I actually picked up a copy of this book a while back and just got around to reading it. For the most part, I liked it, but I do have one question; were you trying to piss everyone off with that ending? You left it wide open and don’t tell your audience whether or not Xaphine get’s reunited with Piero! What gives?? Come on, help us out!
I nearly fell out of my chair when I read this. I didn’t expect to see someone write me about one of my older books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they’re still making the rounds as I worked hard on them. This one especially as General Xaphine was one of my strongest characters.
Okay… where to start…
To answer your question, I am not trying to piss my readers off anymore than the next guy who leaves the book open. However, I did it for a reason. See, when I wrote Divinity and it’s follow-up, it was my intention for the story to be a direct criticism of church leadership and blind faith. Given the recent problems with the church covering for pedophiles, this is particularly relevant today.
To that end, after laying out my case as to why we should meet the teachings of our elders and religious leaders with a healthy dose of skepticism, I thought it would be hypocritical of me to make the decision for God as to whether or not Xaphine earns her redemption or not. I wanted the reader to look at the evidence, look at the surrounding details, factor in General Xaphine’s war record, her crimes after the war, her mental state following her exile, and her motives. I also wanted them to look at the God I created for the book, based on my own interpretations of multiple religions, and decide the answer to this questions for themselves;
“Would God forgive someone who had fallen so far? Is someone who has done what she’s done and guilty of her crimes, worthy of being redeemed?”
So I’ll turn it back to you. Based on what you read, what you learned, and how you felt, is General Xaphine someone who should be forgiven for her crimes? Does she deserve a second chance? Was her turn away from evil enough to remove the stain from her soul? Don’t let anyone tell you one way or another. What do you believe?
Did she redeem herself and spend eternity with the one she loves?
Did the darkness win out at the end and consume her?
Your answer is the answer and no one can take that away from you.
Anyway, I hope that helps! Readers, how do you handle open endings?
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