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Monday, April 15, 2013

And Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leicht: Read, Part 16 and G*I*V*E*A*W*A*Y


(Winners Announced: El Queso, Patty, and Jessi, thanks so much for participating in the drawing. Since there are only three of you, I'm going to throw in an Irish phrase book so you each get something. So the winners are...

The copy of and Blue Skies from Pain goes to El Queso
The journal goes to Patty
The Irish phrase book goes to Jessi

All of you please contact me via email at lauraleenutt (at) gmail (dot) com with your full names and addresses so I can get you your prizes. Congratulations to you all!

Also, here's a shot of the journal. I'm sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday. I think it's gorgeous. Stina did a great job.)



Today, we have something special to go along with our final segment of this read of and Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leicht. Two lucky commenters will receive one of the following:

  • A copy of and Blue Skies from Pain
  • A hand-made journal for and Blue Skies from Pain that Stina Leicht made just for this giveaway


I’ll post the winners of the giveaway here tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16.

And with no further ado, the end of and Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leicht. To review or catch up, you can find earlier parts of this review and commentary here. You can also find my reads of other books from Mercedes Lackey to Patricia Briggs there.

Enjoy!

SPOILERS!

Chapter 30

As a proof that he’s not a demon, Liam attends Christmas mass and takes communion. He has multiple snipers ready to take him out should he burst into flames, he has a whole chapel full of suspicious warrior priests, and he takes it all in stride with a sense of humor that makes Father Murray very nervous. After, Father Murray and Liam meet with Bishop Avery and the Pope’s secretary. The church agrees to an indefinite truce between the fey and the church in all of Ireland in exchange for Liam helping them figure out who is not really one of the fallen that the church might have killed otherwise. Liam has a lot of misgivings, but he ultimately agrees. In the bargain is a new identity, a new life essentially, and freedom to work with Father Murray to accomplish a greater good. Too, Liam arranges permission to tell his mother enough to spare her the belief that he is dead.

Reader Comments: Monsieur Paul doesn’t believe Liam is not a demon still. I suspect he’s going to become a long term villain. Liam may have maneuvered him out of the way for now, but knowing what I’ve seen of the man so far, that won’t stop him.

Writer Comments: At the end of a book there should be a notable change in the hero. In Of Blood and Honey, the first in The Fey and the Fallen series, Liam goes from avoiding involvement in anything to seeing a greater purpose for his life, dedicating it to a greater good. In this book, Liam goes from a point of still nearly broken to on the path of healing. Plus, he begins to actually achieve some of that greater good. He finds greater peace with himself and proves that he’s strong enough now to hold to his ideals. Compared to the terrified youth under a British boot in the first chapter of Of Blood and Honey, Liam has come a very long way. He is now a true hero.

Chapter 31

Liam calls home, knowing that soon he will disappear and become someone else. His little sister Moira answers and immediately knows it’s him. She also tell him that the dog is just frightened and wants to protect him and that it didn’t do all the horrible things Liam fears that it did. This shocks him. How can Moira possibly know about any of this? But she has something special about her, something Liam immediately realizes he needs to protect. Liam says farewell to his mother, tells her he’ll be living with his father’s people for a time, and not to believe whatever she hears.

Reader Comments: Whoa! Moira, whoa! That’s totally awesome about Liam’s little sister having something like this. It was utterly unexpected and makes everything else all the more complicated and fascinating. Liam said he knows what she is, but I’m still not clear on that. Still, finding out is going to be so much fun. With her, I suspect he’ll find it a lot more difficult to stay away from home, no matter how he needs to for other reasons.

Writer Comments: All major plot points have been resolved by this point, so what does Leicht do here? Simply, she gives her readers a taste of something dark and sweet and irresistible to draw them further into the series. The little bit about Moira is too enticing to ignore, so Leicht baits the hook for her next book, which I thoroughly hope to see in stores soon.

Overall Impressions: With her first two books in The Fey and the Fallen series, Stina Leicht has begun something unique in urban fantasy and propelled herself to my list of favorite authors. These books are dark, tragic, and utterly compelling. Stina Leicht has once more been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, an honor, in my opinion, she more than deserves.

My reads are pale shadows of the stories Leicht tells, and as always, I can never touch upon all aspects or subplots, so I highly encourage you to get the book and read it yourself. Experience what I could not relay in these brief reviews. Find where you disagree with me. Savor Leicht’s talent for drawing a reader in and gripping them by the gut until the very end.

Make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win in today’s giveaway, and come back next Monday. We’ll start reading Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland. Until then, I’ll see you all Friday for my interview with Amy Raby whose debut novel came out this month, Assassin’s Gambit, a Bronze Age fantasy romance.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting the review and setting up the giveaway!

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    1. El Queso, Patty, and Jessi, thanks so much for participating in the drawing. Since there are only three of you, I'm going to throw in an Irish phrase book so you each get something. So the winners are...

      The copy of and Blue Skies from Pain goes to El Queso
      The journal goes to Patty
      The Irish phrase book goes to Jessi

      All of you please contact me via email at lauraleenutt (at) gmail (dot) com with your full names and addresses so I can get you your prizes. Congratulations to you all!

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    2. Congratulations, El Queso. You won the copy of and Blue Skies from Pain. Please, follow the instructions on this blog so I can get it to you.

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  2. Stina is such a great writer. I have the book so I am entering to win the journal...

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    1. Patty, congratulations, you won the journal. Please, see instructions on the blog so I can get it to you.

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  3. Love your summaries, Laura! And cool givewaway. A journal? How nice!

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    1. Thanks, Jessi! And congratulations! I threw in a third prize since only three of you commented, so you get an Irish phrase book that promises to have some good humor inside.

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