April 30, 2015
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Rook by Sharon Cameron
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History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
ROOK is dedicated to “the lovers of story,” because it was my love of story and the authors who wrote them that pushed me to try writing my very first paragraph just over ten years ago. Reading the writing of other authors absolutely taught me to write. So, with that in mind, here are three authors I would trade a kidney to have a cup of tea with.
Let’s just get straight to it and lay my Tolkien nerdiness out for all to see. Yes, I was that girl, the one that carried maps of Middle Earth in the same bag as her pom poms (my love of Tolkien long outlasted my cheerleading, thank goodness). I’ve read Lord of the Rings at least 40 times. When I decided to give this writing thing a go, LOTR was one of the first stories I went back and read like a writer rather than a reader. I loved JRR’s characters, of course, and even the writing style, which is very 1950s-esque. But what I really wanted to know was why I went back to his world again and again. And my conclusions were:
BELIEF: The sheer complexity of the world is mind-boggling, of course. The incredibly well thought out backstory, the languages, the detail, I realized it made me feel as if I was reading a history rather than a fantasy. I realized that Tolkien had made me BELIEVE. I’m not sure story can achieve anything higher than that.
STRENGTH: What (I think) Tolkien was really trying to say is that it doesn’t require birth, education, muscle, beauty, or even magic to make a difference in the world. Anyone, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can make their world worse, or they can make it better. Inner strength wins. Enough said. This theme will always speak to me, which means I’ll probably pick up the books again fairly soon.
You don’t even want to know how many times I’ve watched the movies.
Megan Whalen Turner
Okay, I’m about to do some major fangirling, which is not even usually my style, but it just cannot be avoided, I fear. I really enjoyed The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner and her 4th and latest in the same series, A Conspiracy of Kings, but books 2 and 3, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia, are, in my humble opinion, absolute masterpieces. In every way. And they are totally underrated. These books are like reading the most well-played chess game you have ever seen. Perfectly plotted. Not a word misplaced. And can I speak to you of my love for Eugenides? Well, I LOVE HIM. With all his tricky ways. These books are entertaining, complex, gut-wrenching, triumphant, and oh, so satisfying. And she does it with such a sparse writing style (thank you for showing me this, MWT!). Not to mention that MWT made me loathe a certain character, hate her with every quivering, hateful fiber of my being, then ever so slowly and skillfully over the course of a book, convinced me to love the woman like a sister.
Basically, I am putty in this author’s hands. If she doesn’t finish the next book soon I may perish.
Rebecca is one of my favorite novels of all time, and if you’re a female over 15 and invite me to your birthday party, it’s the book you’re most likely to find beneath the wrapping paper. Daphne’s words are just so lovely. And dark. And creepy. She excels at atmosphere and mood, at small things that are symbols for what is incredibly meaningful: blood-red rhododendrons, a hole in the carpet, the name of a boat, the state of the sky. It all tells the reader something. You know an author is worth her salt when the seemingly dull scene of changing the housekeeper’s menu evokes the reaction of: Yes, YES, Mrs. DeWinter! You change that menu, girl. CHANGE IT EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK! Because it really wasn’t about changing the menu at all, was it? Rebecca is sort of a ghost story, sort of a psychological drama, sort of a romance, and by the last third, totally a thriller. The end of the story is placed in Chapter 1, and the main character is never even given a name. It’s just so brilliant.
Oh, Daphne. How I wish you could write from beyond the grave.
JRR, are you still creating worlds in the other world?
Megan Whalen Turner, since you’re alive, do you want to have a cup of tea?
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
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