another few comments on _tPotD_

Mon Mar 17 08:26:46 PST 2003

Jose Marquez wrote:
> David Silberstein wrote:
> > On Sun, 16 Mar 2003, Philip Hart wrote:
> >
> >>Do we know there were no pre-Interregnum resurrection?  Ah yes,
> >>_Phoenix_, Lesson 8, tDG talking to Vlad about the upgraded skills of
> >>sorcerers.
> >>
> >
> >
> > There's also the fact that in Phoenix Guards & FHYA, various persons
> > sustain fatal injuries which do not sever the spinal cord, and yet
> > revivification is never mentioned as an option.
> In Yendi, when they're all speaking about Norathar's parents being
> killed in battle, Norathar asks why they were not revivified. Sethra
> answers, "I don't know. They were in the battle, but I didn't kill them
> personally. They both had massive head injuries due to sorcery. Beyond
> that, I can't tell you." To me, this implies that revivification was at
> least possible before FHYA, as Sethra does not answer with
> "revivification was impossible at the time."

Continuity problems have been noted with Jhereg and Yendi vs. the rest of
the canon.  To quote Steve:
"Teckla..., my fifth novel, was where I finally realized (or admitted to
myself) that I was writing a series, and I had to ask myself some hard
questions about what I was doing."[1]

Steve has done a marvelous job of backfill, given himself all sorts of ways
out with unreliable narrators, sleight of hand and downright intentional
obfuscation. In the end though, it boils down to this.  When he wrote Jhereg
and Yendi, he had no firm notion that the rest of the books would follow.
That said, I think he did a damn fine job setting himself up.