Coming up on Friday, November 4th at 7 pm is a new program in cooperation with Kettle Restaurant: a Beer & Books tasting. At the Kettle we’ll have fun drinks to try and while you’re sipping you can hear about some fabulous library reads that go great with your drink of choice. We’ll have small appetizers too. You’ll be able to check the books out that night if you want. This is a ticketed event, so stop by Kettle or the library to buy your tickets.
Just in time for a thrilling Halloween read is Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast. Kristin Cast is one half of the New York Times Bestseller writing duo with her mother, PC Cast. Together they wrote the House of Night series starting when Kristin was in high school. Kristin has grown into her own adult fiction author and started a series called The Escaped in 2015, of which Amber Smoke is the first.
This series is based on the Greek myths of the Furies, three sisters who acted as the hand of justice and jailers in the deepest level of the Underworld. Together the Maiden, Mother, and Crone act as wardens over the condemned souls who would threaten to end the world with violence, rage, and sickness. For eons the three sisters have worked together, but one day the Maiden goes to watch the souls being judged worthy of either Elysium or Tartarus. She sees Galen, who heroically takes the torment meant for his son who inadvertently burned down a village, killing four people. While serving his torture Maiden continues to visit and the two fall in love. Hera grants them a son named Alek to keep recapture any escaped souls from Tartarus. Up on earth in the modern day a young woman named Eva has been unknowingly named oracle, the human on earth assigned to help Alek on his missions to earth and back again. Except, by the time Alek journeys to earth and learns his way around a modern world with cars and elevators Eva has been kidnapped by an evil soul escaped and turned incarnate. Will Alek find Eva in time to complete his mission? This is the first of a series, so it’s a good guess the answer is both yes and no. The library also has the second in the series.
You can get the book reviewed here at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”