Ascended Fanon: The story was written by Neal Hallford, not Feist, despite the common misconception. Feist oversaw the production, gave his blessings and probably intervened to correct one thing or another, but the story is essentially a fanfic with the High Concept of "What if not all the moredhel wanted war?"
What Could Have Been: The sequel. As per Neal Hallford, Thief of Dreams would have "continued the storyline about Owyn's eventual rise as the magical advisor to the Kingdom of the Isles (to be told over two games) serving in a capacity as both magician and spymaster". Damn.