For the past few days I've been hungrily reading an MS submitted to IP that hopefully the author will let us have now that we've made an offer. I'm really enjoying it and today, got involved enough I was actually crying over a couple of different scenes and getting quite emotionally upset. What really scares me is that although I'm about 80% through the book and plenty of seriously heavy stuff have happened already, I think the most wrenching bits are yet to come. And since the beginning is kind of downbeat and the story is kind of flashback, I'm really scared that the book is going to have a major, major uphappy ending. Not that it has to have a happy one but OUCH is this going to be a bad one. I'm guessing. Maybe I'm wrong but...
This book is one, BTW, that I think will STRONGLY appeal to fans of Storm Constantine. I wouldn't say necessarily all her Wraeththu fans, since quite a few people who love Wraeththu really aren't interested in her more darker works, but wow, if you enjoyed Burying the Shadow, Grigori, Magravandias, Thorn Boy, then you will love this. Also if you enjoyed The Chosen because like that book, this one has some bits that are relentlessly downbeat with some pretty graphic violence and torture. There are bits of calm, love, sex, but also quite a bit of flinch-worthy carnage.
I have to say, though, there are tons and tons of parallels within the story to Wraeththu/Grigori/Burying the Shadow, almost making me think it's another "Watchers" based story. I mean, when one of the main groups in the story is this bunch of beautiful, immortal magic-endowed Gothic androgyne vampires, you just CAN'T ignore the connection, you know!
Meanwhile the narrator, main character Alix, reminds me of the Cal we see in Fulfilments so much at times it's uncanny. The boy is just SO guilty and convinced he's no good, even though (I think) it turns out it's his destiny to save the world. Oh, and I totally love him ;)
I REALLY hope the author accepts the offer and I get to edit this book. Really! In the meantime, I need to finish reading it the first time through :)