And now, a guest post by a friend of the blog, and somebody who has actually crossed the boundaries of spec-fic to write for tie-in tasks and his own original work– David Mack.
By 2014, I had actually currently invested numerous years considering the series first book, The Midnight Front, and forming it in my creativity. It felt like a dream made manifest when I was finally able to dedicate its very first story to the page. In 2015, after my representative found Dark Arts a home with a three-book deal at Tor Books, I visualized an intense future for my literary production.
Despite receiving usually excellent reviews from readers, landing on some prominent “Best of …” lists, and its second volume being chosen for a Dragon Award, the Dark Arts series never discovered its method onto any of the bestseller lists or gotten elections for any of the genres significant awards. I understood prior to I began writing its third book, The Shadow Commission– out now from Tor Books– that it would be my series last.
Just now, in hindsight, do I see that my frustrations impacted the course of this books story.
Regrettably, I soon found out that not all dreams come to life.
When I embarked upon the writing of my Dark Arts series for Tor Books, it was a labor of love.
Understanding that there would be no further adventures for these characters after book 3 made me think in a different way about its story. I felt like I had failed my characters, as if their narratives and lives were coming to bloody ends due to the fact that I didnt understand how to offer their tales in numbers strong enough to stay alive in the modern market.
I had actually developed of Dark Arts as being open-ended, with each book continuing into a various years, allowing my characters to enter into historic hijinks across the entire latter half of the twentieth century. Less than a year after the release of its first book, nevertheless, I was tasked with bringing my legend to an end.
For those who plan to check out The Shadow Commission– SPOILERS FOLLOW:
However if penning this trilogy about magic born of Faustian bargains has taught me anything, its that there are no wonders– which everything ends.
Its been almost eighteen months since I completed writing The Shadow Commission. After I kipped down its manuscript, I lost over a year of my life and career to an anxiety that left me not able to put words on pages. Im still digging my escape of that pit of despair, struggling to offer form to brand-new ideas, brand-new labors of love, along with working on fresh literary concepts for Star Trek.
Among the repeating themes of the novel is that its primary character, Cade Martin, thinks he has failed his apprentices. Not because he didnt do a great job of teaching them magick, however because he doesnt adequately prepare them for the true scale of the scary that awaits them, and because when that evil arrives he is unable to save many of their lives.
By the end of The Shadow Commission, several of the series major and repeating characters are killed. I dont think I would have gone on quite so ruthless a killing spree in the books final chapters if I d had any factor to believe the series may continue. When I saw the last drape falling, the last twinkle of limelight fading away, I thought it reasonable to desire to meet my series end with a particular Grand Guignol-style flair.
In that context, attempting to gin up enjoyment to promote the end of my Dark Arts series feels like a bittersweet obligation, if Im to be truthful. I did my best to craft an exciting book, to take my characters to new places, to alter their lives and their particular relationships to their milieu, and to make it seem like a satisfying ending to their saga, while leaving open the door for future tales, just in case a wonder should lead and take place to the series revival.
The crucial motif of The Shadow Commission is betrayal. Its about how we betray ourselves, how we betray the trust of those who rely on us when we yield to fear, and how the important things we say and do might drive others to betray us. Its also about how we compensate those sins.
It is that I toss these words like a fistful of cold earth atop the grave of my Dark Arts series and move on to my next dream, whispering to myself all the while: keepsake mori.
He presently works as a consultant for 2 animated Star Trek television series, Lower Decks and Prodigy. His new unique The Shadow Commission is available now from Tor Books.
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By 2014, I had actually already invested numerous years pondering the series very first book, The Midnight Front, and forming it in my imagination. By the end of The Shadow Commission, numerous of the series significant and recurring characters are slain. I dont think I would have gone on rather so ruthless a killing spree in the books last chapters if I d had any factor to believe the series might continue. When I saw the final drape falling, the last twinkle of spotlight fading away, I thought it reasonable to desire to fulfill my series end with a specific Grand Guignol-style flair.
He presently works as a consultant for 2 animated Star Trek tv series, Lower Decks and Prodigy.