*NEW* You can now also join my subreddit and post your own photos, illustrations, drawings, pose questions, and interact with other fans of The Arinthian Line series and Fury of a Rising Dragon series! It’s also where you’ll find some never-before-seen photos, some of which will be “behind the scenes”.

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I’ve noticed people wanting to start discussions on various topics related to The Arinthian Line, Fury of a Rising Dragon, etc in the comments section of the blog posts, which in turn get buried over time. So I thought I’d put this page up as a trial “discussion page” and see what happens. I’ll respond and moderate in between bouts of writing, but feel free to weigh in on anything and to anyone.

Let me kick things off by quoting a reader, who said, “What I find inspiring is that I think we can all find a little of ourselves in each of the characters.”

All right, so which of the characters do you relate to, and why?

If that question doesn’t inspire you, perhaps one of these will:

What’s your favorite scene?

Who is your favorite villain?

What’s your favorite spell? Why?

Which light-hearted scene did you enjoy the most? Why?

Which scene was the most thrilling for you?

Otherwise, have any questions, ideas, thoughts? Leave a comment below, and we’ll see how it goes!

March, 2019

272 thoughts on “Discussion

  1. So I have read burdens edge, and I’m partway through Valor, hoping to find Clash and Legend on audio to finish that series. But my question is about Leera’s elemental spells, with her element being water, what does her first elemental spell do?…

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  2. Hey Sever, I’ve just finished reading Mercy’s Trial and now I just want one thing… to make a dungeons and dragons class based on it. The only problem is the complete spell list isn’t posted on the spells page. I was hoping you could sometime make a completed version so I could make an arcanist/arcaner class. Of course it’s no rush as I know you must be busy, thanks!

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    • Hiyas Justin! The spell list usually gets updated only after the spells themselves have been published in a book, and then only once the book has been out a while. Hang in there, keep fighting the good fight in DnD, and glad you’re enjoying my work :)


  3. I’ve been reading a prequel to a book I read and it explains how a lot of characters know each other. I think it would be cool to do that should you ever do a prequel. Mrs Stone knowing Sir Westwood because of Narsus or something would be very cool and interesting

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  4. Would you consider making one/all of your series into a movie? I would love to see the trio come to life, and I don’t think I would be the only one.


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    • This is a commonly asked question, interestingly. Seems a lot of people feel similarly. I would absolutely love to see their story turned into a movie franchise. Unfortunately, I have no contacts in that industry and wouldn’t know where to begin. But in the meantime, I’m happy and grateful to simply be able to write full-time as is.


  5. hey if arcaners were owned by women what if men are only allowed to use it during war times and after the war agmum looses his ability to turn into a dragon and need to work really hard to catch up to Bridget and Leera would be some good drama


    • I don’t know, that would cheapen all the work Augum went through in order to get his ability. Plus, the whole idea of gender equality doesn’t mean women are better that men, but that they’re equal. I believe that Isabel the First Arcaner would have wanted men and women to be on the same ground in her craft.

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      • Love the enthusiasm, you guys :)

        Augum will have some challenges ahead in his life regardless of how things turn out in this series. I look forward to exploring some of them in the years ahead :)


  6. what are the logistics of Turing into a dragon because when I was reading I heard they said to summon the dragon inside of you so I thought that all of the pepole with arcanery have a dragon that is part of there soul and bonding with a dragon lets you interact with that part of your arcanery and become a dragon and like you Lose stams to appease the dragon because you are making a trade with it

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  7. Hi, I was the one who made that book cover for Arcane, which was posted in the reader mail section somewhere around Dec 20th. I love this series and can’t wait for the next book! I do have a few questions about the series and lore.

    1. Mrs. Stone.
    Have you thought about making a book about Mrs. Stone’s adventures/duels? I am so curious about some of the stories mentioned in the series and am wondering if you’ve considered writing about them.

    2. Spells
    When Augum, Leera and Bridget’s adventure comes to an end (please don’t make it end soon c:), will you make a full list of all four spells per degree, from the 1st to the 20th? I know there’s a list that refers to the trio’s spell knowledge, but it would be nice to have a full spell list.

    3. Bowlander
    Oh boy… there is one big question I’ve had ever since reading Legend: What is the fate of Buttbe- err, Bowlander? It said that he had, supposedly, fled to Canterra. And now Solia is under attack from that very same kingdom. Makes me wonder if you have plans for him… :)

    Anyways, those are all the questions I have. Sorry for it being so long. Again, can’t wait for the next book!!!

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    • Hello, and thank you for your earlier cover contribution!

      Here are my responses:

      1. Yes, I have. Quite a lot, actually. I do have plans on writing about her youth one day, but not sure when as I am having a total blast with the trio right now.

      2. Yes, a full spell list will be made public in due course, but only after the spells have been written about in a book in the first place.

      3. That’s a great question! Alas, I cannot answer it at this time because I don’t know (yet) :)


  8. In Burden’s Edge, Augum states in an internal monologue that he has taken 4 lives in total through his entire life. But by my count, he’s killed at least 7-8 people by that point.
    1. Corrigus (Stabbed through temple in Riven)
    2. The Bandit Sal (Killed with a 1st Offensive in Valor)
    3. Robin Scarson (Killed through Karmic Revenge in Clash)
    4. Insect Necromancer (Killed in Legend)
    5. Random necromancer in Blackhaven (Head blown off in Legend, although this one was a group kill, so it may not count)
    6. Erica Scarson (Killed by a reflected 1st offensive in Clash, then resurrected as a Revenant and decapitated by Augum in Legend)
    7. Random necromancer on the drawbridge of the Black Castle (Sliced in half in Legend)
    8. The Lord of the Legion (We all know this one)
    Were these all typos, or am I missing something? I need answers!

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      • No, you’re quite right! But there’s a bit of nuance missing: Augum considered certain deaths more personal. For example, all three of them killed the Lord of the Legion together. Same with the group kill necromancer. As for Robin Scarson, Augum wasn’t the one who did the killing, but Robin’s own karma ghosts. As for the insect necromancer, that thing was more undead than alive, lol. So, yeah, good list, but there’s a bit more to it :)


    • What a great question!

      The top thing by far is I get to experience wild adventures through my characters, full-time, for day job. So whereas others blow through my books in a matter of days, I get to *live* inside those books, day in and day out, in the world I created.

      That’s my job … so it’s not really a job to me, it’s a beautiful and thrilling and wild adventure.

      That’s my favorite thing about being an author.


    • Great question, and very difficult to answer. I have a wide variety of scenes that I very much enjoyed writing, but it’s hard to quantify them as “best” for other people. But as far as that “best” goes, I suppose the scene that shows the moment before Augum enters the arena to fight Robin in the book Clash is up there (I went over that scene more than any other probably to get the nuance just right). Some of the final scenes in Legend are similar like that; lots of tension and nuance and emotion involved.

      Personally, I tend enjoy the scenes with witty reparte most, such as when the trio and Jez enter the academy in the FoaRD series, and Jez hooks an arm around Augum and relentlessly teases him, and then Augum spies the girls in their funny-colored dresses and thinks of them as fruits. Silly stuff like that is probably my favorite type of scene to write. As such, Leera and Jez are probably my top favs of secondary characters to write about because they have similar mischievous streaks. Bridget’s fun and challenging on another level because she’s more in touch with her inner feelings, and struggles with a deeper conception of morality, whereas the others can get by on less, so to speak.

      Oh, a really fun scene to write in FoaRD was when Mrs. Stone sat down and got all excited to pass on what she’d learned. Went over that scene quite a few times too to get her nuance just right.

      Hmm, lots of others, but I have to get back to writing. FoaRD book 4 is coming along nicely, despite everything that’s happening in the world (wife and I have been in self-isolation for almost two weeks now).

      Hope everyone out there is coping.


  9. I have a question, and your answer doesn’t affect my feelings for your books in any way, but…


    In Riven, (Which I always though was a cool book title because it means basically the same thing as Sever) why didn’t Augum, Leera, and Bridget use the witch’s favor to kill the Lord of The Legion and all his followers? I can’t think of any limitations in the poem they find that would stop this.

    I understand completely if this is just a plot device, and, like I said above, it doesn’t affect my feelings for your books in any way, but is there an in-universe explanation?

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    • There actually *is* an in-universe reply to this. Should the characters have asked for this favor, it would have rebounded back on them. The way “evil” works at that level is it tends to help itself, and so the witch would have found a way to screw the characters over because the witch served the same side as the Lord of the Legion (again, only at that level, so to speak).

      Hope that makes sense :)


    • That changes all the time, and it’s always a character that bores me in that moment (though very rarely is it any of the major characters). If I’m bored by them they annoy me. It also usually means the underpinning idea for the scene is weak, and so I have to step back and rethink the scene from the ground up. I trust my gut with these sorts of things a lot and am easily bored, so a lot of characters get makeovers using this method.

      Great question!


  10. Love the books and hope that the next one comes out soon!!

    I just had a question to asked that had occurred to me. Is it possible that scions were crafted from the hearts of dragons? They have the same amplifying powers so I just thought that it might be possible.

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  11. I’ve been reading through all of the epic duel scenes, and I’ve noticed that we only really see one duel between Mrs. Stone and another warlock. Is this on purpose? and are you planning on putting in other scenes like this with Mrs. Stone?

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