Two New Millennium Series Books Will Be Published, So You Don't Have to Say Goodbye To Lisbeth Salander Just Yet
Hot on the heels of the release of September's The Girl in the Spider’s Web, book publisher Nordstedts confirmed that two new Millennium series books will be published. David Lagercrantz, who took over the beloved series after the 2004 death of original author Stieg Larsson, will write both of the next installments. Lisbeth Salander fans, it's time to rejoice.
In a statement with the Associated Press, Largercrantz said he "just can't resist" continuing the series. And with The Girl in the Spider's Web selling 80 million copies worldwide, it's not hard to see why.
The Millennium series is more commonly known as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series, which included Larsson's contributions The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, as well as Largercrantz's latest. The next two books—which are untitled, but will likely follow the same title theme—are set to be released in 2017 and 2019. Yes, we have a ways to wait, but at least we can rest assured that more Lisbeth is on its way.
Largercrantz was tapped by Larsson's father and brother to pick up the Millennium series, despite backlash from Larsson's partner of 32 years, Eva Gabrielsson. Gabrielsson has publicly questioned Largercrantz because she believes he veers from Larsson's leftist polticial beliefs, which play a factor in his popular books. In fact, she called The Girl in the Spider's Web "plagiarism." However, because the couple never married, Gabrielsson does not have a say her late partner's estate. Larsson tragically died from an unexpected heart attack and did not have a will in place.
Still, in the statement, Largercrantz said, "It's been so much fun to write and such a breathtaking adventure."
No matter where you stand on the controversy, this is huge new for the books world. And it's hard to argue with getting more of the kick-butt Lisbeth Salander in our lives.