The Shadow Weave
(Spell Weaver #2)
Publication date: January 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Clio might be a nymph living in exile among humans. And she might possess the rare ability to mimic any magic she sees. And she might have just seriously ticked off the most powerful family of spell weavers in the Underworld.
But she is not in love with an incubus.
Lyre is the rebellious black sheep of said weaver family, and he’s the only reason she survived her recent Underworld “vacation.” He’s also the sexiest thing she’s ever seen. Together, they have to track down a catastrophically dangerous magic—a magic he created, she sort of stole, and they both lost—before his family gets their hands on it. And that means fighting alongside him in a desperate attempt to avert complete disaster.
But she is definitely not in love with him. At least, she’s pretty sure she’s not.
Mostly sure. Maybe sure? …Crap.
Who is your favorite author and why?
I don’t have a favorite author–I love way too many. Instead, I’ll talk about an author whose work I love and whose style inspired me as a writer: Anne Bishop.
Anne is the author of the Black Jewels Trilogy, a truly unique fantasy world full of utterly unforgettable characters. (I will warn, however, that the series can be quite dark, so readers beware.) Her writing style stands out as inimitable. I love how she can slide between casual and lyrical language, and how her syntax is often unexpected in the best way.
I learned from her that it’s totally fine to break grammar rules for a purpose–even if that purpose is “it sounds cool”. I learned what an engaging character really means–what it feels like to have a fictional character embed themselves into your heart. I discovered how a series can be painfully dark and gritty in one chapter, then have me laughing out loud in the next. And I learned that readers don’t need to understand everything about a fictional world right off the bat–it’s okay to be confused by the mystifying bits and pieces, and it’s so satisfying when it all finally comes together.
I keep these lessons in mind for all my books, and though I’m not at Anne’s level yet, I strive for engaging characters that readers can’t get enough of, grittiness balanced by humor, and worlds built piece by piece as readers–along with the characters–discover them.
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat— Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.