Friday, February 15, 2019

SPOTLIGHT Audio w/INTERVIEW - EPIC FANTASY - VENGEANCE (Darkhurst, #2) by Gail Z. Martin

Darkhurst, #2
by Gail Z. Martin
Narrator: Will Damron
Length: 19 hours 58 minutes
Released: August 31st 2018
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Top 10 List
Gail Z. Martin's Top 10 Reasons to be a Monster Hunter
  1. You have a reason to own really cool, unusual weapons
  2. You don’t have to get up early in the morning, because most monsters come out at night.
  3. You’ll meet the most interesting people—dead or alive
  4. Rules for normal people don’t apply to you
  5. You’ll get really good at picking locks and sneaking into crypts.
  6. Some of your allies may not be entirely human.
  7. You’ll get good with magic—and explosives
  8. You’ll always have the best stories to tell at the pub.
  9. Scars are sexy.
  10. You’ll save lives, and maybe the world, even if no one else ever knows it

Fighting the monsters that killed their family and friends cost undertaker brothers Corran and Rigan Valmonde their home and livelihood and made them wanted men - but the worst is yet to come.

The city-state of Ravenwood is wealthy, powerful, and corrupt. Merchant princes and guild masters wager fortunes to outmaneuver league rivals for the king's favor and the best trading terms. Ambitious and ruthless leaders use betrayal and assassination to gain their ends. Blood magic conjures monsters to further the goals of the ruling class, and the price of stolen power is paid for by the deaths of commoners. Now, the fate of Ravenwood hangs in the balance as rival city-states maneuver to gain advantage.

When Corran and Rigan and their friends became outlaw monster hunters and fled beyond the walls of Ravenwood City, they thought they had defeated the source of the abominations that killed so many of their friends and loved ones. But the more successful they become at destroying the creatures, the more they realize a greater evil is at work - larger and more monstrous than they ever could imagine....


Profile of Corran Valmonde, protagonist of Vengeance
Corran Valmonde is the oldest of the brothers, not yet twenty-one and forced to step into the role of provider and protector after the deaths of their parents. He’s an undertaker by trade, a hereditary profession, so the family business falls to him, as well as training Rigan. Their mother was killed by the monsters that roam the city, and their father was beaten to death by the corrupt city guards. Corran’s betrothed, Jora, and other friends also fell prey to the creatures, which the guards refuse to do anything about, but stop the citizens from hunting. Corran and his friends become illegal monster hunters, risking their lives and livelihoods to stop the mayhem. Rigan Valmonde is two years younger than Corran. He’s done his best to pitch in and help carry the load since their parents died. Then he discovered that he’d inherited their mother’s forbidden magic, and Rigan has struggled to learn how to use his power without accidentally hurting anyone, while trying to avoid the notice of the guards. Polly is fourteen, a street-wise and world-weary runaway who is part of Corran and Rigan’s ‘found family’ of outlaws. Polly is quick with a knife and sharp with her wit. She can take care of herself, but just as importantly, she poses a deadly threat to anyone who threatens those she considers to be her kin.

Q&A with Corran Valmonde, protagonist of Vengeance
  • Have things gotten better, now that you’re outside the walls of the city?
    • Yes and no. We’ve gotten some breathing space, hiding in abandoned monasteries, and we’ve outrun the guards—so far. But they’re never far behind, and we have to keep moving. Still, we fight the monsters on our own terms, and we’re protecting the villagers and farmers. So it’s a job that needs to be done, and I guess we’re the ones to do it.
  • Do you miss being an undertaker?
    • Oddly enough, yes. The grave magic that Rigan and I use to send souls to the After makes it possible to assure that the dead rest as easily as they can. That made a difference to the families who paid us to take care of their loved ones. It’s not a fancy job, but I believe it’s honest and important work. Out here, on the run, we sometimes still take care of a burial, when the situation arises. That’s when I know that the business doesn’t just run in the family—it’s a part of me. If and when we ever get to settle down again and give up hunting, I think Rigan and I will be undertakers again.
  • Did you ever think you’d be an outlaw?
    • I became an outlaw when I chose to hunt the monsters, since hunting is against the king’s law. But I didn’t see that there was a choice, since we lost so many people to the creatures and the guards wouldn’t do anything. Now we know why. I wish that none of the deaths that led us here had happened. But they did, and someone needed to do something to stop the killing. We stepped up to the challenge, and being an outlaw came with it.
  • How do you feel about Rigan’s magic?
    • I’ve never been afraid of Rigan, but I have been afraid for him. Magic is illegal in Donderath, except for the priests or the pet mages of the aristocracy. I wouldn’t wish either situation on Rigan. He’s done his best to learn how to control his power, how to use it to fight monsters and protect people. It’s cost him a lot, and nearly killed him more than once. I know that officially, magic is supposed to be wrong. But Rigan’s my brother, and the magic is a part of him—just as it was from our mother and grandmother. Wrong or right, he’s my brother, and anyone who wants to hurt him has to come through me, first.

Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and the Assassins of Landria. Together with Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of Iron & Blood, Storm & Fury (both Steampunk/alternate history), and the Spells Salt and Steel comedic horror series. Newest titles include Tangled Web, Vengeance, The Dark Road, and Assassin’s Honor. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance, with her Witchbane and Badlands series

Narrator Bio
Will Damron is an Audie Award-winning narrator, as well as a three-time Voice Arts Award-winner, who has recorded books in genres ranging from thriller to fantasy, young adult, nonfiction, romance, memoir, and more. He has performed Off-Broadway and in regional theater throughout New England and his native Virginia, and is also a published fiction author. He lives in Los Angeles.
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