I really enjoyed Jocelyn Davies’ first book, A Beautiful Dark, so it only made sense to invite her to celebrate the release of the second book in the series, A Fractured Light. This story about light and dark angels took me by surprise and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Hopefully, this story will help you hold on if you are as impatient as I am!
1- In A Beautiful Dark, Asher and Devin are really stereotyped in their good and bad roles until the end. Did you write them that way to make the conclusion even more shocking for the reader?
I didn't set out to write these two characters with the ending of book 1 in mind at all. The characters came first, and then their stories led me to that ending. Believe it or not, it shocked me, too! The thing about Asher and Devin is that they are unique and nuanced characters, but they are also each bound to ancient laws and rules. Devin has no free will, no ability to act on his emotions. Asher is someone who is governed entirely by his emotions--and yet, even though he's charming, he has a somewhat guarded personality. He falls for Skye, but he's afraid to fall, too, because love can open you up and make you vulnerable when more than just your own heart is at stake. In A FRACTURED LIGHT, we learn a little bit more about why he's so afraid. So, when writing Asher and Devin (and the Rebellion and the Order) I was interested in exploring how perceptions of good and bad can change--there are always grey and shadowy areas.
2- I really liked Asher's family story around the fire on the ski trip (very on point with the event!), where did the inspiration come from?
To me there has always been something magical about sitting around a campfire, and this scene was one of the most vivid in my mind as I wrote. The story of Skye's parents is so epic and otherwordly that it really does sound like a legend--perfect for telling around a campfire. Throughout the series, it does become legendary in Skye's mind, and she is determined to find out the truth behind the story--but nothing is ever what it seems.
3- What can the readers expect from the second book, A Fractured Light?
This book is all about self-discovery for Skye. She knows who and what she is now. She's been hurt and is a little hardened, a little wizened, and is starting to understand that life can never be the same for her. As she learns more about her past, she begins to see just how powerful she is, and her role in the fight between the Order and the Rebellion begins to take shape. She grapples with falling in love while staying true to herself, and how to be a good friend while also protecting them. Skye matures a lot in A Fractured Light--she really takes ownership of who she is.
4- How many books, in total, have you planned for this series?
Now onto a few Camp related questions!
5- What's your favourite camp fire treat?
There is nothing better than roasting marshmallows. I like them charred on the outside, gooey on the inside.
6- What do you think are the necessary ingredients for a scary story?
A hint of reality. The more room there is for your imagination to run wild--for you to grasp onto a kernel of possibility that this terrifying thing could happen to you--the scarier a story is. And I think Asher would agree it's all in the way you tell it. :)
When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. But it's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.
Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.
A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark's shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga.
Jocelyn is offering one ARC of A Fractured Light, and Harper Collins Canada a finished copy!
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