Okay. Ghost Story comes out Tuesday. We’ve had 12 books and one set of short stories. This post and its comment thread (after the cut, anyway) will be dedicated to spoilers. Spoilers about the books, spoilers about the short stories and wild speculation about Ghost Story (please, if you have anything concrete that you *KNOW* will happen, keep it to yourself).
There have been a lot of things that have happened so far and a lot of things have been foreshadowed, it seems to me, that will get touched on (and even more things that won’t, probably). So I’m going to talk about stuff that I suspect (and it’s based on nothing that you haven’t already read, assuming you’ve read the 12 books and the short stories) and invite you to wildly speculate along with me.
We will be spoiling so if you haven’t read the books yet (and you really should), you will not want to follow us across the jump.
Okay. So Harry heard the “DIE ALONE!” curse as he sunk into the water, right? That right there tells me that, yep, he’s dead. Those things don’t kick in unless they can. Cassius’s curse came true.
So now he’s a ghost (hence the title of the novel) and he’s only got a handful of tools available to him. I’m guessing that Soulfire is one of these and one of the tensions will be the whole cost/benefit thing of using it in service to helping his friends figure out how to get him to come back. That’s not the big mystery though. The big mystery is “Who Killed Harry?” and “How Can He Protect Molly/Karrin/Maggie?” because the guy who killed him ain’t gonna stop there, right?
It ain’t Kinkaid, I tell you that much. If only because that’s the obvious path and they’re going to spend time investigating whether it was Kinkaid but, at the end of the investigating, they’re going to find that it wasn’t him. It was, instead, a member of The Black Council. Which will be made, like, officially official this time around. We know about Cowl, we know about Peabody, and you know who else is in it?
Justin DuMorne. That’s right, he’s still alive. (They never found the body! Come on!)
So those are the big plot points we’re going to hit.
How’s he going to come back to life? His mom will help. He’ll have a conversation with his dad who, we will find out, was not as much a lovable loser as he portrayed himself but a righteous dude in his own right but, of course, couldn’t hold off the inevitable.
At the end of the day, though, Uriel and Maeve will hammer something out.
We’ll know how I did soon enough, of course. Your speculations?