So before you get stuck in, here’s some nuggets on Wielder.
- Once again, the title points to another of Rafen’s roles. We all know a bit about the copper rod by this point in the series. It’s the weapon the Lashki Mirah does all his dirty work with, and it’s got a mind of its own. But the Lashki seems to be wielded by the rod as much as he wields it himself. In this final instalment, we get to see what actually happens when Rafen is offered the rod by Nazt itself.
- Cover art: it was pretty difficult for Ruth Germon to make this cover as there wasn’t really a public domain precedent for the copper rod that we could use. So she wound up designing her own, based on my descriptions. I’ve always imagined the rod with little lamp-like bit in the middle, a bit like a ruler’s scepter. Ruth kindly produced that for me, and we’ve got some blue kesmal in it, as that’s its appearance for most of the series.
- Volume seven is really book eight – once again, because Consort is split into two books.
- Yes, more people die. Lots of people.
- Is it a satisfying ending? Well, anyone who has been brave enough and dedicated enough to come along for this entire journey will have numerous opinions on how this series should end. And you’ve earned that, you mad nerd person who has made it this far – you’ve earned that because of the time you’ve invested in it. Only you will know whether it’s satisfying for you. I found it satisfying, personally, as I felt the characters finished at points that were natural for all of them, and much of what was broken throughout the series was healed. The destruction of Nazt was of course immensely satisfying, but also terrifying at the same time. I think what I enjoyed the most was seeing the final triumph of the Phoenix over all that was evil in the world – the overarching message that all that is good and holy can and will win. But as I said, only you will know whether it satisfies you.
Well, that’s all for now, folks. Literally, because that is the end of the series. Will there be books beyond this point? Absolutely – books of different genres and different stories. I’m looking forward to working on them. But it is true that even if only a handful of people read The Fledgling Account, I will always consider it my magnum opus. To this day, I’m amazed I managed to kind of keep track of everything for so long, because now as a frazzled mum I often struggle to finish a sentence. So this series will forever be a kind of monument to the mind I once had! Anyhow, you’d better see how it ends. Have a read of it here.