A recent review started me wondering about reader expectations today. It’s always good to give the readers what they want up to a point. By that I mean it’s part of an author’s job to know his genre and his readers. It’s that “up to a point” that can trip us up. I wouldn’t want to warp a plot or steer a story entirely based upon reader reviews for example, but the review I read did make me think and that’s always good.
So what did it say? Well, the reader liked the books (that’s always nice to hear) but he qualified his comments by saying he was concerned that the vipers might be becoming superhuman (they actually are, but I guess he means invincible) because the main vipers have an “author shield”. I think he means that no matter what injuries they suffer, no matter how impossible the situation they find themselves in, the author (me) will protect them and see them through safely. The thing of it is, he’s right up to a point. I mean, if the POV characters all die, what’s left? How can the Alliance continue without its heroes? Having a much loved character bite the big one could derail the story… unless there are fresh heroes in the wings already introduced but not yet well used. Or am I wrong? Would you all desert the Merkiaari Universe if your favourite character died?
Let’s find out:
News: Operation Oracle (Merkiaari Wars 3) is released for kindle. Yes! It was meant to be a March 1st release, but I think five days late is miraculous good luck. The cover art was a little late, but my designer (Dawn Smith) pulled out all the stops and managed to make up a lot of lost time Here is how it looks:
Great news. Operation Oracle — Merkiaari Wars 3 — is coming this March and I’ve just received the cover art to evaluate. It looks fantastic! Really good use of colour and action. I will add the draft to this post. I’m definitely going to pass it to the cover designer for use in the final cover.
What do you guys think?
I have asked that my friend Panagiotis create the art for Operation Oracle’s cover as he did such a great job on Rune Gate. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he comes up with. I am in the closing chapters of the book now, and it should be ready for editing in about two weeks. Hopefully there won’t be too many problems. If all goes well I expect to see this book released sometime in March.
Other News: The cover for the next Kate Daniels book by Illona Andrews (Magic Rises) has been revealed on her website. Click here to view it.