The third and final (or is it?) book in Frances Pauli's Changeling Race Trilogy is now available in print and various ebook formats. Read on for a few words from Ms. Pauli regarding the end of her first series.
I’m a big fan of short series. I realize that’s not necessarily a popular opinion, but I honestly don’t have the stamina as a reader anymore. It’s not that I’m afraid of commitment, exactly. I just can’t promise I’ll still be reading past say, book five. I probably shouldn’t admit that in public.
Certainly, I understand the appeal of length, of marathon series that stretch into double digits. I cut my reading teeth on Xanth ‘mumble-mumble’ years ago, and I read Horseclans well into its teen volumes. But these days, with life and kids and all the things that fill up time I might have to enjoy a good story, I prefer a nice, tidy trilogy.
Which is why I always swore The Changeling Race would stop at three. To be fair, the story has wrapped up neatly. I’ve settled accounts, tied up strings, and put everyone exactly where I want them—happily ever after.
But I may have fibbed a little.
Because standing here at the end and looking back gives one a whole different perspective, doesn’t it? The original story may be over, yes, but I can see corners that I haven’t peeked into. I find myself pondering characters that could easily wander off in another direction entirely. Not that I’m ready to dive back in tomorrow, but I can see the little doors I might open much more clearly from here.
Now, when the fairies have all tucked back through the gates, the gnomes have scampered off to their village, and the trolls trundled under their bridges for a nice, long nap, I realize one significant thing. I’m going to miss them.
Darn it all.
So while I’m off to explore other worlds, I’m still stealing backwards glances. I’m listening, even as I wander in another direction, just in case. Should the little ones show up again, whispering their secrets, I’ll be ready to follow them into that mushroom ring again. I never could resist the little demons.
Spiders from Memory - Frances Pauli
The Seelie court is gone, and the Tower has fallen into darker hands. Now nightmare creatures terrorize the Fey races, and the whole Fey world turns to frost and shadow.
Liz Larson holds the last remnant of the Seelie Sidhe's power. The elves look to her for guidance, but all she has to offer them is the disturbing story of their origin, the final truth that will turn many of them against her. With her dwindling number of allies, Liz needs to reopen the borders, to find the missing Marcus Bramble, and to avoid the sudden, terrifying attention of the new Fey ruler, the Unseelie Speaker and new master of the Sidhe Tower.
While her friends in Mundanity race to pry open the gates, and Marcus searches for the answer to a puzzle that could save or damn them all, the Unseelie Speaker marches north, bringing his army and his wrath to focus on Elizabeth.
What can one, fairy-touched human do in the face of the Unseelie court's full fury? How can she fight when the enemy's anger is only partly blind, when she can see all too clearly the traces of justice behind it?
Book Three of The Changeling Race Trilogy
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