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Monday, July 23, 2012

Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht: Read, Part 9

We return to our reading of Stina Leicht’s Of Blood and Honey, an urban fantasy during The Troubles and involving a war between the fae and the fallen. To catch up or review, see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.



Chapter 17

Liam wakes after his harrowing flight from the bank robbery and murdering the constable, feeling awful and worse when Mary Kate shows fear toward him. Oran comes and discusses Liam’s condition with Mary Kate. They debate whether or not he’s one of the fae and how dangerous he might be, Mary Kate proclaiming that Liam is nothing more than human. Later, Oran brings a priest to help Liam. The man demonstrates great persistence and eventually coaxes a confession from Liam, but it does nothing to alleviate his guilt or the memory of the man he murdered.

Reader Comments: It will be interesting to see what role this priest plays. Will he appear again, and if he does, will he side with Liam when his fae nature becomes so obvious that no one can ignore it? In my opinion, Liam’s dark fairy nature will become apparent, no matter how hard he tries to suppress it.

Writer Comments: Realism marks the importance of this scene. Realistically, Liam would not overcome the emotional impact of the robbery and murder overnight or after a confession. With his character, he’ll never fully recover. Also, Mary Kate, for all she loves Liam, should exhibit some level of caution toward him, especially if he does the things in his sleep she implies, growling included. A story gains validity and a character sympathy if it does not resolve emotional trauma immediately. Humans do not shift at the snap of fingers and neither should characters.

Chapter 18

Liam wins a car race and faces the possibility of joining the racing club. He borrows a car to take Mary Kate home while they discuss the possibility of his joining. Mary Kate challenges him and claims he’s just running away from things. Liam argues with her. When Mary Kate pushes him, his anger gets the better of him and he decides to kill the beast by driving the car into the lake. The moment the tires leave the pavement, he changes his mind, but it’s too late. Fortunately, he gets Mary Kate and himself out of the sinking car just in time. After, they spend months fighting. Then, one evening, Mary Kate greets him wearing very little and insists she wants to go ahead and have that baby.

Reader Comments: Liam driving the car into the water took me by surprise. Of course, I suppose that works well because it took the characters by surprise as well. Still, he maintained his heart the instant he regretted the decision and rescued Mary Kate.

Writer Comments: A baby will increase the stakes. New and innocent life, something that plays into our instinctive nature, always increases tension and fear in a story’s characters and in the reader.

Thank you for joining me for today’s chapters of Stina Leicht’s Of Blood and Honey. Join me next Monday for the next section and Wednesdays and Fridays for further forays into books, fiction, the speculative, and life.

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