Monday, May 20, 2013

Blog Tour Stop for Descendant

Hi!  Welcome to the blog stop for Descendant by Nichole Giles!!  We are excited to have you here.

About DESCENDANT: Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.
Blessed-or cursed-with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he's a missing piece of her own soul.

Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she's not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it's not only Abby's life at stake.

First up, we have a guest post for you from Nichole

The Descendant Villains

I think one of the most interesting parts of writing is creating villains and giving them a back story. As is the case with protagonists, the villain or antagonist needs to have history and motivation and flaws.

When I write, I’m not a fan of outlining. I’m what’s called a pantser, meaning I write my stories freely, letting them unfold however they come, and then going back to fill in plot holes and cut out unnecessary scenes and details. So it took several drafts of Descendant before I managed to get the villains right.

There are a few villains in Descendant, and while they’re all definitely connected, they each have different motivations and desires. Juri, who we meet—however briefly—in the first chapter, wants power and comfort, and is willing to do whatever he can to get it, even if it means betraying the men who were once like brothers to him. Boone, Juri’s sometimes-comrade, has a more basic desire. Money. If he could just get his hands on enough money, he’d retire to a remote island somewhere and live in wealth and comfort for the rest of his life. Both men believe that the fastest way to have what they both want is to free the Dark Prince, Tynan, and assist him in his rise to power over the human world.

And let’s be honest. If a dark prince took control of the world, his two trusted assistants would probably have all the wealth, power, and comfort they wanted. Or, you know, they could. Theoretically.

Which leads us to the Dark Prince Tynan. What does he want? Freedom. And revenge, because let’s face it, he’s bitter about his circumstances, and ridiculously jealous of Theron, his biological brother, for being the one their parents kept, and for being raised in a life of luxury while he was sent to live in the underworld. So yeah, he basically wants Theron’s life, and he is so overcome by anger and hatred that he will do whatever it takes, and kill whomever stands in his way. Including and especially Abby and Kye.

So here we have three solid, scary villains, who all have different motivations, but who are willing to work together in order to reach their desired results. A scary combination? I think so. 

Who are your all-time favorite story villains? 

Our Review:

Abigail Johnson‘s life is turned upside down after finding her grandmother dying on the kitchen floor, a victim of a tragic burglary.   Beginning her life over in Wyoming, isn’t quite what Abigail had in mind.  Her life is completely transformed during a class spring break trip in Yellowstone National Park upon meeting the mysterious Kye, whom she is inexplicably drawn to.  For Kye is one of the “gifted.”  Kye can communicate with animals, see the fae and has a white moose familiar  (thought that was funny).  However, Abigail is also ‘”gifted”.  She can heal and has second sight.  Using these abilities, Kye and Abigail embark on a mission to find several of the Lost Elan Keys, a lost magical civilization (similar to Atlantis?) to prevent the opening of a demon portal, which when opened will usher in the end of all mankind.  

It was refreshing to read a story in first person.  Currently, I am reading several novels based on several different characters, perspectives.  I often feel like I have to take notes!  

At first, I though Descendent was about witches, then I realized it was about reincarnation and the redemption of love.  Though slow at parts, the story line was engaging and kept my attention.  I would have loved to see a brief history or legend of the Elan!  Maybe something fun for the future Nichole?  All in all, Descendent was an enjoyable read and I look forward to the continuation of the story!

Reviewed by:  Brenda

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About Nichole Giles: Nichole Giles was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the West. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along. 


Nichole Giles said...

Thanks so much for participating. Great idea about the history. I'll keep that in mind for future volumes!

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