Concha Castroviejo , Spanish journalist, critic, novelist, and short story writer, was born in Santiago de Compostela northwestern Spain and died in Madrid after having lived a full life on two continents. Fluent in French, a language she had begun to study in elementary school, she also attended the University of Bordeaux, a city in which she resided for long periods. When Castroviejo returned to Spain in , she obtained a degree in journalism and went on to write for well-known newspapers like Informaciones and La hoja del lunes.
It was translated into French in Every reader of Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimms knows, to state the obvious, that fairy tales are not for children alone, inasmuch as they speak to fantasies and fears that are our constant companions in life. The stones that make up The Garden with Seven Gates will, I believe, be viewed in the same light-although peopled with children protagonists, they are not for children alone.
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Do you find yourself developing ideas in the same way or does it vary from book to book? I work from an outline because publishers usually require that. I try to make my outlines as detailed as possible, but in reality, they are not excruciatingly detailed.
I like the freedom of making things up as I go. And honestly, inspiration varies from book to book. It could be an intensely charismatic character Zane , a paradoxical situation secretive dragons , a great plot question Rhys from The Treasure Keeper : is he alive or is he dead? It changes all the time. My imagination is pretty much always turned on High. Even as a child, I used to write horrible plays and force my siblings to act in them. You started writing historical romance, and have moved to a sort of fantasy-romance hybrid. If not, what draws you so strongly to writing romance?
Like a lot of people, I like happy endings.
I can appreciate the literary sting of a bittersweet tale, or even just a flat-out bitter one, and frankly I think I weave a lot of that bittersweet into my own stories. It makes them richer. But real life has enough melancholy. I want my characters to end well, to be fulfilled. I want them to love, and love forever, because I believe in that. The books are thus correctly shelved in the romance section of most bookstores. They are an insular clan living in wide-open secrecy in rural England. The books are set during the mid- to lates and conform to many standards of historical romance—basically, they are paranormal historical romances.
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The Treasure Keeper is the 4 th book of a planned 5 for the series. The first book in the series The Smoke Thief reads as a stand-alone novel. The third book Queen of Dragons is about her oldest brother and his courtship of the foreign princess. She cannot Turn, but she can become invisible, and she can read minds. She goes to his last known location, Paris, and begins her search for someone, anyone, who knows what happened to him.
What she finds instead is the ghost of Rhys Langford, who haunts her in mirrors and windows. I really liked this twist on the human hunters. I have read a few paranormal romance series that have ridiculously well-informed human hunters who, because their ominous threat looms for no other reason than hatred, fear, and good research, seem more plot device than an organic danger in that world.
But in this case, with an embittered Other forming the society of hunters, the group seems more dynamic and more realistic.
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In the meantime, thoughts on this most current book. The Treasure Keeper is probably now my second-favorite in the series. Mostly, I think, because the attraction between Zoe and Rhys seems so inevitable and therefore so…natural. My only criticisms are minor.
First, it seems foolish that neither Zoe nor Rhys considered that he was not a ghost prior to the rescue attempt. I prefer the conscious choice and the responsibility for the decision to circumstances arranging it, but he was also killed before she had the chance to really think it all through. These are very minor issues though. But what is more, her siblings, especially Hannah, are downright mean to her. This saddened me quite a bit, and I think it will do the same for readers. The only hopeful part of the book is when Moll meets the magical creature.
He does have the power to grant wishes under very special circumstances. Although the book is a fantasy-type story, I think there are real elements in it too. It is the second book in the weaver series. The characters are known for the tales they weave.
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So, from a story perspective, it is a very entrancing story. Lastly, I want to warn parents about the sexual overtones in this book in Chapter Seventeen. Because of this, I would categorize the book as PG. Please read the book before passing it along to your children to read and enjoy.
You may even want to read the book along with them. Reviewed by: Irene S.
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