I have quite an interesting decision I need to make regarding the chapter ordering in my novel and would be grateful for some help. The format of the book is that there are two main characters with each “Chapter” or “Part” split into a subchapter each. That allows me to switch up the order after each chapter if I want to. I’ve been quite good with ordering up until now, where an interesting fork in the road has presented itself, and would like some opinion on what you think would be most enjoyable for the reader. I’ll try to keep it as concise as possible and summarise the rough plan for each chapter: Germania was travelling with a caravan, but is now on the run (after falling for a trap) and is now trapped within a city, with only one place left to turn to who might help: a pair of caravan traders who she is acquaintances with. She waits for their return, and when they do, she appeals to them. Which is fortunate, because the traders have wised up that maybe it’s time to disappear for good, so they agree to take her to a safehouse they can all hide in while they try to arrange a way of smuggling themselves out of the city. Artax is trying to track Germania down. For reasons too lengthy to explain here, he rather wouldn’t involve the main authorities (that being his uncle, who is the residing desert lord) and needs to catch her himself. He makes the link between Germania and the caravan traders. The whole caravan was supposed to be detained due to all the crazy stuff that has happened in the book until this point, but he manages to convince his uncle to let the caravan go home for the night. He follows the two traders home, hoping they might lead him to Germania, or uncovering something. If I went Germania, then Artax, there is a sort of tension in Germania’s chapter that the reader knows something might happen, but they don’t know what, until they read Artax’s chapter as he pieces things together and the reader realises these traders had been let go on purpose. If I put Artax’s chapter ahead of Germania, there is a pervading sense of dread of the inevitable in Germania’s part as she makes the decision to go to these traders for help, which the reader knows is a bad move having already read Artax’s part. I can see merits to both approaches. I’ll not bias anybody by saying which one I am leaning towards; I’d prefer some honest opinion which might be better the option.