Writing the third book in a trilogy is a bit like landing a giant spaceship. I mean, I’ve never flown a spaceship, but I imagine that’s what it would feel like. After all, the whole time I was crafting the story and committing it to paper, I was definitely thinking like Han Solo as the TIE fighters descend on the Millennium Falcon:
It wasn’t that I didn’t have a clear idea of where the story was going. I did! I’ve known how I wanted the Guards of the Shadowlands series to end ever since I began writing Sanctum. But when the time came to write the final book, there was still so much ground to cover, so many moments I wanted to capture, so many details I wanted to include, so much emotion I wanted to harness. It felt big—and at times unwieldy—as I tried to wrestle all the pieces into place so I could bring this series in for a nice, smooth landing in readers’ laps. But…
These characters mean something to me. Their journeys are important and I know they matter to fans of this series, too. Lela started as an uncertain and angry girl and has become the fiercely determined force of nature she was always meant to be, but does she have the endurance to keep fighting all the way to the end? Malachi has traveled so far down his path to atonement, but has he crossed the point of no return? And what about Ana, who only wants one thing—Takeshi—but will Takeshi be the same man she loved and lost all those years ago? Did the Judge plan this all along? Is it even possible to defeat the Mazikin on their home turf? It was a bittersweet pleasure to let this story unfurl, to answer all these questions, to remain at the controls as the ride came to an end.
Now the only thing left is to see how readers react. And I can only hope they join me in feeling a bit like this:
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