Well, gosh. It feels strange and a little bittersweet to say it, but I guess it’s true: with yesterday’s release of Necessary Evil, the Milkweed Triptych is officially finished.
I’m feeling slightly bemused as I stare at the completed trilogy now sitting on my bookshelf. And feeling more than a little grateful for all the kind words, encouragement, and lovely feedback from readers and colleagues as this new book makes its way into the world.
And I’m gobsmacked (in a very good way) by the wonderfully positive reception for Necessary Evil. It’s a top pick at RT Book Reviews. Boing Boing, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus all have great things to say about it. So do Bookworm Blues, The Bookbag, Civilian Reader, and Fantasy Book Critic.
It’s so strange to see all three books sitting together on the shelf. I remember when the ink on the contract was still fresh, daydreaming about some far-off day when there would be a completed trilogy in the world. It was easier to fathom that someday I’d have one book, a debut novel, out in the world. But the thought of a completed series has always been more difficult for me grasp. And yet… here it is.
It’s interesting, too, finally having the complete story released into the world. On one hand it’s a bit of a relief that I no longer have to play these card tricks in the dark. On the other hand it’s a little bittersweet—I feel like I’m waving a permanent farewell to old friends (well, ok, frenemies). Even though I’ve written entire books since completing Necessary Evil, it wasn’t until its publication yesterday that the Milkweed books were, to my mind, officially finished.
Now, for better or worse, the complete story is in the world and out of my hands.