I am super afraid of reading second books... because of the structure of a trilogy.
What do I mean? A fantasy trilogy (when done correctly, anyways, and doesn't just waste the middle book as filler because apparently creating just douolgies is sacrilege or something) has a very definite and frightening structure, that makes me super duper uoper scared to read the second book:
(yeah, right). A great victory, or even just a small one, but enough to make everyone momentarily happy. As well as you, the reader.
This book would typically have more wins than loses throughout, as well.
This is the worst book, as far as I'm concerned. The book that makes me bite my nails and pray to the lord. Because this book normally works at unraveling everything good we've managed to build in book one. And just in case that didn't get you depressed enough, it typically ends on a huge loss. An important fight lost, a kingdom taken, a loved one stolen/killed, our heroes having to --for the moment-- abandon the things they love... this sort of thing.
It ends bleak and dark and gives you the understanding of what our heroes are going to have to come back from in the final book. The farther you fall, the more glorious the rise or something like this?
Typically, this book will have more loses than wins, so that final battle will feel extra dangerous and momentous.
But to get to this book... I need to go through the book that doesn't have that. Gulp.
Have you ever noticed this structure? Are you afraid of going into that second book as well?
(BTW, non-trilogies follow this structure less strictly, but they also tend to have the book before the finale end horribly. However, I find that it's less difficult for me to deal because it spaced more evenly).