I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick’s Day.
Today, we return to Liam Kelly, half-fey hero of Stina Leicht’s and Blue Skies from Pain. When last we left him, he had been blackmailed by Seamus, an IRA unit leader, who kidnapped him and Father Murray. Liam drives for them or he and Father Murray die.
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While Seamus goes over that night’s hit with the team, Liam looks for any chance to escape and rescue Father Murray. He also notices that most of the rest of the team’s trust in Seamus is stretched dangerously thin. However, unsure quite how to make use of this fact, Liam at least manages to talk Seamus into allowing him to test drive their getaway route from the bank to the drop off and to acquire a decoy car or two. When he and Frankie go out to test drive the getaway car, Frankie confesses that he thinks Seamus has it in for them that night and that none of them are going to make it. He looks to Liam to figure out how to escape whatever Seamus has planned.
Reader Comments: This chapter was so much fun. It was a nice return to parts of Of Blood and Honey, and Liam’s love of cars and racing came through so beautifully that, even though I know practically nothing about cars, it was exciting to read.
Writer Comments: There is a moment in this chapter, literally two sentences, that is absolutely crucial, “A flicker of confusion passed over Seamus’s face so fast that Liam wasn’t entirely certain he’d seen it. Seamus glanced at Mickey and the moment was gone” (page 267). Immediately, as a reader, I figured out that the Fallen were probably controlling Seamus and using him to get Liam and likely something else I don’t know about yet, else they would have gone ahead and killed Liam. Whether that was a red herring or a true clue, writers should give readers hints along the way so that when things are finally revealed, they don’t come totally out of left field.
One of Father Murray’s captors treats him to breakfast while another holds a gun on him. Though blindfolded, Father Murray can hear the gun cocked, the safety released and engaged. He struggles to figure out who kidnapped them and why until at last, he realizes that the man holding the gun on him is the half-breed boy he let escape years before at Waterford.
Reader Comments: Oh! And it comes full circle. I was not expecting that one; though, thinking back, I suppose I should have. It makes a lot of sense and makes this even more personal.
Writer Comments: I’ve heard writers and editors go back and forth about whether or not a prologue has any value. Now, in this chapter, I would say that Leicht’s prologue in and Blue Skies from Pain does have value. Leicht could have given all this information in flashback or narration, but it would not have been nearly as exciting as it was in the prologue. However, if the prologue’s events did not link up significantly to the main story, it would be pointless to have it. However, Leicht makes certain to tie them together in a very personal and interesting way.
Thank you for joining us for these chapters of and Blue Skies from Pain. We’ll resume Stina Leicht’s book next Monday. Until then, stop back by on Friday for further forays books, fiction, the speculative, and life.