Saturday, April 14, 2012

M is For... Mateo

Good Evening Humble Readers...

Currently, I'm a curled up on the couch, under my fleecy blanket, and watching a movie about the Titanic.  And, I must confess that I'm in a bit of a food coma.  My Beloved and I just got home from our anniversary dinner (I will tell you all about it tomorrow) and I am ridiculously full.  All I could really use at this moment would be a nice cup of chai... if only I could have some.

I'm feeling so dopey, that I don't know if tonight's post is going to make much sense.  Please bear with me.  :)

Tonight I'm going to take a little bit of a different tack on things.  I want to tell you about a character in a new-to-me series that I am reading right now, The Edge of the World by Kevin Anderson (the first in the Terra Incognita series).  I haven't finished reading the book, so I'm not 100% certain that I will feel this way at the end, but right now I'm thoroughly enjoying him.  His name is Mateo. 
The main premise of the book is that there are two distinct cultures living in a precarious peace... at least at the beginning.  The two cultures are connected through a historical religious link, but when their shared holy city burns to the ground, the Aidenists and the Urecari are left blaming each other.  In very short order, a holy war breaks out. 

Mateo, at the start of the book, is an orphan who is a ward of the King of Terra (the Aidenists).  He is best friends with King Korastine's daughter, Anjine, and the two of them have a terrible habit of sneaking off and getting into trouble together. 

When the war breaks out, Mateo realizes that the time has come for him to put aside childish things and take his place in the Terran military.  At this point he is just beginning to realize the feelings he has for Princess Anjine are more than just friendship.  But of course, he is being shipped off for training to face before facing a fierce enemy. 

It's not so much the budding romance that I am drawn to, as much as it is the growth of young Mateo's character.  The scene when he comes to the realization that he must grow up was very moving. 

Like I said, I don't know where this book is going to end up, but for the moment I'm enjoying it. 

What are you reading right now?


  1. I'm reading A Clash of Kings, which is the second book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. I like them! Can't wait to hear about your dinner out. :)

  2. The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods. I love biographys. Audition by Barbara Walters was very interesting.
    When I finally get my book (fiction) written, I would love for you to read it and give me your opinion. It deals with infertility - that's the part I am at now and trying to bring in the raw emotion of it all - I have been stuck on that part for a long time.

  3. I'm nearly finished writing my latest book, set in 15 years time. It's great to work out how things will change by 2027.

  4. GIVE THEM GRACE by Elyse Fitzpatrick and her daughter, Jessica Thompson. I think she's a bit too flippant about her 'Jesus loves sinners' part, but otherwise it's been a life changing book (and I'm a grandma!). The principles behind it are applicable to all relationships, and I don't feel the crushing guilt I used to feel for ruing my kids by my stupid mistakes. God is bigger than my mistakes! Thank God!

    Oh, and Happy Anniversary!


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