I finished re-reading the Coldfire Trilogy last night. I have reversed my stance on the end of book 3. I am not only no longer bitterly disappointed with it, but while I still think I probably wouldn’t have written it that way myself, I suspect that it is in fact the best possible ending for the series. I suspect that if I had written it, and not written it that way, I would have been making a mistake.
I also suspect I didn’t read it very carefully the first time I read it (a decade ago?) because it makes a *whole* lot more sense to me now than it did then. The last third of the book, in fact, is a great deal more clear to me. I’m not going to go in to any more detail about it, because they books are *way* too good to spoil. If people want to talk about ’em, email me. (I will in fact delete any spoiler-like comments with prejudice!)
Anyway, the whole re-read spawned this conversation this morning:
Catie says “How’re you? :)”
Sarah is pretty good. How’re you?
Catie says “Vacillating wildly between great cheer and terrible despair. :)”
Sarah says “Writing again, I see.”
Catie laughs out loud.
Catie says “Worse than that. I finished re-reading the Coldfire trilogy last night. :)”
Sarah says “Well, see, there’s your trouble.”