- Publisher: MacMillan UK (1 Jan. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0333650344
- ISBN-13: 978-0333650349
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,300,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Captal's Tower (Exiles, Vol. 3) Paperback – 1 Jan 2009
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I have been waiting 14 years for the third book, but to put it in better persepective.... I have graduated high school, graduated college, gotten married, had a baby, and have been at my job for almost 6 years and this book is still not done. I am hoping it might be done before I retire.
Ten years ago (the first time I finished 'The Mageborn Traitor'), I was practically jumping out of my skin waiting for 'The Captal's Tower' to come out. I couldn't believe I had to wait until 2002, it seemed like such a long time. But then I thought to myself, it will be worth it. Just think how excited you'll be when the book finally does come out. I'll rush to the nearest book store (or pre-order on amazon ;)), gleefully purchase my new book, curl up in a comfy chair and read the whole thing in one glorious sitting. Yep, I can wait, I thought. I'm sure it will be a wonderful book that will tie up all those intriguing loose ends, that will bring some resolution to that rather impressive cliffhanger at the end of 'The Mageborn Traitor.' I'll just have to wait . . .
Now (2010), I just finished re-reading the first TWO books yet again, and I find I'm still lacking closure. Why don't I have closure? Because the Exiles TRILOGY only has two books in it.
*that's a Star Trek reference
I've seen Melanie Rawn's website, where she requested that her readers help "remind" her of the story. That post has since been removed, nonetheless it was really upsetting. Didn't she keep some sort of notes when she was writing the first two? I know if I were writing something as complex as the Exiles series, I would HAVE to keep notes to keep track of it all, even while I'm in the direct process of writing them. Another thing, why would she ask her readers for help? Certainly she's smart enough to realize that something like that would make her readers lose respect for her. What's preventing her from taking care of it herself? Pick up the books and read them again, while taking notes. It's not our job to write the story. We're not getting paid for the book.
I'll be perfectly honest, the only books by Melanie Rawn I've read are the Exiles books. And until the third one comes out, I refuse to buy any of her other books. I am boycotting her. I know it sounds rude and crude, but she doesn't deserve any more of my money at this point, and as good of a writer as she was, I don't want to risk reading another cliff hanger ending that becomes more and more unlikely to ever be finished.
She recently released the start of another new series, not terribly good based on the reviews I've read. She also has a history of not finishing series'. There's another one, I can't recall what it was called, that was left unfinished. I understand and sympathize with the problems that she has had, and is recovering from, but if I were a writer, the first new book I've put out in ten plus years because of illness certainly wouldn't be the start of a NEW series. I believe in finishing what I start, even if it takes forever to do.
Then I started to wait for The Captal's Tower.
I read other fantasy authors; this was nothing new. I'm used to George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan and the like, where you get a new book every two or three years. That's getting to be par for the course with major fantasy epics, and I'm fine with it.
It's now been 9 years since The Mageborn Traitor came out, and I am running out of patience.
I know that she had personal/medical/family issues that stopped/delayed her from writing - of course that's understandable! Hard times are hard times.
What I CANNOT understand is the fact that when she finally comes back after almost a decade long absence, the book that she writes isn't The Captal's Tower. In fact, it's not even the sequel to the Golden Key that she had been promising five or six years ago. It's a completely new book, no background whatsoever.
You know what? I can even get that. As it's been 9 years, she obviously had a new project she wanted to work on - ok.
But you know what would be freaking nice? At least letting her fans - the same people that have waited and checked her site and waited and checked her site and waited and waited and waited for NINE YEARS now - just letting us KNOW if she's ever going to write the book or not.