Why I love Court of Twilight
My favorite part of being a publisher is all of the parts. I mean, I get to read books before anyone else on the planet, I get to select incredibly talented artists to design covers for those books, and I get to help authors bring their story to audiences everywhere. It’s a damn fine gig. But it’s that first bit that I like the most. It makes me a sort of treasure hunter. I get to discover wonderful stories and help bring them to audiences. This week, I’d like to talk about one of those stories, COURT OF TWILIGHT by Mareth Griffith.
We released COURT OF TWILIGHT last week and I couldn’t be happier to see this gem of a story finding an audience. It’s a contemporary fantasy with a heaping side of sci-fi and notes of mystery running throughout. I’d like to tell you what I love about COURT OF TWILIGHT and why we selected it to be our second release.
COURT is, on the surface, a story about a young woman, Ivy, who’s roommate has gone missing and her ensuing quest to unravel the mystery of the disappearance. At its heart, it’s a book about questions. It asks great ones all throughout the story. Questions about identity and morality, family and friendship. The book opens by giving you questions, in fact. The opening scene features a not-quite human who is apparently experiencing time out of order. He is only around for a short while in this opening but, for me, that was the first question that Mareth planted in my head. What was that creature? Why did it look the way it did? And why did he seem to be in a twisted-up timeline?
That bit of strangeness, introduced right at the opening, had me on guard for other indications of things-aren’t-as-they-seem, so I was primed when I caught a bit of a weird description of Ivy’s relationship to her mother. Throughout the novel, whenever something seems a touch strange, I knew that it was by choice and skill; and that there would be a payoff in the end. Mareth is a gifted writer and she strung me through the book with one mystery after another.
COURT OF TWILIGHT is a beautiful read for a rainy day when you want to dip into some speculative mystery and explore a world where questions lay around every turn. It’s available now on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2zAvV04), iBooks/Kobo/BN (https://www.books2read.com/u/bzapL2), and your favorite indie bookstore (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997661330).