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Indigo Springs (Astrid Lethewood, Book 1) by A. M. Dellamonica

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By A. M. Dellamonica

Indigo Springs is a sleepy city the place issues appear lovely basic . . . till Astrid's father dies and he or she strikes into his condo. She discovers that for a few years her father were having access to the magic that flowed, actually, in a blue move underneath the earth, leaking into his condo. while she starts off to exploit the liquid "vitagua" to enchant daily goods, the consequences appear blameless adequate: a "'chanted" watch turns into a attraction that suggests you're continuously within the correct position on the correct time; a "'chanted" pendant permits the wearer to persuade somebody of something . . .

But as occasions in Indigo Springs spread and the genuine capability of vitagua is published, Astrid and her pals unwittingly embark on a trip fraught with energy, switch, and a destiny too devastating to think about. pals turn into enemies and enemies turn into pals as Astrid discovers secrets and techniques from her shrouded youth that would lead her to a future stranger than she may have imagined . . .

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He nodded and clucked his horse into motion. It was when the birds scattered from their path that the Adjunct found herself envying the captain. Before her the roused carrion-eaters exposed a carpet of armour, broken bones and meat. The air was hot, turgid and cloying. She saw soldiers, still helmed, their heads crushed by what must have been huge, terribly powerful jaws. She saw torn mail, crumpled shields, and limbs that had been ripped from bodies. Lorn managed only a few moments of careful examination of the scene around them before she fixed her gaze on the promontory ahead, unable to encompass the magnitude of the slaughter.

The captain grunted again.

There was virtually nothing else. No back story, no context, no real introduction of characters. It was, in fact, more Raiders of the Lost Ark than The Lion in Winter. Ambition never goes away. It may shuffle off, grumbling, feet dragging, only to slide across into something else – usually the next project. It doesn't take 'no' for an answer. In writing Gardens, I quickly discovered that 'back story' was going to be a problem no matter how far back I went. And I realized that, unless I spoon-fed my potential readers (something I refused to do, having railed often enough at writers of fantasy epics treating us readers as if we were idiots), unless I 'simplified', unless I slipped down into the well-worn tracks of what's gone before, I was going to leave readers floundering.

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