With the passing of the Northlanders title from the shelves of comic book stores across the world, I am left suffer the last few chapters of A Dance with Dragons, the latest book the mega-huge and amazing series from George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire. I will be left with nothing more than frigid desolation. Once I’v finished A Dance with Dragons, I fear that I will have no cold, dark, brooding period-fantasy reading about rough men and women fighting to survive a harsh land that is both beautiful and destructive.
I can only pray to this modern Christian God that someone, somewhere will force Brian Wood to scribe his wonderfully compelling world once again, that Martin will finish his next book in his series before I die or that some unknown will climb from obscurity to fill this void left in my heart.
And so it is with this pending peril and doom that I compel you, those that love A Song of Fire and Ice as much as I, do to not cry too long once you’ve read the last of A Dance with Dragons for the second time – the tears may freeze and scar your rugged faces. No, step away from the Kindle, Audible files, or classic paperbacks to take a second and consider that you at least have some other reading that can satiate your need for strong, wonderful characters that live by some difficult code forced upon them that they might survive the destructive north. The Northlanders books are there for you, even if I have read them all.
Northlanders, like A Song of Ice and Fire is not just fantasy. Northlanders is well-crafted literature, forged so well that course and craggy murderers and scoundrels come across as having depth and heart, reason for all of their often nasty and sometimes beautiful actions. Northlanders stands to prove that not all characters need be expressly good, that sometimes the obviously worst can be unexpectedly sublime. I will miss the potential for a new Northlanders, the idea that Wood has some story of North men that I have not yet read and felt changed by.