The Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguirre is one of my favorites. I was hooked with Enclave and have loved every second of Deuce's journey. You can check out my Horde review here. Ann is stopping by today with a guest post about "Why she choose to actually end her story instead of leaving it open like similar books do".
I always knew that the Razorland series would be a three book arc. From the beginning, I meant to start narrow in scope, widen it in the second book, and then deliver an epic finale in the final volume. I’m really pleased because I feel like I executed my ideas well. In terms of why I chose to close the doors, I think that’s more satisfying for readers. If you leave things too open, it doesn't feel like the series is truly finished.
It’s tough to write about this without spoilers but I’ll try. I actually have a secret plan in that Freaks are in a metamorphic period and are on their way to becoming something else; you'll find out what I'm talking about fully in Horde, though you do learn some scary stuff about the Freaks in Outpost. (See how hard I’m trying to avoid spoilers?!) When Horde ends, most questions will be answered. And then I wrote an epilogue, which tells you even more. Yet it didn’t fill in all the blanks, just enough that the reader could hug the book and go away content. The parts I left to the imagination, the reader can invent on her own, and that’s perfect, the best of both worlds. As a reader, I want closure, but I don’t want all of the mystery eliminated. Epilogues that tell me the characters lived together for forty-two years, they had three children, two boys and a girl, and the oldest boy became a doctor, the youngest fell in a river and drowned, and the girl joined the circus. For me, that’s just too specific. I’d rather make up some of my own answers, so I tried to balance the two issues (closure versus specificity) as I wrapped up the series. I’m delighted with Horde, and I can’t wait for the world to see how it all ends.
If I ever write more in this universe, it won’t be a prequel; I gave as much information as I ever intend to in the short story, Foundation. Though early readers who have already read Horde are already asking for Tegan spinoff, I won’t write more about any of the characters who appear in the trilogy.
In fact, if you want a bit of top-secret info, the Razorland saga is actually prequel to another series set long after the dust settles. This tidbit won’t make sense until after you finish Horde, but the next books would be fantasy. I don't know when I'll write it, as after this, I'm committed to a paranormal / horror trilogy, and I’m beyond excited about Mortal Beauty.
Thanks so much for having me on the blog. In your opinion, what books have the best endings? Give titles please, but no spoilers. ;)
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