And that's Necropolis 4.
This book was a lot of fun, and it also fell far short of what I was envisioning for it. I imagined a great deal more, though really I imagined more scope, things in the story having more impact, and that just didn't seem to really manifest.
I think part of the reason I felt this way is because Necropolis 4 came on the heels of greater plans. Let me paint the picture for you.
It was July of 2015 when I finished up the first iteration of The Shadow Wars, which concluded with, technically, Dead Skies. When I finished writing that, I knew I needed a break. This was also (I think) the first time I was putting my works back up on WattPad after taking them down. Now, at the time, I knew I wanted to keep going, although I wasn't sure in what capacity.
I was tired of The Shadow Wars, but also had more ideas, and I had the notion that if I just waited, gave myself a break, I'd feel better about it all and be ready to get back to work. So for about three months, I just edited the novels I had so far and tried to take a break.
By the time October rolled around, I was feeling better.
I sat down and actually looked over all the stuff I'd cobbled together in terms of ideas for more Shadow Wars novels. Originally, I had another nine lined up. That's right: eighteen Shadow Wars novels.
Originally, Series Two was going to kick off with another Necropolis trilogy. Necropolis 4, 5, & 6. Necropolis 4 was going to be called Isolation, and basically was going to be the first half of what we ended up with in Terminal, but stretched into a whole book. It would feature only Mark and Jennifer. In Necropolis 5: Outbreak, Drake, Greg, and Eve would get thrown into the mix, as they would help try to contain an outbreak on the planet the ship was orbiting, and Enzo would be introduced halfway through as the main antagonist. Necropolis 6: Terminal would feature a kind of galactic chase and several locations as the two groups of protagonists tried to put a stop to Enzo and the Necro Virus once and for all.
When it came time to actually get to work, I could tell, even recharged, that there was no way I was doing another three Necropolis books. Honestly, I was tired of writing about those zombies. Although I do feel that Necropolis 4 turned out okay for what it was, and I managed to get it written in like one month, I was definitely feeling the fatigue.
It was honestly a lot of fun to write about Enzo again from the other side. Before, we had just seen him from other perspectives after he had gone rogue, and I tried to make his motivations realistic, as well as his responses to the situations he found himself in.
This was also the first time I had ever really had a female protagonist, and although she shared the stage with several others, I'd say that Jennifer had a lead role. She was also definitely the first time I've ever tried to write an asexual character. I try to keep a good mix of characters in the Shadow Wars and I think Jennifer turned out all right. I hope so, anyway. You'll have to figure that out in future titles.
And that's about all I've got to say.
As for what comes next? Well, there's an immediate follow-up short called Small Acts of Kindness. It's important to Drake's character and I really think you should read it. It's not very long. Also after that is EB-303, which is a bit longer, more of a novelette, and features Genevieve on her own mission. I think that one was cool and has some interesting elements to it.
The next big thing on the list, however, is Starck's Lament, which is the last true stand-alone title in the franchise. That one's definitely more horror-themed and I hope you like it.
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Necropolis 4: TerminalHorror
The eleventh novel in The Shadow Wars. Two people have just awoken aboard a deep space research vessel. The Cimmerian. Mark Collins and Jennifer North, a technician and security guard respectively, have absolutely no idea why they were apparently ca...