From the moment Alina touches London's hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in. Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
City of Fae is the latest Bloomsbury Spark eBook and was published on May 7th in the UK. It sounds like my kind of book and I'm looking forward to reading it - isn't the cover great?!
Big thanks to Pippa for this guest post!
The Toxic Fae
by Pippa DaCosta
I’m often asked how the fae in City of Fae are different, and why I chose to give them their unique toxic touch.
The fae who inhabit London are not your typical fae-folk. Beautiful and alluring, they entice hapless humans to them like carnivorous flowers lure unfortunate insects, with much the same conclusion. If we touch the fae, we begin to fall in love. And yet, like those insects, we just can’t help but let ourselves be caught. We want to love them. Unfortunately, the fae don’t love us back. And once bespelled, they can easily extract the life-force (or draíocht) of their victim. It’s deadly instalove!
So how did this approach come about? I had two reasons for fae in London being so very different. First, I wanted to take them out of the unreal and put them in our every-day setting. This meant taking the fae away from mythical lands filled with magic, and having them mingle with the likes of you and me. In many respects, this makes them more dangerous. They live alongside us, even though we are essentially their food. The second reason, I wanted to focus on how people can be seen as one thing to the world, when in fact, inside, they’re entirely different. The fae in City of Fae seek out the limelight. They’re beautiful, confident, and perfect in every way. But inside they harbour secrets. And those secrets are about to escape.
The main character of Reign really epitomises this dual nature of the fae. He’s a celebrity rockstar, and has something of a clichéd reputation. He loves the limelight, craves attention, and flaunts the laws. At the beginning of City of Fae, we think we know him, and so does the other main character, Alina. But it soon becomes apparent that Reign is not what he appears to be, and there are more secrets hidden behind his stage-smile than we could have imagined.
The idea that touching the fae is toxic to our health is one I really had a lot of fun with. Imagine love as weapon. Human beings are fools for love. The fae use that weakness to their advantage. In fact, we’re so besotted with them, we can’t see the ugly truth right under our noses, or in this case…beneath the city streets.
I can’t say much more without spoiling the surprises. Just remember that beauty is sometimes skin deep. From the streets of London, to a hidden prison beneath our feet; the lovers of the limelight, to monsters waiting in the dark—nothing is as it seems in City of Fae.
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