So... hi. First off, I'm new here, so I'd like to apologize in advance for any errors or wrongdoings I may commit while posting this. Hopefully I posted this in the right section, I wasn't exactly sure where this question fits in the categories provided. Now, on to my question. Simply put, I'm wondering whether or not I'm being too predictable, or if I'm only going to make my reader roll their eyes at my lack of originality. I'm writing a fantasy novel based in a fantasy world of my own creation, with fantasy creatures, a separate language, magic, the works. I was laying out the plot line for my book, and I thought that, to keep things interesting, I should 'dispose of' several of my main characters. To start with, here's a short character list (only the main characters are listed, there are many more that come in to the story). You might want to have this in a minute. 'Good' guys: Main character (a young human guy) Main character's friend (dragon, naturally) Main character's other friend (a giant eagle) Main character's mentor/old friend (an old human guy that doubles as a magician) Old mentor/magician guy's friend (another giant eagle) 'Evil' guys: Main evil lord (a magician that is lord of the fantasy land) Evil lord's sort-of friend (a dragon) Evil lord's main minion #1 (another magician) Evil lord's main minion #2 (magician as well) My original plan was to have the main character and his dragon die, but come back to life. The good old magician/mentor guy would die at the end of the book, along with his giant eagle and the evil lord with at least one of his minions. My question is, is this too predictable? It's kinda obvious from the beginning of the book that the evil lord would die, but am I killing off too many characters? Also, does it make sense to have both the good dragon and main character come back to life? I need them both alive at the end of the book in order to present the opportunity for a second book, but I could get away with only killing one of them. The situations surrounding each of these deaths are quite complicated, and I don't think that many people would be interested in them, however if you'd like a little more background information, I'm willing to answer any questions you may have! If anyone has any thoughts on this, it would be great to hear them!