As a proud Mercury in Aries native, I don’t finish books if i don’t want to. Hell, i don’t even get past the 2nd chapter if something gives me the shits. ESPECIALLY with fiction. The book is hurled across the room, ready to be donated to someone who appreciates drivel OR deleted at warp speed off my Kindle.
And, as you know, this site takes NO ads and nor I do whatever it’s called when you write up advertorial for $ because you are an influencer. I get asked to do this sort of thing several times a day but it’s old-fashioned to call it cash for comment as now it’s naked content or whatever. I still hate it. This site is like that little village in Gaul in the Asterix books as far as all that is concerned. It is my wonderful subscribers who maintain it, nothing else.
So even though Kim Falconer is an extremely good friend of mine and i think she is fantastic, she knew i would not mention her book if it did not gel or feel relevant. But it is. I haven’t really properly read a science fantasy book since my days of Ursula (LeGuin). But i read this from start to finish. And really, i think it’s because the heroine is super compelling. Like (apparently) Margaret Atwood, Kim uses her astrological genius to help with character formation and her lead, Ava Sykes, is a Virgo with Pluto Rising in Aquarius. It’s not artificial – the birthdate popped into Kim’s head and then wham, she did a chart for it and voila Ava.
She’s an MMA fighter with a fuqed up love life working the door at L.A.’s hottest nightclub a few years after a massive quake did more than just cause the obvious damage; it unearthed a whole race of supernatural beings who had been secretly lurking there all along. But being intelligent and beautiful these things have assimilated. Or would “infiltrated” be a more apt term? I can’t really say any more (as do not want to provide spoilers) other than that The Blood In The Beginning is fantastic & an obvious ‘get now’ recommendation for people who love original storylines, science fantasy, gritty urban vibe a la Jessica Jones and fierce female leads.
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