So, it’s been a week since Halls of Power released. At this point, I’ve gotten some feedback from people not among my ARC list or beta readers via reviews (I don’t read them myself to avoid destroying my motivation, I get it from my wife summarizing recent reviews for me), some of it useful, some not. One of the concerns I’d heard was that I intentionally rushed the ending, and I want to address that.
The concern both is and isn’t true. In all honesty, if I’d had an idea of everything that was going to happen ahead of time, I probably would have slowed down some events in Ancient Ruins and Spells of Old and extended the series to four books, but when I wrote Ancient Ruins I didn’t have an overarching outline until very late in the writing. I could have suddenly slowed the story for Halls of Power and extended things, but it would also have killed the pacing in comparison to the rest of the books, and that would likely have killed my own motivation for the project.
Even more than those concerns I had, there’s another part which I wonder is part of why the book may have felt slightly rushed. A part of me wonders if it wasn’t a personal drive to prove to myself that I could finish the trilogy that drove me onward, to pick up the pace constantly. This may have been a detriment in the end, but I’m not sure. I’d rather be honest with everyone reading this, to say that I don’t know.
Now, the ending itself. No, I’m not going to spoil it for those who are worried! The climactic battle turned out much the way I wanted it to. I’m no expert in swordplay or combat, so there was no chance of me ever giving a blow-by-blow description of many things that were involved. Was it a little fast? Probably, because I see incredibly powerful battles as either taking ages, or being over in frighteningly short periods. So that wasn’t a problem to me. It’s the aftermath that was my issue, and I think it was an issue for many other people.
I deliberately kept the ‘aftermath’ section short, essentially the last chapter and the epilogue. The main reason is because something I’ve heard before is that you shouldn’t ‘draw out’ the ending of a story. Once the big evil has been defeated, wind down quickly and let the ‘end credits’ roll. I had tons more I wanted to say, but I didn’t write it because I thought it would be too much, and it may be that I was wrong. Problem is, at this point it’s too late… sort of.
See, at this point I can’t update Halls of Power because I don’t have time to finish an ‘extended ending’, get it edited, and get it to the audiobook producer in time to change things, and I don’t want the audiobook to be inaccurate to the book. Beyond that, I have a set deadline for Born a Queen, and that is far more critical at this moment, as I really don’t want to miss the date. FYI, Amazon could ban me for a year if I screw up.
So here’s what I’m going to do. Once Born a Queen is finished and submitted, I’m going to write up an ‘extended ending’ of Halls of Power, hopefully making it a little… better, for lack of a better term. I’m going to put it up on the site here, and announce it. When I eventually do an Ancient Dreams Omnibus, I’m going to change things here and there to make the books flow more smoothly (funny thing, that I get a better idea of the world as I write the books), and I’ll integrate the extended ending. I’m not going to make people pay for it, by putting it on my site.
I hope all of this makes sense, and thank all of you who have bought and read my books.