Is Taken By Storm the last book on Bryn? And really really you have to make one more. Please, pretty please?
I’m getting versions of this question a lot these days, and the answer isn’t cut and dry at this point. For me, TAKEN BY STORM ends the trilogy that started with RAISED BY WOLVES. (For more details as to why, read the SPOILERY discussion under the cut).
I am open to the idea of someday returning to these characters and this world—but if I did, it would be to kick off a new story arc, now that the plot-lines from books one and two have (at least from my perspective) been tied up in three.
SPOILERS UNDER CUT.
SPOILERY DISCUSSION: One of the major reasons that books 1-3 feel like a trilogy to me is that this has, from the very beginning, been a series about a human girl, struggling to find her place among werewolves. From searching for independence in Callum’s pack, to struggling with being a human alpha, to coming face-to-face with Shay in book 3, Bryn has been defined by the fact that she’s a human girl in a very inhuman world.
TAKEN BY STORM ends with Bryn’s very last human second: the instant before Callum turns her. To me, that seems like a fitting ending for a series about a human raised by werewolves. If I wrote more about Bryn, it would be a very different kind of book—because she wouldn’t be human anymore.
More than that, though, the series has been about Bryn coming of age within the werewolf world, and I feel like Callum wouldn’t have agreed to Change her if he didn’t believe she was capable of making an adult decision on the matter. From this perspective, the end of TAKEN BY STORM marks not only Bryn’s change from human to werewolf, but also her entry into adulthood. Before book 3, she still had a few childlike qualities left—but by the end of the book, after everything that has happened, those are gone.
And that’s why I feel like a fourth book would be a separate entity from the first three, in addition to the fact that it would launch a new plot-line. This was a series about a human girl coming of age in the werewolf world—and by the end of book three, Bryn’s not human, and she’s come of age. That arc—at least—is complete.
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