Friday, August 28, 2015

The Soul of A Book: TV And Film Adaptations



Nothing is more exciting as a reader than when the announcement comes that one of your all time favorite, beloved book series is being made into a movie or TV series. It's an exciting possibility to see the book world you've fallen in love with and its characters come to life. The possibilities are endless. What scenes will be featured, which of your favorite lines will be said, how will the book series be adapted for the screen or TV, who's going to be cast etc, etc. It's exciting. It's also a chance for others who haven't read the books to see what it is you love about the series so much. 

But above all, the book is coming to life!

As a reader, and having been a part of the book to movie/book to TV fandom (both Twilight and Shadowhunters) for eight years now, I know that it is impossible for the movie/tv show of any book to be exactly like the book. Nothing will ever be the book. Ever. The book is adapted for the big screen or for the TV show. Changes have to be made in order to create the book's story into something that not only book fans will love and support, but a new audience who's not read the books, will also be supportive of. That's no easy feat. 

Lately I have been super saddened to see "fans" of the unreleased television show telling longtime book fans that of course everything in the show will have to be different, from the characters' ages, to the way the magic works, to the jobs everyone has, to the entire plot.

I just wanted to reassure the overwhelming majority of fans who've read the books, and are hoping to see some of what they loved in the books onscreen — that that is not true. It is possible to create a film or TV adaptation that's both faithful to the spirit of the books, and yet has changes that grab the interest of those who have never read or heard of the books and enough new stuff to keep books fans on their toes. How do we know that? Because we have seen it. 

The Hunger Games, Twilight, Harry Potter, were all very faithful to the books they were based on, and were successes. Movies that diverged from the books they were based on, from Percy Jackson to Beautiful Creatures to City of Bones, were flops.

Is it different for TV? No. Quality shows like Outlander and Game of Thrones are enormously faithful to the books they are based on, and their success has ushered in a new generation of television. Everything points toward faithful adaptations of American Gods, the Magicians, and Shannara. No one is bored by Game of Thrones because it sticks to the plots of the books. No one slept through the Red Wedding because it unfolded as it had in the books. Entertainment doesn't work that way. A huge quantity of people who tune into a show or watch a film based on their favorite books want to see the scenes they love unfold on screen. If there are no scenes from the books at all, they will walk away. That's just how it is.

It is simply a fact that all the evidence we've seen so far for Shadowhunters TV — sides, leaked pilot scripts, behind the scenes shots, what the cast and crew have said — points toward a show that doesn't just make changes, but makes enormous, sweeping changes. Can a show that changes so very much about the source material be something that book fans could still enjoy? I just don't know.

I, in no way want to upset any of you, I wish I knew what to do about it myself. I would love for the show to be good. I would love to think I was going to see a scene, any scene, from the books come to life. It just doesn't seem, from the evidence of the sides, the auditions, the pilot, and the comments made by cast and crew, that this will be so. Per an interview Kat McNamara recently had with Zap2It (you can read her interview here), she had this to say about the show,


Picture Source: Tweet via TMI_India on 8/13 here

The problem there is that "Cassie's interpretation of the books" is just the books and what's in them. If they're not doing that, then what are they doing? It's not like there's anything wrong with interpretations, but when news first broke about Shadowhunters TV, it was said that the show would be based on Cassandra Clare's books. For book fans, that was beyond exciting. It was a chance for us book fans to see a redemption from the flop the Shadowhunters movie was. With credible sources whom have purchased the slides which contain the actual script for the show, we know that the story has completely been re-written. As in not even the same story as the books. True, the character names are the same, and there's a Shadowhunter world, and some of the relationships are similar to the books, but that's it. Valentine lives in a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl in this show. Alec is the head of the Institute. Luke is a cop. Isabelle hates her mom and loves her dad. Simon has a girlfriend who isn't Clary or Isabelle or Maia. Faeries (sorry "Seelies") are forcing Alec into an arranged marriage with a girl. The Institute isn't deserted, but full of people. The Shadowhunters don't dislike technology, but are covered in iPads and expensive computers. Michael Wayland is alive. Does any of this sound to you, Shadowhunter fans, like the books you read? More importantly, does it sound like books you'd want to read?

Only an individual fan can answer that for themselves. Recently some Shadowhunter fansites have spoken up about the changes. They are not lying, they have not created these changes out of thin air. They're changes any fan can read for themselves via the script sides that can be purchased on showfax.com. While I want the Shadowhunters series to be successful for Cassandra Clare's sake, reading all the changes (interpretations) that have been made is hard. Having been a huge fan of the Shadowhunters world since 2008, my loyalty lies with the books, not the show. That doesn't, however mean that I'm not supportive of the show, but it does mean that my loyalty will always side with the original story because that is what I cared about first. So while I understand that people may be upset when they see other fans angry about the changes . . . it is hard for me not to feel worried and heartbroken too.  

I think it's important for fans to remember that no matter our stance is on what's being done with the Shadowhunters TV, the only reason we are even interested in the show, the only reason there is this debate happening, is because these are books people care about. How much change can be wrought on the stories and characters without destroying them is something people can only decide for themselves. But every fan and fansite deserves to have their own opinion, because we all share something -- we share a passion for these books and this world, which will be around long after the show has ended.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shadowhunters TV #NYCC15 Cast Pictures



Check out the Shadowhunter TV cast pictures for their #NYCC15 announcement! Cassandra Clare shared their pictures here. They'll be at the NY Comic Con on Saturday, October 10th at 11 am. Also joining the Shadowhunters TV panel are Cassandra Clare, McG and Ed Decter. 







Comic-con, Shadowhunters, and Lady Midnight



Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr yesterday sharing more information about her panels at the NYCC as well as the Shadowhunters panel. AND, she also surprised fans by letting us know that the cover for LADY MIDNIGHT will be revealed there!! Check out what she shared on her Tumblr page below:


I will be at New York Comicon this year, in October, both on my own and with the Shadowhunters TV show! Here’s the two panels I’ll be doing — also ABC will have a whole Shadowhunters day on Saturday and be giving away swag and so forth. And read to the end for the final neat piece of news:
Friday, October 9, from 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm in Room 1A10 : Cassandra Clare Q&A and a sneak peek of Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare is the #1 bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series, soon to be adapted into the Shadowhunters TV show on ABC Family, as well as the Infernal Devicestrilogy and the Bane Chronicles. A global phenomenon, her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide. In conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s Amy Wilkinson, she’ll discuss her career and give a sneak peek at her new book, LADY MIDNIGHT, the first in the Dark Artifices trilogy, which comes out on March 8.
Saturday, October 10, from 11:00am-12:00pm on the Empire Stage
SHADOWHUNTERS
ABC FAMILY COMES TO NEW YORK COMIC CON THIS OCTOBER WITH FAN FAVORITE SERIES AND STARS
New Footage of “Shadowhunters” to be Revealed
The new ABC Family television series “Shadowhunters,” based on the New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, follows 18 year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold. “Shadowhunters” is set to premiere in early 2016.
The panel will include exclusive footage and a Q&A with cast members Katherine McNamara (“Clary”), Dominic Sherwood (“Jace”), Harry Shum Jr. (“Magnus”), Alberto Rosende (“Simon”), Emeraude Toubia (“Isabelle”), Matthew Daddario (“Alec”) and Isaiah Mustafa (“Luke”) as well as showrunner Ed Decter (“Helix”), Executive Producer McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Chuck”) and book author Cassandra Clare.
Also, the COVER OF LADY MIDNIGHT will be revealed at Comicon. Stay tuned for when and how and by who :)

Cassandra Clare also answered fan questions on Twitter about the cover for Lady Midnight and Comic Con.




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of TWILIGHT with Stephenie Meyer in Forks, WA 9/12/15



Celebrate the 10th anniversary of TWILIGHT with Stephenie Meyer in Forks, WA on Saturday, September 12th! I can't believe it's already been ten years. Stephenie will be in Forks for the Forever Twilight In Forks events, taking place that same weekend. Find out more about those events here. Check out what Stephenie shared about her upcoming visit to Forks here. Follow the fun via #Twilight10 #StephenieMeyer

Will you be in Forks to celebrate? 

Shadowhunters TV Will Be At NYCC!!!!



It's official! Shadowhunters TV will be at NYCC (New York Comic Con) on Saturday, October 10th! We already knew Cassandra Clare would be there, and now we're equally as thrilled knowing that the cast will be there as well! More details to come. Hopefully we'll see y'all in NYC in October! Thanks to our friends at Fangirlish for sharing the news and this image with us.

* UPDATING * Shadowhunters TV tweeted this to fans:

Random House Children's Books Launches New Young Adult Program "FIRST IN LINE" #FIRSTINLINE

CALLING ALL YA READERS!  Are you a YA reader who would love to have an exclusive advance access to bestselling and debut authors and behind-the-book content? If so, check out FIRST IN LINE, a new YA program recently launched from Random House Children's Books! 


WELCOME TO "FIRST IN LINE" a new YA program launched this month from Random House Children's Books. I'm so thrilled to tell you a little bit about this program. 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This new, exciting YA program, FIRST IN LINE, offers YA readers exclusive advance access to bestselling and debut authors and behind-the-book content!

Being the first at anything is no easy feat, but you already know that.

-          You were reading The Hunger Games before VOLUNTEERING AS TRIBUTE.
-          You were FEELING THE FEELS from The Fault in Our Stars before it was TFIOS. Okay? Okay.
-          You KNEW YOUR FACTION while other people were being sorted into their houses.

Members receive a monthly newsletter and access to locked sections of the site. This will include special behind-the-book material and author content, such as never-before-seen deleted scenes, extended excerpts, author videos and Q&As, sharable social images, and advance reader’s copy giveaways!


The inaugural books that are being featured include: New York Times bestselling author James Dashner’s THE GAME OF LIVES, New York Times bestselling author David Levithan’s ANOTHER DAY, bestselling and critically acclaimed authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s ILLUMINAE, debut author Nicola Yoon’s EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, and more!

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FIRE WALKER by Josephine Angelini / Waiting on Wednesday #259



By: Josephine Angelini
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
To Be Released on: 9/1/15
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #2
Go HERE to find out more about the series, read an excerpt and pre-order the book.

Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.

"You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified."

Lily is back in her own universe, and she's ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!
 


This book is out next week, and I can not wait to read it. I really enjoyed Trial By Fire, and I'm looking forward to jumping back into Lily's world. 

What book are you waiting to get your hands on? 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CAGE OF DECEIT by Jennifer Anne Davis / Blog Tour: Book Review



Welcome to today's blog tour stop for Jennifer Anne Davis's new release (out TODAY), CAGE OF DECEIT! Trust me, you want to read it! I LOVED IT!

ABOUT THE BOOK


By: Jennifer Anne Davis
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Released on: August 25th, 2015 - TODAY
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N | iBooks
Add it to Goodreads
Source: ARC from publisher to review, in exchange for my honest review
Rating: 5 stars - I Loved It!
Jennifer Anne Davis's best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after.

Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.


Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.


Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.
Oh this book!! I am seriously on a book hang over from it. That may have to do with the fact that I had to read the ending three times, because it was that good, and not at all what I was excepting. Please make sure you read Jennifer's introduction at the beginning of her book, because she gives her readers a warning about how her book will end. Yes, it's a killer of an ending, and oh so good. This book is awesome! 

It's been awhile since I stayed up way past my bedtime time reading a book that was impossible to put down. Cage of Deceit was totally worth the sleep I lost. I couldn't stop reading this book. Jennifer Anne Davis has created a story that has it all. Suspense, heart pounding action, an intriguing world, characters that I loved, twists and turns, and a romance that was, well, my kind of romance. This book was addicting. I couldn't stop reading it. It's a little swoon worthy, has the right amount of tension that kept me glued to the pages, and the kind of character banter I love. 

There is not one thing negative I have to say about this book. I loved the story telling. I loved the world building. I loved each of the characters, and enjoyed getting to know them through out the story. I loved this book's family dynamics, and the friendships. Loyalty is a big part of the the friendships, and family relationships in this book. I also loved that Allyssa's parents weren't absentee parents. They're very much apart of her story. Now that I've gotten to know them, I've got to go read the series before this one, to get to know them better. 

This book is made of Girl Power! Allyssa is the type of girl I love! She knows how to take care of herself, can defend herself, doesn't take crap from anyone, and when she needs it, she's not afraid to ask for her help. I love it when girls don't act like a damsel in distress, and at the same time, don't act like they can do everything on their one either. Allyssa knows her limits, but she's also not afraid to push herself. I not only loved Princess Allyssa, and the fact that she goes against the stereotypical princess norm. I loved that her parents encouraged her to be her own self. I also love that while Allyssa has a duty to her kingdom, her parents don't force her to do things she doesn't want to do. She has a choice, even if her choices aren't her first choices.

The romance is awesome! It's one that's more of slow burning kind, but my kind of romance none the less. Just in case you're wondering, no it is not a love at first site kind (thankfully). It was quite the opposite, which is what made it so good. The banter between the two main love interests is great! Watching them fall for each other was even better. Thank you Jennifer for not writing a forced love triangle. I liked that there's the love between friends and then there's the falling in love of the characters. The two different loves are very distinct and well written. I liked that just because Allyssa had guy friends, and close ones at that, didn't mean she had to be romantically linked to them. Their friendships were great. 

I loved the action in this book. Allyssa can kick some butt! There are also some great twists and turns in this book. Yes some of them are totally predictable, but the story itself is so well written, that it didn't bother me. The deception, the suspense, and the danger is well paced through out the story. Oh, andnd that killer ending! I NEED MORE! Jennifer Anne Davis's CAGE OF DECEIT has a new home on my coveted all time favorite bookshelves. Not many books make the cut, this is is a book I want more of. I need this book's sequel like now! I'll definitely be picking up more of Jennifer's books. 

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Excerpt
From Chapter One

Running along the edge of the rooftop, Allyssa kept an eye on the man below. He was three blocks ahead of her as he sprinted down the street, clutching a bag of coins. Allyssa jumped the two-foot gap to the adjacent rooftop, not wanting to lose sight of the thief. He slowed and turned a corner into an alleyway. With any luck, he’d hide there and she could catch him by surprise.
Allyssa couldn’t believe she was the one running on rooftops after him. Grevik had insisted only she could do such a thing because she was smaller, lighter, and more agile. She suspected her friend was just too much of a pansy to do it himself.
There was one more building to go. Unfortunately, the next one was much further away. If she had to guess, it was a good eight to ten feet. Keeping her breathing steady, she steeled her resolve and ran a bit quicker. She pumped her legs faster and faster, the edge of the rooftop rapidly approaching. Twenty feet to go. Why did she agree to this? Focus, she scolded herself. Now was not the time to think about it. Ten feet to go. Here goes nothing.

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About the Author


Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her high school sweetheart. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity. 
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CAGE OF DECEIT by Jennifer Anne Davis / Release Day Blitz & Giveaway



Happy release day to one of my favorite reads from this year! CAGE OF DECEIT by Jennifer Anne Davis is out TODAY and I'm thrilled to not only share my review later this morning, I'm also thrilled to be apart of today's release day blitz! Find out more about Jennifer's new release and enter to win below!



Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis
Reign of Secrets #1
Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: August 25th, 2015
Jennifer Anne Davis's best-selling True Reign series captivated readers from the very first page. Now, get ready to become entangled in the follow-up series, Reign of Secrets. In this new series, follow Allyssa, the daughter of the beloved Emperor Darmik and Empress Rema— and find out what happens after happily ever after.

Seventeen-year-old Allyssa appears to be the ideal princess of Emperion—she’s beautiful, elegant, and refined. She spends her days locked in a suffocating cage, otherwise known as royal court. But at night, Allyssa uses her secret persona—that of a vigilante—to hunt down criminals and help her people firsthand.

Unfortunately, her nightly escapades will have to wait because the citizens of Emperion may need saving from something much bigger than common criminals. War is encroaching on their country and in order to protect her people, Allyssa may have to sacrifice her heart. Forced to entertain an alliance through marriage with a handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom, she finds herself feeling even more stifled than before. To make matters worse, the prince has stuck his nosy squire, Jarvik, to watch her every move.

Jarvik is infuriating, bossy and unfortunately, the only person she can turn to when she unveils a heinous plot. Together, the unlikely pair will have to work together to stop an enemy that everyone thought was long gone, one with the power to destroy her family and the people of Emperion. Now the cage Allyssa so longed to break free from might just be the one thing she has to fight to keep intact. In order to save her kingdom, she will have to sacrifice her freedom, her heart, and maybe even her life.

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Excerpt
From Chapter One

Running along the edge of the rooftop, Allyssa kept an eye on the man below. He was three blocks ahead of her as he sprinted down the street, clutching a bag of coins. Allyssa jumped the two-foot gap to the adjacent rooftop, not wanting to lose sight of the thief. He slowed and turned a corner into an alleyway. With any luck, he’d hide there and she could catch him by surprise.
Allyssa couldn’t believe she was the one running on rooftops after him. Grevik had insisted only she could do such a thing because she was smaller, lighter, and more agile. She suspected her friend was just too much of a pansy to do it himself.
There was one more building to go. Unfortunately, the next one was much further away. If she had to guess, it was a good eight to ten feet. Keeping her breathing steady, she steeled her resolve and ran a bit quicker. She pumped her legs faster and faster, the edge of the rooftop rapidly approaching. Twenty feet to go. Why did she agree to this? Focus, she scolded herself. Now was not the time to think about it. Ten feet to go. Here goes nothing.

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About the Author


Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she finally married her high school sweetheart. She is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

ShadowhuntersTV Weekly Wrap Up


Happy Mundane Monday Shadowhunters! It's been another busy week this past week on the set of Shadowhunters TV. Check out some of the pictures and videos that the cast and crew, and even a few visitors to the set, shared with fans on Twitter. As always, be sure to visit ShadowhuntersTV.com for more!


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Recent Book News

Happy Weekend readers! Check out some of the latest book news. I know I've missed a lot, as I was on vacation recently, and wasn't online much while I was gone. Check out the latest book news from around the social media world from the last two weeks.

Cover Reveals



Find out more about Katie McGarry's cover reveal for Walk The Edge here


Find out more about the QUEEN cover reveal here


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Book Deals 

Books To TV & Movie News

Friday, August 21, 2015

LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman / Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway




Hello and welcome to today's blog tour stop for LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman. I LOVE this book. I'm so thrilled to have Eleanor on the blog today to share a guest post with us. And, 1 lucky winner will win a copy of LEGACY OF KINGS, which was released this past Tuesday! First, here's a little bit about Eleanor's newest release.

ABOUT THE BOOK




By: Eleanor Herman 
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: August 18th, 2015
Series: Blood of Gods & Royals #1
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N | IndieBound
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Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancĂ©e, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

AUTHOR GUEST POST


My Favorite Lines Legacy of Kings
Some historical novelists seem to forget that humans of all ages and places have a sense of humor, no matter how tragic their circumstances might be. So I try to inject a bit of humor now and then into the dialog or the characters’ thinking.
Having spent an entire day researching ancient laundry for Kat’s scene in the palace laundry, I had her watch men urinate in a tub and the laundry mistress throw a stained tunic into it.  So I gave Kat this thought:
Their cheap, unbleached tunics back in Erissa never needed urine, perhaps the single advantage to being poor.
When Heph wakes up with a gut-wrenching hangover—a word which sounds jarringly modern—I described it this way:
This is the Wrath of Dionysus. A common affliction that occurs when the wine god punishes those who honor him too enthusiastically.
But I suppose my favorite line of all is Princess Cynane’s, Alexander’s half-sister, a nasty bundle of pain and ambition. When she sets fire to a would-be assassin:
He falls to the floor, writhing as the flames turn his face into a blistering, bubbling mess. Leaning on her shield, she looks at him and smiles. “Call me ‘bit**’ again,” she says.


About The Author




Before the Game of Thrones craze swept the nation, Eleanor Herman was hard at work entertaining readers with her extensive research on courtly intrigue and romance. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings, as well as three other works of nonfiction: Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy.
Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel.

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