various questions concering the FROSTBORN series

The FROSTBORN books are doing very well, and I would like to thank you all for that.

Now that FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF has been out for a few weeks, I’ve gotten a number of questions about it. Since many of the questions fell into the same three categories, I thought I would answer them all here.

1.) How many books will FROSTBORN be? I like the series, but I’m afraid that it’s going to bog down and shoot off into too many side plots like (various other fantasy series, names redacted)?

15 books. I’ve already plotted out FROSTBORN from start to finish, and it will be fifteen books (not counting FROSTBORN: THE FIRST QUEST).

Why 15? One of the reasons I wanted to write FROSTBORN was because I always wanted to do a big epic fantasy with elves and dwarves and such, but legacy publishers stopped buying such things years ago. But now with ebooks, writing such an epic fantasy is entirely possible. And given how long the four FROSTBORN books have sat atop the Arthurian fantasy list on Amazon UK, I think it is safe to assume that the appetite for an epic fantasy like that is still there among the readers.

I also wanted to write a series that recreated the feel of a long paper-and-pencil RPG campaign or a computer RPG, one where you started out with a few ragged characters with minor concerns and ended with those characters deciding the fate of kingdoms and empires. Given that a few of the negative reviews have complained that the books “seem like a D&D campaign”, I would say I have achieved that goal. :)

So, 15 books, which I think is enough to cover the main plot arcs.

2.) Why can’t I find FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER?

Alas, because I have not written it yet. After I wrap up GHOST IN THE MAZE, I’ll start writing FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER in June.

3.) Why did FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF end the way it did?

Without giving any plot points away, the ending set up the next two books in the series. I don’t like cliffhangers and try to avoid them whenever possible.  And while FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF isn’t a cliffhanger, it is obvious the story will continue. So once June comes, I’m going to get cracking on the next step of the story. :)

-JM

2 thoughts on “various questions concering the FROSTBORN series

  1. Jon, I’m 64 and started out with Verne, Dumas and proceeded to Heinlein, Asimov and Tolkien. Love your work! Can’t wait for The Iron Tower AND more Ridmark.( Any room to work in some sex, eventually?)

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them, and I’m hoping THE IRON TOWER comes out in the last half of July or the first half of August.

      Concerning “romantic encounters”, Jager & Mara had one in THE MASTER THIEF, and Morigna had one in THE MAGE’S TALE. As for a romantic encounter for Ridmark, well…there are more books coming. :)

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