Nature Abhors a Vacuum
It is a humbling thing for an author to return to their earlier work, especially for one
whose career is in its infancy. When I completed Nature Abhors a Vacuum back in 2011,
it was an enormous achievement â€“ and an enormous result. It came in just shy of 240,000
words, and I recall thinking it might not be quite long enough.
Iâ€Ÿve trimmed away at this book over the years as my understanding of pacing, tone
and structure improved, yet it remained a monstrous, unwieldy novel. Itâ€Ÿs especially
important when considering itâ€Ÿs the first story in the series, one Iâ€Ÿve been using to exhibit
the quality of my work.
Sooner or later, I had planned to return to the start of the saga and undertake more
polishing. My editors and friends implored me to wait until the entire saga was finished
and I agreed, though I chafed at the knowledge the earlier work needed some love. Iâ€Ÿm
fortunate that as an independent author working primarily with ebooks, I am afforded the
opportunity to revise the series digitally. Everyone who bought an ebook version of the
series can get the revised editions for free.
With the release of the sixth book in the series, The Akashic Throne, the saga is
complete and the time arrived for a revision. As I worked on revising the first novel, I
kept thinking to myself â€žwhat was I thinking when I wrote this?â€Ÿ I was astonished at how
far my style has evolved over the years. My concern was readers might not make an
assumption of an improving style over the course of the series, and if they didnâ€Ÿt like
what they read here, they wouldnâ€Ÿt bother to go on to find the better writing later on. So
itâ€Ÿs overdue, but the revision is finally done.
Prior to this update, NaaV weighed in at roughly 209,000 words, and now itâ€Ÿs over
46,000 words lighter. Yet, I had been tempted to go even further, removing an entire
section of the book in order to get the total word count to under 140,000. I felt it would
have gone too far, altering the plot in too many ways so I settled for the current result.
Iâ€Ÿve signed off on everything remaining within these pages as important parts of the
In Defence of the Crown has likewise been trimmed by 19,000 words, and though it
was a smaller work to begin with, there was obviously room for improvement. As the
series progressed, less work was needed to bring it up to my new standards â€“ 12,000
words were cut from Ruins of Legend and Legacies of Fire & Steel each.
The revised editions are more than simply cleaning up sentences and trimming back
unnecessary words â€“ there were issues with tone and content, especially in the early parts
of books one and two. Thus, while some chapters have been re-written, the general
content has remained the same.
The revised edition of the Aielund Saga tells the same story with fewer words, and a
greater focus on whatâ€Ÿs important. If I were to re-write it from scratch, itâ€Ÿd come out
quite different in places, but Iâ€Ÿm willing to let it stand as it is and move on to the next
series. I hope you enjoy reading this the revised edition as much as I enjoyed bringing it