EEEEE so i saw tui again today!! and she gave us LOTS of super-cool, exclusive information!! i couldn't wait to share it with you guys and i just finished writing out all her answers. unfortunately, i didn't get to ask half the questions i wanted to ask (i was only able to ask three or four) and so most of this information consists of the notes i took during the event. i made it into a q&a format so it was easier to read- anything in italics are my personal theories, to be taken with a grain of salt!! here we go !!!
THE LOST CONTINENT/BOOKS AND EVENTS TO COME
When will Book 11 be released?
Hopefully summer 2018!
Do you plan on bringing back the GrassWings?
Her exact words: “Well, not really,” [a pause] “No. No.”
My conclusions: There was a considerable pause between the ‘not really’ and the ‘no’s. I theorize that she has used some part of the GrassWings in a new tribe, but that the GrassWings themselves will not be making an appearance. She said “not really,” because they won’t actually come back, but because she used some inspiration from them for a new tribe. After the pause, she definitively said “No” a few times, as if making a decision. I believe that after her earlier words, she realized that not only had she not actually brought the GrassWings back, she is also under pressure not to reveal anything about the new tribes.
Will you continue to convert your books into graphic novels after The Dragonet Prophecy?
Depending on how the graphic novels of The Dragonet Prophecy and The Lost Heir are received. She says the graphic novel of The Lost Heir is currently in production.
Will we see more of Sanctuary?
My conclusion: I’ll take this to mean we’ll also see more of the Talons of Peace, including Riptide and of course Winter.
Will there be another prophecy for the third arc?
According to Tui, there isn’t one yet, but she stated there will “have to be one”.
Will we be getting a map of Pantela?
Yes! It is also apparently shaped like a dragon and is in development.
My conclusion: I’m guessing it will be drawn by Mike Schley again. Awesome!!
Will Joy Ang be illustrating the tribes of Pantela?
SHE WILL INDEED!! So get ready for some awesome new tribe refs, my friends!! Tui says also that the new tribes will be released one at a time from now until the release date of Book 11, so we’ll probably know them before the book comes out
My conclusion: I’ll venture out to say that Joy Ang will continue doing the Wings of Fire covers. She’s already done eleven of them and is doing the new tribe art, so that seems fairly obvious.
Any more info about Book 11/Pantela?
The prologue begins with Clearsight’s arrival 2000 years ago at the Lost Continent, which Tui says will make a huge impact on the history of Pantela. Clearsight will meet the new tribes there. Tui says there’s going to be lots of history concerning Pantela, and that Book 11 isn’t coming out this winter because she needs time to do all the worldbuilding.
What would happen if an IceWing were to leave the Ice Kingdom? (Would it be legal, what would be the repercussions for themselves and/or their family, etc.)
It depends on the ranking of the deserter and their family. A lower-ranking dragon would probably be allowed to leave without too much of a fuss, though it is of course a shameful thing to do. A higher-ranking dragon, or one with a duty vital to the survival of the kingdom, however, would be less free to go. It is possible that the ranks of family members could be affected by a deserter. If a dragon leaves, their family can (and may very well) disown them fully, whether out of disgust, shame, or the impulse to preserve their own rank.
My conclusions: A deserter with a vital duty will be hunted down and brought back to the kingdom, and their ranking will suffer. Otherwise, the dragons are let free, though shamed for life. A higher-ranking dragon may be given an approximation of a pardon if they return and pledge their loyalty again. However, they will face a stigma from pretty much every IceWing, and will never be permitted to regain their former ranking. A lower-ranking deserter that attempts to return will be turned down and forced to leave. Any IceWing family that disowns a deserter will not face repercussions, as the abandonment of said deserter is considered the proper thing to do. If a family does not disown their deserter, their rankings may suffer.
How long does it take for a dragonet to be born?
After conception, a dragoness is pregnant for about a year. She will then lay an egg, which takes about another year to hatch.
My conclusions: Pregnant dragonesses can fly, though this may become awkward in the latter stages of pregnancy. The eggs must be kept at a reasonably warm, stable temperature, though IceWing and SeaWing eggs can develop in colder ones if needed.
Will Kinkajou, Umber, or Sora return?
Yes! Kinkajou will definitely return in books to come. Tui says that she thinks Umber and Sora will probably be back at some point; she says she has an idea of where they are/what’s happening to them currently.
Is there anything more you can tell us about the interactions between Smolder and Vermilion? (Have they sent more letters, are they friends, will they meet, how do the queens feel, etc.)
Smolder and Vermilion have a lot in common. They were brought up in a similar situation, both royalty under a strong (if not severe or cruel) ruling queen and her family. They both faced similar pressures to stay loyal to those queens under pain of death, and both survived to see a new queen take power. Also, they’re both interested in scavengers. They “have a connection”. It is unknown whether Vermilion has obtained a scavenger yet, but he has received Smolder’s letter. As for the possibility of seeing more of these two, Tui has said that she “hasn’t thought about it,” but seemed open to the idea of continuing their communications.
Will you write more about Whiteout?
Possibly. Said maybe a Winglets story because she wants to see what happened to Whiteout, but doesn’t actually know yet.
- The themes of the first arc were fate and destiny: is your destiny unchangeable or certain? Do you have to follow the path laid out for you?
- The themes of the second arc were gifts and power: what do gifts and power mean? why/how/when should you use them? is it right or wrong to change others against their will?
- Tui describes Qibli as another side of Darkstalker, like another path Darkstalker could have chosen. The two share many traits (intelligence, ambition, creativity, the desire to improve things, etc.) and Tui talked about whether Darkstalker without his powers might have been a lot like Qibli.
- Cliff was based off of Tui's second and youngest son.
I got the rest of my books signed and showed Tui a few of my drawings (they haven't been posted on dA yet but will be soon!!! ) which was really nice. funnily enough, i showed her the drawing of my WoF OTP, which i'm fairly sure no one else on this website ships. hint hint: it's smolder and vermilion !! please ask me about it omg
Tui gave us each a free, hard copy of Winglets: Deserter
(i'll add in a pic later) and we also got to see the first 16 pages of The Dragonet Prophecy
's graphic novel!! I know not everyone is a fan of the art style, but from what I've seen, it's gonna be really great
if you guys have any questions about what happened in the event, ask me!