A frost-mailed warrior
striding a shadowy steed of snow."
- Edgar Fawcett
January is named for the Roman god Janus, the god of doorways. He is depicted in ancient art with two faces—one looking back and one looking forward. I have to say that the month of January is well placed. What better time to reflect on the old and look forward to the new than now, in the heart of winter? After Carol’s look at last year’s favorites, I thought I’d ring in the New Year with a look at some fresh new releases. I just didn’t expect them to make me so… blue.
Blue and dark and wintery. As you look at the collection below, can't you just feel the frigid wisps of winter air, creeping in around you, trying to find their way in? All of them speak in winter whispers...
My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent (Harlequin, December 2010)
Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston (Harper Teen, December 2010)
This one is a little different... but the bare trees behind her and the white of the title made me shiver:
I will thrown in a caveat that not every YA fantasy being published this winter is adorned in blue, and not every blue-covered YA fantasy was released this winter. It just so happens that the color blue seems to dominate the YA fantasy new-release section these days.
Last but not least, a shout out to Carol, Julie, and all of our friends up in Vermont at the VCFA winter residency. Stay warm and enjoy the company, the book chat, and the year ahead!
“Winter, a bad guest, sitteth with me at home; blue are my hands with his friendly handshaking.” - Friedrich Nietzsche