As the path progresses
The night falls upon the heroes
Consuming all it touches
To block the light entire
Pain and suffering
Doled out upon the good
Evil gaining ground
To the point where stories twist
Blood and tears are shed
While lines are crossed
Can the light return?
Will the audience remain
After horrors have been unleashed
And nightmares made flesh
Who will stay to witness
The heroes rise from the depths
This stems from me thinking about how dark Ritual of the Lost Lamb gets. It has a lot more pain and death than the previous stories. Some really disturbing acts by the Baron and his newest agent too. Part of the reason for this is because Stephen really upped the sadism and danger bar. Had to make the big baddie surpass him and make readers really hate him.
I guess my worry is that even if Books 14 and 15 are more upbeat, people won’t get beyond this one. It’s a moot point here, but I felt like I had to do something to shake everything up. Luke being tortured was rough to write and sounds like it wasn’t easy for people to get through. There’s a lot of death and destruction here too. Again, I wanted the champions and readers to really want the Baron to get defeated in the final battle. Hopefully that’s what happens. This is definitely a time where the series isn’t YA.
Still, I am left wondering, and hoping, that a series can rise from the darkness to return to the light. Fingers crossed.