The synopsis of Blue Magic reads:
This powerful sequel starts in the small town in Oregon where Astrid Lethewood discovered an underground river of blue liquid—Vitagua—that is pure magic. Everything it touches is changed. The secret is out—and the world will never be the same. Astrid’s best friend, Sahara, has been corrupted by the blue magic, and now leads a cult that seeks to rule the world. Astrid, on the other hand, tries to heal the world.
Conflicting ambitions, star-crossed lovers, and those who fear and hate magic combine in a terrible conflagration, pitting friend against friend, magic against magic, and the power of nations against a small band of zealots, with the fate of the world at stake. Blue Magic is a powerful story of private lives changed by earthshaking events that will ensnare readers in its poignant tale of a world touched by magic and plagued by its consequences.
You can read my review here. As I said in my review, Blue Magic is a satisfying read.
Alyx Dellamonica’s writing is beautiful and eloquent. The world in Blue Magic is a complex one. It would have been extremely easy leave loose ends or wander off in directions that had no bearing on the big picture. Despite a couple situations where a reader may get lost in the whirlwind of events, the story is tightly woven and neatly finished. Any negatives I felt about the story have to do with what I bring as an individual to the story and my own preferences. They have nothing to do with Alyx’s writing ability. In fact, I am in awe of Alyx’s ability to paint such a vivid and palatable world and story; a world where I found the aftermath of the Vitagua spill believable, even if I had to talk my brain into accepting Vitagua. But if I can get over Red Matter… Vitagua was a lot easier to accept as something that is a thing.
It is because of Alyx’s ability to move an existing story forward, while interweaving the pre-existing story, that my brain was able to get over itself and accept even the romantic relationships and fantastical events, anchored with a good dose of realism and even mention of science. A very satisfying read, indeed.
I have 2 copies of this book to giveaway, courtesy of Tor Books.
1) Alyx Dellamonica loves birds. She wrote about her love of these animals in her Geeky Pleasures guest post. There are birds in all of her stories, include Sahara Knax’s starlings in Blue Magic. Leave a comment telling me what is your favourite bird and why.
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3) You have until Monday, May 7, 2012 at 23:59 PST to leave a comment. At that time, I’ll use a random number generator to select two winners. Winners will be notified by e-mail on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Winners will be announced on this website on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 16:00 PST.
4) If you have any questions, please e-mail me.
Remember, Alyx will be joining me tomorrow, live, on the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show, Friday, April 27, 2012.