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Blue Magic Paperback – April 10, 2012
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About the Author
A.M. DELLAMONICA is the author of Indigo Springs, which won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Sci-Fiction and Strange Horizons, and in numerous anthologies; her 2005 alternate-history Joan of Arc story, "A Key to the Illuminated Heretic," was short-listed for the Sideways Award and the Nebula Award. Dellamonica lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Her newest novel, CHILD OF A HIDDEN SEA, launches a new trilogy called The Hidden Sea Tales, and has been nominated for a 2014 Lambda Award for best SF/Fantasy novel.
Dellamonica's fiction began to appear in print in 1986, and despite repeated washings, remains in circulation in a variety of print and on-line locales. Her alternate history of Joan of Arc, "A Key to the Illuminated Heretic," was short-listed for the 2005 Sidewise Award and in 2006 she was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts' Grant for Emerging Artists for her novel THE WINTERGIRLS. She teaches writing through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and blogs extensively about writing, photography, mass media and, inevitably, her cats..
In her spare time, she volunteers for the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, gardens, and is an avid digital photographer. Her 1989 marriage to writer Kelly Robson became legal in 2003.
"Being a writer is like being Spiderman. It may not always be easy--at times, it can be terribly hard. The highs are stratospheric, while the lows... occasionally, you even want to quit. But storytelling is a form of superpower; once it gets hold of a person, it will express itself one way or another. The trick is to find a way to tell your tales, to the best of your ability, while living a full and vibrant life."
Top Customer Reviews
The first book introduces us to Astrid, who upon returning to her hometown of Indigo Springs discovered a powerful source of magic with which she can enchant objects and people. Her longtime friends Jacks (who loves her) and Sahara (whom Astrid loves but Sahara's true love is herself), and her mother become involved and after some argument over how to handle the magic, tragedy ensues for some and Astrid is locked up by the government. Blue Magic picks up shortly after and broadens the canvas to global (and actually beyond) impact, and involves literally world-shaking and world-changing events.
The characters in the first book were a mixed bag for me. I found Astrid the most interesting, but a bit too passive and I can't say I really cared over-much what happened to her. Jacks was mostly a blank slate for me, a role to fill rather than a fully created character. And Sahara was just a bit too on the nose in terms of playing the villain. The side characters had little to endear me to them or set them apart. And the basic premise of the magic always seemed too strong to me in the sense that I never shook the feeling that things could have turned out so much better and so much easier had they just "done this or this or that" with the magic, which seemed wholly possible.
This nagging feeling only worsened as we entered Blue Magic, which ratcheted up the entire conflict into a literal war between/among four factions: The U.S.Read more ›
When I see the word "magic," I immediately think "fantasy;" but "Indigo Springs" and "Blue Magic" seem to me to be at least as much science fiction as anything else. Think of magic as a virus, isolated over the centuries by a small group of Fyremen dedicated to protecting the unwary and destroying both the virus and all of its vectors (people who have learned to channel the virus into productive applications); think of a small number of geographically segregated "wells" (existing in the wild, so to speak, unknown to the Fyremen) in which the contagion has over the years become concentrated and contained, like radioactive waste, in silos, under pressure; and then imagine what it's like when the seal of one such well begins to fail, with potentially catastrophic consequences for everybody on Earth.
Now think of a small group of volunteers working feverishly against time to mitigate the impacts of the existing leak; to contain the domino effect as the reverberations of the leaking magical energy, spreading world-wide, threaten to destabilize other such wells and set them off; and to derive a final and positive resolution to the problems this creates.Read more ›
This book details the story of how Astrid is trying to control the release of magic from the well so that it doesn't destroy the world. It also focuses on Sahara's trial and her followers. In addition to that Will's children have been stolen by their mother who is a follower of Sahara and Will is desperate to save them. The story is told from many different perspectives and it worked well for this book.
This is a much more linear story than in the previous book and not quite as hard to follow. It was also a very creative story; I love the idea of leaking magic creating an eco-disaster of epic proportions.
Astrid is struggling, she is the keeper of the well. She is trying to release magic slowly so that the world won't be destroyed. The release of the magic is inevitable...but if it can be somewhat controlled the fall-out might not be quite as bad. She also needs an heir to pass the magic on to and she hopes it will be Will (the negotiator who worked with Astrid in the first book).
While Astrid struggles to try and heal the world Sahara is trying to rule it. Sahara is egotistical and pretty much insane. As time goes on the military is beginning to figure out that Sahara isn't the one with power...Astrid is.
Adding to the chaos are the people trapped in the other place, the place where the blue magic flows from. They want to get out but if Astrid lets them all out at once the magic will explode into the world and destroy it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Writing is sometimes hard to follow, but it was a good follow up for the first book. Answered all of my questions although I wish it wouldn't have wrapped up so quickly, it was... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anna Corrington
I didn’t read the first book in the series – I thought this was the first one, so I was at a loss at the start. I quickly figured out what was going on though. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Majanka
Just had to read the second book after reading Indigo Springs.Published 18 months ago by S. C. Gray
The sequel to A M Dellamonica’s Indigo Springs, Blue Magic picks up right where the previous novel left off, with almost no gap in time between one book to the next. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Bibliotropic .net
Blue Magic by A. M. Dellamonica
This is a tale of a small town, Indigo Springs, and the residents who discover magic, deal with demented social guardians, a frightened... Read more