How would the series have gone if the Vord had been handled in a different manner? Say Canea wasn't as overwhelmed, for example, or perhaps the Vord never spread at all after Doroga crushed the original Queen way back in Furies of Calderon? How would/could you see the books progressing without as much of the dire threat? The latter of the two hypotheticals certainly seems to have far-reaching impact for everything after the first book, but the other could change the quick return to Alera into a properly drawn out campaign in Canea for quite some time. I've just finished First Lord's Fury, and I'm itching to get some commentary and discussion active again. EDIT: ashwuhf How did I put thread instead of threat in the title? Argh!