Nature Abhors a Vacuum HTML version

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 personal achievement – and an enormous result. It came in just shy of
240,000 words, and I recall thinking it might not be quite long enough.
I‟ve trimmed away at this book over the years as my understanding of pacing, tone
and structure improved, yet it remained a monstrous, unwieldy novel. It‟s especially
important when considering it‟s the first story in the series, one I‟ve 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. I‟m
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 „what was I thinking when I wrote this?‟ 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 didn‟t like
what they read here, they wouldn‟t bother to go on to find the better writing later on. So
it‟s overdue, but the revision is finally done.
Prior to the previous update, NaaV rounded out at roughly 209,000 words, and
weighed in nearly 46,000 words lighter. I had thought I could leave it there, but now well
into my second series, I‟ve learned even more about writing concisely. So, it was time for
one last editing pass, bringing the word count to around 118,000 words and eliminating
distracting plotlines that didn‟t help the main story.
In Defence of the Crown was trimmed by 19,000 words in the last pass, 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 – 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 – 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 what‟s important. I hope you enjoy reading this the revised edition as
much as I enjoyed bringing it to you.
To Pacian, 'effort' was a four- letter word. There was nothing he enjoyed more than
dozing in a field on a sunny day like today, far enough from home so his parents couldn't
assign him any chores, or punish him for failing to do yesterday‟s. In spite of his obvious
laziness, Pacian never liked being called out on it and went to great lengths to prove