I get an email or three per week asking me why the price for a print copy of Shadowrealm (book III of The Twilight War, new copies of which go for $200USD or more) is so high, so I thought I’d put up a post for Google to index.
The short answer is this: It’s just very hard to find in print, demand has outstripped supply by a wide margin, so sellers are offering it only at very high prices. Important point: I have nothing to do with pricing. 🙂
The longer answer is this: The Twilight War has sold well. The first book of the series, Shadowbred, has gone through at least six printings. Shadowrealm has only been reprinted four times (I think) and that hasn’t put enough print copies on shelves to meet demand. This is a particularly acute problem of late, as many new readers have found the Cale stories as they prepared for The Sundering and the release of The Godborn.
Now, from time to time I’ve pinged WotC about doing another printing of Shadowrealm, or about doing an omnibus version of the entire Twilight War series (as they did with the Erevis Cale Trilogy), but at this time WotC doesn’t seem inclined to do either of those things. (Incidentally, the Erevis Cale Trilogy Omnibus had been out of stock/print for while, but Amazon and other outlets appear to have some now. I don’t know how long that will last, though, so if you’ve been after a copy, now may be the time.)
To those of you having trouble locating a reasonably priced print copy, you have my apologies. I wish it were otherwise. All I can do is point you in the direction of the ebook, which is selling for normal price.