A parcel dropped through the letterbox this morning, containing an advance sample copy of Caledor. At first this prompted the usual relieved reaction of ‘Ahh, it’s done’ that I get whenever I see a book or story in printed form. This was quickly followed by another sensation, that of slight melancholy. You see, Caledor signals the end of The Sundering series, and with it comes a strange feeling of sadness that my adventures with Malekith, Alith Anar and Caledor are at an end.
When it came to finishing the Last Chancers, it was with a sense of satisfaction – though recently I have started to slightly regret my decision to end things the way I did and have a hankering to get back to some good old-fashioned action with Kage and the Colonel. The same was true of Slaves to Darkness, the feeling of a job done and a story told. With The Sundering, the tale is such an epic one I cannot quite believe it is over. It’s only been three books, but they have swallowed me up maybe more than any others I have worked on. Perhaps it is because I know that the story does not really end there; in fact The Sundering is as much of a beginning as an ending. Perhaps it’s just because I haven’t got my teeth into the next Time of Legends series yet.
There have been sporadic conversations with the editors at Black Library about possibilities to continue the saga, maybe following on the tale into the future, writing one or more Shadow King spin-offs detailing future adventures of Alith Anar, or returning to the series in short story and novella form. Some, none or all of this may ormay not happen in the future, nothing has been decided yet. Maybe I won’t ever feel it is complete until I have novelised the entirety of elf history!
In any regard, Caledor marks the end of a mini-era for me, and I hope that readers will enjoy the conclusion as much as I took pleasure from the writing of it.