, say, Nov 1st . . . but I also optimistically entered four dogs in a show Nov 6th and 7th, and three of them are entered in obedience as well as in the breed ring.  Those three are all puppies!  Two of them are still at the stage of learning about “sit” and “down”!

Can I train bouncy puppies in all the novice exercises in three weeks?  We will find out shortly!  Can I train the puppies AND revise a manuscript simultaneously?  I think I can . . . I think I can . . .

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