Hey guys, we made a mistake and it will be in at least some of the hardbacks. We originally had Conlan’s age as one thing and then we decided to change it, however, the file we uploaded to dropbox became corrupted and some of the changes were lost.
Long story short, we sent in the wrong file, the one Word generated from a backup.
This issue will be corrected in the next print run and should be updated in the e books about a week after release. So, if you buy one of the hardbacks and come to see us at a signing, we will fix it for you.
To clarify, Conlan is thirteen months old. If you see a spot where he is eighteen months old, that is an error. We are so sorry.
Thank you for the clarification. I have a feeling those first edition hardbacks will become a Horde Classic Collectable! Also I love the armor picture with your face on it ?
I think you’re right!
Judy B says
Right?? He’s all my bad and I’m like damn now I want the hard back. But only the first edition. When did I become this person?!? Lol
Oh yeah, now I will have to order a hardback fastly.
PS, they aren’t perfect. Our beloved AL’s are only human after all. 😉
FYI, before someone tells me that “fastly” isn’t a word. It is to a few of us. I used to do raiding on a online game, specifically EQ. We had a raid leader that would invent words and a few of them worked their way into the every day language of the 100 or so of us that heard them often. Fastly is one such word.
Jaxxon D'Mal says
LOL! I was thinking “fastly” was a Monty Python thing.
Carrie F says
I use the word “confuzzled” all the time.
Isn’t it an adverb of the verb to fast, to go without food either religiously or medically? In other words, I diet fastly. It’s a much shorter word than religiously or medically.
Jean Morgan says
Exactly. It will take its place next to my fist American edition Tolkien Silmarillion with a typo. Although what do you mean you will fix it Gordon when come to get it signed? I’d you try to replace it…it won’t end well. ❤️
Just checked and the HC I preordered has been dispatched from the bookstore and should arrive next week I hope. So it will be a first edition first printing complete with typo and I know will one day be as collectible as a first edition Jane Austen or Charles Dickens!
Not just another armor picture. It’s Gordon as a Knight of the Order! 😀
The eighteen month typo is also in the kindle edition after the first mention ?
Tina in NJ says
So, basically, the story starts a month after the first birthday tweets. Gotcha. Best of luck with the release. (This “error” just makes the first run that much more special.)
He is fictional. You are human. I made a similar error this year. Since February I have been saying and thinking of myself as a 67 year old. Last week I realized I actually turned 66 in January. I have a whole year extra to enjoy your writing!
LOL I did that all last year. My birthday is in January as well and I was 37. For some reason though, I kept thinking I was already 38.
I am not the only one that sometimes has to stop and think hard about how old I really am?
Y’all are making me feel better today.
I quit trying remember my age. I just ask my hubby if I need to know. I know I’m in my late 40s. Just let me know when I hit 50s. Otherwise, who cares. ?
My birthday is in December, so I always have to do the math and then subtract 1 to get the right age. I’ll get a lot of flack from my family because I turn 50 this year, but since I’m the youngest, I’ll get to point out what old farts THEY are. It’s the reverse of being a kid – instead of wanting to be older like them, I now point out that I’m not as old as them.
Patricia Schlorke says
I do the same thing, Tink. My brother tells me somtimes that I’m getting old. I look at him and say “And you’re how old?!” He stops after that (and giving him the stink eye).
Mary Cruickshank-Peed says
I’m going to be 57 this year. Mentioned being 60 to some older relatives last night. About 2 hours later a cousin said “wait, 60? You can’t be 60. I’m 75. Aren’t I? Am I 78 already?”
I had to reassure her that I’m practicing being 60 and she hasn’t lost 3 years.
(and 5 months for a baby is not a big deal.)
Sivi Sivanesan says
Lol I’m always fidgeting my age and oftwn adding a yr- as my age normally matches the yr as i was born on a decade yr- my peoblem is that i forget what month it is, so I’ll default to the yr when someone asks me i.e. 2018 = 38 and forget where i am in the yr, or if I suddenly remember, then add in an extra yr thinking I’ve forgotten to! I’ve even told the wrong age (but right dob) to a doc.and had to ask them to correct my notes during my next appointment ?
In effect, asking me my age can be a mess.
While I’ve ordered the hardback…i think…I’ll prob not be lucky enough to get one of the coveted few special age editions.
That is hilarious. I’m always thinking I’m a year older than I am. Lol. I’m glad to know that other people do this, too.
That’s OK Kathyln. I keep thinking I’m 39 and I just figured out I’m 69!
LOL Joe – love it – best post ever ? still laughing
Nothing wrong with being ‘young at heart’ xx
Tina Marie says
I am going to be 35, but I’ve been 35 already in my own head for 2 years now. My husband thinks I’m nutty when I say I may have early dementia. Also, because I refer to the characters in my favorite series as my friends. He doesn’t read fantasy, so he sometimes questions my grip on reality!
I have fun telling people, I’m on the cusp of completing the 2nd tenth of my ninth decade. They think almost 92, but they are off a decade. You complete your eighth decade when you have your 80th birthday, and that’s the start of your ninth decade.
Eagerly awaiting no matter what Conlans age. Sounds like a collectable to me.
+1. Conan reaching out from the page to mess with your minds, and show you who is the boss.. Aunt Erra would approve
See,??? Conlan messing with me too.
I’m sitting on my hands for this book. Conlan’s age doesn’t change my opinion. At all. There’s a good chance I would not have noticed. Again, I want this book. Don’t sweat it!
Tasha A says
Ditto. Never would have noticed!
I might have noticed after the fourth or fifth read. Of course, by that point I’ll have forgotten this post and will submit it in a future question and Ilona will say, “Remember when we posted the discrepancy when the book came out” and I’ll say, “Oh, yeah, right”. Then a couple of months later, someone else will bring it up, and round-and-round we go.
So I apologize in advance if I ask in the future about the discrepancy in age. But it’s really your fault because you write books that I want to read over and over again. 😉
It was on the 2nd read that I noticed it. And, the reason why I noticed, was a few pages later it was mentioned he was 13 months old. The error is on page 70, Chapter 5, of the dead tree copy. My Nook version has the rewrite.
I just noticed, as I posted, the Nook has more than the age difference. I’ll have to compare the two versions. The scene may also be different.
There doesn’t seem to be any change other than the number of months in my hard cover and Nook versions.
Thanks so much for letting us know exactly what the error is because I have the ebook on pre-order and really don’t want to cancel it and then wait at least another week for the change. I am assuming Conlan’s 5 month difference in age doesn’t make any real difference, it is just that many readers do pay attention to these things and the questions will start in force if not corrected.
Diane Drayson says
Yeah, sh*t happens!
I have Mercedes Lackey’s new book where the back-cover blurb is drastically wrong, based on early notes before she changed characters and plot. At least good authors like you and Mercedes alert their fans to what is happening.
Shannon from Texas says
Wait, what? Which, _The Hills Have Spies_? Heh. I have the Kindle version, which matches, so I did not know that. Funny, and also surprising, since she and Larry prep books so thoroughly before writing I have a hard time imagining them scrapping. *Very* impatient for the next Hunter book, btw. 🙂
Anne in Virginia says
Sadly I saw somewhere that there won’t be a 4th Hunter book, that her publisher wasn’t interested in continuing the series. Really a bummer! I hope she will consider going indy on that series. It was marketed as a YA but I am 75 years old and enjoyed the series thoroughly. (And no snide cracks about second childhoods, please.) I read Heinlein in his heyday and he was marketed as YA as well. A good book is a good book although Heinlein and other SF writers from the 50s and 60s have definitely not aged well in some books with their condescending attitude towards women, telling them not to worry their pretty little heads, let the big strong hero solve all their problems. Today’s heroine would click the saftey off of her weapon of choice and say “Excuse me?”
Anne in Virginia
Sing it sister! I am only 69, but I still enjoy “the Admiral’s” books. He did write strong women, especially for his day, but mostly it was always a cracking good story! (And my teachers always gave me grief about not reading something more “important.”)
Diane Drayson says
Oh no! I have been waiting for that 4th Hunter book too. And like you, I read Heinlein when I was young. Whenever I hear a repeated ‘joke’ that is not funny, I think of ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ and the attempt to teach the computer about humour: Some jokes are funny once; some are funny no matter how often they are repeated; others are funny never. It would not be funny to switch off all the air on the moon.
Colleen Whitley says
Try the Chicks anthologies. They have strong female characters that sometimes flip tropes around. Lots of fun.
Tina Brickley-Langley says
I read a lot of ya. I often question the standards because some I find inappropriate for youth. Maybe it’s just me, but Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake does not seem ya to me. It’s about triplets that have a year to kill each other when they are 16 in order to be queen. There is violence and mention of sex, though nothing elicit.
Colleen C. says
I would never have put it together!
Thanks for the heads up. I’ll just correct it in my head. I cant wait!
Patricia Schlorke says
Now I want the first run book. Definitely a Horde collectable.
I had debated on going to the signing in Dallas (I live in Fort Worth) Tuesday after I leave work. Hmmm…this may be my push to go. ?
Alex R. says
Right? Ilona and Gordon should sign the “errata” books and sell them. For charity, if that’s the way to go. Or for pure profit. Or those could be the library copies. ?
Alex R. says
Whatever, as long as they aren’t destroyed.
Patricia Schlorke says
From what I read (and re-read) of Gordon’s post, the first run will be sold. If you go to a signing and want it corrected, they’ll do it for you. Me? I don’t want it corrected (unless they initial it) since the mistake is what makes the first run book collectable. 🙂
Hehehe – thanks so much – it now all makes sense – I did wonder 😉
OK, so weird, I was trying to figure out how I forgot reading and posting earlier. Twilight Zone
Van P. says
Reading MT now! I did see that too lol. Thanks for the clarification.
Just out of curiosity:
Is that the only difference?
Liz mansfield says
I really am not going to mind if you say he is a different age on every page ! I am so excited for the book – It’s been a wild ride through these 10 books and the novellas and shorts. It would be lovely to get some updates in future works but just happy to read every word you write x
Thanks for the heads up. Kinda want to buy the hardback now I stead of the ebook. I can have a limited edition print (lol at least in my head).
Judy B says
I just want the book, no matter what.
(Fingers crossed, the copy that comes in the mail next week has the error,,, 🙂 )
I spit out my drink and LOLed SO MUCH just now. I remember making this horribly chopped photo in Paint and still have it on my computer. Put it away! hahahahah!
Oh man! I was hoping it was caught early enough when I emailed about it from the ARC. But this really makes those editions all that more collectible and special so it’s more fun this way! Hopefully no harm in any profits for printing etc. 😀
Hmmm, well, he is very advanced for a 13month old. Stuffing oranges into the toilet, peeling them first…
Omar Mtz says
He is still a prodigy at that young age either way.
We are so excited to meet Conlan, I don’t care that he is 13 months as opposed to 18 months . Just waiting for my Amazon copy to come . And we will read every word as fast as humanly possible .
I really wish I could go to Deagon con. Sigh ?
And we are getting an innkeeper chapter this week, please , we need to know how the lees will cure Helen, and what will be the price.
Allan Pinero says
Price for the cure or to read both? I am sure they will come to an agreement ;D
Slowest week ever! I still want the book. I wants it, my precioussss.
Tricksy tricksy Authorlords, have us waiting impatiently for our precioususes- a new Innkeeper chapter (so we can stop worrying about our darling Helen) and the last episode in the Kate Daniels story ( so we hopefully see our favourite kickass heroine finally achieve her HEA).
Patricia Schlorke says
Too bad Andy Serkis is not part of the BDH. I think he would join you in the fun. ?
Honestly probably just makes the first copies a bit more valuable in the next few decades. ? Hope you’re not stressing about it, thanks the the heads up!
It all runs together when they’re that little, anyway…
Cindy M says
Thanks! That would have bugged the neck out of me is I didn’t know it was a mistake.
Cindy M says
“Heck” not “neck” and “if” not “is”
Thanks for the heads up. Accidents happen. I don’t think anyone will give a hoot, especially since we know there’s a typo.
(Love the picture, Gordon.)
Leigh Ann says
So…is there a difference between 13 and 18 month old children? (I’m joking…sorta… My ignorance is just one of the many benefits of being childfree.
A 13 month old baby is still amused by your glasses – “Ooh, shiny!!”. An 18 month old baby wants to wear your glasses – “Cool stuff, me try!!”. ?
Also, an 18 month old can move faster than the adult(s) trying to catch her/him….?
No big deal either way, but do you know if the error is in the audiobook?
SO anxious for this book! I’m re-reading the entire Kate series in order (including novellas and novels with non-Kate POV characters) to prepare.
FYI, I have reread the entire series MANY times and they are just as good the tenth or fifteenth time through!
+ + + 1
Just heard it! He’s 13 mos old per chapter 1, but Kate says 18 mos at one point in chapter 4 or 5.
Tee, hee. Same mistake here, been doing it all my life. I’m always a year older than I really am. I was born in 1950, in September. As soon as the year changes I assume my age does too. Since January I’ve been saying I’m 68 but I’ll only turn 68 next month. It never bothered me though. Most people think I’m two decades younger and no one believes my age (neither do I for that matter). LOL
Ooops, comment in the wrong place. I had troubles posting my comment.
Me too, except September of 1970. So for 9 months of every year I’m younger than my stated age. Whatever the last number of the year is my age (2018 I’m 48) all year!
No worries. As usual, you guys are handling the situation logically, intelligently, calmly, and with class. You never disappoint.
Love that comment, Gretchen.
I agree – so small in the scheme of things (nobody died after all) and how generous of Ilona and Gordon to mention it.
The fact that they did not just decide to leave Conlan at 18 months speaks volumes about their integrity.
Thank you to I and G for an awesome, awesome period of enjoyment since I started reading their books.
I caught that, but since I was sooo grateful to get an ARC, therefore uncorrected, it didn’t worry me any.
I will grudgingly take the hard copy with errors….if I can get it today I would even forgive this horrendous mistake! PLEEEEAASSSSE!!!!
Now that turns the “typo” hardback into a BDH jewel collectable. We love our ALs nmw for they are generous with their gifts, patience, and genuine genius. Creator bless and watch over you in your travels love to all.
Can we get the first 20 chapters to proofread for you so we can see if his age appears anywhere else?? Haha
Pat Crouch says
Thank you for the heads up. Just think though, 100 years from now that error will add value to the first run copy. ?
Debi Majo says
It’s all good! I’m thinking I need to take next Tuesday off work…
I think that is best for certain authors. I can read as soon as it appears on my Kindle, then sleep once I’ve done the first read.
Claire M says
I like little errors. Shows you’re human 😉
No, seriously, thank you for clarifying ahead of time 🙂 I can’t wait to read it regardless of which she is written in my copy! Happily it comes out while I’m on holiday in Banff, so I’m gonna find a pretty place to sit and read all day and eat cake.
Claire M says
Age. Not she. Ugh. Jetlag brain fog.
Wenonah Lyon says
Shamefully, I forget my own children’s ages – over fifty. And the grandkids – well, I keep track of the girls because I’m looking forward to sending them my best YA choices instead of the 9 – 11 favorites. They insist they are perfectly capable of reading adult fiction and won’t tell me how old they are. I say I won’t send a birthday book. They say so what? I send them books all the time anyway.
Susan D. says
If I had noticed it, I would have chalked it up to a magic surge 🙂 Weirder things have happened in this universe. This will be a happy/sad read. Will probably reread the entire series from start to finish. Still crack up over Kate’s “Here kitty kitty”. Especially as I got to know the characters!
If using Southern vernacular, it would probably be better to spell it correctly.
You have “ya’ll” in the title, unless it pertains to something else that I’m unfamiliar with it should be y’all (the contraction of “you all”) – it seems this is your intent given the mea culpa.
With the additional mistake we might want to add the maxima to the end of the expression.
Mea culpa maxima.
Gordon Andrews says
You’re right (or your write) the correct spelling is Y’all, a contraction of you and all. It was an attempt a humor because we made a mistake and were apologizing for it.
I’m going to have to go back and re-read the previous book anyhow, so by the time I read thos one, the corrections will have likely been downloaded to my Kindle anyhow. So, no worries! 🙂
This stuff happens sometimes, even to great authors like you two. No worries. Thanks for the heads up!
Bill G says
Zooterkins! A five month error in a child’s age! How can I face the day, let alone the dreary progress of all days to come, knowing that this is out there?
Snicker. I hope I get one of them. Not for potential collector’s value, just for S&G.
Side note: I’ve got Mercedes Lackey’s latest with the dust jacket that has the wrong name for a major character. I’m not losing sleep over it, either.
William B says
KD hit my phone about 30 minutes early. I’m not complaining. I have a cross country flight tomorrow morning and I. I’m glad to have the new book to you.
Is it wrong that I’m giddy ‘cus the book I drove to the actual Barnes & Noble store to buy…has the “error” in it? Yeah! So giddy.
Lynda MS says
The authors said that 13 months old was correct, but there a few anomalies with that date, too. In the Kindle version I have, the dates have not been changed, so Chapter 1 says “thirteen” and Chapters 3 and 4 say “eighteen.” If thirteen is correct, then the first? (were there others?) Hugh/Elara siege by Nieg’s forces (in which Nez had to withdraw and Elara scared Roland into retreating (YAY!) took place “over a year ago” (Chapter 14) but Raphael’s fight with Hugh was “last fall” (Chapter 15), while Kate was still pregnant. Then how can Conlan be thirteen months old? When did Julie show up at the castle? After *Iron and Magic*, obviously, but how did she know to go there? Did Andrea tell her about Raphael’s fight? who else knows? I assume the whole timeline has changed, not just Conlan’s birthdate?