I’m so excited, because it means that ANOTHER series is finished. That’s right, my third full series has come to an end! I still remember the feeling of overwhelm that came while writing Queen of the Night Guild, the last of the Queen of Thieves novels. I’d never finished any series before, so there was this stress that I had to “do it right” and wrap things up perfectly or else it would be a letdown for the other two books. Did I still get that feeling with this novel? Absolutely! After all, I’d spent four books building up to this big climax, so I had to get it right. But there was a certain sense of “I got this!” that I didn’t have with the Queen of Thieves or even the Hero of Darkness series. With Heirs of Destiny, I’d had the experience of finishing two other series, so I knew a bit more of what to expect. The good news: Ascension of Death isn’t exactly an ending… While the Heirs of Destiny story—the journey to Shalandra, the mission to steal the Blade of Hallar and the Crown of the Pharus, and the battle to save the City of the Dead from itself—is complete, it’s not the end for all our characters. On the second-to-last chapter of Aisha’s story, I found myself writing in something that totally blew my mind. Something that solved the Hunter’s dilemma from Darkblade Savior (Hero of Darkness Book 6). What this means is that SOME of the characters will once again return to the world of Einan in future stories. I won’t spoil it by telling you who, but I will say that once you read this story, you will have a much better idea of how the future Hero of Darkness books might go. And, which of the characters will show up in the Hunter’s journey to save the world from demons and the Great Destroyer. Ascension of Death is probably one of the most SURPRISING books I’ve written, simply because I went into it planning to write an end to this series, and found myself writing a future for all of the world I’ve created. I still don’t know how big the consequences of this series will be for the world at large—it’ll have a direct impact on the Hunter, that’s for sure!—but I know that something about what happened here will have long-lasting effects on Einan. And that’s absolutely exciting! I hope that you enjoy it as much as the rest of the Heirs of Destiny novels, and that it gives you a satisfying resolution to the amazing stories of Evren, Hailen, Kodyn, Aisha, Briana, and Issa. These young characters are very near and dear to my heart, and I thank you for following along on this epic journey with me.