Still wondering about L.J. Smith’s “Nightworld” series’s “Strange Fate”

strange-fate-night-world-8028212-395-600.jpgWhen popular young adult fiction author L.J. Smith published her first supernatural romance series, “The Vampire Diaries“, I was about 5 years old. Of course I wasn’t really that into vampires at the time, unless you count Count Von Count on Sesame Street.
In middle school I found her books at my local library and devoured them from cover to cover. I started with “The Vampire Diaries” (which now has a show on the CW based on it) and then read “The Secret Circle” trilogy, followed by the “Forbidden Games” trilogy, the “Dark Visions” trilogy and finally the “Night World” series.
The first novel in the “Night World” series came out in 1996. The idea behind the series was that there is a secret, underground network of witches, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures called the “Night World.” The only rules for a supernatural to belong in this community is to never tell a human of its existence and to never fall in love with a human. The “Night World” series is about what happens when those rules are broken… because what the people in the Night World didn’t count on was an old prophecy that several prominent vamps, shapeshifters and witches will find human soul mates right before the apocalypse in the year 2000, threatening the secret existence of the Nightworld.
The last book in the series comes to an abrupt end, right before the apocalypse. Quite the cliffhanger, no? The last book in the series, “Strange Fate” was supposed to come out back in 1998 and tell us what happened next. However, for a variety of reasons that I don’t know, the book has been continuously delayed over the past decade. My hopes were dashed again this year when I heard that the release date had again been rescheduled from summer 2009 to April 6, 2010 until April 2011. I’ve been waiting for the conclusion to this series for over ten years. Why must L.J. Smith and her publishers torture us so?

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14 Responses to Still wondering about L.J. Smith’s “Nightworld” series’s “Strange Fate”

  1. Darryl Louise Evans says:

    I have been waiting fo years for this book and think it is very unfair that we all have to wait soo long for it. if they arent going to publish it let us now like.

  2. teresa davis says:

    waiting for strange fate to continue!!!please hurry

  3. Kimberly Carmichael says:

    I need Strange Fate to be published this is crazy to keep putting it off!!!! I have been anticipating it every release date to be let down again. Please print it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs closure in this series.

  4. Ambrosia says:

    This book has to be published. It just isnt fair to dedicated readers to make us wait – 12 years Ive waited! I cant understand this delay

  5. Erica says:

    I know seriously. Maybe fans should like start a petition of something!!

  6. Melissa says:

    I just recently discovered the Night World series (I havent’t read much since I was a kid)and finished the the 3rd omnibus book last night. I was wondering about Strange Fate & why it wasn’t released, not knowing people have been waiting for 12+ years for it! I stayed up half the night online to read comments on it. I think she has to rewrite so much because of the amount of time that has passed & nothing really happened that they predicted about “Y2K”. Maybe they are also putting off the release until closer to 2012 because of all the hype & theories of “the end of the world” that year??? I think I quit reading because I always got bored waiting for the next book in a series, but this is one I gotta have! I have purchased her other books too & can’t wait to read them.

  7. Christina says:

    I just bought the book a couple of months ago. I’m SOOOO mad that they don’t have Strange fate out yet! I want to know how the book ends. I am now reading the Dark Vision books. And I plan to move on to others once i finish. But i really would like to read Strange Fate before I forget what the other books were about and have to start reading them all over again.

  8. Melinda Coblentz says:

    I recently read the Night World series and would have thought that Strange Fate would have been out since the publishing dates on these other books was so long ago. Didn’t realize that IT WASN’T EVEN PRINTED YET!!!! This is one reason that I do not like to read series books, other than the retailers I go to don’t have them in sequel. They might have the first and third but not the second in a series. It is so frustrating!! So am begging for Strange Fate to come out sooner than later. I am reading The Vampire Diaries now and am hoping I won’t run into the same issue.

  9. vicky says:

    hey im vicky and i agre with erica we should start a petition. it isnt fair for us books worms to fork out for something then get droppeed for 12 years or in my case 9 but still she isnt being fair and if she thinks shes pulling some sort of joke on us well then it aint funny! i say take a stand for all of out years of waiting she cannot pull it off any longer! email me at vickyvovo@hotmail.co.uk for anything you want to say or disscuss over this matter and people can ew say there is three books or 9 storys becuase there are threee books with three storys not 9 books so please becuase otherwise it just confuses me!
    thanks vicky

  10. philipppa says:

    I love these books sooo much. I found them about four years ago and finished the whole 9 books in 2 nights. I’ve read these books around 20 times and could probably recite most of them by heart.
    I agree with everyone, its not fair for us to wait this long. Its going to be out-of-date with the millenium past us now and I don’t really want to wait until the next millenium either!!
    I need this book to come back out. In the mean time I suggest you read ‘shiver’ and ‘linger’ which are also an amazing series but you’ll have to wait a year for the third book ‘forever’ to come out. This series thing is starting to become ridicolous! I’m waiting for 5 books to end 5 different series’!!!
    I’m getting really impatient! It’s been nice to air my views and get this off my chest.
    Mini-rant over for now :)

  11. Emileigh says:

    Hi Philipppa,
    Thanks for commenting! And feel free to rant away. I reviewed “Shiver” here: http://www.yorkblog.com/books/author/emileigh-clare/2010/03/
    It wasn’t my favorite, sadly. I do have a list of my favorite fantasy series up here http://www.yorkblog.com/books/2009/12/ though, if you are looking for something new to read.
    Hopefully we get L.J. Smith’s latest soon!

  12. Jessica says:

    This Is the longest I have ever had to wait for a book to come out… I mean I just found these book like 3 years ago but still… Then to find out some people have been waiting for this book over a decade it nuts. I love L.J Smith and her book but this is making soooooooo mad that she keeps putting the date back.. She just needs to get the book out or she will have some very upset fans and the book may not even sell. By the time this book comes out I think a lot of her fans will have forgotten all about the Nightworld series. I check if the release date from time to time right now but if it dose not come out soon I will stop looking and just forget about the book altogether. The last date I saw was feb. 2011 and now i found out it was pushed back again to 2014 this is NOT cool

  13. Natassia says:

    Hey, so a lot of u guys are compaining bout when the new awesome last book to this series is coming out? SO WHAT??? use u’r owm imagination to complete the series! write u’r own book! Make u’r own movie! I know i havent been waiting twelve years for the book to come out, i dont think i was able to read twelf years ago, but i feel u guy’s disappointment! i cant wait for the book to come out either! im not gonna complain though, im just gonnna imagine that i was the lucky human who managed to have two soulmates and was the key to saving the world. (hmmmm, very similar to the tv series ‘heros’…) so go out and live the strange fate, cause when the book does come out, its gonna be legen….wait for it…..dary!!!
    ….Dont any of u guys wish u were just like KELLER in WITCHLIGHT?…..
    Cheers!

  14. toni says:

    Suck it up people. She has a life and it don’t sound like you do. She does write other books like the vampire diaries which is also a series now what’s she is proberly focusing on !

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