The world of the Reave Series could be considered a dark place. There are assassins everywhere, classism is simply part of life, and mistreatment is widely accepted. The threat of violence is like an invisible hand hanging above everyone’s head. You step out of line? It goes from invisible to something with far more substance.
When writing and editing, I actually did and do see it as (literally) dark, almost like there’s a film over my internal lens. (Especially when writing from Aster’s perspective.) Funnily enough, though?
No matter that ‘lens’ or the content? I’ve always seen so much hope and strength here, felt there were lights shining everywhere to cut through that darkness. Sometimes, you just have to look closely to find it and them.
I hope that’s what’s taken from this book and this series—lights come in varying forms, sometimes in the places you’d least expect, from people you might never expect. And that’s a beautiful thing, I think—knowing that we’re all significant no matter who would say or insist otherwise.
If you’re thinking about stepping into Aster’s world, seeing it through her eyes? It’s not an easy place! But I hope you’ll step in and come out the other side with something good. I definitely did!