And that's exactly what this does. I found the third book of the series on a book stall in a grey and thoroughly depressing small town in Northern France. I was in between trains and desperate for something to relieve the boredom. After the first chapter I was hooked. Since then I have happily tracked down the rest of the series.
When I came to the end of Pretender, I wondered where the story could go from there. At the most, with a classical happy ending lurking just around the corner all that could happen would be tying up the loose ends. Not a bit of it. I won't summarise the story because if you haven't read it you should, but when this book opens, all is very far from "happy ever after" for reasons which demonstrate just how much thought has gone into the creation of the world of the Ateva and the extraordinary culture which has shaped it. I have no idea whether or not we are going to get another in the series (yes please!) but the ending of this book is curiously and satisfyingly incomplete - just like real life.