It's the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.
When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she's not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.
Andye's Review of The Vespertine
We're really excited to be a part of The Vespertine blog tour. On April 1st, the last stop of the tour will be on Saundra's blog (www.saundramitchell.com/blog) and you will be able to enter to win a prize pack including:
1 signed copy of The Vespertine
1 blown glass pen + amber ink and pen rest
1 silver & amber sunburst pendant
1 signed foiled bookmark
1 dance card, signed by Aprilynne Pike, Caitlin Kittredge, Carrie Ryan, Christine Johnson, Holly Black, Linda Gerber, Lisa McMann, Sarah MacLean, Sarah Rees Brennan and myself.
Two additional winners will receive a signed copy of The Vespertine, a signed foiled bookmark, and a dance card signed by Saundra.
Guys, I am SERIOUSLY jealous!!! I want a signed copy for MYSELF!!!
In order to win, you'll have to visit all the participating blogs, and pick up their "Dance Card"
I was lucky enough to get the chance to "sit down" with the charming and oh-so-delectable Nathaniel Witherspoon from The Vespertine. Here's what he had to say:
- Hey, Nathaniel! Mind if I call you Nate?
By all means. I never question what a lady likes.
- I hear you're an amazingly talented artist. Where did you learn this skill, or does is just come naturally to you?
You're very kind, and I'm not modest enough to disagree. Painting's the one honest gift I have of my own-- the one that matters most, and torments me least.
- You have a peculiar side-profession (being a 14th). Can you explain what that is, and why you do it?
I had a parting of ways with my parents, so I became a man of independent means fairly young. There are only so many Judges and Senators that need portraits painted, and my roommate Navid let me take his place as a Fourteenth at the Polks' residence, once. It's bad luck to have thirteen guests at a table-- there were thirteen at the Last Supper, realize. People pay a fine price to round out the numbers, and that price rounds out my rent nicely. I come, I eat dinner, I participate in conversation, and then I slip out with a full stomach and a packet of discreetly offered cash. There are worse jobs.
- When you first saw Amelia, was it love at first sight, or did her wit and confidence draw you to her?
If you've ever stood in the wind before a storm, you know what that dark and sparking inevitability feels like. How it carries distant sweetness to taste, perfumes to savor, and the anticipation of lightning, but never the guarantee of it. That's what it was, when she turned her eyes on me the first time, and has been, every time since.
- What do you think about Amelia's unusual talent? Were you ever tempted to have her see into your future?
We're half a set, Amelia and I: fire and air. Water and earth are out there somewhere, opposite to us, and I'm afraid for what that means. Best to escape their notice and leave them to their mud pies. I hope they wish to escape our notice, too. But I asked Amelia once if she saw me in her future, and that was all I've ever needed to know of it.
- Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself, or maybe about Amelia?
Her sister-in-law gave her a pair of trousers to wear, and now she's grown accustomed to them. Everyone else finds this scandalous; I find it fascinating.Thanks, Nate (and Saundra), for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. I have to say that I really enjoyed reading about you and Amelia. I wish you all the best and hope to see you again someday!
Make sure you visit the other blogs on the tour and collect their dance cards!