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Reading

I just fin­ished read­ing Born in Death by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). It’s the lat­est in the Eve Dal­las series and a good read. I took a break from The Star Scroll, part of Melanie Rawn’s Drag­on Prince series, to read the Robb book. The series is good, and I enjoy Rawn’s writ­ing, but I went straight into this series after read­ing the first two books of her Exiles of Ambrai series, so I need­ed a break and took one when the library called to say that BiD was avail­able.

I have to say, though, that I’m more than slight­ly put out over the Exiles of Ambrai series. I got these books through some­one on Freecy­cle, and I could have sworn that I made sure I had all the books of the series before I began read­ing them. I read book one, The Ruins of Ambrai, and went imme­di­ate­ly into book 2, The Mage­born Trai­tor. They were won­der­ful! Then I could­n’t actu­al­ly put my hands on book three. No prob­lem, I thought. I should be able to buy it, right? Vol­umes one and two were put out in 1994 and 1997, respec­tive­ly. Sure­ly book three, The Cap­tal’s Tow­er has been out for years by now!

Um, no. And it does­n’t real­ly seem very like­ly that it will be out. I real­ize it isn’t some­thing Rawn did on pur­pose or would have cho­sen, but dammit, I want the rest of the sto­ry NOW! This is why I usu­al­ly try so hard not to read series that haven’t been ful­ly pub­lished! I mean, the Eve Dal­las series isn’t a series in the same sense as the Exiles series is–each book stands alone. There are some issues that were car­ried over from one book to the next, espe­cial­ly in ear­li­er nov­els. But you could pick up any of them and be sat­is­fied by the book itself. The Exiles sto­ry has been left hang­ing. The arc is unfin­ished. Fan­ta­sy trilo­gies are dif­fer­ent than detective/mystery series. They just are.

Hmph.

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