#Giveaway: The Boy (The Sanctum Trilogy #2) By Madhuri Blaylock
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The Boy (The Sanctum Trilogy, #2)
by Madhuri Blaylock
“Every now and again an excellent novel will come forth dealing with fantasy and magic that will just grab and hold my attention from beginning to end. That is exactly what THE GIRL did.” — OOSA Online Book Club
In THE GIRL, Madhuri Blaylock introduced readers to the world of The Sanctum, one corrupted by greed and savagery and hellbent on achieving a single goal: destroying the prophesied hybrid. When one of its most celebrated warriors questioned his allegiances, age-old secrets were unveiled and violence erupted. The journey becomes more perilous and intense as the trilogy surges forward with
Can you cross the plains of death, collect every piece of your soul and make it back to the land of the living?
And if you complete the journey, will your loved ones welcome your return?
The Ramyan have been answering such questions since the creation of The Sanctum. A mysterious sect of Magicals, haunting the blank spaces of time and memory, they serve no one but themselves and their higher purpose. They exist on a plane removed from earthly matters, shifting easily between the living and the dead, moving in time to the beat of their own drummer.
At least they did. Dev and Wyatt change all of that when the prophesied hybrid lands on the steps of Rinshun Palace, seeking help for the wounded Class A Warrior. That decision alters lives and sets old agendas back on course. But at what cost to Dev and Wyatt? And does that really even matter?
“The characters in Madhuri Blaylock’s novel…are well written and unique, and the story is just fantastic…I just loved every page of the story!” – Readers’ Favorite
The clearing in the park still hummed with magic. Her magic. And her scent. It was why he kept coming back to the same spot every night, just for a whiff. Then he could go about his business, whatever that might be.
Darvin Lucius Jefferson was one hundred and ten, going on seventeen. He was a wealthy, bored teenager who became a wealthy, somewhat bored vampire. There were a few things in this life that brought him joy, piqued his interest: from the very first day he saw her, Jools Clayworth, and as of nine days ago, that stunning thing her brother was running around with before he died.
Of course, Darvin had no idea whether or not Wyatt perished subsequent to his ministrations, nor did he care. He simply assumed the too-good looking, sanctimonious warrior was dead, for his wound was hideous and he seemed to be breathing on borrowed time. Darvin had told the pretty thing as much that night, then he’d returned to his perch atop the Dakota and watched her strap the warrior to her back and escape into nothingness.
What a feat that had been.
One moment she was there, in all her stunning beauty and tortured agony, the next she was gone.
As if she’d never been there at all.
Darvin went to the spot that night, less to follow her than simply explore. It was glamoured to avoid human detection but he found it easily, having watched the warrior and his beautiful best friend, Ryker Morrison, comb the area many a time over the past year. But try as he might, Darvin could spot nothing to hint at an escape hatch or portal. Whatever the pretty thing had used to vanish into thin air, it was long gone, hidden from prying eyes. All that lingered was her scent, that hypnotizing, intoxicating essence of her that Darvin wished he could bottle and keep hidden in his pocket. Away from Darby.
The one and only.
The dark queen of New York.
The southern belle from hell.
4 out of 5 fangs…
At the end of “The Girl” the entire world of Ryker, Jools, Wyatt, and Dev is in a state of complete and utter chaos. The Sanctum is well and truly split, as houses are forced to choose sides for the coming war. “The Boy” picks up mere seconds after the closing scene sees Dev jump through a portal with Wyatt tied to her back. Wyatt is hanging on by the merest of threads, his life hanging in the balance while Dev makes a last ditch effort to save his life. Unfortunately, she didn’t quite get what she was asking for. Meanwhile, the New York Academy is mourning the loss of their golden warrior, the one they expected to lead the Sanctum one day, and the next generation must step up and take control in the aftermath of the Breslin attack.
The book that follows will keep you on the edge of your seat, and flipping pages as fast as your eyes can read them. For me, that was roughly 5 hours worth of page turning, white knuckled, text message ignoring, single minded focus. This book did not fail to meet and exceed my expectations, and once again I was transported into the world of the Sanctum and the age old battle between what is good and just, and the evil that inevitably steps in to muck with it. As with the first book, the words painted a clear picture in my minds eye of the characters, both good and bad, and the story that unfolds around each of them until they are all drawn back together in the end. The writing is again, tight and to the point with no unnecessary fluff. I think this series has the potential to appeal to a lot of readers who already enjoy this type of story when they pick up the Dresden Files, the Rachael Morgan series, and for the teenagers I would compare it to the Vampire Academy series. Don’t get me wrong, this author has definitely taken this subject and made it her own, as her world is her own. She has brought a uniqueness to the table of the modern paranormal that is refreshing, and has me excited and looking forward to the next installment of this epic tale.
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Madhuri is a Jersey City Heights girl via Snellville, Georgia, who writes paranormal fiction and is slightly infatuated with tattoos, four-inch heels, ice cream, Matt Damon, scotch, Doc Martens, Laini Taylor, photo booths and dancing like a fool.
She’s currently working on The Sanctum trilogy and hopes one day soon, everyone is walking around with copies of The Girl and The Boy in their pocket or on their Kindle.
She wants to get a goat and a burro, but since she lives in the city, will settle for some chickens.
To learn more about her, you can follow her blog at madhuriblaylock.wordpress.com, follow her on Twitter at @madhuriblaylock or like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thesanctumtr…
She’s totally chatty so drop her a line any time.
1.) Is writing your only profession? I wish! I am an attorney at a large, Manhattan law firm by day and a writer at all other times. But I cannot really complain as my legal career supports my writing career, at least until The Sanctum Trilogy takes over the world.
2.) Who was your favorite character to write? Why? Darby Winthrop, vampire extraordinaire and my southern belle from hell. Why, you ask. Because she’s sexy and funny and powerful and bitchy, she’s not afraid to take what she wants and say what she means. But if I’m being totally honest, I really love her because she’s the girl I wish I had the balls to be.
3.) Who are some of your favorite authors? Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of my favorite book, One Hundred Years of Solitude and a man of pure magic, Zora Neale Hurston, her voice is like no other, Laini Taylor, the woman who created such beautiful worlds I was inspired to create mine, George RR Martin, because nothing kicks ass like Game of Thrones, and JRR Tolkien, a man who needs no explanation but if you have not gotten lost in his Middle Earth, shame on you.
4.) What is your favorite writing snack you eat or drink while writing? Coffee! I love coffee. It’s my last vice and I have no intention of giving it up…ever. I think I mastered the art of coffee drinking during college, with my friends Sarah and Jana, as we smoked massive amounts of Marlboros, drank endless pots of coffee, and conquered The New York Times crossword puzzle. (Will Shortz is the man!!) After having my son, I managed to get my coffee consumption down to a cup a day, but now I’m back up there, drinking sometimes as many as three. I’m sure I’ll curtail that a bit soon, but give it up? As Darby would say – nevah.
5.) What makes you mad enough to want to throat punch a person? Ha! I like that – throat punch. Right now, in my current overworked, stressed out state of mind, crazy deadlines and expectations at work make me consider throat-punching folks a few times a day. On a more moralistic level, child molestors and abusers, people who hurt animals and the asshole who talks on his cell phone super loud – all worthy of a throat punch. And the little shit heads around my neighborhood who run around, tagging buildings. Throat punch! (I am having way too much fun with this question.)
6.) What is your favorite TV show? Friday Night Lights, with Breaking Bad and The Wire right there, nipping at FNL’s heels, but ultimately I’m going with Tami, Coach and Texas Forever. Here’s why: Breaking Bad is brilliant, but it really only hit its stride for me once Gus came on the scene. After that, I’m not sure there’s anything better. The Wire is superb, I’m hard-pressed to find a better written show, but the season on the docks, although excellent as a stand-alone season, seemed a bit off and just that: stand-alone. And although I love Omar, Wallace, and Michael, I could disconnect myself from the characters.
The same cannot be said for Friday Night Lights. Every character on the show, from Tami to Saracen’s grandmother captured my cold, little wannabe Yankee heart and revived my inner, well-hidden Georgia peach soul. Even Julie got to me here and there, and that’s saying a lot. Throughout the run of the show, they had one misstep – ONE! – and although it was a big one, and one all of us fans like to forget, it did not affect my love for this show one bit. I also applaud their handling of race, which was subtle and effective and I felt, in an age where it’s rare to see more than one or two people of color on a show, pretty accurate. Peter Berg and Co. didn’t make a big deal of the fact they had some non-white main characters – why can’t more shows do this? As a person of color, that attitude towards race was refreshing and appreciated.
And finally, there’s Tami and Coach. I could wax poetic on these two forever – I love them. They hold the show together with this amazing, very real mix of love, spunk, and humor. If you haven’t experienced them, I feel so sorry for you. And if you’re avoiding this show because you don’t like football, well then…keep at it, dummy.
7.) What would be your favorite vacation spot (with no money limitation)? I would spend some time in the backwaters of Kerela, then would hop over to Malaysia, and finally end my trip on Phu Quoc island. Then on my way home, I would realize I’m not quite ready to return, so would stop on the Amalfi Coast and most likely never return. You did say money is no limitation…
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