I first found P.C. Hodgell’s God Stalker books tucked away in the corner of my local library. I fell, and fell hard, for the adventures of the main character, Jame, and the rich and varied world she lived in. Soon after, I realized that those two books were the only ones available. That, in fact, it had been nearly ten years since they had been published. It is difficult to describe an avid-reader’s despair over running out of books by a favourite author, but, for me at least, it was akin to being told that you had somehow managed to eat every chocolate chip cookie ever made–and that there would never be any more.
Luckily, time proved me wrong, and Hodgell wrote Seeker’s Mask and To Ride a Rathorn. Neither book got the publicity or sales it so richly deserved, and Hodgell’s fans settled down to wait that interminable amount of time that follows after you finish a book you love and have to wait for the next to find out what happened next.
The wait is nearly over, it seems. Hodgell has announced on her journal that the fifth book in the series is now finished, at least manuscript-wise. Although much depends on how Baen’s re-release of her other work goes, it is heartening to know that somewhere out there is another story filled with the characters I have come to love.
In celebration, I may eat a chocolate chip cookie.