I am honoured to be included in the blog tour for Sine Light, the final book in the Night Creatures trilogy by Marianne de Pierres. I'm really digging the way this tour is structured:
- each tour stop features a character profile/chat type thing (I am thrilled to be hosting some info on Naif's gorgeous friend, Suki (my fave parts of the chat is where Marianne talks about loving writing Suki's parts ~ I loved reading them :))
- secondly, there is a running extract from Shine Light (extract one started here, my extract is #5 of 13).
|I am truly in awe of this gorgeous cover <3
Shine Light Blog Tour
Welcome to the Shine Light blog tour. At each stop we’ll be revealing something new about the characters in Shine Light. What makes them tick? Do they have any secrets? Read on to find out . . .
Suki seems to be everyone’s favourite character; bold, funny, loyal, practical. Who wouldn’t want a friend like her? Without her Naif would have found the transition into Ixion unbearable. Suki backed her up and taught her how to laugh; showed her what a friend can be.
On a personal note, Suki was a joy to create and write. I loved the idea of her coming from a matriarchal society where the males had a lower social status but were still valued because they were necessary for the continuation of the race – such a different background to Naif’s.
In Naif, Suki sees an intelligent person who’s been scarred by her upbringing. She wants nothing more than to set Naif free of the chains that bind her. She also likes the fact that Naif can think her way through situations and doesn’t give in.
But not everything is clear cut in Suki’s life. She’s run away from Ixion to meet up with a boy named Liam, which suggests that somehow their bonding was not considered acceptable at home on Stra’ha. This is a secret that Suki carries for the whole series and never tells anyone, even Naif. In fact, the reader won’t even realise it’s a secret unless they start to question why Suki has come to Ixion in the first place (one of my little author tricks!).
Unfortunately, the pair encounters many obstacles to their simple plan and in Shine Light we find out what happens to their relationship. I hope in those scenes the readers get a glimpse into how Suki and Liam’s society works and how it has shaped them. I also hope that I’ve conveyed the depth of admiration and pride that Liam feels for Suki. She is his warrior queen.
Break each code at the end of every blog post on the tour and your name will go in the draw to win a**super mystery prize** basket. Email your answers tomarianne@mariannedepierres.
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By Marianne de Pierres
Stop 5 of 13
Emilia saw the seriousness of their faces and spoke up. ‘What? What’s wrong?’
No one answered.
Markes closed his hand to make a fist and with the other picked up his cup and tooka sip of water.
Somehow he managed not to tremble. ‘Everyone who arrives on Ixion is fitted with abadge. It glows when you need to rest.'
‘You need more rest then?’
‘No. My time for rest – they call it petite nuit – is gone. My badge is expiring. You see,Em, Ruzalia rescued many young people like us and took them to Sanctus beforethey were withdrawn.’
‘Withdrawn?’ Emilia’s brow creased. ‘Isn’t that when the Ripers drain the youngpeople?'
‘Yes – although I’m not sure how many of them know about that.’
Naif swallowed and cleared her throat. ‘Joel promised he would spread word of it.Many more will have heard by now.’
‘What do you mean your badge is expiring, then?’ asked Emilia.
‘Even after Ruzalia got us to Sanctus, the badges kept working for a while. But thenthey began to fail, as if we’d been withdrawn. Those people . . . died.’
Emilia stared open-mouthed at Ruzalia.
The pirate’s face creased with frustration. ‘I’ve tried to find a way to revoke thebadges. They’re made by a science far greater than any I know.’
Silence fell around the table again.
Naif watched as Emilia took Markes’s hands in her own and held them tenderlyagainst her breast. ‘How long do you have?’ she whispered.
Markes shrugged, awkward with her gesture. ‘I’m not sure.’
‘No!’ Emilia’s shout pierced through Naif, echoing how she felt inside.
The girl let go of Markes’s hands and stood, turning to Naif, her face full of anger anddemand. ‘You must stop this happening! You must!’
What happens next? find out tomorrow Speculating on Specfic :)
My review for Shine Light will be up in the next week. Here's a few teasers from some fellow Aussie bloggers who have already posted their reviews:
If there’s ever an opportunity to return to Ixion, I’ll be there with streamers in my hands and bells on my feet. Book Probe
This book was the perfect way to finish this trilogy – even though the ending KILLED me. Once again Marianne de Pierres has created something mysterious and magical. Ruby
Shine Light is a thrilling, disturbing ride with moments of honesty, friendship and love. Fans of the series will find this to be an excellent conclusion and new readers – what are you waiting for? Read this series now! Vegan YANerds
Thanks Marianne de Pierres for taking the time to share about Suki and I hope you guys are really enjoying the blog tour