Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson. Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare. The rules are as follow:
First line of the book.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.
Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favorite line/scene.
I’m reading The Last Dryad: The Complex by Sarah M. Cradit.
First line: Wezlei almost didn’t mind the taste of blood pooling in his mouth.
Recruit fans by adding book blurb:
The Complex Book Series.
A Lone Planet. One Complex.
Two thousand years beyond our time, much has changed. Humans, forced to flee Earth after a nuclear holocaust, find themselves in the distant Seldova system. Here, they realize they are not alone. Metas, races of powerful beings, are also forced from their home after environmental tragedies. They come upon the same mecca of planets, beginning a decades-long war with the Humans for land and home.
Humans and Metas, weary of fighting, come to an uneasy truce. They cannot co-exist with animosity and bloodlust running high, and together, they propose The Complex: a societal test consisting of two years of comfortable isolation, occupied by both Meta races and Humans. The enticement for those who agree to this co-mingling is enough money to live on for many years. But two years is a long time to live with your enemies.
Wezlei, a Human, only knows about the old world from the books his father left behind. He dreams of a better life for his mother, who has surrounded him with love and safety all his life. He takes inspiration from the old tales of Robin Hood and embarks on a life of piracy to balance the unevenness of his world. In no one is this more evident than Tariq, a ruthless Dhampir whose cruelty is unprecedented.
When Wezlei witnesses firsthand the horrors the Dhampir inflicts on his “wife” Aerwen. one of the last living Dryads whom he has enslaved, he can’t simply turn away. He learns they have signed up for the Complex, and decides he has no choice but to do the same.
He has no plan, only a vision: Save Aerwen and put an end to Tariq’s reign of terror.
Introduce the main character: There are a couple, but I’ll focus on Aerwen, who is strong, determined, and proud.
Audience appeal: The Last Dryad is a different direction for this author, and would appeal to sci-fi fans, as well as devoted readers interested in Cradit’s expansion into other genres.
Your favorite line/scene: Maybe he wasn’t Human. Maybe he was a Meta who shared similar traits with Humans, and she’s misinterpreted the situation in her shock. Witches and Warlocks especially, could pass for Human and often did. It would be no great surprise to find a Warlock running an apothecary of deadly vegetation.