Returning to the Light

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As the path progresses
The night falls upon the heroes
Inky darkness
Consuming all it touches
Devouring stars
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.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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13 Responses to Returning to the Light

  1. I think people really like dark, Charles. I do hope these characters return to the light though, it will make a change of pace for you.

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    • They’re going to have to get at least closer to the light after this one. Some will recover quicker than others though. I wanted to add a ‘will they recover in time?’ question for the final book. That way they come in more as underdogs than if they were still whole and happy.

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  2. N. N. Light says:

    I loved the poem, Charles! From what I’ve heard from readers, they love it when the hero is plunged into darkness, not knowing if the hero will survive. Me personally, I like it in epic fantasy because I get really invested in the characters. Sometimes, I even scream at the tablet. lol!

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  3. L. Marie says:

    Great poem! I also hope for a return to the light. I’m reminded of what Samwise Gamgee said in the movie (which is different from the book), “It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened. But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you.”

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    • Nicely said. People don’t really adhere to that as much as they used to. I know there’s a lot of interest in heroes falling and staying down. It’s like society enjoys seeing an idol fall more than succeed. I know with Legends of Windemere, I have 6-7 main heroes that each get their own ending. So I get to put a variety of good and bad in there.

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      • L. Marie says:

        Totally understandable in a series. Not everyone gets that happy ending. (Now I’m thinking of Rogue One.)
        Yes, some people enjoy seeing the misery of others. Sigh.

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      • Rogue One couldn’t have ended any other way. I’m always surprised that people are annoyed. The danger of a prequel is you need to show why some characters aren’t in the original stories or even mentioned. One reason why I fear doing one.

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  4. It seems to me that the fan base will be able to weather the storm. Enjoyed the poem.

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  5. Anyone who’s been through the whole series with you will understand, Charles.

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