First, thank the blogs for having me on this Ink and Shadows tour! Thank you so so much! Secondly, this next part will be the same across the blogs but I wanted to give a bit of a soundbite about the whys of this book.
In the Beginning, there was urban fantasy. Okay to be fair, the urban fantasy genre didn’t exist when I began to read. Back then, it was pretty much either sci-fi or high fantasy. There were murmurs of urban fantasy—Mercedes Lackey’s elves / bard series, Gael Baudino’s Gossamer Axe, to name a few—but it caught and began gaining traction, a bastard stepchild of magic and an alternative universe.
Urban fantasy was always a playground for experimentation and I wanted to go off the rails a bit with Ink and Shadows. There had to be a solid footing in the contemporary world and the underbelly of humanity. Or rather, the expression of humanity. When I wrote this book, it was to explore the possibilities of personalities and okay, play around with the world.
I chose to write about the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Kismet, the human who changes their world, because I wanted to delve into their being a necessary part of humanity’s existence. Over the course of the tour, I’ll touch on the main characters and components of the Horsemen’s world.
I hope you all like Ink and Shadows, my foray past the shadows.
Oh! And as a giveaway! Enter to win Pestilence’s Horse! That’s right! A black pony of your very own! Giveaway starts 7/3/15 and ends 7/9/15.
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Oh the wraiths. The scourge of the Veil and consumers of hope.
Wraiths were interesting to create for the Veiled world. The Veil oozes and gathers into small dollops of sort of ectoplasm. More like leeches, mindless ravenous creatures more focused on feeding than anything else. They are cannibalistic, overpowering smaller wraiths but also can die off if denied human negativity or madness.
Now, they can also be “powered up” as it were by an infusion of magic. These wraith can take on the form of a human mage’s imaginings and once they are powerful enough, can pierce through the Veil and be set loose into the mortal world. Yes, there are mages but it’s presently rare for a human to gather enough power to call up a wraith. There were times in the past when mages were much more commonplace and entire armies of wraith roamed the lands, looking for humans to feed on. They would then be a source of power for their human creator.
The Horsemen, along with the other Manifestations, purged the Earth of those wraiths, nullifying their creators’ powers. It was a time of mages battling one another and the rivers running red with blood. Since this kind of thing defeats the purpose of humanity, destructive hordes of wraiths are now kept to a minimum. Actually any wraith powerful enough to pierce the Veil is sought out by the Horsemen and destroyed.
Creatures of the Veil…especially wraiths can be killed. Guns and bullets are useless. The weapon used against a Veiled creature must be wielded by another Veiled, connecting them to their reality. Since bullets and arrows are projective weapons, they exist in the mortal world once they leave a gun or bow. They then are rendered powerless against anyone or anything Veiled. There are times and places when the Veil is thin, especially in the protected confines of a Manifestation’s home, crossing of ley lines or other natural occurring phenomena. The Veil can also be thinned by arcane means but this is difficult to do.
But it doesn’t mean it can’t happen and when it does, then the shadows leak into the real world and begin to feed.
Ink and Shadows
For the young tattoo artist, the shadows hold more than darkness. He is certain of his insanity because the dark holds creatures and crawling things only he can see—monsters who hunt out the weak to eat their minds and souls, leaving behind only empty husks and despair.
And if there’s one thing Kismet fears more than being hunted—it’s the madness left in its wake.
The shadowy Veil is Mal’s home. As Pestilence, he is the youngest—and most inexperienced—of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, immortal manifestations resurrected to serve—and cull—mankind. Invisible to all but the dead and insane, the Four exist between the Veil and the mortal world, bound to their nearly eternal fate. Feared by other immortals, the Horsemen live in near solitude but Mal longs to know more than Death, War and Famine.
Mal longs to be… more human. To interact with someone other than lunatics or the deceased.
When Kismet rescues Mal from a shadowy attack, Pestilence is suddenly thrust into a vicious war—where mankind is the prize, and the only one who has faith in Mal is the human the other Horsemen believe is destined to die.
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About Rhys Ford
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.
My Blog: http://www.rhysford.com
And at the Starbucks down the street. No really, they’re 24/7. And a drive-thru. It’s like heaven.
My books can be purchased, folded and first chapters read at Dreamspinner Press. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com