Lorna Freeman – Dead? Blocked? Or What?

There is nothing that infuriates us readers so much as a great author who quits and we don’t know why! Back in 2004 Roc published Lorna Freeeman’s first book in the Borderlands series, Covenants. It was great fantay, I loved it and waited eagerly for the next book, which arrived in 2006, The King’s Own. There was a long gap after that, a miserable four years, before we saw Shadows Past. But almost as soon as that was being read we were seeing that The Reckoning Flame was the next – except that while it may have been intended, mentioned, listed as that, it’s never appeared. The Lorna Freeman blogsite was last updated right at the start of 2011 and no more posts. Inquiries by a number of readers both to ROC and elsewhere have received no informative response.

We are left hanging, we don’t know if Lorna Freeman has died (under another name) has been struck for the past four years by terminal writer’s block, or if for some incomprehensible reason, ROC decided not to publish her next book, and don’t want to bring down the wrath of her devoted readers by admitting it. All we know is that book four has not been forthcoming and WE DON’T APPRECIATE IT! If anyone has any information on this, I’d love to know, because I bought her first book when it appeared, bought the next two, want to buy the fourth… fifth, sixth, seventh, ad infinitum. I love the books, the characters and the background. And I’m deprived. Anyone out there know anything?

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    • Merle Bowen on 24 May 2020 at 20:25

    I have just finished re-reading book 2 of the series, and I was contemplating where the next story might go. It occurred to me that she may have written herself into a corner: Slevoic is dead, but simple, obvious continuations would require him to still be alive. At the moment I can’t think of a convincing way around this. Nevertheless, I fervently wish for a continuation of the series. I’m contemplating Rabbit marrying Captain Suiden’s daughter. The clashes of wills should be highly entertaining.

    • Pamela on 27 June 2020 at 04:19

    2020 and still wondering if we should hope for a fourth book..

  1. I hope it isn’t a situation like Douglas Hulick and his Kin series. He did the smart thing and stopped writing them for his health, but it does mean the series is forever unfinished. See this thread on twitter Another similar case was that of the late Barry Hughart and his Skilled Gentlemen series. Only three of the planned eight came out, and the author stopped for reasons related to his publishers and his realization that the format had become too boilerplate . I highly recommend those three books. The first (The Bridge of Birds ) is simply paradigm shifting!

    I sincerely hope Ms. Freeman continues the series, I too have been waiting over a decade, but if she never does, I’m still grateful for her sharing her imagination with us (although my copies of the books are getting a little worn :) ).

    • Aeyt on 11 September 2020 at 23:43

    I personally just want to know the status of Ms. Freeman herself. Is she alive?

    • Shaun Wood on 4 December 2020 at 07:43

    Just another lonely voice coming to say I still check back here after 9 years

    • Anne on 4 December 2020 at 09:34

    I agree. Love the books. Hope she’s ok.

    • Anne on 4 December 2020 at 09:34

    I agree. Love the books. Hope she’s ok.
    Does anyone know?

    • Kate on 4 December 2020 at 09:58

    Same, I keep checking, keep hoping, keep worrying.

  2. The Lorna freeman.com website is now defunct. It appears more and more as Ms. Freeman is no longer with us, or at the very least has left the realm of writing.

    • Jen paye on 31 December 2020 at 11:35

    Wow. So happy to see more fans of these great books. Hope all is well

    • Charles Stanley on 6 March 2021 at 11:01

    It has been awhile now and I think its safe to say that it is unlikely that we will see another book in the series to show us what was next in store for Rabbit and that saddens me.
    That aside I would offer my heartfelt thanks to the author for a wonderful series and I wish her well.

    • Radley on 21 March 2021 at 00:26

    Forever waiting. Covenants is my yearly reading go to book and previously also my go to airplane read.It’s no longer now not because I’m sick of it nor due to i am longer travelling (2020 go figure) but due to my copy is in tattered. Finding my self a new copy while hoping for book 4. Whatever it is i do hope Ms. Freeman is doing ok. And will be here waiting on more adventures for Rabbit.

    • Jeff P. on 7 May 2021 at 15:33

    Fingers remain crossed (and toes!) that she surfaces with more of Rabbit & co.! Lovely books, I thank her and wish her well!

    • Lyn McConchie on 7 May 2021 at 16:16

    sadly I can only think after so long that it’s not going to be. No one has ever been able to give this site a link to her, nor would her publiher ever dicuss it. I think that trio may be all we will ever see but at least we do have them, and that’s a blesing for all us readers out here who loved them.

    • Rick Slingerland on 17 July 2021 at 16:43

    Would it be proper for fans to write short stories about Rabbit & Co.? I have seen websites with fan-fiction about different story universes (Dr. Who, Star Trek, etc.) Is that something that the Author has to approve?

  3. I believe it’s okay to write and share fan-fiction stories about Lorna’s world and characters as long as there’s no attempt to make money from those efforts. However, it may be wise to confirm with her publishing company first about rights-holding, just to make sure there’s not any copyright infringement issues from the rights-holder.

    • Nelson John Nordstrom on 28 July 2021 at 23:43

    I wish the Roc Publishing house would just let us know what is the status of Lorna Freemans status good, bad or ugly. I find it the height of arrogance that Roc has not got the BALLS to let the readers know.

    • Davi Strutton on 26 September 2021 at 16:19

    I spoke to one of her teachers some years ago who said Lorna was alive but had stopped writing. If she started writing again it would make me ecstatic.

    • Christine d. C. on 4 December 2021 at 14:58

    Wow! She’s alive and assume (hope) she’s well. That’s great! I think this is the first post (from Davi Strutton above Sept 26, 2021) that at least someone who knew her gave some word she’s still around.
    At least there’s still some hope she may come back someday and at least give closure to the tale of Rabbit and friends. I really hope so.
    After years waiting, this tale still sticks to my mind and I still want to hear more bec it was so refreshing, different and interesting.
    New year soon, I guess this news keeps some hope alive.
    I wonder if she knows that there are still people who loved her books and are waiting and hoping she continues writing. ..

    • Sherri on 5 January 2022 at 08:50

    I just wish the books were on kindle, as I can’t read physical copies anymore due to bad eyesight :(

    • Nenaisu on 19 January 2022 at 23:09

    It really is a pity that she seems to have stopped writing. Her books are special to me and I will always wait for a continuation (though their is hardly any hope T-T). Stay healthy everyone!

    • Elizabeth on 16 February 2022 at 06:45

    02/15/2022 I will always long for the fourth book! I was lucky enough to bought multiple copies when they first came out, but time and annual rereads are showing wear and tear. If Lorna Freeman had to stop writing for health or other personal reasons, it’s a great misfortune, and I wish her the best! Her books are my go to reading for difficult times.
    Maybe her books could be put on Kindle? Or Amazon? Or on Audio? I’m also holding on to the hope that maybe a ghost writer or other fantastic author could use any notes made for the 4th book and publish under both names, or as part of the series.

    • Lyn on 20 February 2022 at 15:42

    I think it unlikely Lorna will return. However I’m leaving this site open. I would point out that the idea of starting a new book to follow hers is actually a breach of copyright and illegal.. You’d need the author’s written permission.

    • Skylin on 18 March 2022 at 18:12

    Looks like her blog finally got taken down : /
    Lasted about 10 years

    • Nick on 21 March 2022 at 03:58

    I’ve been coming to this message board since its creation in 2014, usually do a yearly check in to see if there is any news. I share Lorna’s books with whomever I can find, I’m actually reading them with my wife (its her first time!) and she loves them, but I’ve already had to tell her that 3 books is most likely all we’re going to get. I’ve resigned myself that I should be happy with what we’ve got but I always keep that last 5% of hope that maybe she’ll return to writing, if she is still alive. Her books are in my top 5 series, and I hope that someone that is connected to her sees this board and how many fans she still has. Keep on keeping on everyone, I’ll see you next year!

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