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Back on Rainy Day Ramblings, I have author Tina Connelly stopping by again today. Tina is another local Portland author, and I am pleased to host her once again on my blog. For those of you new to the blog, Tina is the author of the Ironskin Triology. If you love historical books set in alternate worlds populated by the mysterious fey, definitely check out these books.
I have Tina here today posting on villains that scare her, but first, let me introduce you all to Tina Connolly:
Tina Connolly lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son, in a house that came with a dragon in the basement and blackberry vines in the attic. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the anthology UNPLUGGED: Web's Best SF 2008. Her debut fantasy novel IRONSKIN released from Tor Books in Fall 2012, with a sequel, COPPERHEAD in Fall 2013, and the final book SILVERBLIND in 2014. She is a frequent reader for Podcastle, and narrates the Parsec-winning flash fiction podcast Toasted Cake. In the summer she works as a face painter, which means a glitter-filled house is an occupational hazard. Find out more about Tina on her website,Twitter, and Goodreads andFacebook.
Here is Tina:
Something Wicked – Villains – Tina Connolly
Villains. Love them AND hate them. I love writing villains, but half of the time they twist away from me and become less villainous than I had originally intended. I start digging into their backstory, find their justifications for things, and I start to see their side....
(Only half the time, though. Some of my villains are indeed pretty villainous.)
Silverblind is the third and final book in the Ironskin series. It's set 18 years after the first two, and features a grown-up Dorie, the half-fey girl from Ironskin. All she wants to do is track down wyverns and basilisks. But when no one will hire a girl for dangerous field work, she shapeshifts to disguise herself as a boy. . . .
The first two books had more classic villains, but in this book, it's more of a 'fighting the system'. Certain characters end up as the faces of what Dorie is fighting. For example, the very beginning shows Dorie trying to get hired at the Queen's Lab for the field work position (as a girl) – so the condescending Lab Director who tells her it's out of the question is the face of that frustation.
I'm currently working on edits for my May 2015 book from Tor Teen, Seriously Wicked. THAT book very definitely has a villain. Seriously Wicked is about a high school girl named Cam who lives with a *seriously wicked* witch. Witch Sarmine always has new and crazy plans to take over the world—and Cam always has to stop her. Sarmine's latest brilliant idea involves summoning a demon. But when the demon accidentally gets loose, he ends up taking over the body of the cute new boy at school. Now Cam's got to save him, too. . . .
It was so much fun to write, and a large part of that was getting to write a villain who is so delightfully evil. Sarmine is supremely self-confident, always sure that witches are better than humans, that all her plans are brilliant, and that nothing ever could go wrong. The interesting thing is that not all of her end goals are necessarily bad—but her ruthless steps to get there leave something to be desired. So I root for her while reveling in how nasty she is. (I suppose she's a little like some of my favorite anti-heroes and, what, posi-villains? in that respect—like House and Dr. Horrible.)
Thanks for having me on the blog, Heidi!
Thanks to Tina for stopping by for a third time on Rainy Day Ramblings. Tina doesn't come empty handed. She has a treat for one lucky U.S. reader. How about a chance to win a hardback copy of Silverblind by Tina Connolly? To enter as always read the Contest Policies and fill out the Rafflecopter. Good Luck!
Here is my review:
Silverblind(Ironskin #3) by Tina Connolly
The final book in this series will jump forward 18 years and feature Dorie, Jane's young charge from Ironskin.
18 years later . . .
Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shapechanging fey powers--to disguise herself as a boy.
While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who's about to get steamed by a silvertail-- and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn't spoken in seven years. Not since she traded him to the fey. She can't bear to tell him who she really is, but every day grows harder as he comes to trust her.
The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Now Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Tor Books
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Four stars: A fantastic, historical fantasy read with fey and other mythical creatures.
Dorie Rochart is now twenty three years old, a new college graduate, looking for a job in a male dominated world. Dorie has her heart set on field work for the Queen's Lab, but the high ranking men, refuse to give her a second glance despite her exceptional resume. The only job Dorie can procure at the lab is to be eye candy. Frustrated, Dorie taps into her fey side. The side of herself that she hid away eight years ago. With her fey powers awake, Dorie decides to transform into a boy. As Dorian, she lands that job, but she soon finds that her dream job is not everything she hoped. Dorie is sent out to retrieve Wyvern eggs, a deadly task for almost anyone, but as part fey, it isn't so hard for Dorie. Once she has the eggs, Dorie must make a choice, does she turn the egg over to the lab, or does she do the right thing? Dorie finds herself grappling with some hefty choices, and her decisions could effect fey and mankind forever. Will she make the correct choice?
What I Liked:
- This is a series that I have enjoyed watching mature and grow. I can wholeheartedly say, that this is a trilogy that got better and better as it went along. I love that this trilogy is a blend of historical and fantasy. If you like books infused with fey with a historical setting, give this series a try. I have found that these books can be read out of order or as stand alones as each book is a complete story, but I urge you to read all three to get the full picture.
- Dorie,at twenty three, is far removed from the strange fairy girl we first met in Ironskin. Dorie is plucky, resourceful, intelligent and determined to do the right thing even if it means losing her rent money or endangering herself. I admired Dorie's courage and I liked that she made altruistic choices time and time again. I enjoyed watching her grown, and I liked seeing her tap into her fey powers and become a boy in order to take down the men who refused to give a women a job because of her sex. Go Dorie!
- I liked that Ms. Connolly touched on numerous themes in her story that still affect us today in our modern world. First, there is the theme of equality for women. Granted, we have come a long way, but it still exists today. Dorie as a young lady, comes face to face with inequality as she tries to land a job. I loved seeing her war with the men and fool them. Second, there were many themes involving harm to the environment for human gain. Once the magical properties of the wyvern eggs is discovered, it isn't long before those seeking a profit pillage and destroy the environment and the wyvern all for money. How often do we continue to see that in our world? In the end, I was pleased at how these issues were resolved in the story.
- I enjoyed seeing Dorie fight for the fey. The fey have long been feared by humans after the Great War. Since the defeat of the Fey Queen, the fey have retreated into the forest, trying to hide from humans, and things have been better, that is until humans storm into the woods in order to seize the power from the fey. Dorie becomes an unexpected champion not only for the fey but also for the wyverns and basilisks. I was thrilled to see her take up the cause and help do the right thing.
- The world building has strengthened in this series. I love this alternate world Ms. Connolly has created filled with fey and paranormal creatures. The plot and the world building are smart and sophisticated, definitely worth checking out.
- The romance is rather simple and straightforward. It is a romance that has endured some big stumbles and one that seemed to be squelched. It is realistic and slow burning. I love that there isn't any insta love or love triangles.
- I appreciate that each book in this series is a complete story. You can certainly read them as stand alones, but I like that I was able to catch up with both Jane and Helen down the line and see how they have fared. Ms. Connolly does an excellent job with the recap so if you do pick this one up without having read the others, you won't be lost.
And The Not So Much:
- I was confused at the beginning of the book when wyverns and basilisks came into the picture. I had no idea what a wyvern was and there wasn't a lot of description. As far as the basilisk goes, I thought it was a large snake. I had to google both wyverns and basilisks in order to grasp that they were bird like creatures with dragon qualities. It would have been helpful to have a bit more detail on both of these creatures in the book.
- I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more of Helen and Jane in the book. They both make small appearances, but I was hoping that they would have bigger roles. Not a big deal, just a personal preference.
- I was hoping for a bit more with the romance, even though I liked that it was simple, after all the uproar I wanted butterflies and fireworks, but that didn't happen. Still I was pleased with the way it all played out.
Silverblind is a fitting end to an exciting, historical/fantasy series. I have enjoyed getting to know these three different girls and watch them fight. I am sad to say goodbye, but on the other hand, I am excited to see what Connolly will dream up next. If you are looking for a smart series I highly recommend checking out Connolly's Ironskin Series.
"Hope comes along when you least expect it. You have to fight for your cause."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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