Descendant (Starling #2)
by Lesley Livingston
The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgardthe realm of Norse legendand the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.
The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And hell do whatever it takes to find the girl whos stolen his heart and bring her backeven if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesnt: If she takes up the Spear, shell set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she wont just return to her world . . . shell destroy it.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.
Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.You can visit Lesley online at www.lesleylivingston.com
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Top 5 Book Boyfriends
1. King Arthur. In almost any version of the story but, especially, in my all-time favorite re-telling of the legend, a book called FIRELORD. Forget Lancelot! Arthur is the oneflawed, noble, tragic, andin my mind, at leastthe best and handsomest of men! *Sigh*
2. Diarmuid, Prince of Brenin, in THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY. A rebellious, irreverent charmer who hides his better qualities behind the façade of a dissolute rogue. Brilliant, glittering, brittle, hilarious, a little bit tortured and one hell of a fighter.
3. Aileron, Exiled Prince of Brenin, in THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY. (And, yes, I know its a little weird to pick two BBFs from the same book but Im doing it anyway!) Aileron is Diarmuids older brother. A brusque, brooding, painfully noble figure who hides his gentler qualities behind the façade of a stone cold loner. Dark, dangerous, serious, a whole lot tortured and one hell of a fighter.
4. Harry Dresden, in THE DRESDEN FILES. Whats not to love about Chicagos Private Eye Wizard? Tall, dark, and sarcastic, Harry is both dangerous and perpetually endangered. Harry routinely gets the ever-loving crap kicked out of himand I do love my heroes tenderizedbut he always comes back slinging magic and quipping like a bad ass. Harry always tries to do The Right Thing, even though he almost always ends up suffering for it. And thats super sexy.
5. Prince Hal, in Shakespeares HENRY V. Okay not exactly a book per se, but I had to include him here. Sharp, funny, noble and heroic, he manages to grow from rebellious loose-cannon prince into a savagely intelligent, regal ruler. A true leader of men. And he still manages to be charmingly self-effacing and surprisingly romantic in the presence of a beautiful princess.So there you go! A king, three princes, and a wizard. Have I set my sights too high?!
BONUS GUEST POST!!!
Top 5 Qualities that make a Hero a Hero
1. SENSE OF HUMOR. This is non-negotiable. I dont care how dark it is. If its not there, neither am I.
2. Mad Skillz. I love a man who knows how to handle himself in a scrap.
3. Compassion/ nobility/ self-sacrificeyknow. All those heroic qualities! *grin*
4. Romance. And Im not just talking about how our boy deals with personal relationship, but how he looks at the world at large. A romantic world viewand it can sneak into the heart of the most hard-bitten mercenaryis, I think, essential for heroism. Because why even bother being a hero, otherwise?
5. Style. Save the world, sure. But bonus points for looking good doing it.
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