Friday, 3 April 2009

Amber Benson launches new urban fantasy trilogy.


I've never seen a whole episode of 'Buffy' (it's a long story but you would completely understand if I told you the reason why...) but I thought fans might like a look at the following press release that I was sent...

Amber Benson, best known for her popular role as Tara Maclay on the cult show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” has launched a new trilogy of urban fantasy novels. The first book in the series, Death’s Daughter was recently released via Penguin Books and arrives on the heels of Benson’s acclaimed Ghosts of Albion series. Kirkus Reviews calls Ghosts of Albion: Accursed, “all one can ask for in a dark night’s reading,” while Library Journal praises Ghosts of Albion: Witchery as “Equal doses of dark humor and genuine horror.” Benson’s new novel introduces Calliope Reaper-Jones, a normal girl, who also happens to be Death’s daugher. Details on the next two novels in the series are forthcoming.

Death’s Daughter tells the story of Calliope Reaper-Jones, a girl torn between an immortal life helping her father run Death, Inc., and a normal human existence. When Callie chooses to leave the family business behind and pursue a career in fashion, she finds herself in a dead end job, relegated to a life of perpetual stasis. That is, until someone kidnaps her father, the CEO of Death, Inc., as well as Callie’s older sister Thalia. Now it’s up to Callie to find her father and sister, while trying to keep the business running smoothly. If she fails, Callie dooms her family to morality and allows the Devil to chose the new head of Death, Inc.

Of the book, Benson says, “Death’s Daughter is my take on the classic Hero’s Journey, but told from the female perspective. I tried to create a flawed, female protagonist who––even though she makes some really selfish choices during the course of the book––still makes the reader root for her to learn and grow from her experiences.”

Following the publication of Death’s Daughter, Benson’s children’s book for Simon and Schuster, The New Newbridge Academy, will be released in late 2009. Prior to the Calliope Reaper-Jones trilogy, Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series, Ghosts of Albion, (with Christopher Golden) for the BBC, then novelized the series in two books for Random House. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films, including her latest, Drones, which she co-directed with Adam Busch and will be released later this year.


I was going to post a picture of the cover but it looks awful...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Also saw her singing and dancing. No doubt Benson is talented woman.

Chris, The Book Swede said...

Yeah, I remember Colleen Lindsay (The Swivet!) talking about these once or twice :)

I have to say, I love Buffy. It's rather marvellous, in a strange way, once you get into it.

SQT said...

I tried to start reading this one but couldn't get into it. It doesn't mean it's bad... I'm just kind of tired of the 1st-person, oh-so-clever, female protagonist who throws out smart-a** comments all the time. So common in paranormal fiction and I'd just like something different for once.

lianemerciel said...

You know not posting the book cover is just going to force everybody to Google it... ;)

Layladawna said...

Oh now I have to read it because Amber Benson wrote it and because the cover is to awful not to give it a try. Hopefully she can write as well as she can act.