Sept 11th, 2001
$9.95 US/$14.95 CAN
Small format hardcover: 227 pages
$5.50 US/ $7.99 CAN
Mass Market paperback: 240 pages
As seventeen-year-old Sarah, daughter of a powerful line of vampire-hunting witches, continues to pursue the ancient bloodsucker Nikolas, she finds herself in a dangerous friendship with two vampire siblings in her high school.
-Text from http://catalog.loc.gov
Library of Congress Online Catalog
To the casual observer, Christopher Ravena and Sarah Vida look like normal high school students- there’s nothing to clue their classmates in to their real identities. He’s a vampire who has sworn off human blood; she’s a witch, a daughter of the most powerful vampire-hunting dynasty in history. Although Sarah recognizes Christopher as her enemy from the moment she sees him, he is too weak to sense her witch aura and keep his distance. In fact, he’s atracted to her, and he pursues her. Slowly, without meaning to, Sarah finds herself won over by his sensitivity, his gentleness, his kindness.
When they’re together, she forgets that he’s a vampire. Unfortunately, when they’re apart, it’s all she can remember. According to Vida law, no hunter can befriend a vampire without facing unimaginable consequences. But when Saraj finally decides to reveal herself and end their friendship, she discovers that Christopher has secrets too. His past and her future collide as they both get tangled up with Nikolas, one of the most reviled vampires ever. Suddenly a world where right and wrong were once as clear as black and white leaves room for little more than shades of gray.
-from the inside cover of Shattered Mirror
Delacorte Press (c) 2001
Cover art: Phil Heffernan
In the Author’s Words
Amelia’s Letter About The Book’s History:
- Shattered Mirror was inspired by Sarah MacLachlan’s CD “Surfacing.” Listening to its lyrics, to the haunting voice singing, I was struck with a story– love between two individuals perfectly wrong for each other, love where one is willing and one is held back.
“And I had the sense to recognize… that I don’t know how to let you go…”
“We are born… innocent. Believe me, Adia, we are still innocent…”
The story evolved.
Born was Sarah Vida, youngest daughter of an ancient line of witches, youngest daughter in a line that has hunted vampire since they existed, and is bound by rules forbidding connection with any of their prey. She is a flawed member of her clan, imperfect in the eyes of her mother and her older sister, desperately trying to win their approval.
In this state, she can hardly help falling for sweet, romantic Christopher… who is incidentally a vampire.
And she falls in love.
Shattered Mirror has fewer amusing stories. It is based on an idea I hold highly: The belief in the absence of absolute good or evil. My characters, be they witch, vampire, shapeshifter or whatever else, are all essentially human. They can be “good” or “evil” as they choose.
Shattered Mirror, in a way, is a mirror for many things. It is a mirror for the Crusades, for the Holocaust, for the Japanese internment– for every war where we were absolutely right and the other side was absolutely wrong.
Fun Facts about Shattered Mirror (there are some):
Michael Kitsune Arun was a major character in all of ShatMir’s drafts– except the last two. One of the last of the infamous witch line that was infected with vampiric blood, he was also Sarah’s fiancé… and needless to say, hated Christopher. My editor complained, with good reason, that he muddled the plot. He was cut, and Adianna took over most of his scenes. The book is the better for his loss.
Scenes cut from Shattered Mirror include a scene where Kristin kills Kaleo (he was very relieved to learn he lives), a scene with Sarah and Kendra, the history of Risika’s (In the Forests of the Night) family, and a kiss shared between Sarah and Nikolas.
Richard Roberts (or was it Robert Richards? I can’t remember…) was originally a joke character. Usually, any character named Richard or Robert in one of my books was bound for death. I thought he could use a break.
The cover models look NOTHING like who they’re supposed to. An artist I know is recreating the sketch mentioned on page 184: “On the back of the paper was a drawing of Nikolas…” With her permission, I will get it [posted].
I’m more than a little in love with Nikolas. Trust me, he’s asweetheart. When he isn’t your enemy.
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Possibly coming soon!