I think I am about half way through writing my sequel to Radwinter, Magick… although maybe it is the second book in a series? What is the definition of a sequel…Well the definition a work, such as a TV show, a film, a broadcast, a novel which continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one. Well Magick does that, it continues the quest of Thomas Radwinter to discover his past and his genealogical roots but this time exploring his maternal rather than his paternal line. Another definition I’ve found states that the narrative of a sequel continues that of a pre-existing work, which Magick also does.
What I am wondering is does the word sequel imply the work concludes the narrative of the first story, is the other half the final part? Radwinter stands alone as a novel, the idea of Thomas continuing his genealogical journey is not really mentioned except one of his brothers casually asks about his mother’s family tree. I want Magick to stand alone too, I want someone reading Magick to be able to follow the story without feeling that there are bits missing – which are in the first novel they haven’t read. At the same time references have to be made to some of the things which happened in Radwinter… it’s a balancing act… to say enough, but not too much. I would like someone who reads Magick first to want to read Radwinter afterwards, and when they do read it for there to be some surprises and the ‘reveal’ at the end to be a clear surprise!