Another set of awesome fanmade ICoS book covers.
Another set of awesome fanmade ICoS book covers.
The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind…
Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes. Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can't get to him directly, they do the one thing he's always feared.
They go after Miquel.
Now, in order to save his lover's life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world's next war. The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.
Gosh, this one went through so many stages, so I thought I'd show them. I still don't really think it's finished. I usually put together fully Fantasy based images, so time period appropriate clothing, hairstyles, etc etc are never usually an issue, and even though I gave it my best shot with this (1930's Spain), I still wavered pretty hard!
Firstly, the Los Nefilim are born of Angels or Daimons, or in Diago's case, both. And I love putting wings on things. So it started out something like this, a moment of affection between Miquel and Diago:
But then, I wanted to stay a little truer to Teresa Frohock's vision, in which the Los Nefiilim look mostly human, however I still wanted to show that these men are part ethereal in nature. I made the wings more of a suggestion..
And then.. I had a thought, and it made me actually kind of teary.. Diago and Miquel have a son, Rafael. The relationship between the three is just gorgeous.. I mean, breathtakingly so.. So, although I didn't want to add a third figure into the image, I thought "What if this was a photo, taken by Rafael as he was watching his father's finally lose themselves in a moment of pure love..?".. I actually did have a bit of a weep. No kidding! Probably a combo of heavy steroids and beautiful writing on behalf of Teresa Frohock, but I did. This is where I stopped, because that was enough for me.. It'll probably be fixed a little more in the future, but for now, this is enough.. I have no idea about what type of photographs would've been able to be taken in that period. nor how they would've aged, but I liked the idea of sepia. So this is it. For the moment..
(it's still a preorder for anywhere outside the UK I believe!)
At the end of The Godless, Mireea lay in ruins, the dead of the city had risen as ghosts, and the keepers Fo and Bau had been slain by Zaifyr.
The Mireeans have now fled to the city of Yeflam with the immortal Zaifyr in chains to barter for their safety. With the threat of war arriving at the Floating Cities, Zaifyr's trial will become the center of political games. However, Zaifyr is intent on using his trial to begin a new war, a motive that many fear is an echo of the dangerous man he once was. Ayae, a young girl cursed with the gift of fire, sees a chance to learn more of her powers here in the floating city, but she is weighed down by her new responsibilities regarding the safety of the Mireean people.
Across the far ocean, exiled Baron Bueralan and cartographer Orlan have arrived in the city of Ooila with some chilling cargo: the soul of a dead man. As the two men are accepted into the city's court, they are pulled ever deeper into the Queen's web of lies and deceit. All the while, a rumor begins to spread of a man who has come ashore, whose seemingly innocent presence threatens them all.
So, this is kind of In Lieu of a Review. See, the general gist, is that if my brain is inspired enough to force itself to work for hours and hours on an image from a book, you can be assured the book must be pretty bloody good. Even if the image isn't! Cause I'm a lazy kind of person, so if I could get rid of the urge, and stare mindlessly at a wall instead, I probably would..
In actual fact, as much as a review would probably make the author/publisher a lot happier, this kind of thing actually represents a hell of a lot more to me, than any words I could conjure up about the book.
So, yep, make of that what you will! I'm going to go back to staring at the wall for a bit now... ;)
I understand why some reviewers are offended, I get it. On the other hand, this is fiction. It is a light novel. Fiction is, of course, based on non-fiction, but it amazes me the amount of people nowadays that get offended by anything related race, gender, sexuality. No one can write, have an opinion or just write a silly book (a book intended to entertain) without someone getting upset. While I was reading it (or while I am reading anything that involved these taboo topics) I read it with the intention to enjoy and be entertained, and not over-analyzed everything (mind you, not always. There are some occasions when one HAS to analyzed SOMETHING).
Anyway, I liked this book for what it was, a YA about a gay young man in his final year at high school, and struggling to come out to his best friend, also first love. Taking aside the romance, it was good. Nothing angsty, just a chapter in a student's life, having classes, hanging out with his friends, taking care of the school's newspaper, meeting new friends (also in the closet... sort of).
As for the romance... it was MEH. It would have been better if Jamie and Mason haven't been friends since children. They did not seem that close. And for Jamie, it was a case of "huh, Mason is cute.. looks like Darren Criss", followed by "Ok, I shouldn't think my BFF is cute, but HE IS. He is EXACTLY like Darren Criss", followed by "eh? I have a crush on him, my own Darren Criss", followed by, "I love him". Like, in a chapter. (And really, it is kind of hard to NOT imagine Mason as Darren Criss... the author insisted that Mason looked like Darren).
The girls shipping for their classmates was weird. As in, do girls in real life ship for real life people? As in, making doujinshi of them? Of her friend and his friend?? I am not talking about idols and actors, but of close friends. Classmates. Girls imagining and creating stories of their classmates in romantic situations... weird. And awkward.
There isn't really much art in the book. Better said, it lacks art (there is one DJ... and two weird drawings of Mason and Jamie), and it lacks music (Jamie is supposed to be part of the school band, but he plays the trumpet only at the end of the book. Wouldn't it have been better if there was more about the band? Or if Jamie was more nerd? But wait, he was popular, played sport, was part of the band, of the newspaper... too bad the author did not focus on one extracurricular activity only, and wrote more about it, instead of making it all superficially).
The conclusion to Jamie's problems was a total "what? that's it??". For almost all the book he is having these inner conflicts to come out to Mason, fearing that he will lose his friend in the process. And it turns out to be all for nothing. It was really silly.
Two things that stood out for me, and that distracted me from the story:
- Eating habits in the life of an American teenager: specially if his/her parents work full time or if the student eats at school. All based on pizza, fries, soda, burgers...
- Girls shipping for Remus/Sirius (eww) and for Spike/Angel (double eww).