There is a weird tension to reading a prologue in a fantasy novel. Are the characters the writer is making me care about the ones I will be following through the story? Or will the focus move elsewhere, only returning to this story much later? Will this be some tiresome bullshit that demands I track dozens of protagonists, focus shifting every chapter?

I just noticed this tension when I was flooded with relief to see that chapter 1 followed the same character, just after a hiatus of a few months from the dramatic moment that ended the prologue.


@anthracite I always assume that the focus character in the prologue was sealed away for a thousand years as the evil force the protagonist of the rest of the book will need to face.

The fucked up thing is that sometimes I'm *right*.

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