Insignia is a really excellent book and is THE best example of YA science fiction in the last few years. Kincaid "gets" this genre and I really enjoyeInsignia is a really excellent book and is THE best example of YA science fiction in the last few years. Kincaid "gets" this genre and I really enjoyed the elements of cyberpunk here. This book is one kick-ass, wild ride. I can't WAIT for Vortex....more
FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY and then classic Richelle Mead last page soul murder. I KNOW THEY HAPPEN EVERY BOOK BUT EACH TIME I'M LIKE MAYBE HAPPY ENDING.FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY and then classic Richelle Mead last page soul murder. I KNOW THEY HAPPEN EVERY BOOK BUT EACH TIME I'M LIKE MAYBE HAPPY ENDING................??? Then soul murder. NEXT BOOK NOW PLEASE. ...more
At last the synopsis is revealed! MADELEINE AND BASTIAN!!!!
I know, right?
I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed writing from Madeleine's perspective aAt last the synopsis is revealed! MADELEINE AND BASTIAN!!!!
I know, right?
I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed writing from Madeleine's perspective and I totally have a girl crush on her now. She is badass through and through, and probably the strongest character I've ever written. She's so smart and resourceful - not to mention a little fireball of asskickery - but she learns when to take what she wants and when to make sacrifices for the good of others. Without being too spoilery, her son is a main character in the Angelfire series, and they are so much alike. There are very subtle things here and there that I think may make readers smile, thinking of him. Madeleine lives for battle and for heart-pounding thrills - the most of which she finds in Bastian. Talk about a forbidden affair.
Bastian.... Oh, Bastian....
This book is kinda raunchy. I don't want my dad reading it and I can't believe I got away with some of this stuff.
BUT COURTNEY. Bastian as a love interest??
I swear to you that I did not mean for this to happen. Bastian is obviously one of the baddest villains in the Angelfire series, one of the main heavy-hitters, and if you have read Wings then you know what was revealed about his past and relation to a couple of other main characters. I'll try not to be too spoilery, even though it's more fun. I knew going into this that he is the love interest. I knew the big things: what he did, what he wanted, how he got what he wanted, how he lost other things he wanted... But I didn't expect him to become so ridiculously, absurdly, profoundly, exceptionally hot. Then again, to those who have read the series and knoooow what's uuuppp, maybe this isn't all that shocking. But oh my goodness. Oh. My. Goodness. I still can't believe I got away with this. *fans self* Whoops!
Madeleine and Bastian aren't the only ones who get to tell their origin stories in A Dance with Darkness. There are two other main characters whom you know and love: Cadan and Nathaniel. This book takes place in 1391 so our beloved immortal reapers are quite young here. Bastian is 400, Cadan is 200, and both Nathaniel and Madeleine are about a century old each. Writing from only Ellie's point of view in the Angelfire series had somewhat limited the opportunity to full explore the motivations of other characters, notably Bastian, Cadan, and Nathaniel. Here, I was able to get down and dirty and flay these characters alive. You see them at their weakest, most vulnerable moments, and Madeleine seems to have a knack at getting others to bare their hearts to her. If you had any questions as to why these characters may done or wanted something, the answers are likely contained within ADWD. All three of those boys broke my heart while I wrote this book. I'm so excited to share this with you.