How do you know when it’s the end of the story?

The Vagrant started out as a piece of flash fiction which then grew into a serial, which then grew into a novel, which then grew into a trilogy.

So with that in mind, you could be forgiven for asking: is The Seven really the end of the story?

And the answer would be yes.

To which a pretty reasonable response would be: how do you know?

Part of it is gut feeling. When I got to the end of The Vagrant, I felt like a significant chapter was over, but there was a lot more left to tell. I knew I wanted to write more. When I wrote The Malice, I knew I was setting things up to be finished in book 3. But when I wrote The Seven, it felt like the end of an era. I hope that the reader feels that too.

I’m not saying the world is finished. I think there’s plenty of places that could stand to have a story set there, just as I think there are plenty of characters in that world that would be interesting to hang out with. However, the core cast and the main arc are done. I’d much rather leave the reader wanting to have a little more than wishing that it was all over.

As readers and viewers we also get to decide where the story ends. For me The Matrix is only one movie, the Dragonlance novels are not complete until you’ve read the Twins trilogy, and there’s one series that I won’t name here that I stopped reading at book 1 because it was so good, and the characters were so happy, that I knew to keep going would only allow terrible things to happen to them.

As a writer, there’s a temptation to stay with what’s comfortable, but I think that way lies stagnation. So yes, The Seven ends the Vagrant Series. The end. Full stop.

But fear not! I’ve got a trilogy coming out next year with living forests, twisted reincarnation, and a sprinkling of demonic horror. And maybe, if you’ve read The Seven, some things that might seem weirdly familiar.

The Vagrant Series is set in a far future world that has recently suffered a demonic apocalypse. Book 1 features singing swords, demonic knights, a silent protagonist, a baby, and a badass goat.

Book 2 features more singing swords, a half-breed knight, a very chatty protagonist, and a very young goat.

Book 3 features yet more singing swords, more knights than you can shake a stick at, demons, and multiple protagonists and goats.

Peter Newman lives in Somerset with his wife and son. Growing up in and around London, Peter studied Drama and Education at the Central School of Speech and Drama, going on to work as a secondary school drama teacher. He now works as a trainer and Firewalking Instructor. He sometimes pretends to be a butler for the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes, and which has been shortlisted for a Hugo Award.



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