I hope he doesn't do what Steven Brust, Orson Scott Card and so many before him did... and that's decide on a new storytelling method within the same series.
Want to experiment? Do it with a new book. Brust totally fvcked up by doing some bizarre drunken third-person narrative with his latest books. I loved Vlad, Morrolan and everyone. Now? I can't stomach what he's done.
Where am I going with this? Well, I LOVED the first two Alera books, but the last one was different. Way too heavy on the expanded war scenes and excessive narration. At least he didn't change the characters. Tavi, et al. are still awesome.
It's entirely possible that he needed to go that direction seeing as how the country was being invaded and that the excessive narration was needed to explain and build the tension of the war and the decisions necessary.
I'll end now by saying that I totally love the lead character, Tavi, of the Alera books. His powers haven't yet shown themselves -- those who've read book 3 understand why. And as such, he's gone creative way outside the box, like the whole air elemental "trick" to destroy an entire army. FVCKING AWESOME!
Since he won't forget the outside-the-box thinking that has "accidentally" saved the lands multiple times and somehow promoted him to an important position within the empire... he'll be a massive force to reckon with once his powers "develop".
I'm looking forward anxiously to book 4. I'll probably take the day off of work to read the book
SIDE NOTE: Want to be a writer? Do what Butcher did... he wrote THREE FULL BOOKS before trying to get published. When people in the biz heard he had three books ready to roll, they took him seriously. The guy rocks.
Yes, man-crush. And?