I have had a lot of questions about Strikes-the-Sky, like this email from another Sara:
I only recenty read your series of books about the Bonner family — something I enjoyed beyond words. But I feel a deep need to know exactly what happened to Strikes-the-Sky. Though his character took up relatively few pages, he was important, and now he’s still a very significant part of Hannah’s past and psyche. What exactly happened? And are you going to publish that story at some point?
Thank you so much for helping me understand!
Yes. In Queen of Swords you will hear in detail about Strikes-the-Sky and what happened to him. Not early in the book, but you will hear. Really QoS is about Hannah coming to terms with her past and what she wants for herself. Things get really rough for her for a while, but (as my agent said, when she finished reading), the resolution makes it all worthwhile.
To summarize answers to the questions I get most often about Queen of Swords:
While this novel focuses on Hannah, Luke and Jennet, there is a correspondence going on with the folks back home in Paradise, and through the correspondence you will hear familiar voices and be kept up to date. And you will see a couple of them, briefly.
Luke does find Jennet (this happens quickly, in the first few pages that have been made public here and elsewhere), and she does survive her abduction.
Beyond those two points, let me say this: in a few month’s time there will be ARCs for Queen of Swords. I’ll try to snag enough copies that I can give away two here.