I always liked those two follow-on novels - even when writing the trilogy, I knew I wanted to do a story about the Icefalcon, who is one of my favorite characters. And of course Mother of Winter involves the Evil Bishop Govannin, another of my favorites.
It continues hot here - bordering on theological conceptions, hot: 116 predicted for today (that's 46.6, for those of you in England...). When the a/c kicks on at quarter to six in the morning you know there's an issue. Even the Giant Tortoise who lives up the street is staying under cover - smart boy! I've taken to walking the moment it's light enough to see, which means I get to see the beautiful moon - just past full - and the morning star.