I can't tell you how much I appreciate the support and love I get here on the LJ. You folks really inspire me to continue. However, having spent some time cruising on line reviews of Shadows Return and White Road, I know I am doing the right thing, ending the series. No, I'm not wallowing in self pity, I'm just being realistic. I always said when the series started to go down hill I would end it, and it seems many think it has, including some people who really surprised me, and whose opinion I respect.

I hope Casket and Shards change a few minds; one constant complaint as been that they aren't spending enough time in Rhiminee. That's the setting for Casket.

But all the same, I fear that Nightrunner is turning into an aging, overly made up actress who needs to leave the stage. It's very sad to think that my considerable efforts with the last two books have hurt people's opinion of the series overall. Over and over again I've read how the first three books were great (ironic, since Traitor got a lousy initial response), but I've lost my touch with the new ones. It hurts, of course, but perhaps it's a wake up call. Although I've already woken up, with the decision to end the series. But I need some energy and guts to embark on one more. I'll continue to warm my soul here.

Here endeth the vent.
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message 1: by Donnie (new)

Donnie Lynn first of all I wanted to say thank you for this series it is the best story I have ever read. I appreciate your consideration for the readers and I understand your disappointment in those reviews,however they most certainly do not speak for me . I learned years ago when in the retail business that for every hundred customer ,ninety five are happy,only one or two will make a remark BUT all five of the unhappy campers will scream !! Im just saying don't let them discourage you. If you want to write more or another genre than do it. Just do what you feel passionate about and it will show .BY the way I think that those who complained are limited . I enjoyed reading the rest of the story.

message 2: by Donnie (new)

Donnie Donnie wrote: "Lynn first of all I wanted to say thank you for this series it is the best story I have ever read. I appreciate your consideration for the readers and I understand your disappointment in those revi..."

message 3: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Flewelling Thanks so much, Donnie. Don't worry, I have no intention of stopping writing! Fans like you keep me going. :-)

message 4: by Airel (last edited Sep 13, 2011 10:21AM) (new)

Airel Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this, but these books have been spread over a good amount of time. I don't know if I would go by the reviews alone, as those are just the people willing to review. I only recently started reading this series, I'm 25, and I love it.
In my opinion, those who think it should all be happening in Rhiminee might just be older readers who got stuck on the idea that some how that comprised the entire world. I tend to enjoy books that have a wider view of the world in which they happen.
I don't see why they kept reading, the first 3 were where very complete on their own, Once they figured out the next book was different, why complain when they're great books, just different? I don't know, I've read some awful books, these are not included in that.
TL;DR: 1996-present is 15 years worth of change... They should get over it.

message 5: by Lytrise (last edited Sep 19, 2011 09:16AM) (new)

Lytrise I respect the fact that you would like to move on to other series of course, but I wouldn’t say that the series has gone downhill. In my case I picked up the first book not too long before the fifth book came out and read them straight through because I just couldn’t put them down.

I would list these books as one of my favorite series and have already reread them a second time. They have sort of a comfort food effect for me in that I have a very pronounced affection for the characters and it makes me feel good to read them. Because of this fact I sent some of the books to a very sick friend of mine who lives in Canada in the hopes that they might distract her from what is going on in her life and for at least a good month or so they really did their job well. We’re both avidly waiting for the next one now.

With people, particularly on the internet, there will always be those who overly critical. They’ll compare you to what you’ve already done, or they’ll compare you to people who have similar sorts of stories. I think people sometimes forget just how to enjoy something for what it is instead of lamenting as to how it could be better. The second book was always my favorite, but that doesn’t mean that the rest are sub par because they are not the second one. The only real complaint I have (And I feel silly just saying it) is that I can’t somehow get them in hardback. Sorry for going on quite so long, I look forward to whatever you do next.

message 6: by Pauline (new)

Pauline Hello ! I don't know if I'm considered as a "bitching fan" as it's true I didn't enjoyed the last two books as much as the previous one... I remembered feeling something close to disappointment when I read the White Road because there was so much and so little... so much I didn't want to care about, and so little of those I learned to care for...
Still, Shadow's Return came in the very short list of the books which made me cry like a child... And even as I read it for the second, third or fourth times, I still felt the ache in my heart and tears on my cheeks.

I'm a greedy reader. First, I read really fast. And then I go back to the first page and read it, again and again. I could probably quote entire lines of the two first books.
I'm sure I will probably read those books many times over :) All six or seven of them, and discover as I grow into it, new ways to enjoy them all.
As a reader, I love thining that each time I open a book, it's a completely new reading and so a new way of breathing life into the characters borned from the writer's pen.
So despite my initial disapointment, I don't have enough words to say thank you. Thank you for opening my imagination on such unique world and so daring heroes.

message 7: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Flewelling Thank you! :-)

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