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Deadly Destinations journeys to the Half-Light City of M.J. Scott’s Shadow Kin and Blood Kin novels, both are available now. M.J. Scott gives advice for the best way to survive the City. A big thanks to Roc/Penguin for today’s giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Blood Kin.
A tourist? What’s that exactly? Just passing through for the fun of it? My advice is to do so quickly. The Half-Light City isn’t the sort of place to wander around without understanding what you’re up against.
That’s a fast way to get dead.
Certainly we get people moving to the City. It is the biggest and the best after all. But people come here to work or to seek out things better left unsaid. They either stay or die or leave again.
It’s not an easy place. Especially not now.
Why’s that, you ask? Well, the Blood–you know about the Blood, yes? The vampires. Anyway, they’re undergoing some–hmmm, let’s call it political upheaval right now. Looking for a new leader. Blood politics tends to be violent. You don’t want to get in their way.
And when the Blood are unsettled, everyone is unsettled. The Beasts are trying to guess which way the dice will fall and position themselves. And the humans and the Fae are just trying to make sure the whole thing doesn’t cause the City to implode.
Whether they’ll succeed is anyone’s guess.
But I’ll tell you, if you’re determined to look around. The best thing is to stick to the human boroughs. They’re safe enough. The Templars see to that and the human mages help them out.
There’s plenty to see and do. Architecture, galleries. You can visit the Guild of Mechanisers and see one of the new autocabs. Probably don’t have those where you came from. Just don’t break anything. You can’t afford the price.
If you’re determined to be foolish, then there’s also the border boroughs. Some of them are safe. After a fashion. Stick to those closest to the human boroughs and you’ll be okay. Gillygate the nicest of the border boroughs. Almost respectable.
If you’re after entertainment, the theater halls–The Gilt’s the best–are in Brightown. Not the sort of place to walk down the streets alone late at night but if you’re sensible, you’ll probably come out alive. People at the theater halls are too busy drinking and watching what everyone else is doing to cause too much trouble. As long as you don’t offend anyone.
If you find yourself in Seven Harbors, stop, turn around and then retrace your steps as quickly as possible. Seven Harbors is about as far as you want to go into the borders. Beyond that, things are slipping. And beyond the beyond is the Night World.
Not so safe for humans.
Well, because the Blood and Beasts might just take it into their heads to turn you into a snack. The Beasts might not be quite so quick to do so as the Blood but if you enter their territory, Holt’s End or Barrow, then you might not come out. They’re protective of their places, the Beasts. They tend toward the ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ school of diplomacy.
You need to be good to take down a Beast. A Templar can do it. Or a mage, or someone trained as an assassin. You? Don’t mean to be impolite but you don’t strike me as any of those things.
Better safe than sorry.
As for the rest of the Night World, where the Blood holds sway? You really don’t want to find out about that.
Yes, some people–bloody idiots–go to the Blood Assemblies. Yes, they like the thrill. But here’s the thing. Set foot into Blood territory and their rules go. Rule number one being: if they can convince you to say yes, anything goes. Trust me, the Blood are very persuasive. And nasty. You’ve heard of bloodlocking? Well, there’s no way back from that. There are too many families in this city who’ve lost loved ones that way. I’m sure many of those lost were “just curious” at first. But they went and played in the Night World and they paid for it.
Something wrong? You look a little pale. Did I scare you?
Sorry, but I have to say that’s a good thing.
Fear will keep you alive. So will knowledge.
So heed my advice and you’ll do just fine.
Oh, and one last thing. If you leave the City, go east. Or north. South even. Not west. West of Half-Light is Summerdale. The Veiled lands and the world below. The Fae are not to be trifled with. Especially now.
Take my word for it. I know. Now, pay for my drink and be on your way. What happens from this point on is entirely up to you…
M.J. Scott grew up in a family of avid readers who fostered her love of words. A long time reader of fantasy and romance, it was inevitable that her own stories combine the two genres. Her unpublished novels have won a number of awards including the Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Award and Valerie Parv Award and the Romance Writers of New Zealand’s Clendon Award. She is a two time finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Award. Shadow Kin, is her debut novel and has won praise from three New York Times bestselling authors and was a finalist in the 2011 Australian Romance Readers Association Awards in the Favourite Sci-fi, urban fantasy or futuristic category. She lives in Melbourne, Australia where she distracts herself with books, cats and yarn when she’s not writing.
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This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Roc
One lucky winner will win a copy of Blood Kin by M. J. Scott
Available June 5, 2012 from Penguin/Roc
About this Book:
Imagine a city divided. A city where human and Fae magic rests uneasily next to the vampire Blood and the shapeshifting Beasts. A city where a fragile peace is brokered by a treaty that set the laws for all four races… a treaty that is faltering day by day.
I didn’t plan on becoming a thief and a spy. But options are limited for the half-breed daughter of a Fae lord. My father abandoned me but at least I inherited some of his magic, and my skills with charms and glamours mean that few are as good at uncovering secrets others wish to hide. Right now the city has many secrets. And those who seek them pay so well…
I never expected to stumble across a Templar Knight in my part of the city. Guy DuCaine is sworn to duty and honor and loyalty — all the things I’m not. I may have aroused more than his suspicion but he belongs to the Order and the human world. So when treachery and violence spill threaten both our kind, learning to trust each other might be the only thing that saves us.
But even if a spy and a holy knight can work together, finding the key to peace is never going to be easy…
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