I am over the moon at the news that's there's going to be another Sharpe and i'm 100% confident it's going to be yet another masterpiece.
Knowing already, the time frame you're covering it's already got me speculating and (forgive this next comment) worrying about the fate of some of your fictional characters. I know that sounds weird. But a fantastic series does make you feel like its main characters and even the recurring characters are your friends. Sorry, I know that must sound weird to you.
But you find yourself hoping for the best for obviously Sharpe and Harper, but then you just hope that other characters like Price and now even Charlie Weller, who has just linked up with Sally Clayton at the end of the battle, survive and that's something I am going to be anxious about until i get to the last page of what will be a hardback book to begin with:-) Price and Weller, that is:-)
Only sad thing I know in advance is there's going to be no scope to heal a rift that was opened in Sharpe's revenge, as one half of it is on the other side of the world. That's a shame but completely understandable. It just means I will always wonder. But that's also the sign of great writing and a great series. You leave your audience wanting more. And some questions, no matter how much we want them not to be, have to remain unanswered.
I hope there's some possibility of "The estranged one" crossing paths with Sharpe in this book? Although I suppose hearing of her reaction to the news of Rossendale's fate was the closure to that particular chapter?