Unreliable Alum Rachel Marks does not disappoint with her latest book, Fire and Bone, a YA Urban Fantasy featuring Celtic mythology.
Way back in the beginning of our podcast, we were lucky enough to interview Rachel about the first book of her Dark Cycle trilogy Darkness Brutal. Fire and Bone kicks off Rachel’s The Otherborn series. Sage, the second born daughter of the Celtic goddess Brighid, finds herself suddenly in the world of the Celtic Penta and all that surround them. She also becomes involved in a centuries old tragedy, and it becomes difficult for Sage to sort out which life is present, which is past, and who her allies and enemies are in this new and strange world.
Marks presents us with some winning characters. Sage is vulnerable and lost, yet is solidly grounded and knows herself, sparing us some of the insecurities that have haunted YA heroines in years past. The romance between her and Faelin is compelling, but stays at a level which drives it forward in unrelenting tension. All the characters are dimensional and intriguing. It will come as no surprise to the people who know me I become a fan of the dark prince Kieran, and yes, I’m not giving away any spoilers at all here. Go read the book. You’ll get there.
At the same time Sage is thrust into the intrigue and politics of the Celtic gods, an undercurrent of a tragedy in the past presents as a mystery, and then as very relevant to the current day. The mystery of the past blends with the discovery of the present skillfully, and by the end of the book, both plots come together. The only real flaw of this book is that it ends, and we’ll have to wait for the next one for a while. Since I received an ARC, I have to wait longer than you will, so be grateful for that, at least.
Fire and Bone is available at Amazon from Skyscape in all the usual ways: Kindle, CreateSpace, and Audio. If UF, YA or Celtic is your jam, you should go pre-order.
First, we reveal the books we’ve chosen for our recommended reading challenge! Chia will read The Red: First Light, Chris has chosen Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, George has queued Say Yes to the Marquess, and Cath is reading The Bourne Identity. Start your book engines!
Then we return to a frequent subject of discussion, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Is it still relevant to our goals? Is there an alternative? It seems we always have something to say on the subject when November rolls around.
Tonight we watch…Friday the 13th. That’s right, the grandaddy of slasher flicks! Camp Crystal Lake is open for business again, and you’re all invited. The question is…will you survive the experience?
WARNING: the following contains spoilers!
Dramatis Personae: Chia, Chris, George…and special guest-star Morris the Cat!
george_galuschak [8:00 PM] Friday the 13th!
chialynn [8:00 PM] Friday the 13th!
chris [8:00 PM] Friday the 13th!
Happy Halloween! George, Chia and Chris indulge in our annual Halloween movie watch. This year: Halloween, Pulgasari and City of the Living Dead. Which flicks made us scream? Which cried out for the MST3K treatment? There’s one way to find out, gentle listener. (Actually, there are two. Consult our Unreliable Narrators Watch… series of posts for gory details in our watch transcripts.)
Welcome to the third and final episode of this year’s Halloween edition of “The Unreliable Narrators Watch…,” starring The Unreliable Narrators. This week we’re watching John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” the quintessential movie of this wonderful holiday!
WARNING: the following contains spoilers!!!
Dramatis Personae: Chris, Chia, George…and special guest-star Taz the Dog!
chialynn [9:44 PM] Three… two… one…
george_galuschak [9:44 PM] Halloween!
chialynn [9:44 PM] Halloween!
chris [9:45 PM] Halloween!
chris [9:45] piano!
chialynn [9:45 PM] For our readers at home, I’m the only one here who hasn’t seen this before.
Welcome to the second episode of the Halloween edition of “The Unreliable Narrators Watch…” with your hosts, the Unreliable Narrators. This week, we’re watching PULGASARI, a giant monster movie made in North Korea. A rice/gluten golem animated by a blacksmith, Pulgasari eats iron and grows to about 800 feet and – well, this is a movie you have to see to believe.
Warning: the following contains SPOILERS!
Chia, Chris, George
chialynn [8:07 PM] PULGASARI!
chris [8:07 PM] PULGASARI!
george_galuschak [8:07 PM] PULGASARI!
chris [8:08 PM] SPROCKET
chialynn [8:08 PM] Flicks!
george_galuschak [8:09 PM] horse
chialynn [8:09 PM] That’s promising.
Flex author and meritorious pantser-mancer Ferrett Steinmetz joins us to discuss his new book, The Uploaded. But that’s not the only thing that comes up during our VP13 reunion. Donuts! Quirky writers! Bake-offs! Shorts vs. novels! Writing what you want vs. what you think will sell! And a sneak peak at his next mad creation. This one has it all!