Stories evolve. Harry Potter (and his primary audience) was eleven years old when that series began. Of course the world was going to become a harder, darker place as Harry got older, and besides, like most resonating children's tales, Rowling had the kernel of a harder, darker story than a boy who discovers he's a wizard and runs off to wizarding school buried in the very first book. Harry is an orphan because his parents were murdered, after all. That's pretty dark.
But the dark trend continued, with shows like Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel morphing from snarky high school soap operas with a supernatural edge to hard-hitting tales of heroism and sacrifice by the series' ends. I remember hearing a lot of talk back then about writers "going dark" for the sake of it, playing to a disillusioned youth culture's latest trend. So as I've been working on the next installment in my werekin series, I've been feeling a little anxious about how dark the story has become.
The story of the werekin has always been "dark," I suppose. Government conspiracies, human (well, alien) trafficking - hell, the first book opens with a murder, and ends with a battle. But less of this book is being told by Seth Sullivan, and Seth is an eternal optimist. I don't know how this darker story would look from Seth's perspective, because he isn't the character who seems to want to tell it to me.
All I know is that the story is unfolding in a way I hadn't really ever imagined writing about Fairfax. I hope readers who have loved these stories will be okay with that.