General updatery and Tree dictionary

It’s almost the end of August. That means only one more month to go until the release of ‘Oracle’s Fire’, the third and last installment of ‘Chronicles of the Tree’. Three books released in just over year: what a journey this has been!

Recently I was talking to my editor, Stephanie Smith, about what might be done to mark the event. Of course you’ll have the usual business of me jumping up and down saying, “Lookee, new book!” which you may or may not be thoroughly sick of at this point. Be that as it may…

Stephanie’s idea was that I publish some background material to do with the world of the Tree on this blog, in the month leading up to the October 1 release. Her suggestion, which I think is a very good one, is to make available a new and improved Glossary, similar to the one appearing at the end of ‘Tymon’s Flight’ but extended to include more little nuggets of information. I’ll also be adding new entries with previously unpublished details about the historical background, customs and culture of the World Tree. 

So, starting from September the 1st or thereabouts, I’ll be posting a new entry per day, perhaps one letter per day, we’ll see. I hope you’ll enjoy the new Dictionary of the Tree.

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15 Responses to General updatery and Tree dictionary

  1. Tyson Perna says:


  2. Kim Falconer says:

    Great idea! The cover is fabulous. Can’t wait for this one!!!


    • MaryV says:

      It is a good thought, isn’t it? And fun to do, too. 🙂

      I love this cover to distraction. I really hope HC have the funds to produce a few posters, it’s the most impressive one to date, I think. Yay Frank!

  3. Helen Lowe says:

    Sounds like fun, Mary—can’t wait! 🙂

    • MaryV says:

      I’m tempted to learn from Gillian’s way of doing things and add footnotes to each entry. Not only dictionary items but personal thoughts about how the thing in question came to be. I wonder if it’s a good idea… maybe people don’t want to know that much about the background to a book.

      • Mary – I’m always a sucker for knowing how things came to be. Love getting sneak peak into author’s thoughts and inspirations is like finding a golden ticket in a Wonka bar.

        • MaryV says:

          Then prepare to be Wonka’d… 😉 Those who don’t wish to see under the hood might just have to look away.

  4. Becky R. says:

    Exciting! Love the idea and so looking forward to the last installment so my first reading of the series can be congruent! I am loving every word.

  5. Bahiyyih says:

    Love the idea of the Dictionary of the Tree. You really should send Alberto Manguel a copy.

    • MaryV says:

      It won’t be half as meticulous as the Dictionary of Imaginary Places, however. Just a peek at the snippets in my development file and a few musings on my part, perhaps…

  6. ashleycapes says:

    Sounds very cool, and I agree about the cover, once again, brilliant. I love the clear, 3 colour schemes between each book too.

    • MaryV says:

      *big grin* I’ll pass that on to Frank. He was very particular about the colours. Sometimes they don’t translate so well in the printed version (the blacks get blown out) and he becomes frustrated… Ah, l’artiste. 😉

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