Please join me in welcoming author Marie Treanor here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The second book in her Awakened by Blood series, Blood Sin, was just released on April 5, 2011. You can read an excerpt from Blood Sin here.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of either Blood Sin or Blood on Silk – winner’s choice. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband and three much-too-smart children. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and fantasy.
Join the party on her new blog, Marie Treanor’s Romantic Theme Party.
Buy Blood Sin (Awakened by Blood 2) at Amazon
Buy Blood on Silk (Awakened by Blood 1) at Amazon
Watch out for Blood Eternal (Awakened by Blood 3, coming October 2011)
Blood Sin – a Dark Faerie Tale?
by Marie Treanor
Even if you walk in the light, you can dwell in the dark…
Light versus darkness, good versus evil – the stuff of all good faerie tales! And, in the context of vampire stories, I’ll add hunters versus vampires. In Blood on Silk, the first book of my vampire romance trilogy, Awakened by Blood, the lines are fairly clear. Of course Elizabeth crosses them by falling in love with the vampire Saloman, and there is the hint that perhaps Saloman is not all evil. But the lines are still there
In Blood Sin, the second book, the lines grow blurred. Elizabeth is walking in the light of the hunters’ respect and trust, and she’s doing the right thing. She’s doing her best to protect her fellow descendants and jumps at the chance to fight more vampires in the cause of goodness and humanity.
Except of course, that she secretly still hankers after the “darkness” of Saloman’s love. Encountering him again in Blood Sin, she learns more about him and what makes him tick. And inevitably she begins to wonder if killing vampires is so good; if vampires themselves are , or have to be, inherently bad. Having already committed the sin of loving Saloman, is she opening the door to the ultimate blood sin? How dark, if you like, does Elizabeth’s faerie tale get?
I suppose it depends on the reader’s perception. But for me, Saloman’s “darkness” only exists until you understand him. You don’t have to agree with him, but you can understand his point of view, get to know him as Elizabeth does… And then perhaps the darkness isn’t so black after all. Maybe instead of Elizabeth falling into darkness, Saloman could step further into the light. Or perhaps the lines between were always false boundaries.
In faerie tales, “good” doesn’t always win. Take the poor little match girl who died of cold and starvation. Or the miller’s daughter who’s so desperate to live that she promises her child to Rumplestiltskin in return for his spinning the king’s straw into gold – and who then, although she has the advantage of being Queen and rich, becomes tied for life to a man who only marries her for greed. Looked at from this slightly different angle, it’s Rumplestiltskin, surely, who knows the value of human life and keeping promises. (In fact in the second of our Fairytale Fantasies, Demon Lover, Bonnie Dee and I explored just this angle in an adult re-telling of the Rumplestiltskin tale J)
In Blood Sin, my own dark faerie tale, good and evil still exist. There is a good path to follow and a happy ending to strive for. But it could be that that path and that ending are very different to the ones Elizabeth originally aimed for at the end of Blood on Silk.
So, in Elizabeth’s shoes, what would you do?
A) Stay away from the vampire!
B) Kill the vampire!
C) Try to bring the vampire “into the light”.
D) Become a vampire with him.
E) Something else – what?
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of either Blood Sin or Blood on Silk – winner’s choice.
To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:
What is your favorite dark faerie tale and why?
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6. Giveaway ends Thursday, April 21st at 11:59 PM EST.
7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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