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Indigo Springs (Blue Magic) Paperback – October 27, 2009
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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."
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Unfolded in a narrative structure that at first seems fractured but reveals itself to be beautifully knitted together, Indigo Springs is the story of what happens when Astrid Lethewood and two friends discover the transformative powers of a magical spring once guarded by Astrid's father. Hint: An early allusion to the "sorcerer's apprentice" is not misplaced. The novel is also an exploration of the ties that bind families and friends, and the ways in which secrets and power can unravel those ties, or tighten them. In a style that is both lucid and rich in compelling images, Dellamonica describes a world in which reality teeters on the rim of the unreal and an alchemical war plays out in the blogosphere and on YouTube. Key characters change--or are changed--in remarkable ways, but the heart of the story is Astrid's awakening. Highly recommended.
I remember watching the Dungeons and Dragons movie in the theater and being completely disappointed in it, and then seeing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon shortly thereafter and thinking, "This is what Dungeons and Dragons should have been." While reading Indigo Springs, I kept thinking, "This is what the X-Files movie should have been." Indigo Springs reads like an episode of X-Files in the best possible sense, masterfully conveying the sense that your version of reality is a very thin veneer over a terrifying truth. Told through a dual series of flashbacks, A.M. Dellamonica builds a remarkable amount of tension that builds throughout the story, as Astrid is being questioned by military officers who are trying to figure out what to do about Sahara, one of Astrid's friends, who has set herself up as an avenging goddess of the environment with her new magical abilities. The explanation for the existence of magic and its disappearance over the centuries taps into historical reality in a way that makes this book feel more like science fiction than the fantasy novel it is. The characters are well drawn, and the sniping between Astrid's friends as they compete for her attention and abilities resonates believably.
However, Dellamonica struggles with maintaining that tension.Read more ›
The story is told mostly in flashbacks, a tale told by a prisoner to a law enforcement agent who has been tasked with finding out where the prisoner's extremely dangerous friend might be, and what can be done to stop her. The agent, Will Forrest, tells us his portion of the tale, which takes place in the present, in the first person. The flashbacks are told in a third person voice, with the prisoner, Astrid, as the viewpoint character. Astrid has recently returned to her home town, Indigo Springs, to live in the house she has inherited from her father. Her stepbrother, Jackson, an artist, also lives in the house; and soon Sahara, her best friend, arrives, on the run from her cheating boyfriend in the car she has stolen from him.
Astrid's relationships with her two housemates are complicated. Jacks is in love with her, and she is in love with Sahara, who uses that love to manipulate her. This would be bad enough in a real-life situation, but it gets incredibly complicated when you add magic to the mix. Astrid has long been a magic apprentice, but she has mostly forgotten about her father's work with her and vitagua, an indigo blue liquid that is the essence of magic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really wanted to love this book. It's got a beautiful cover and a truly interesting premise. On paper the characters are interesting too. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sadie Forsythe
Great book. The plot was engaging, most of the characters were well fleshed out, and even the straight up villains were plausible in their fanaticism. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JSK
I really love this book! It's a new and interesting take on magic. It's strange and wonderful and fantastic!Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Schoenherr
Indigo Springs takes the concept of magical realism to the next step, not just making the magic realistic in its function but to a degree, actually somewhat scientific, too. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Bibliotropic .net
I love that this is an urban fantasy novel with a female protagonist who is in love with another woman. That is so awesome. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Nicole
came to this book with absolutely no expectations. Prior to reading it, I knew nothing about the book or its author. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This is the first book in the Astrid Lethewood series. I believe the sequel to this book, Blue Magic, ties up this duology. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Karissa Eckert
The first few chapters of Indigo Springs by A. M. Dellamonica was a little confusing but by the third chapter I was totally hooked. Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by Marcie