Surprise: instead of the review for Pilgrim's Progress or Diné Bahane' that you might have been expecting, I took a break to read and review another Pratchett novel.
Everyone and anyone who does book reviews probably does a similar post around this time, but given my...eclectic reading list, I doubt I need fear redundancy.
Did I do it? Did I stick the landing on this three-year series, some three hundred sixty thousand words of story? Only you, dear reader, can answer that question, but I think I might have done it.
It might sound from those two paragraphs like I don't think this story is any good, which is not true - it is quite enjoyable, for all my above griping and critiquing.
Is this doing that thing that authors are always accused of, where I fake readers out with a character's 'death' only to have them return later? Not exactly.
This was a good book. I have my gripes with it, but the headline is that this is a good book which I enjoyed more than I expected to enjoy it.
It's finally happening: the series finale, the last Blood Magic story. This is where we see if my efforts to improve my endings have paid off, because I don't only need to satisfactorily conclude a two-part episode, or a season, but the entire series that you've been following for three years.
Why not simply name the book after her, if she is such an important character, or maybe name it ‘Elfland’s Princess’ or something similar? After reading it, I think you’ll understand why a more direct title is unsuitable for this fairy tale: the titular king of Elfland’s daughter is not so much the protagonist of the story as the catalyst.
I didn't have many changes to make when I sat down and did revisions on Pifecha's first part, which is mostly a good thing - it means that I wrote a good story in the first place.
It takes a certain arrogance to be an author, an arrogance to believe that you have stories worth telling, stories that other people should want to read and enjoy, and, perhaps more importantly, an arrogance to keep believing that through what is inevitably a lengthy process of submission and rejection before publication.