Author Guest Post

The Sky Fall Trilogy Comes to an End

April 27, 2016
Shannon Messenger
Author of the Sky Fall Trilogy

I knew completing a trilogy would be a super-exciting process. But I never expected it to feel so bittersweet. I always assumed my reaction would mostly be, “WOOOOOO—I FINISHED A WHOLE SERIES!!!” And it is awesome knowing that my readers can finally see how Vane and Audra’s story ends. But in a way, it also feels like saying goodbye to old friends.

I started writing the first book way back in 2010 (seriously, where does time go?), so Vane and Audra have been living in my head for nearly six years. And there are so many elements to the story that are personal. The main setting of the books—the Coachella Valley—is actually where I grew up, and the house Vane lives in was loosely inspired by my childhood best friend’s house. Vane also gets his obsession with In-N-Out from me (animal style, all the way!). And I still drive through the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm several times a year (side note: I totally squealed when I first saw Audra holding her windslicer over those windmills on the new cover for Let the Sky Fall).

The idea for the story also came from my fascination with wind. Growing up in the desert, I experienced firsthand how crazy the wind can be. Some days a trickle of gentle breeze was the only thing that got me through one of the scorching days. Other times, we’d have to run inside to escape a sudden sandstorm. And I can’t tell you how many times I’d step outside and find a random dust devil in my yard, swirling for a few minutes before whisking away. It always made me imagine someone was controlling the forces, and over the years, those ideas grew into the mythology of the series.

So writing the final scenes of Let the Wind Rise back in the desert (don’t worry—no spoilers here!) was a surprisingly emotional process. Especially since they’d been living in my head for so many years. Parts of the story changed throughout the course of writing the books, but the ultimate ending stayed constant. So it totally made me tear up when I could finally see it play out on the page. And after the book was done, I still didn’t feel ready to let the characters go, so I had to write one final goodbye to them in the last paragraphs in the Acknowledgements.

I have a feeling I’ll never be able to look at the sky without imagining Vane and Audra up there somewhere, whispering to the wind, but it’s also nice to know I’ve given them the ending I always wanted. And one of the most exciting parts about finishing a trilogy is watching new readers find their way to the story, since so many prefer to wait until all the books are out before they dive into a series (in fact, I’ll confess that I’m one of those readers who waits until I can binge read). So to any new readers out there, I hope you love Vane and Audra as much as I do. And to my readers who’ve been waiting ever-so-patiently to see how the story ends, I hope the finale is everything you wanted it to be. Either way, thank you so incredibly much for reading.

Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. She is the author of the middle grade series Keeper of the Lost Cities and the Sky Fall series for young adults. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at ShannonMessenger.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Let the Sky Fallby Shannon Messenger

Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

Let the Storm Breakby Shannon Messenger

NEW: Let the Wind Rise, the third and final book in Shannon Messenger's popular dystopian trilogy, is on sale now! Learn more
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Praise for Let the Sky Fall:

"Charged and romantic—a whirlwind of a love story."
—Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush Saga

"Funny, fast-paced, and slyly romantic... It dazzles."
—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally

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Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

Let the Wind Riseby Shannon Messenger

NEW: The thrilling conclusion to Shannon Messenger's Sky Fall trilogy!

Vane Weston is ready for battle. Against Raiden’s army. Against the slowly corrupting Gale Force. Even against his own peaceful nature as a Westerly. He’ll do whatever it takes, including storming Raiden’s icy fortress with the three people he trusts the least. Anything to bring Audra home safely.

But Audra won’t wait for someone to rescue her. She has Gus—the guardian she was captured with. And she has a strange “guide” left behind by the one prisoner who managed to escape Raiden. The wind is also rising to her side, rallying against their common enemy. When the forces align, Audra makes her play—but Raiden is ready.

Freedom has never held such an impossible price, and both groups know the sacrifices will be great. But Vane and Audra started this fight together. They’ll end it the same way.

Praise for the Sky Fall Books:

"Charged and romantic—a whirlwind of a love story."
—Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush Saga

"Funny, fast-paced, and slyly romantic... It dazzles."
—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally

Check out the first two books!:
Book 1: Let the Sky Fall
Book 2: Let the Storm Break

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