January 08, 2019

#ReleaseDay #GuestPost Analiese Rising by @brendadrake

Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Fantasy 
About the Book:

Half-Blood meets Antigoddess in a thrilling, romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake.

When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.

But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.

Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

About the Author: Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother's animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she's not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Do you think that beings in fantasy are overdone?

Fantasy beings like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Werewolf, have been around since the 1800s. Other beings from folklores have been passed down for generations. Such as faeries, changelings, mermaids, and so on. I personally never tire of the fantastical creatures that populate literature. Authors have put their own twists on these characters and stories, placed them in the current world, made them sparkle (unfortunately), and given them their own personalities, which has kept them fresh in the minds of readers. 

Recently, I read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White. It has a character that is connected to Dr. Frankenstein and follows her story. It’s a great read. Telling a story from another character than the fantasy beings we love, gives the creature a new light. We get to see the creatures from a normal character’s eyes. There are so many opportunities to refresh the old and tried fantasy beings by putting a new twist to them. I don’t think I’ll ever feel that beings in the fantasy genre are overdone. 

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