How do you miss an entire book?

So I finally made my way through my re-read of Bernard Cornwall’s Saxon Chronicles and made a start on the newest entry, Warriors of the Storm.

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My first thoughts? Well, they’ve jumped forward in time a fair bit. Well, that’s fair. Earlier installments of the series have jumped forward by years at a time. They’re historical novels and therefore kind of stuck to a historical timeline.

Second thoughts? He seems to have skipped over the cliffhanger at the end of the last book. That’s an interesting choice, but it kind of works. He’s starting the story ahead of the resolution, and I assume after a prologue the story will skip back and tell the reader what happened.

And further thoughts? Mmm, they seem to be hinting at a lot of things that have happened to the characters since the last book. An awful lot. It seems odd that he’s skipped them all forward and done so much outside of the plot of the actual books.

It was almost as if he was recapping a previous book…

So it appears I missed an entire book of the series and skipped from book seven to book nine. I thought it had been unusually long between books. I remember seeing book seven coming out in hardback, and deciding to wait for it to come out in paperback. Then a long wait, and I see the latest book in the series has come out in paperback. Only this one was book nine.

How do you miss any entire book in a series? Honestly, who even does that!?

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