I was wandering through the Publishers’ Weekly website when I ran across an interview with Megan Whalen Turner.
I smiled when I discovered that Ms. Turner has the same advice for potential readers that I always give. She recommends reading them in order and avoiding the merest glance at the flap copy of the later books. It can ruin the experience.
The interviewer noted that THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA had the most upsetting first chapter that she’d ever read. I had to agree that it was the most devastating opening I’d ever read. I had made the mistake of reading a review in advance, so I knew what was going to happen. I still cried.
Ms. Turner is working on her next book, but she declined to say much about it. Like many other readers, I’m hoping that Costis returns for the next book in the Attolia series even though I truly enjoyed reading about what happened to Sophos in CONSPIRACY OF KINGS. I’m not going to say that I can’t wait for the next book. I can wait as long as it takes for a master to shape her next great novel.