I stood, hoping to get a better view, but that might have been a mistake.
A voice called down from the tower, “He’s right there, on the ledge!”
A hiss cut through the air. I jumped off the ledge, barely missing an arrow that hit exactly where I had stood. It bounced off the rock and fell with me to the balcony below.
When fans of the Ascendance series asked whether I’d ever do a fourth book, my answer was, “Yes, if Sage ever returns to my imagination.” Then one day, he did, letting me know, as only Sage could, that he was bored and ready for more trouble. I loved diving back into his world and his mind, and to associate again with the people he loves most.
But that would never have been possible without the incredible support of several people around me. When I presented sample chapters to my agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette, after so many years since the third book of the series, I genuinely had no idea what she would think. Her response was immediate and enthusiastic, greater than I had hoped for.
Scholastic was equally enthusiastic, especially my editor, Lisa Sandell, who has been wonderful beyond measure. I am forever indebted to these two women.
I am always grateful to my family for their love and encouragement, especially my husband and best friend, Jeff. I could not do any of this without them.
And more than with any other book I’ve written, I have the fans to thank. For every letter, email, or personal contact expressing love for the series and a wish for it to continue, you kept Sage fresh in my mind until the day he was ready to return. This book exists because of you.