(Circuit Fae, #2)
by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 27th, 2018
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.
Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.
Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.
Relationship status: It’s Complicated.
All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness.
Rouen Rivoche is that darkness — a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy.
She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend.
And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school… that was so last year.
Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together.
Their lives, their love, their very world..
~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Genevieve Iseult Eldredge~
1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?
I’ve always wanted to write a story about the Fae, but I wanted a new twist. Since in modern days, much of our world is urbanized, the wild places of the earth are diminishing, and with that, the power of the Fae. But tech is everywhere. So some enterprising Fae decided to harness the magic in technology, and the rest is…for Syl and Rouen to deal with for 5 books!
2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?
It was important to me that good and evil not be equated with the color of a character’s skin.
I didn’t want “dark Fae” to mean “dark-skinned” or “fair Fae” to mean “fair-skinned.” I wanted everyone to feel like they could be part of the CIRCUIT FAE world. So I took on a more poetic interpretation of “dark” and “fair,” where it was one’s thoughts and deeds that made them good or evil, and skin tone was irrelevant in that regard. It felt like a logical, necessary leap.
3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?
No. I don’t really believe in “make me mad and I’ll put you in my book.” ;)
4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?
My biggest influences are my favorite authors: Malinda Lo, Sarah Waters, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo
5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?
I’m going to fall back on my previous answer for this one, simply because it’s better than anything else i could conceive of.
I’d arrange a Girls Night for Daenerys Targaryen, Elphaba, and Mary Poppins.
Daenerys, because seriously, have you ever met a lady more in need of a Girls’ Night? Elphaba because you just know she’d be a delightful grump about everything. Mary Poppins because she has good manners, and I feel like she’d make sure no one cheated (I’m looking at you, Dany!) Plus, she is a Time Lord so we needn’t be worried about the night getting away from us.
I’d serve a variety of takeout: pizza, Thai food, Chinese, Mexican, because you know Dany’s probably tired of all that ale and lamprey pie. Plus, I’m sure she gets asked all the time to just, you know, fly the dragons over to Dorne to “pick up” some Dornish wine “on the way.” I’d make sure there were vegetarian options since Elphaba might be sensitive about eating Animals. And tea, because it’s very British and so is Mary Poppins.
Because I’d want to keep it light, we’d play Risk. Because what’s lighter than a game of world conquest among ladies who ACTUALLY want to take over the world? :P (Well, except maybe Mary Poppins…)
After consoling Dany that no, there are NOT any Dragon troops, and telling Mary Poppins that no, we cannot just jump into a chalk drawing and pop out in Asia to surprise-attack Elphaba (who is still grumpy about there being no Oz territory), I’m pretty sure Elphaba would win since, according to Once Upon a Time canon, wicked always wins.
6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?
Is this a trick question? *looks at stacks of books I’ll never get through* ;)
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
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