Monday, January 27, 2014
Welcome to the SNAKEROOT blog tour! Bosque Mar haunts the dreams of both Adne and Logan, trying to escape for the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle in the War of All Against All... Will he turn Adne to the dark side? Will Logan reclaim his birthright? And will darkness take over our world? Follow the SNAKEROOT blog tour, featuring nine posts from author Andrea Cremer, over the next three weeks to get the inside scoop!
Let’s Talk about Ren: SPOILERS
I know it’s already in the title, but I want to be absolutely certain that readers know this post is FULL OF SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the Nightshade series, I wouldn’t continue reading. However, you are each master of your own fate and if you don’t care knowing what’s going to happen ahead of time then have at it.
Many readers were shocked, upset, even furious at the end of Bloodrose. I expected such reactions and completely sympathized with my fans. I cried while writing most of Bloodrose, it was a brutal experience but I believe that the story takes precedence over my attachment to any particular character (I learned this from my hero: Joss Whedon). Ren’s story, along with Monroe’s and Adne’s, is a family tragedy. Adne is the only one to survive the trilogy and she bears horrible emotional scars that leave her open to dangerous temptations, as you’ll see in Snakeroot. Ren’s death wasn’t just about his life and choices, it was tied up in a long, violent history involving Emile, Stephen, Monroe, and Corrine. The last fight between Emile and Stephen, which immediately follows Ren’s death, was the culmination of that history.
That being said, my heart was in shreds while watching the scene play out. You might object, arguing: “What do you mean watching? You were writing it!” That’s true, but the way I experience writing is much more like watching scenes unfold before me than mapping out a plot. So, if you were devastated by the conclusion of Bloodrose, know that I was, too.
I’ve been talking about the past, now it’s time to look to the future. You may have heard rumors that Ren returns in Snakeroot. Those rumors are true. I don’t want to give away too much, but suffice it to say that Ren’s story didn’t end with his death and his journey is far from over. If you swore you’d never forgive me for what happened in Bloodrose, I hope you’ll give the greater story – and Ren’s future – another chance. I think you’ll find the trip worthwhile.
Picking up right where BLOODROSE left off, SNAKEROOT follows two characters readers know well from the original Nightshade trilogy. Adne, one of the Searchers and Ren's half-sister, is plagued by nightmares featuring the evil Bosque Mar, now trapped in the Nether and looking for a way out. Adne's power draws him to her, and he wants, more than anything, for her to come to the side of dark magic and free him. Logan Bane, the Keeper who was once set to rule Calla and Ren's Haldis pack, is one of the few of his kind left, after he helped Shay close the rift between our world and the Nether. But he wants to re-open that rift so he can re-create Guardians and reclaim the Keepers' magic. He raids the Rowan Estate to find what he needs to perform dark, ancient rituals, but Bosque Mar has turned his back on Logan for his treachery, and without his help, Logan is lost. The two teens are both battling Bosque Mar--one who wants to be left alone, and the other who wants help.
About Andrea Cremer:
Andrea Cremer is the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series, which includes the critically acclaimed Nightshade, Wolfsbane, Bloodrose, Rift and Rise. She went to school until there wasn't any more school to go to, ending with a Ph.D. in early modern history--a reflection of her fascination with witchcraft and warfare--and taught for years at Macalester College. She grew up roaming the forests and lakeshores of northern Wisconsin, but now lives in New York City, where she roams the sidewalks and riverbanks of the concrete jungle she calls home. www.andreacremer.com @andreacremer