Which is what you can expect if you read much further down this particular page. So if you’re not yet done with The Dark Defiles (or indeed any of the Land Fit for Heroes trilogy), you may want to look away now.
But for anybody else, here’s the general idea:
There’s been a lot of debate/dispute about the ending of Defiles, and by extension the whole trilogy and its content, both here and elsewhere in social media space. That’s something that’s mostly been very gratifying to see, though occasionally a bit depressing (see post over here on why that is). But one thing has impressed me throughout – in pretty much all cases, people have been extraordinarily considerate in walking softly around the issues, phrasing with due care and attention, rather than just coming out and saying stuff that would potentially spoil the trip for anyone else.
Well, now you don’t have to do that anymore.
I’ve been giving it some thought, and I reckon it can’t do any harm to square away at least some of the debate, to clear up some of the Need to Know that’s evidently lying around out there. So this is a thread dedicated to flat-out laying down in plain speech what you think happened and what it means, and seeing if anyone (including me) agrees with you. That’s to say, the discussion is yours, but I will drop in now and then to answer any questions arising, offer some insights of my own – and, of course, break up any catfights, so please play nice. I should point out, though, that while there are some points on which I can provide clarity to those who really want it, there are other areas where your guess is (almost) as good as mine. There are some things about this particular fiction that I simply don’t know myself, either because I never needed to make those things up in the first place, or because I actively enjoyed creating an ambiguity far more than a hard fictional truth. Example – no, I don’t know what the Helmsmen really are, so don’t ask! (Well, actually, no, you’re welcome to ask – and of course argue your corner – but Know Ye that the matter will be Forever Shrouded from the Minds of Men (and Women, natch)).
Right. Over to you!