I've spent most of the past two days writing (woohoo for days off!) and one of the things that I've been toying with since finishing Major Edit One of CALLARION AT NIGHT is writing some chapters from the villain's perspective.
Now, let me tell you a bit about Lord Premier Lucian Rombard -- the antagonist of CaN. His wife, Josephine, was murdered about two decades ago by half-satyr brigands who attacked her while she was on the road to the nearby kingdom of Fantova (my country that's based on Russia). He went a little cuckoo after her death, became addicted to painkillers, and fell in with the Brotherhood of Purity. The Brotherhood's message of eradicating the half-nymphs and half-satyrs appealed to him, seeing as he thought King Johannes should've been more brutal in his sentencing of the brigands responsible for Josephine's death.
The benefit to writing some chapters in Lucian's perspective is get to communicate some information earlier than I would if I stayed in Moriah's head throughout the entire story. It also, I think, gives me a chance to include more steampunk in a different setting and include additional interaction that shows Rombard's insanities quite clearly.
Now, I find villains fascinating -- sometimes more than the hero -- and I relish the chance to get to play around in their viewpoint on occasion. But I wonder if it's something that would add to or detract from the story if I included two to five chapters written with Rombard as the viewpoint character and not Moriah. I think the story flows fine without said chapters, but I'm interested in your opinion loyal blog readers.
Do you like reading things from the villain's perspective now and again? Or do you prefer to stick with the hero all the way through?