Jeaniene Frost says goodbye to Cat & Bones
Jeaniene Frost announced this week that Up from the Grave will be the final installment in her Night Huntress series. She’d previously projected needing nine total books for the series (UftG will be #7), but realized after writing Home For The Holidays, a novella in the The Bite Before Christmas anthology with Lynsay Sands, that the story arc was already organically coming to a natural close.
I called my editor and told her that I was continuing on, which probably meant that Cat and Bones’s story was ending in Up From The Grave. She gave her blessing because, like me, she agreed that it was better to end their series early with the story I always wanted to tell, than to stretch it out into another book by writing insincere filler. Just to be sure that I did fit in everything, we agreed not to announce this to readers until I was done writing the book.
One of the great things about the Night Huntress series is that it’s been able to keep up positive momentum even through several off-shoot world single title releases and the Night Prince trilogy featuring Vlad. Ms. Frost teased that we still might see more of Cat & Bones in other upcoming Night Huntress World stories, but their personal tale has been told and it’s time for them to get some much-deserved peace and quiet.
It’s difficult emotionally for me to say goodbye to Cat and Bones. They’ve lived in my head for over a decade, and closing the chapter on them feels like bidding farewell to very old, very good friends.
To read more details about Up from the Grave, check out Ms. Frost’s blog post here.
Farewell, sexy Bones. You were my first serious book boyfriend, and I’m gonna miss you.
Oh thanks for sharing, I might not have known otherwise. I am a little sad to hear the news, as I’d been anticipate a few more stories. Though I am glad the author decided to do what is best for the story and her characters even though she could have made a bunch more money by dragging things out.
I hope this long-awaited final book closes things up satisfactorily though I am excited about the possibility that we readers may get a peek into Cat & Bones lives through other stories in the NHW.
Oh, I’ll miss Cat & Bones (especially Bones)! But I’m glad Ms. Frost is ending the series when the story demands it instead of stretching it out too long. I’m looking forward to whatever she writes next!
Exactly what I was thinking. I hate to see series go too long and drag out. There have already been a few borderline books in the NH and NHW stories, so this is a good thing. Even if I will miss one of my all time favorite book boyfriends.
Oh boy. I didn’t get into the series but my husband loves it. Not sure how he’s going to feel about this news. Might have to break it to him with a suggestion for another series. Kind of like getting a new puppy after an old dog passes away but crap… how do you break that kind of news to a dude? lol
That’s definitely a different twist! Hopefully you can find a way to console him… *nudge nudge wink*
That’s sad, but yet good news. End it on a high note is a wise move in my book as long as there are more Night Huntress world books and Vlad’s trilogy finishes.
Yeah, definitely. It’s sad but a good thing. I’ve been kinda depressed about it all day, but I keep thinking “ok, as long as they don’t DIE, then I can assume they are living somewhere in the world happily ever after and be okay with that”, hah!