So today’s my tour day on the Novel Publicity blog tour for A Line in the Ice. Earlier this week, the writing duo collectively known as Jamie Craig did a guest judge stint for the 5MinuteFiction writing contest and they were just lovely to work with. Which makes me all the happier to spotlight their book–which I thoroughly enjoyed–on Write Me! today.
Bloodthirsty monsters are emerging from the Antarctic ice, the same creatures that once stalked the battlegrounds of World War I. Back then, a group of soldiers valiantly fought off the beasts—and were never seen again. A century later, an elite military squad stands between civilization and the mysterious return of the enemy. Captain Charlie Weller thinks she’s seen everything—until a man crawls out onto the ice, barely alive and muttering about a place called Illyria. Lysander Davies claims to be the descendant of one of the missing soldiers. He insists the monsters are actually gentle creatures, under the control of beings far, far more dangerous… Drawn to the stranger, Charlie believes his stories and agrees to help him. But they both know nothing can come of their feelings for one another, for the only way to save earth is for Lysander to return to Illyria and close the rift behind him, forever…
What really worked for me in this book was the characters. Characters are the heart and soul of any story and, to me, more important than plot. This book delivered both. It’s an interesting and imaginative setting, with just enough sci-fi to make it fun, and not so much that non-sci-fi readers would get freaked out.
The characters are easy to get into. Charlie’s got spunk, but she’s not overdone. Lysander’s sensitive but not a wimp. The supporting cast is varied and believable. It’s a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Bravo.
So, you know, read it. Buy it too. Preferably first.
Please vote for my blog, Write Me! in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a free promotional twitterview and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting the official Line in the Ice blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.