Okay, just a quick thing -- if you go to Barnesandnoble.com and do a search, Allegiance will come up, and it says the publication date is January 28, 2009. I'm here to officially say that is NOT correct. I don't know where they got that information, but until it is corrected, I would discourage you guys from placing preorders there (since come Jan 28th, they'll have no books to send you). I'll be back sometime this upcoming week with a real post, and I swear I'll start answering my emails soon! I'm just swamped right now -- so sorry!