Indigo Springs

Blue Magic (Volume 1)

Dellamonica, A.M.

Tor Books

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Indigo Springs is a sleepy town where things seem pretty normal . . . until Astrid’s father dies and she moves into his house. She discovers that for many years her father had been accessing the magic that flowed, literally, in a blue stream beneath the earth, leaking into his house. When she starts to use the liquid "vitagua" to enchant everyday items, the results seem innocent enough: a “’chanted” watch becomes a charm that means you're always in the right place at the right time; a “’chanted” pendant enables the wearer to convince anyone of anything . . .

But as events in Indigo Springs unfold and the true potential of vitagua is revealed, Astrid and her friends unwittingly embark on a journey fraught with power, change, and a future too devastating to contemplate. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as Astrid discovers secrets from her shrouded childhood that will lead her to a destiny stranger than she could have imagined . . .

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(• Chapter One •)

“You’re going to fall in love today.” It is the first thing Astrid Lethewood says to me. A heartbeat later Patience joins us in the foyer and I nearly believe her.

I’ve seen Patience—on TV, on security feeds—but nothing has prepared me for meeting a demi-goddess. My brain seizes up, my hands get damp, and my mouth dries. I smell popcorn, hear the distant music of a carousel. A tingle of arousal threatens to embarrass me, but that, at least, I am ready for. My jacket, folded over one arm, hangs discreetly over my groin.

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"Dellamonica has produced a well-written and original story, with a fascinatingly detailed world and a coherent magical system, reminiscent of Tim Powers' work. Compelling characterizations, engrossing plot, and a horrific look at the consequences of power used selfishly all kept me turning the pages."--Kage Baker

"This is an entertaining and terrifying tale of terrific characters who stumble into the practice of blue magic, and find that it is neither simple nor safe. Astrid, Jacks, and Sahara will enchant you, and lead you down unexpected paths of discovery and danger. A great read that will make you look for magic in everyday objects!"--Toby Bishop, author of AIRS BENEATH THE MOON

"I loved this. An original and terrific apocalyptic fantasy set in the real world, Indigo Springs is terrifyingly insightful, sprinkled with bits of humor for leavening. Newcomer A. M. Dellamonica has deftly crafted a book that is both literary and a very good read. What a fine storyteller Tor has discovered."--Patricia Briggs, author of BONE CROSSED

"INDIGO SPRINGS is a complex and ambitious first novel with vivid characters and an absorbing plot. A.M. Dellamonica is a talent to watch!"--Susan Palwick, author of SHELTER

"There is magic in the small town of Indigo Springs, magic lurking in the mysterious blue waters pooling under Astrid Lethewood's family home. And there is magic in INDIGO SPRINGS, the novel, magic that compels the reader to keep turning pages as the complex tale or ordinary people confronting centuries-old forces unfolds. A. M. Dellamonica has created a true "chantment" here."--Harry Turtledove, author of GIVE ME BACK MY LEGIONS!

"Alyx Dellamonica's first novel weaves images of empiricism and apocalypse, tells a story in which paradigms shatter and things fall apart. But that's not what Indigo Springs is about, not really. At its heart this is a story about people: in over their heads, reaping the whirlwind, doing the best they can and falling short. These are souls you have to care about, even as they break the world in half."--Peter Watts, author of BLINDSIGHT

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About the Author

Dellamonica, A.M.

A.M. DELLAMONICA has had stories published in various fantasy and science fiction magazines and anthologies. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where she is at work on Blue Magic, the sequel to Indigo Springs.

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Indigo Springs
Dellamonica, A.M.

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
November 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429985321
ISBN10: 1429985321
320 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Fantasy
November 2010
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765359070
ISBN10: 0765359073
4 1/8 x 6 11/16 inches, 352 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
October 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765319470
ISBN10: 0765319470
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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