There are a few things that, if book 9 does not have, will make me lose it. 1) story lines involving the mist village perspectives. 2) dungeon diving. 3) richter making it back to the MV. the strength of the land books are the cast of characters. Richter solo is not enough at this point. While I want to venture beyond the forest of nadria, I don’t want to lose the other characters as a result. the dungeon has become a beast after the lich battle and I want to see it in action. Specifically I want to see the bugbear adventurers get owned. I also want to see richter return, hopefully with another chaos seed in tow. He has become a physical freak and I want to see people react. I do think it’s possible AK has richter bump down to level 1. This will enable him to become more powerful in the long run and also deal with an issues of him being over powered in the short term. Not sure how I feel if that happens but I’m willing to give it a chance if it does.