Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that gives us the chance to share our excitement about upcoming book releases. I hadn’t heard of it before I read about it over at Caught Read Handed, but I love any excuse to fangirl, so this one is right up my alley!
The book I’m choosing to talk about this week is the third in a fantasy trilogy I haven’t actually started reading yet. That might sound a bit odd, but I was raised by a book-loving mother who always made sure she had all the books in a series before introducing them to me, particularly those in the fantasy genre, so I like to wait until all books in a series are available before I start reading them. The only time I didn’t do that was with Harry Potter, mainly because it was so popular that spoilers would have been impossible to avoid by the time the last book came out!
I’ve mentioned in a previous post how much I love The Banned and the Banished series by James Clemens. He has written two books of a new trilogy, The Godslayer Chronicles, called Shadowfall and Hinterland.
SHADOWFALL: Four millennia have passed since the gods came to Myrillia, creating the nine lands of peace as a haven from the nightmarish, accursed Hinterlands. In all this time nothing has disturbed the harmony of the nine lands. But now the goddess of the Summering Isles has been murdered. The only witness is Tylar de Noche, a crippled and disgraced former Shadowknight. As he holds the dying goddess, her last breath bestows a powerful blessing on him – a mark that heals his broken body. A mark that many see as proof that he killed a god. A mark that unleashes a powerful force of darkness within him. Chased across Myrillia by enemies both human and ethereal, Tylar must uncover and face down a being powerful enough to kill an immortal – the true godslayer. For if he fails, all of Myrillia will fall into shadow.
HINTERLAND: All of Myrillia is held in a grip of unease when a skull, twisted and corrupted by dark Graces, is found. It’s the work of the Cabal, a faction of daemonic naethryn intent on destroying the Nine Lands. Former Shadowknight Tylar must unravel the mystery of the skull before all of Myrillia is threatened. To save the Nine Lands, and himself, Tylar must enter the Hinterland, the desolate territory beyond the blessed Lands, where rogue gods roam and dark Graces flow – and from which no Shadowknight has ever returned.
I haven’t read either of them yet, because I’ve been waiting for the third one. I’ve been waiting since 2006, when Shadowfall was released. That’s EIGHT YEARS! I’m glad that I didn’t read the first two, as not only would I have been suspended off a cliffhanger all this time, but by now I would have forgotten all the finer details of the story and the nuances of the characters. A shame, as Clemens is a master of both.
So, where has Clemens been all this time? Well, he’s actually been writing A LOT, just under another name, James Rollins. Both these names are actually pseudonyms for James Czajkowski. He uses Clemens for his fantasy work and Rollins for his thriller novels. He chooses not to use his actual name because it’s difficult to pronounce, which is a problem when books are often recommended by word of mouth. I can completely relate to that! My surname is Marjoribanks, but it’s not pronounced as it looks, like AT ALL. Guesses, anyone?
According to the FAQ on the website for James Rollins, he still plans to finish the Godslayer Chronicles. The last in the trilogy has the working title ‘God-Sword’, and he has even said there’s a possibility of a second trilogy in the Godslayer universe after this one. Awesome, right? Yes, but come OOOOOOOON!! Finish it already! It’s been EIGHT YEARS!!
Whew, deep breath. I guess I’m getting a bit uptight because I loved The Banned and the Banished series soooooo much, and I seriously can’t wait to read this one, but I don’t want to start until I can go all the way to the end.
Does anyone else have this problem? Are any of you dealing with author frustration and wish they would just finish the story, dammit?! Tell me in the comments!