Publication date: September 27th 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Secrets beget secrets. The curse that befell the Hollows clan has left them incapable of producing male offspring. To extend their bloodline, they have formed a covenant with the serpentine Ophidians, who give them children. In return, the Hollows must keep these monstrous creatures well fed, though the details of the procurement are so abominable that the truth is never revealed to the other clans. In their homeland of Matikki, they live like outcasts.
Through a series of chance discoveries, the secrets of the ancient curse unfold before a warrior named Writhren Hollow. Is her purely female clan the result of a lapse of divine providence, or are the Hollows themselves victims of an enslavement scheme?
If Writhren frees her clan from the covenant, she risks the wrath of the Ophidians and the future of her bloodline. If she keeps the truth of the curse to herself, she is a traitor to her own kind. Either way, she will suffer for what she must do.
This is not a story of redemption, but regret. This is Writhren’s story.
An award-winning series from Dan Simmons, The Hyperion Cantos features one of the greatest villains ever written and a storyline spanning hundreds of years across distant galaxies. In this epic space opera, humans are threatened by their own creations, including biologically engineered post-humans, artificial intelligence supercomputers, and their constant internal wars. Amidst the violence and chaos, the protagonists search for life’s meaning through religion, poetry, romance, not to mention strife and battle.
As of June 2015, Syfy Channel is developing the first book, Hyperion, into a TV series, with one of executive producers being Bradley Cooper.
Top 10 List of author’s favorite fictional characters
Doraemon (manga) by Fujiko F. Fujio — Doraemon was the manga comics I read as a child, and I love that robotic cat from the future, equipped with a small pocket on his belly containing gadgets he could use to help his human friend, a boy called Nobita.
Sabriel from Sabriel, by Garth Nix – a teenager who must save her father and fill in the role of the demon executioner (or Abhorsen) until he can be freed. I’d love to get my hands on a set of her bells and bandolier.
Shoggoth from At the Mountain of Madness, by H. P. Lovecraft – An excerpt from the book describes it as “… a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train – a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.”
It’s a monster who is also a slave. What more can anyone ask for?
Slake-moths from Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville – giant moths that paralyze you with their hypnotic wings then feed on your dreams leaving you not dead, but wasting away as an empty shell. Yum!
Mogget from Sabriel, by Garth Nix – an ancient Free Magic creature, dangerous and evil, bound by the power of a tiny bell around his neck, he takes the shape of a cat. He is knowledgeable, playful and sarcastic and it’s impossible to tell if he can be trusted.
Curdle from Un Lun Dun, by China Mieville – a smelly, dirty, animated milk carton that is also a faithful pet.
Wolf from Wolf Brother, by Michelle Paver – a wolf who is given a point of view in the story, addresses his human companion (not his master) as Tall Tailless. He is the best friend any boy could have.
The One Ring from Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien – Before Doctor Who’s TARDIS, and more recently, the evil mirror in the movie, Oculus, there was The One Ring, the object that was a central character in a story. I wonder what the story would be like if written from its point of view.
Doctor Who – He is one of the most brilliant creations in the sci-fi fantasy realm, a humanoid alien who, at the time of death, can regenerate and return as a different “person”. I find this endlessly transformational quality in a character fascinating.
Donna Noble – While we are on the subject of The Doctor, I’d like to add that Donna Noble is by far the best companion for him. She may be an office temp before he met the Doctor, but she proves to be smart, and so funny.
Annie K. Wong was born in Hong Kong and lives in Canada, in the west coast city of Vancouver, BC. She has a BA in Business Administration and Creative Writing from Houghton College as well as a Diploma in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. Although she explored careers in advertising, television and office administration, the desire to write overtook her at the turn of the new millennium. In 2003 she earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College and has been crafting stories ever since.
Her current project is a fantasy series, the prequel of which is Children of Lightning.
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