Ouroboros (Circuit Fae #2)
by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 27th 2018
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.
Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.
Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.
Relationship status: It’s Complicated
All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness.
Rouen Rivoche is that darkness—a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy.
She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend.
And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school…that was so last year.
Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together.
Their lives, their love, their very world..
Guest Post: My inspiration for Circuit Fae
by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
My inspiration for CIRCUIT FAE came from my Irish heritage and my love of mythology. I’ve always been intrigued by Irish history and mythology, especially the Fae, so when Christina, the founder of Monster House Books, approached me about Circuit Fae, I jumped at the chance.
We wanted a different take on the Fae and hit upon the idea of the Fae using technology to leverage their power in the mortal realm. The first brainstorm sessions had the Fae using computers and computer games to drain humans and Glamour them, but that didn’t resonate with me. I’m a huge fan of video games, mind you, but for some reason, the idea just didn’t feel right to me.
I wanted something more organic-feeling, more Fae-oriented, and computers and video games seemed too “human-made.” So I did extensive study on the Fae, the realms of Faerie, their powers, their rules—all that. Everything I found supported my feeling that whatever technology the Fae used, it had to have a Fae flair to it. They couldn’t just use human-made machines—especially given the fact that many Fae are sensitive to iron, and iron is used in about 90% of our metal. Of course, this isn’t the “cold-wrought iron” of legend, but for me, it was close enough to eliminate human machinery.
And then, I hit upon the idea of the Fae using a kind of “organic machinery,” similar in practice to HR Giger’s concept art for Alien. I liked the idea that Fae technology would be some amalgamation of machine and magic. It resonated to me.
From that sprang the idea of the “dark circuitry”—the Moribund that infects humans and hollow them out into dark machinery—being part machine/part organic/part Fae magic. From there, I designed Agravaine, the primary villain of Moribund who controls Rouen and tries to kill Syl with his Circuit Fae powers. Thus, the Moribund became a forbidden type of magic, locked up and guarded, with a dark background steeped in mystery and Rouen’s family’s past, which unfolds through the five-book series.
Along with the Moribund and the struggle for power came the idea that the two characters, Syl Skye and Rouen Rivoche, would be from the opposite sides of Faerie. The realm of Faerie being split in two is a very standard trope, and I felt it would serve well to have two star-crossed lovers fighting to be together against a backdrop of war and dark magic.
And of course, it was important to me that both main characters be young women who were both independent and smart in their own way, and also super into each other. Because I wanted Syl and Rouen to be a celebration of the fact that love is love—no matter what your gender identity, your sexual orientation, where you come from, or where you’re going.
Christina agreed with me wholeheartedly that we wanted representation to be a big part of Monster House Books.
And thus, The Circuit Fae series was born.
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance–where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she’s clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.
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