Frequently Asked Questions
Does this website contain spoilers?
As of 1st January 2013, many of the character and world profiles now contain updated information reflecting the events of the entire trilogy, and therefore contain significant story spoilers. Spoilers can be toggled on and off, but if you have not read the books then you should view the profiles with caution.
Is this a series of single, self-contained stories?
No, TBFTSS is essentially one single story that has been split into three books for easier consumption. There are three books in total.
Can I read the books in any order I wish?
While it is possible to do so, I strongly advise against this. The three books essentially form
the beginning, middle and end of the story. It is therefore very important for them
to be read in the order specified.
What's the difference between the First and Second editions of Honour of the Knights?
The Second Edition of Honour of the Knights is a rewrite of the first novel, containing new chapters, some re-imagined scenes and more in-depth background information and characterisation. It is also a little longer at 145,000 words, compared to 124,000 of the First Edition. The story-telling style is also more consistent with that found in The Third Side. Those wishing to fully enjoy the series should favour the Second Edition over the First. You can also find more details on the Second Edition at this blog post.
Are these books appropriate for my children?
These novels contain violence and some adult themes, but do not contain any four letter swear words. If you are unsure, try the samples of both The Honour of the Knights (Second Edition) and The Third Side. If you find these acceptable, then the books should be okay for your children to read. Ages 12+ should be fine.
What does the license
for The Honour of the Knights (First Edition) mean?
Basically, it allows you to remix the novel in any way you wish. You can translate it into another language, create an audio book, perform a radio play, create a comic book, make drawings and paintings, and even create TV shows and movies based on it. However, there is one major restriction - none of these things may be done for commercial use (i.e. - you cannot make money from them). Anything you produce must also be licensed under the same terms as those that apply to HOTK:FE. You will also need to attribute the work to 'Stephen J Sweeney | www.battleforthesolarsystem.com'. You can read the entire license here: Creative Commons 3.0 BY-NC-SA Legal Code