Schuler Guest Author Spot: A.M. Dellamonica & Ecofantasy
Alyx’s first novel Indigo Spring won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, while her follow-up novel, Blue Magic, released on April 10th. You can read an excerpt of Blue Magic here! (at the bottom of the blog post, there is also a link to the first chapter of Indigo Spring.)
In INDIGO SPRINGS and BLUE MAGIC, enchantment originated as just another component of life on earth. It wasn’t always toxic; it had a niche within the global spiritual ecosystem. However, an attempt by a faction of Europeans to establish a monopoly over magic, to achieve total control over its power, over time, turns scattered magical particles into the liquid magic called vitagua, concentrating it in a way that makes it immensely powerful, and then laying a curse on it to make it impossible for others to access its abilities. The result is a world out of balance, which is the situation inherited by the books’ heroine, Astrid Lethewood. Once the magic is spilled, what follows is a race to establish some kind of new balance before the world tears itself apart.
Instead I took my overall impression of complexity–the multi-layered interdependence evolved by natural systems, and the incredible difficulty involved in deliberately trying to restore them after they’ve been damaged–and infused the whole process with magic.