I think I’ve noticed a problem with the fourth book and I can’t find a way to fix it. The big action plots end and get closure on chapter 15, but there are still 4 chapters to go. There are the character development plots that still have to get closure, the return of a character, the introduction of a new hero, and the ending needed to kick book 5 off with a massive bang.
I keep feeling like a reader can see this as being drawn out too much, especially if they’re only interested in the action parts. Yes, the villains have been thwarted, but even the storyline that the book is named after hasn’t completed yet. So, I’m torn on what to do here. The chapters that take place building up to the book 5 events are solid and continue the character plots, but it does feel like I made an ending before the real ending. I did try to condense events where I could, so it could have been worse.
Is it really wrong to end the action-based plots and continue the story for a few chapters for the character-driven plots? Then again, I was scared about doing this in the third book and it still worked out. I focus on character development, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that a few books will have a milder winding down sequence. I guess I just don’t always know what a good ending is.
If it helps, I need this book to end with one of the heroes losing his/her temper and charging off into the night for battle. There’s only going to be hours between the end of this book and the beginning of the next. I wanted that level of excitement to carry over, which is why I don’t think I should move these chapters to book 5.