Young Adult Fantasy
Date Published: April 29, 2014
Within the walls of a centuries-old building lies the magical Library of Illumination, a place where books literally come to life. 17-year-old Johanna Charette is the youngest curator ever chosen to oversee the day-to-day operation of the library and she knows, in case of trouble, having an assistant can be invaluable, so she hires 16-year-old Jackson Roth to give her a hand. Jackson gets off to a rocky start, but manages to prove his mettle. Besides, he’s kind of cute and a lot of fun.
Johanna is charming and brilliant—and a natural born leader. She keeps the library operating on an even keel. Jackson is clever and intrepid. He relies on his wits to keep them out of danger when trouble arises. Unfortunately, his derring-do is one of the reasons why they sometimes find themselves in awkward situations. So it shouldn’t be any surprise when his wanton curiosity sparks a journey to a distant realm, where they end up with front row seats in a battle against an ancient foe.
You can read my review on ‘Chronicles: The Library of Illumination’ here.
About the Author:
C. A. PACK, author of Code Name: Evangeline, Evangeline’s Ghost, and the Library of Illumination novelettes, is an award-winning journalist and former television news anchor/writer from Long Island, New York.
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10 Things You Don’t Know About Chronicles: The Library of Illumination
I am very excited to be your guest blogger for the day and want to thank D’eBook Sharing for hosting me.
There are always little bits of information floating around in a writers mind that influence what s/he writes, even if that specific information is never spelled out. There are a lot of little bits about Chronicles: The Library of Illumination that for some reason or another were left on the cutting room floor, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten them. And each little factoid could still be revealed in a future LOI adventure. But it’s always nice to have some insider information, so today I’m going to tell you ten little known facts about the Library of Illumination:
1. Jackson used to have a different last name. Originally, his name was Jackson Ryan, but someone pointed out to me that it was too similar to Jack Ryan from Tom Clancy novels.
2. In The Overseers (book six) you’ll learn why Mal is still alive after 800 years. He didn’t live that long without a little extra help from The Overseers.
3. I originally used a real super hero in Doubloons but removed him because of possible copyright infringement. When I came up with Impervio, I started writing a companion comic book about him, but quit after page 14.
4. Johanna ran away from the orphanage where she lived most of her life when she was 16, and changed her name and age to avoid being found. It worked, because the system was so overcrowded, no one bothered to look for her.
5. Jackson doesn’t own a cell phone. He realizes he could use one in Portals, but never bought one because he’s saving to buy a car.
6. LOI Curators are supposed to hand over a special book of knowledge to their successors, but Mal didn’t give his to Johanna, because he thought she might be too young to comprehend such a vast amount of history and information. This leads to all kinds of problems in Portals when Johanna finds out there’s a lot she doesn’t know about the Library of Illumination.
7. Latin is the inspiration for the Terrorian language—probably because I took Latin as a language in school.
8. Both Johanna and Jackson have Twitter accounts. It’s true.
9. Johanna always wanted a cat named Ophelia, but doesn’t get one until Myrddin’s Memoir (book seven).
10. Most of the people who use the Library of Illumination are scholars and researchers who are on an “approved” list. They make their requests via snail mail, email or phone and the books are sent to them. Users know about the special qualities of the books, and use them judiciously. However, the library is not open to the public. People who visit there are usually invited guests. And there’s an enchantment on the library that makes it difficult to most people to find.
I enjoyed being able to share this with you today. If you’ve got any questions, I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chronicles: The Library of Illumination will be released in hardcover and ebook formats on April 29th.