I am NOT a huge fan of fantasy. My likes are limited to only the extremely original: LORD OF THE RINGS; CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT, UNBELEIVER; CHRONICLES OF NARNIA; SWORD OF SHANARA; JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR. NORRELL; and a few others. When I step out of “sword and sorcery”, the fantasy I like best falls into the “urban fantasy” variety – WAR FOR THE OAKS and A MADNESS OF ANGELS are my prime examples. Keeping that in mind, I was looking for an idea and I came across this page: http://www.teenrc.ca/booklists?page=1&tid=2635. It’s a page of reviews about books (in this case, the spark was a review of a book called DIE FOR ME (author Amy Plum, review by happy_Panda) aimed at young adults/teens.
I turned the idea upside down: the family of fifteen-year-old Dude who lives on an organic dairy farm in
is murdered brutally one night while he’s on a camping trip with friends. His only other relatives live in the Powderhorn Neighborhood of Minneapolis. When he returns from the trip, his life has changed totally – not the least of which are his (and others’) suspicions about how his family died. On the farm, he was shy and quiet. His relatives in the Cities are loud and boisterous. Wisconsin
He adjusts to his new life and a new school because of another quiet girl. They talk, discover that they love reading – she like mythology, he likes science fiction – but they eventually go on a date and then start to hang out together. That’s when he meets her family. They treat her as if she’s a pariah; some sort of diseased freak. He can’t figure out WHAT’S wrong. Then she tells him her secret: the Angel of the Lakes, Guardian of the City of
Minneapolis is about to be devoured by the Demon of the Wind, Oppressor of the City of Chicago and in so doing, will enslave all of the inhabitants of . The only thing that will stop the Demon of the Wind is the TRULY willing Sacrifice who will give her life so that the Angel of the Lakes will have the power necessary to overcome the Demon of the Wind. Minneapolis
The Dude doesn’t want her to Sacrifice herself. She doesn’t want to. Obviously, the Demon doesn’t want her to. But surprisingly, the Angel doesn’t want her to either – and might have another plan…