I am in the process of finishing my first book. The issue is that what is now one book used to be two books. Both books initially follow two characters, Luxes and Andrew (placeholder names), who know nothing about each other and both find themselves swept up in something bigger than themselves. I decided to combine the two books into one when I realized that Book 2 not only took place at the same time chronologically as Book 1, but also that Book 2 doesn't advance the plot of the overall story. Originally planning on a five book series, I now have plans for a trilogy. Anyway, I have 2 major concerns about the story being combined. 1. The reader may be confused about who the main character is. Luxes' story is told in the first person while Andrew's is in the third person. Luxes is the narrator, looking back and telling his and Andrew's stories together. However, Andrew's story dominates the book. Andrew is given 70,000 words, while Luxes is given only 50,000. I'm currently finding ways to shorten Andrew's story a bit, but it won't be by much. I've opted for aligning their stories so that they are relatively parallel in tone (putting the dark chapters back to back, revealing information back to back, etc.). Basically, you start the book in Luxes' perspective and then switch to Andrews', switching almost every other chapter. 2. Neither character meets in the first book. That happens halfway through the second book, acting as a midpoint for the entire trilogy. That may sound disappointing, which is exactly what I'm afraid of. Does this premise sound interesting or confusing? Should I post some examples or give more detail of the individual stories? Any other notes or recommendations would be welcomed as well.