I decided to start the Master of the Lines book with the first Vision and Hanz book and not with the original Janus backstory that the series first launched itself with.
When we first meet Vision in Castoffs, he’s a blond thug that Janus has known for a while. I needed a name for him, because too many thugs had gone nameless before in the story. The moment I heard his name in my head, I fell in love.
Which isn’t what writers are supposed to do. While I think Castoff is a good story, it’s nothing on the level that Vision’s point of view. A good story is defined by what the character wants and what stands in his way from getting it, and Castoffs, though dark and smutty, has a main character who wants everything to stay the same.
I hope you go back and read the prologue too, but I want your introduction to the world be Vision and his need for change to be first.