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Preorder special! 20% discount.

Hello! I'm back from a fantastic time at MidSouthCon 24, and I come bearing an announcement about a preorder special for my latest project. I would be grateful if you would help me pass along the word, if you know of anyone who might be interested in this. Thank you so much!

The Magic Ring
by Baron de la Motte-Fouqué
Edited by Amy H. Sturgis
Published by Valancourt Books

Preorder now and SAVE 20%!

Available for the first time in 181 years, The Magic Ring is an epic masterpiece.

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It is the twelfth century, the era of Richard the Lion-heart and the Third Crusade. Along the Danube, the tranquil world shared by cousins Otto von Trautwangen and Bertha von Lichtenried is changed forever when they witness a knightly contest for possession of a magic ring. Soon both are drawn into a quest that transforms them and endangers all they love. The resulting adventures lead each to different paths of enchantment and peril, from the mysteries of Moorish Spain to the birthplace of Norse mythology. While navigating an ever-changing sea of allies and foes, both natural and magical, the two seek love, honor, survival, and a ring that possesses more power than either can possibly understand.

In a seamless blend of medieval quest, epic fantasy, Gothic nightmare, historical romance, and religious allegory, Baron de la Motte-Fouqué masterfully relates a story that is as elemental as the bond of parent and child, and as profound as the concepts of redemption and sacrifice. The Magic Ring draws on an impressive host of inspirations, such as Germanic folk tales and Icelandic sagas, Arthurian romance and Gothic horror. This novel has earned its place as a text of considerable historical significance, and yet it continues to offer an exhilarating reading experience for the contemporary audience.

This edition includes the complete original text of the first English version of The Magic Ring, the 1825 translation by Robert Pearse Gillies, as well as a scholarly introduction, a glossary of literary influences and references, and the complete text of Baron de la Motte-Fouqué’s 1820 short story “The Field of Terror,” also translated by Gillies.

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( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 27th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Did you choose the cover art? It's so gorgeous and appropriate!

I'll want this, too in Toronto, so I'll stop by the booth for my copy - possibly two (I'm having gifting thoughts).

Thanks, EH!
Mar. 27th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your kind reply! I didn't choose the cover art, though the gentlemen at Valancourt Books showed it to me first, and of course I fell in love with it. I agree with you - gorgeous and appropriate! So I feel very fortunate indeed.

I really appreciate your interest and encouragement. I can't wait to see you in Toronto! I think you'll love the book.

Thanks ((((Estellye)))))!

Mar. 27th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
done bin ordered.

those Valancourt folk are incredibly efficient. I had an answer from them (about shipping to ends of the earth [i.e. Oz]) within an hour of writing. now, that's service! :)

can't wait to read this book. have never read it before and I must admit the references to Gothic horror pushed me over the edge.

so good to hear that you had a great time at midsouthcon. *hugs*
Mar. 27th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Your icon made me spew. :)

Thank you so much for being so supportive of this. I think this is an important work (I'll try to persuade you in the introduction and appendix), but I also think it's just beautiful, alternatingly exciting and horrifying and uplifting. I really hope you enjoy it.

Glad to hear that Valancourt Books is treating you well!

I desperately need to catch up on my replies on LJ. How is the Roop situation? I was furious to hear of your landlady dilemma. Argh!

*hugs back*
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
there's not much to report on the Roop front at the moment. we've said that we'll re-house him "as soon as possible" and the real estate person appears happy enough with that. I've been telling my mother this is all her fault because she taught us not to lie. ;)

as a consequence of the Roop sitch, we're seriously looking for a house now. it was on the cards but the plans have been accelerated. I'm going to bore my flist silly with real estate talk.
Mar. 27th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
How exciting! I agree with estellye; the cover art is wonderful.
Mar. 28th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I think it's lovely, too (and can't take any credit for it!). I really do think this is a beautiful and important work, and I'm so excited to get it back to an audience, so you can imagine how pleased I am that the looks are worthy of the content!
Mar. 28th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
It was good to see you over the weekend. I wanted to see if you had heard anything about this

and what your opion was!

Mar. 28th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC)
Hi there! It was good to see you, too! MidSouthCon was great - now I'm looking forward to Hypericon! :)

As for the idea of a musical (I won't see it until the Gathering of the Fellowship in July, so I am speaking in some ignorance), my feelings are generally positive. I was interviewed about this for the Toronto Star in the article "Fans on Pins and Needles: Putting revered tale to music sparks trepidation as clan plans to gather in Toronto this July," and I was probably more coherent there than I can be at this hour of the morning. :)

How's that for too much information? LOL.

What is your opinion?
Mar. 28th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
Hi there - came here via fungus_files. I've just ordered the book, it looks great. It's been years since I read any truly Gothic novels, so I'm looking forward to getting this and delving further. Valancourt do seem to be very efficient - they responded within a few minutes to my query re overseas postage too. Congratulations on getting the book out into the world again.
Mar. 28th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for coming here from fungus_files (one of my favorite people!) and posting such a kind response. I'm thrilled that you're interested and that you ordered - thank you so much! It is a great pleasure to imagine this available again for the reading public. I think it's a gorgeous book. I really appreciate your willingness to look at it. Thanks again!
Mar. 28th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Hi there

Nice book, and helpful people at Valancourt in dealing with my query about shipping across the pond.

Glad the con went well.
Mar. 29th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I appreciate it tremendously. :) I hope you enjoy the book!
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