A big welcome to Karina Cooper who is here telling us about ending her Dark Mission paranormal romance series with One for the Wicked, Dark Mission #5 (published on April 30, 2013 by Avon). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Saying Good-Bye. Calling It a Wrap. Breaking Up the Band. The End.
Breaking up is hard to do.
Unless you’re me, in which case breaking up is just a matter of bringing closure to a story that has played out to the final end.
There are two kinds of breaking up when it comes to the end of the series. There’s the kind that ends abruptly—usually for reasons of contracts not getting renewed, sales not allowing for a calculated risk, or other issues usually wildly out of the control of the author. These are often sad, bitter if only because that series then becomes the “one that got away”, and don’t generally allow for a final conclusion to ease the transition.
Then, there’s the break-up that happens when the story is drawn to a natural conclusion.
I believe that all stories have a natural end. It’s the nature of storytelling. Certain things may go on and on, but even life has a natural conclusion, and stories that never stop tend to lose a certain amount of luster the more it goes on. You start to notice detail that maybe wouldn’t have bothered you before. You begin to wonder if you’ll ever get out of the setting built around the characters like a cage. How do you keep it fresh fifteen books in? Thirty?
At what point does the story change so much that it becomes an all new tale?
I was super fortunate in that I was able to bring the Dark Mission series to its natural conclusion. From the very beginning, when we got to see just how Seattle fell, all the way through eight books of treachery, deceit and perseverance, I told a story of conspiracies older than New Seattle, decisions made across the span of decades, and wrapped up so many stories into one (un)tidy conclusion that I feel content by the result.
I’m very curious to see if others feel the same.
I’m usually content by series endings, as long as it’s something that seems like the natural conclusion to choices made. When The Finder ended so terribly—as in, not very happily—I was so angry to think that the ratings were too low to keep the show going. But the way in which it was wrapped up made perfect sense.
Human Target? Same thing. I loved that show, but it ended on such a positive note—wrapped up everything together in such an organic way—that I couldn’t help but be content.
Mass Effect 3? It absolutely had some issues. However, with the release of the final DLCs for the game, I was made content by the extrapolation that filled in the terrible timeline gaps. Was it my ideal ending? No, not at all, and there’s still plot holes you could drive a truck through—thanks, dark matter red herrings—but I did feel satisfied. I could walk away from the trilogy knowing the story was complete.
I am very much looking forward to seeing how Ilona Andrews finished her Kate Daniels series, eventually. And how other ongoing series writer will finish their stories. I always hope for the best—but as long as I walk away feeling fulfilled, certain in the knowledge that each character acted in a way that made sense for them, I’m usually happy.
What are some of the series you’ve read or watched that ended well for you? Any that completely left your breathless—with anger or with satisfaction of a job well done?
After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romances, steampunk adventures, crossover urban fantasy, and writes across multiple genres with mad glee. Tarnished, first in The St. Croix Chronicles, was the recipient of the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Steampunk Novel of 2012.
One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an airship captain’s wife, and a steampunk fashionista. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with a husband, a menagerie, and a severe coffee habit.
One copy of One for the Wicked by Karina Cooper
Available on April 30, 2013 by Avon
In this thrilling finale toKarina Cooper’s Dark Mission series,New Seattle’s witches will rise again . . .or fall forever.
Dr. Kayleigh Lauderdale possesses the only cure for what’s killing the city’s witches. Desperate to acquire it, the resistance sends their best agent, but Shawn Lowehas his own agenda and it doesn’t include saving anyone—least of all, the daughter of his sworn enemy. He has to ignore the blistering attraction he feels the instant they meet, because he can’t give in until he gets what he wants. He just never counted on wanting her . . .
Kayleigh can’t believe how out of control Shawn makes her feel. He lies to her with one breath and excites her beyond reason with the next. A reckless encounter could steal her heart, while the danger hovering over the city may prove too much for either of them to handle. When the world turns upside down, it will take everything Kayleigh and Shawn have to hold on . . . to life, to hope, to each other.
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