I'm starting to make some progress with my epic fantasy story. I think I have dropped the serial idea for now in favor of a novel-sized trilogy. I do have a minor concern, though.
Whatever conflicts happen in book one will be resolved in a way that leads into the second book. That's not a problem. My problem is that I feel as though I NEED to end this first book on a cliffhanger. I don't see a way around it.
The story goes as follows:
- People have noticed that the moon is getting larger in the sky. The moon supplies the world with magic, so naturally things get wonky.
- Crazy things begin to happen as they would if the moon started inching closer to the world. People get crazy, natural disasters occur, magic starts acting up.
Anyway, without giving away the entire plot, I need the moon to crash into the world at the very end of the book. This is a cataclysmic style event that takes the story into the second book. This is a pretty major cliffhanger, but I always see people talking about how ending books with a massive cliffhanger can be a bad thing.
This is one of those situations where I feel like the reader would be left thinking "Oh my god! Did the world just end? I need book two NOW to find out what happens!" I could be wrong, though. Thoughts?