Redeeming the Unredeemable
Hi all! It’s been a while since I’ve been here, but I always love spending time on Reading Between the Wines. Thanks for having me back and letting me talk about Marked for Death. For those of you just catching on to the series, this is the last book in the Inherited Damnation series. If you’d like to check out the first, it’s available free – Cursed to Kill.
I’ve said it many times; Marked for Death is my favorite book in this series. It was the first time I delved into a truly dark character…and I haven’t delved this dark since, frankly. Not because I shy away from it, but I’ve just not had the opportunity in other works to fiddle with a character as unique as the hero, Taran. So let’s take a peek at the top five reasons this is my favorite in the series:
5. Taran is full of angst. Not the broody, self-loathing, “hide in the basement” type of angst. But the “Screw off, get out of my way or I’ll kill you” sort of way. He’s accepted what he is, knows he can’t really change it, and he’s done things he can’t undo. To me, that makes him real and atypical of the “Angel-esque” bad guy trying to be good and repent.
4. Solene, the heroine, is particularly strong. One has to be when confronting the person who previously killed you. Her “do I seek vengence or…” struggle was really, really fun to craft.
3. The siblings’ dynamics come into full play in this book, and as the story moves along, more realistic family ties start to interweave. I was able to pull out small threads that were merely hinted at and wrap them up, accordingly, between all the brothers and sisters. Plus, putting them all in the scenes at the same time, when previously it’s been only a couple here and there, save for the very first book, was a great little reunion, if you will.
2. The history. Usually, when I interweave history, it goes way back. And true, the Selgovae Celt history is present, which makes me all kinds of giddy. But when it came to Solene and Taran, there are smaller little bits of more recent history, which allowed me to do some research on things I normally wouldn’t. Plus it’s in France. And France is… well…French and romantic!
1. The love story grabbed me by the heartstrings and wouldn’t let go. Once I figured out the history between these two, reuniting them made me cry. There are several scenes where, even as I write this post years after writing the book, I can see their faces, feel the nuances in their touches. It’s tragedy given a second chance. Utter and complete loss rewound. Lovers reunited after a final, terminal end. Consider, if you will, how many people would kill for the opportunity to share one more kiss with someone they’ve loved and lost? This was the most compelling aspect of Marked for Death, and the part I enjoyed the most. These two are such a perfect pairing it also makes it difficult to craft that deep dynamic between anyone else, and creates the largest reason why I’ve not had the opportunity to go this dark before with characters. (Although Templar fans… all I will say: Declan.)
There you have it – the five reasons Marked for Death is my favorite in the series. I hope you’ll give it a look-see! Really, sincerely, hope; I think you’ll like these two as much as I do.
Meanwhile, if you would, share your thoughts on dark characters. Do you like them broody like Angel? Or do you like them dark and accepting they are dark, like… well… like Taran?
About the Author:
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, Award-Winning Author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy--a must-read for speculative fiction fans. For romance fans, she also writes as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire and historical romance as Sophia Garrett.
In her non-writing time, she owns and operates Finish The Story, a full-scale editing house co-founded with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. She lives in Missouri and enjoys cooking, studying ancient civilizations, and spending downtime with her two sons and too-many horses, cats, and dogs.
To learn more, visit her at: claireashgrove.com or toristclaire.com. For all the latest updates look for the Untamed Spirit blog, via any of her websites.
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