So, I got what I think is going to be a 5 book series. The true big bad is not in book 1. Actually, no hint to him is in book one. Some references to him are there once you know he exists. Book two doesn't have him either. But it does make it known he exists, by revealing the bad guy in this story is just a minion. Book 3 isn't fully defined yet, but it probably shouldn't include him. It isn't is not his time yet. Plot reasons place him in other places away from the MC, meaning this book probably won't even include his soldiers. I sort of hate stories that have the villain repeat his mistakes. Which why he isn't here. He sent a guy that tried, and failed. So he is regrouping and planning. Book 4. Bad guys new plan. Pushing the heroes to their limit. But they again win. So at the end of this book, or the beginning of the next. He comes down himself. 2 attempts, that was it. The king has come down to deal with this. Book 5. Well, obvious? A friend suggested that book 3 should include some screen time of the big bad. Even if it didn't connect to the plot. If it was a prologue, or randomly in there or whatever. He thinks the book should at some point cut to the bad guy so that the audience has something to think of when they think about what he is or can do. What do you guys think?