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I’m writing this on the fly. It’s train of thought sort of stuff. It’s me talking to you, talking to the characters, talking about how much I felt over each story line I had planned through this. You can skip it all and go debate in the comments or you can read it. Either is fine.
I have broken the nagas and they have lost their homeland. I revealed our final enemy. It’s the penultimate book (penultimate: last but one in a series of things; second last.) so it had to be big. It had to be heartbreaking. It had to… do everything to get you into the place for the last book. And now we’re there.
Yes, I murdered a lot of people after finally giving Kaliya some sort of resolution or new relationship with them. It had to be done. I’ll offer my thoughts about each character. Maybe this is a bit of a eulogy to a couple of them, things I’ve wanted to say since I finished the book.
Adhar. You complicated man thrown into a troubling situation with a traumatized girl in your care. A man who had to learn and grow over the years, even as you tried to hold onto everything you believed in. You grew on the page and off it. You spent your lonely hours thinking. About your role, your people, your relationship with Kaliya, and so much more. Then you moved forward. I loved writing you and Kaliya. I am sorry you never got to see Kaliya’s changes through to the end. I know you were ready to see your people evolve after so long. You finally reached that point and I think that’s something to be proud of.
Saranya was one of my favorite women to write of all time. She really was and knowing her fate, I actually felt bad for it. I felt terrible for ending this beautifully strong character right as she walked on the page. Her husband was a piece of shit to Kaliya, no doubt, but there was real love between them. A diplomatic love, but it was there, which only made that story line harder. Her love and devotion to her child is heartbreaking. If you are on my newsletter, you’ll get the chance to know how deep her lover really goes in my end of the month newsletter.
And yeah, I killed one that didn’t get a resolution with Kaliya. I love exploring the depth of people and the complicated issues around them. I couldn’t offer a resolution between Kaliya and Nakul. There’s no resolution to be found. Life is complicated, and people only make it more complicated. As Kaliya said, Nakul was a victim and a villain and one could never cancel out the other. Now it’s time for the gods to work it out. It was honestly cathartic to write this story line to it’s end. Cathartic to say “and that’s all there was” and it doesn’t give me or you or the characters any answers. It just is. This is just a piece of Kaliya’s life and she has to move forward. It’s both a weight on her and a weight lifted.
And I didn’t kill her… but let’s chat about Roshni. Sweet baby girl, I’m sorry.
Kaliya faced hard loss this book, but she’s walking away from this book with objectives. She’s the Queen of the Nagas now and she knows what she has to do next.
Welcome to the endgame, everyone. The next book is the last one.
Chat in the comments. Feel free to theorize about the next book (Destiny). I’ll be around, but I am debating replying or just letting y’all have at it. Let me know if you want a reply and I will, I guess.