I know many of you are here looking for a Tell Me Something Tuesday post, fear not! TMST will return next week. Today, I am preempting my weekly meme to host an additional Wicked post. I couldn't resist highlighting the third book, Against a Brightening Sky in the Delia Martin Series by Jaime Lee Moyer. I love this series as it blends historical San Fransisco just after the turn of the twentieth century with a touch of paranormal. For those of you who enjoy paranormal historicals, you need to read this series. I am delighted today, to once again be welcoming Jamie Moyer back to the blog for an interview. So let's take a minute and get to know her.
Jaime Lee Moyer lives in San Antonio, land of cowboys, cactus, and rhinestones. She writes books about murder, betrayal, friendship, magic, and kissing, an activity her cats approve of (even the kissing). Her first novel, Delia’s Shadow, was published by Tor Books September 17, 2013. The second book in the series, A Barricade In Hell, comes out June 3, 2014, and the third book, Against A Brightening Sky, in 2015. She writes a lot. She reads as much as she can. Find Jaime on her website, Pinterest, Twitter and Goodreads.
Please welcome Jaime:
Hi Jaime, I am delighted to once again have you back here at Rainy Day Ramblings for Something Wicked Rises. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few interview questions.
For new readers, can you quickly describe your Delia Martin Series?
Each book is a separate story that takes place between the years 1915-1919. Delia's ability and her skills in dealing with the ghosts that flock to her improves as the series continues. Many of those ghosts are connected to one of Gabe's cases. Delia and Isadora help Gabe solve the murders, and try to bring peace to the ghosts.
The books are set in San Fransisco during the early part of the twentieth century. Some important events encompassed are the Great San Francisco Earthquake and World War I. Is there any specific reason you chose this era and this city?
Royal families that had ruled for centuries lost their power, and in many cases, their lives. U.S. politics changed as well and our leaders began to move away from an isolationist stance and towards becoming a world power. Even the way countries waged war against each other changed.
How much research do you have to do before writing one of your books?
For each individual book I researched events for the year the story took place, and whatever specifics that story revolved around. New things I realized I didn't know--or needed to know--cropped up while writing, and all of that required research too.
Without giving away too many details can you tell readers a bit about the mystery in Against A Brightening Sky, and perhaps why you chose to focus on this historical event and family?
It's a very human reaction, and an attempt to mitigate at least a fraction of the horror. We all want to understand what it's impossible to understand. Many of us want to pretend an event never happened, or that in some tiny way it wasn't as bad as we'd been told.
During the later part of the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth century, there were large movements involving ghosts and spiritualism. Do you think people back then were more open to the idea of ghosts and the paranormal than we are now?
And that might indeed be part of why so many people, from all walks of life, were open to the idea of ghosts and spirits. The idea of communication with the dead, or receiving messages from loved ones who had died, hadn't been as totally discredited and mocked as the paranormal has been today. But you have to also keep in mind that people in all cultures, all over the world, have believed in ghosts since time began. Ancestor ghosts are part of many cultures.
How do you feel about ghosts?
Can you tell us what is next in your Delia Martin Series?
How many books are planned?
Finally, do you have any Halloween traditions?
Thank you again to Jaime for stopping by here today. I appreciate you, Jaime. Now for the Wicked Treat! Up for grabs today is a gorgeous copy of Against a Brightening Sky.
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Here is my review:
Against a Brightening Sky(Delia Martin #3) by Jaime Lee Moyer
A ghost princess and a woman with nothing but a name to her fortune might change the course of history.
By 1919 the Great War has ended, peace talks are under way in Paris, and the world has been forever changed. Delia Martin, apprentice practitioner of magical arts, and her husband, Police Captain Gabriel Ryan, face the greatest challenge of their lives when fragments from the war descend on San Francisco.
As Delia prepares to meet friends at a St. Patrick's Day parade, the strange ghost of a European princess appears in her mirror. Her pleasant outing becomes a nightmare as the ghost reappears moments after a riot starts, warning her as a rooftop gunman begins shooting into the crowd. Delia rushes to get her friends to safety, and Gabe struggles to stop the killing—and to save himself.
Delia and Gabe realize all the chaos and bloodshed had one purpose—to flush Alina from hiding, a young woman with no memory of anything but her name.
As Delia works to discover how the princess ghost's secrets connect to this mysterious young woman, and Gabe tracks a ruthless killer around his city, they find all the answers hinge on two questions: Who is Alina...and why can't she remember? Against a Brightening Sky is the thrilling conclusion to Moyer's glittering historical fantasy series.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published: October 6th 2015 by Tor Books
Four stars: A ghostly blend of paranormal and history.
Delia, her husband, Gabe, along with her best friend, Stella, and her family are all headed to downtown San Fransisco for the St. Patrick's Day parade. Everyone is looking forward to the event as spring has brought the end of the war and peace. Quickly, the lovely afternoon takes a deadly turn when a nightmarish riot breaks out. Two gunmen begin shooting innocent bystanders, and then an explosion knocks everyone off their feet. Luckily, Delia is able to get her friends to safety, where they later reunite with their husbands. After the dust settles, Delia and Gabe learn that the deadly riot and shooting appeared to have a specific target. They were aimed at a young lady, Alina. On the morning of the shooting, a new ghost appeared to Delia, a princess ghost, and she seems to be connected to the mysterious Alina. Who is Alina and why does someone want her dead? Can the ghost help Delia uncover the truth?
What I Liked:
- Once again, I was delighted to be transported back to San Fransisco in the early twentieth century. Ms. Moyer takes the reader back to a bygone era where she adds paranormal to history. I love the historical setting as well as all the ghosts. If you are a fan of paranormal/ historical mysteries, this is a must read series.
- At the heart of the series is Delia Ryan. Delia has grown dramatically over the last three books. This installment finds Delia much more capable of dealing with ghosts. No longer does she shirk in fear at the appearance of ghostly visages. Thanks to the lessons she received from her good friend, Isadora Bobbet, Delia has become skilled at dealing with the paranormal, and in fact in this book, she shows extreme courage and fortitude in tackling all the paranormal that is thrown in her path. I am pleased with Delia's growth, and I am liking watching her deal with the ghosts.
- Speaking of Isadora, she is evolving as well. She remains one of the most fascinating characters of the series. Dora is glitz and glamour, as well as being extremely versed in all things supernatural. I love seeing Dora handle the ghosts, and I am pleased with how she is changing.
- Gabe is also transforming. He has supernatural inklings, and I am liking the way he is opening up and starting to sharpen and trust his paranormal instincts.
- I enjoyed Jordan Lynch, an African American, Chicago policeman, who comes to San Fransisco and ends up aiding Gabe with the case. I am hoping that he will continue to be in the series as I enjoyed his character.
- The mystery in this one is taken from actual events that occurred in Russia during this time period. I won't go into too much detail here as I don't want to spoil it, but I was excited to uncover the truth about the princess ghosts and see how everything fit together. I admit, though, that I don't know too much about the Bolshevik Revolution that occurred in Russia in 1918, so after reading this, I did some research. I loved how Ms. Moyer provided her own paranormal spin on history.
- What makes this series stand out is the era and the setting. I love the San Fransisco setting. San Fransisco is always bustling with ghosts, especially since the Great Earthquake. With it's eerie fog and history, it is the perfect backdrop for the series. I also like the time frame. With each and every book, I learn more about the events of the era, and I love how Ms. Moyer manages to blend history with the paranormal.
- The ending, though a bit fast, brings the book to a nice, neat resolution. All the main story lines are brought to a close, and there aren't any nagging questions. I like that this series refrains from cliffhangers and open endings. I am more than eager, though, for the next book.
And The Not So Much:
- The main mystery of this book centers around the Bolshevik Revolution that occurred in Russia during 1918. If you are like me, and you have little knowledge on the actual historical events, you might be a bit lost. I wish that the author had taken a bit more time to include details about the Revolution, especially regarding the family that the book focuses on. I would even go so far as to put in an author's note at the end discussing her inspiration for using the family and so forth, because once I started digging, there was some interesting and fascinating facts, and I could see why Ms. Moyer decided to go with the sister that she did instead of the more popular choice. I highly recommend doing your own research on the Bolshevik Revolution while reading this one.
- The ending was fast and a bit abrupt in comparison to the rest of the story. I wish that the author had taken a bit more time on those final pages after the confrontation. A lot happens in those last three pages, and it felt a bit too hurried for my taste. I also thought the big final show down with the necromancer was a bit anti climatic. I was expecting more, it seemed almost too easy.
- Without giving away spoilers, there was a supernatural creature involved that ended up aiding Delia. I was left wanting to know so much more about this entity. How it came to be a protector, where it lived, how it communicated with Delia and so forth. This part of the story could use a bit more depth and detail.
- I was left uncertain how the necromancer was able to take the face of living humans? Furthermore, there were several things about the necromancer that weren't clear, such as how he came into his powers, and how long he had been around.
Against a Brightening Sky is a terrific entry into the Delia Martin Series. I loved the way Ms. Moyer took a famous case from history and gave it her own supernatural twist. It made for a fascinating and entertaining read. I love the setting, the era, the ghosts and the characters in this series. This is a unique series that blends history with ghosts. I highly recommend The Delia Martin Series to anyone who enjoys paranormal historical fiction. I am a big fan of this series, and I am very much looking forward to the next book.
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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