It’s obviously a good time of year for new releases for the Magical Musings team. Edie, Cynthia and Marilyn have all recently had one, and yesterday, my latest historical novel, Banquet of Lies, was released as well.
I loved writing Banquet of Lies, not least because I love to cook and bake, and I love folklore, and I was able to weave a lot of those elements into the book. But one of the things that was both wonderful, and extremely hard to do, was include some characters from The Emperor’s Conspiracy while still making Banquet of Lies stand completely on its own.
Banquet of Lies is an extension of the world I created in The Emperor’s Conspiracy, so it was natural to give some of the major players in TEC a minor role in Banquet of Lies, but I didn’t want to do it in a way that would affect the experience for anyone who picked up Banquet of Lies first.
Finding the balance of introducing the characters because of their connections to the world of the story and the major characters was hard, but so worthwhile. I’ve had a number of reviewers who enjoyed TEC write to me and let me know how much they loved seeing some of their favorite characters again. They loved the reconnection.
I have seen this is a couple of series like Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson and Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels, where readers are sorry not to see more of a particular secondary character — like a good friend you’d like to see more often, readers want some characters to get at least a bit part in the stories coming from the worlds these writers create.
Is there a series you enjoy where you look forward to ‘seeing’ a particular character again each time you pick up the book?