I am so lucky to have acclaimed author Craig DiLouie here today to answer some questions! I just read his book, Our War, and gave it 4 Stars! Obviously he has talent, and I need to know more about him and his book! So, let's start off with some basic, getting-to-know-you questions...
Books I finished reading in July with links to their reviews, Bookstagram from July, and upcoming books to read in August!
In this dystopian America, eerily similar to our own present time of 2019, a civil war is raging between the liberals and conservatives. The President was convicted of crimes and the Senate attempted to remove him from office; Marsh had different plans, however. He refused to leave his presidency, and the country exploded into kill or be killed. Now, there are hundreds if not thousands of individual militias, barely held together around either the Senate or the President's cause and fighting for their belief. Hannah Miller, a 10-year-old girl stuck in the middle of Indy with no one to help her must find a way to survive this war. She finds help with the Free Woman, a militia fighting on the liberal side. Unfortunately, her older brother Alex is fighting on the opposite side, due to unfortunate circumstances. Will they ever meet in battle? If they do, will their individual sides rip them apart or can they make peace with each other, and thus with the other side?
In this dystopian novel by Christina Dalcher, America is eerily similar to our own. However, in that world, women are only allowed 100 words a day, or else they are shocked by their wrist counters, the magnitude exponentially increasing with each additional unauthorized word. Jean, a cognitive linguist in another life, is given an opportunity after the president's brother is gravely wounded. The government needs someone who can help him, someone who can reverse Wernicke's aphasia. Helping the government will mean that she can go back to work, can get the abominable wrist counter off--for a while. But something doesn't sit right with Jean. The government seems to be wanting her research for another reason... What price will the world pay after she finishes her research? What price will she and her family pay?
The famous jouster Stephen Brightflame, his aerial warrior brother Tyrus Canard, and the fierce ranger Kari Quinn all battle the monsters attempting to take control of Celestial. Each has their own obstacles they must face, and all charge forward into the almost certain death. Will any of them survive this ordeal? Will anyone be able to save the city and its inhabitants from monster control? The mighty King Zoran, he who destroyed the infamous dragon, Draviakhan, now faces both his own grandson Prince Silvanus as well as the dragon's son, Nightstrike. Who will come out on top?
The ashah Estra, born in a convent and raised under the guidance of her rigid Faith, embarks upon her own quest of killing the evil sorceress who took everything from a young Estra. The ashah, equipped with her Asruelian blood and thus a rare blessing of true sight, as well as her trusty sword of starsilver and her golden flames of arcane power, plans on stopping at nothing until she gets what she wants; Helena's death. However, Estra finds her heart warming to the people around her, showing her that the world is not as dark a place as she had thought. Will she still be able to kill Helena without hurting her newfound friends? If she can't, will the world pay the price?
Isaac Philips, in this futuristic novel from another galaxy explores a tense political climate as a new species shows up unannounced, armed for war. With a plethora of futuristic inventions and a variety of alien races and worlds, Philips creates an entirely new universe, fraught with dangerous political times and on the brink of a great war. The book follows a Midek (one of the many unique races depicted), who loses his brother to an invader. His life is thus turned completely around, as he journeys to different worlds, navigating his way through the political climate and trying to do the best he can for those he believes in. Will it be enough?
In this Epic fantasy, Atheme is in control of the great nation of Felthespar, a mighty warrior region. Abaddon, nicknamed the Daemon, becomes best friends with Atheme as they fight together and work towards strengthening Felthespar and weakening her enemies together. The two go through many difficult trials throughout their years together, bringing the province of Vantrisk back under Felthespar's control, dealing with the border nation Revian, entertaining the citizens of Felthespar with tournaments, bartering with mercenaries, and eventually coming together to attempt to defeat the power of the legendary sword, Kargaroth. Along with these two main characters are also the local legend Cildar and his Cainite friend, Myris. Additionally, Kinguin, one of the smartest minds and most crafty sorcerers in the world, uses his skills to Felthespar's advantage. All serve vital roles in the wars and battles to come, and each friendship is tested to its breaking point. Who will triumph, and who will perish?