Today I have LK Rigel, author of the In Flagrante Apocalypto series with me. I'm incredibly excited to be part of her blog tour for her latest book Bleeder, the third installment to the series and the first full length novel. Please be on the lookout for my full review. In the mean time, you can check out my review for Blue Amber (Part 1 of Bleeder) which was up on the blog earlier this year.
Thank you, Erika, for hosting Bleeder today at 100 Stars Or Less! I read somewhere that your favorite new mythical creature is a dragon, so I thought it would be fun to make this guest post about the dragon totem in Bleeder.
In the Apocalypto series, a bleeder receives her totem from the goddess Asherah through a vision quest. The bleeder can then become sanctified as a chalice to enter into contracts for her services. Her totem represents essential aspects of her nature.
The black dragon is the totem of Celia, the chalice who bore both Garrick, the present king of Garrick, and Edmund, the present king of Allel (and twenty-two other royal heirs, egad!).
In the Apocalypto series, a dragon is violent, relentless and ruthless. Its driving emotion is desire. It isn’t particularly stupid, but it is so focused on the current object of its obsession that it refuses to think about anything that doesn’t lead to the possession of that object.
Because Celia is a chalice, she had the good luck to be trained in Red City. She learned to tame her dragon, so to speak, through years of meditation on its nature. She uses the dragon’s traits to get what she wants, but she’s learned to sublimate the creature’s impulsiveness and baser instincts.
As regent of Allel, Celia has had ongoing access to that city’s heirs to power. Edmund, and especially his sister, have been beneficiaries of Celia’s knowledge and wisdom regarding their own dragon natures – for they are Celia’s offspring.
Celia’s offspring in Garrick weren’t so lucky as Edmund and Counselor of Allel. King Garrick had no mentor. The dragon rages within him untamed, leading to tragedy and despair all around.
Mal, the heroine of Bleeder, might be Garrick’s only chance. Her totem is a phoenix, symbol of transformation, rebirth, and renewal. Will such transcendent qualities save the dragon from itself? Destroy it? Or be destroyed by it?
LK Rigel lives in California with her cat, Coleridge. She was once a singing waitress, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock 'N Roll News. Her BA is in humanities and religious studies. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her short story "Slurp" will appear in Anne Frasier's 2011 Halloween anthology Deadly Treats published by Nodin Press.
Thank you L.K. Rigel! Yes, you did read that my favourite new mythical creature is dragons! What a wonderful insight to Garrick and Mallory's characters. So happy you shared with us all :)
L.K. Rigel is giving away a $100 gift certificate for Barnes & Noble or Amazon to one lucky winner. All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is fill out the form below with the correct answer (Hint: the answer can be found in the Lexicon Apocalyto on LK Rigel's website). Every blog stop on the Bleeder tour has a separate question so you can receive multiple entries by following the tour. The next tour stop is at Workaday Reads on July 23rd. You can also find the previous tour stops by clicking on any of the Bleeder Blog Tour graphics in this post!