I: In your own words, what's The Curse Giver about?
DM: The Curse Giver is about an innocent healer called Lusielle, who is betrayed and condemned to die for a crime she didn't commit. When she's about to be executed, Lusielle is rescued from the pyre by an angry, embittered lord doomed by a mysterious curse. You might think that Bren, Lord of Laonia, is Lusielle's savior, but he isn't. On the contrary, Bren is pledged to kill Lusielle himself, because her murder is his people's only salvation.
What ensues is a dangerous journey, where Lusielle and Bren have to escape their ruthless enemies and unravel the mystery of the terrible curse that has fallen upon the Lord of Laonia. They also have to overcome the distrust they have for each other, fight the forbidden attraction between them, and work together to defeat the curse giver who has already conjured their ends.
I: How is The Curse Giver different from the novels of the Stonewiser series?
DM: Well, these are very different books in many ways. To begin with, The Curse Giver takes place in a completely different setting, a river-centered world facing social and political dissolution. The mythology of each world is very different and unique. Also, the magic in the Stonewiser series comes from the stones and from the way in which stonewisers interact with the stones.
In The Curse Giver, the magic is equally intriguing but also more complex and personal. It comes from being different and distinct from everyone else, from embracing the strength within. There are some stylistic differences as well. Whereas Stonewiser was told from Sariah's point of view, The Curse Giver is told in different points of views. Even the cover is a drastic departure from my usual!
I: How is The Curse Giver similar to the Stonewiser series?
DM: I think you will find those intricate plot twists that many enjoyed in the Stonewiser series also in The Curse Giver. The characters are complex, engaging and endearing. Like Sariah and Kael, Lusielle and Bren come from opposing factions who distrust and suspect each other. Lusielle and Bren's relationship is also passionate, conflicted and forbidden. But there's a lot more at stake in the romance between Lusielle and Bren than what I can tell you, and you might be a little shocked when you find out the terrible secret that torments the Lord of Laonia.
I: What's the timeline for The Curse Giver's publication?
DM: The Curse Giver is now available in e-book and print. You can get a free excerpt from The Curse Giver at http://twilighttimesbooks.com/TheCurseGiver_ch1.html or check out the book on Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/13oVu2P.
Dora Machado is the award-winning author of the epic fantasy Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, available from Twilight Times Books. She grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a fascination for writing and a taste for Merengue. After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She lives in Florida with her husband and three very opinionated cats.
To learn more about Dora Machado and her novels, visit her website at www.doramachado.com or contact her at Dora@doramachado.com.
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Lusielle's bleak but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn't commit. She's on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames. Brennus, Lord of Laonia is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark. Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their demise.
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Genre – Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
Rating – PG-18
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