THE LIGHTER SIDE OF URBAN FANTASY: Ruth Vincent adds a hopeful twist to an edgy genre in UNVEILED

THE LIGHTER SIDE OF URBAN FANTASY: Ruth Vincent adds a hopeful twist to an edgy genre in UNVEILED

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THE LIGHTER SIDE OF URBAN FANTASY: Ruth Vincent adds a hopeful twist to an edgy genre in UNVEILED

 

Days are growing shorter, darker, and the weather is dreary. With holiday season stressors setting in, and a nation in social and political flux, it becomes easy to tend towards a “glass half empty attitude.” End-of-the-year blues are best combatted with a strong dose of escapism and optimism—both of which Ruth Vincent’s second Changeling P.I. novel, UNVEILED (on-sale 12/6/16), provides in equal measure!

 

Vincent is adding an upbeat twist to the classically dark Urban Fantasy sub-genre. Instead of sullen vampires and mopey werewolves, she writes about millennial fairies and changelings, living in present-day NYC. Although she still tackles a gritty city-scape and heavy psychological issues, Vincent does so with an ultimately positive tone, blending aspects of mystery and romance to cleverly update traditional fairy lore with modern sensibilities.

 

Our heroine is Mabily “Mab” Jones, an average-seeming New Yorker who works as a private detective. However, Mab is more than meets the eye; as the series name indicates, she’s a changeling, and her boyfriend, Obadiah Savage is a half-fey former bootlegger of fairy elixir. Still, despite their unique supernatural situation, Mab and Obadiah are in a good place—until Mab receives a summons to the fairy world in the form of a knife resting on her pillow. 

 

In the process of investigating her first solo case, Mab discovers the fairies are stealing joy-producing chemicals directly from the minds of humans in order to manufacture their magic Elixir, the dwindling source of their powers. Worst of all, Mab’s boyfriend Obadiah vows to abstain from Elixir, believing the benefits are not worth the cost in human suffering—even though he knows fairies can’t long survive without their magic. Mab soon realizes she has no choice but to answer the summons and return to the Vale. But the deeper she is drawn into the machinations of the realm, the more she becomes ensnared by promises she made in the past. And in trying to do the right thing, Mab will face her most devastating betrayal yet, one that threatens everything and everyone she holds most dear.

 

About Ruth Vincent:

Ruth Vincent spent a nomadic childhood moving across the USA, culminating in a hop across the pond to attend Oxford. But wherever she wanders, she remains ensconced within the fairy ring of her imagination. Ruth recently traded the gritty urban fantasy of NYC for the pastoral suburbs of Long Island, where she resides with her roguishly clever husband and a cockatoo who thinks she’s a dog. Ruth loves to hear from readers. Get in touch at www.ruthvincent.com or @ByRVincent.

 
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