There comes a time in every writer’s life when you decide to put a popular character in mortal peril. In my case, I’m putting the most popular character in my trilogy in some serious shit. I realize this might (will) make some readers mighty unhappy. I might get some pitchforks thrown at me through social media. But the thing is, it’s necessary. This incident is the catalyst on which the third act relies on. This incident forces my heroine to make a choice that is going to have major consequences and also reveal the depth of her magical badassness. And I didn’t say this beloved character was going to die. I follow the Joss Whedon school of thought: why go for the kill when you can go for the pain. And don’t we all love a hero who overcomes tragedy and triumphs? Isn’t that why we get attached to characters? Because we feel their pain and recognize their struggles and want them to prevail.
So go forth, brave writers. Tell the tale that needs telling. Make us feel all the feels. The story is better for it, and so are we, the reader.