A (probably not really needed due to lack of fans, sigh...) major spoiler warning for The Darkest Age series by A. J. Lake.
Just finished The Coming of Dragons a couple of days ago. I totally forgot about the boar incident and the fact that the two main characters get kidnapped by a dragon at the end! See? My little plan of not reading my favorite books for a few years worked after all! In the second book, I actually COMPLETELY forgot about Fritha! As far as I remember, all she ever did anyway was just leading them to the mountain/Loki, I believe?
And another thing, I could've sworn that the book mentioned Cluaran was 19 when Ioneth became one with the sword? In my copy it says he was "nearing 18", meaning he was actually 17 at the time. Huh, all right.
IT'S AN EVEN YOUNGER TRAGIC LOVE THAN WHAT I REMEMBERED.
I desperately want a book about Cluaran's life. Sigh. He's the most interesting character in the series, no doubt. I wish more authors would make their most interesting character the main character. That's why I'm seriously thinking of changing the protagonist in one of my stories to someone else, but I digress. The cool thing is though
that I have a couple of fanfic ideas on how Cluaran (and Ioneth) could possibly return canonically
make it seem like a retconning ass-pull) should A. J. Lake decide to change her mind! I'm literally making notes and shit as I'm doing this whole re-read of the series, lol. It's definitely completely possible!
Now, I don't remember what happened to the sword in the last book, but either way I think Elspeth and Edmund could make it work if they just get a certain necromancy book that was even said to have summoning spells.... Well, unless it (book or sword), like, completely disintegrated or something. I don't remember the ending that well. If I remember correctly, they just put the gauntlet/sword into another chest and put it on a ship. That wouldn't be a big deal, though, because Elspeth is
a seaman's daughter.
She could easily find it eventually, plus her dad ending up being alive (fairly certain on that) in the end after all so I'm sure he'd help her. Sooo yeah, I like to pretend that after the events of the last book the kids decide to go after the book and summon Cluaran and Ioneth back from the sword and into the real world. I can dream, okay?!