Monday, July 12, 2010
Book 38 - Haunted
Of the 38 novels I've read since January 2010, a good portion of them have been by Armstrong. Thanks Karen and Jeff for introducing me to Bitten (grin). This is the fifth in the Women of the Otherworld series, and next to Bitten, my favourite.
As always, the writing is spectacular, creating the illusion that I'm living the protagonist's life. Not a bad deal when the protagonist is Eve Levine, half-demon, black witch and now ghost. Eve has a sexy love life, and can't be killed again - which is perfect since she's amassed a number of enemies over the years.
But when she is tasked by the Fates with capturing an evil spirit known as the Nix, Eve's comfortable life takes a dangerous turn. And suddenly Eve has an opportunity to have everything she thought she wanted - though not without sacrifice.
I've been thinking a lot about sacrifice lately. I'm hitting crunch time for deadlines and can't seem to buckle down with the actual pen-to-paper required to take the WIP over the finish line. Muse avatars help, learning to dance is making a difference, and working for a literacy organization that hosts awesome youth writing camps is definitely inspiring. But am I willing to sacrifice some of my creature comforts to truly work toward my dream?
Good question - and one that lingers without answer even as Eve makes her choice and I close the cover on another amazing Otherworld tale.
Armstrong's books have a way of always making me ponder the big questions. Like sacrifice, but also whether I've got the chops - and belly fire - to make a living at this. My heart says yes, even when my brain plays devil's advocate.
What remains clear, always, is that I have much to learn. With Armstrong as my instructor, the answers to my haunting questions become a little less fuzzy.
If you've not read Bitten, start there. I dare you to try not to make it to Haunted.
The Book In My Bag Today: Kindred in Death, J.D. Robb