The Assistant had a prologue before chapter one. I included it because The Assistant is an origin story for my protagonist, and I wanted to foreshadow a few themes that I couldn’t tackle until book two. Also, I really liked the way it came out, so I decided to include it.
Well, I’ve been assuming that I’d write a similar (brief) prologue for each book in the Emerald City Spies series. That way each book would have a consistent structure. But it’s not working! Now that the story is underway, any further hinting in prologue form seems clunky.
New decision: No prologue for book two. It’s better to drop the reader right into the action.