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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Deliverance by Veronique Launier


From the rooftops of Montreal to the undergrounds of Tehran. In a land where nothing is ever really what it seems, and where everything is steeped in history, Garnier de Rouen chases the demons of the present only to find them lead back to his past, to Nakissa, whom he knows better than she knows herself. What started off as a search for answers, turned into much more when the de Rouen’s witch, Aude Vanier, goes missing and the clues all lead to the Gargoyle who Garnier is already chasing: Ramtin.

Things for sixteen-year-old Nakissa didn't use to be so complicated. She lives in a good neighborhood in North Tehran, has a decent relationship with her mother and step-father, a perfect boyfriend, and a fun best friend. But after a series of earthquake shakes the entire planet, everything changes. First her mother gets injured,then her best friend goes missing. And the stress must be making her crazy, because she's starting to get impossible memories. Memories that date all the way back to the 6th century during the Sassanid Empire.

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If you were to look up random in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Véronique. This Montreal native is a single mother to two adorable young girls and a servant to two feline companions. She is also an avid reader, a dreamer, and a hopeless romantic. Her somewhat obsessive personality is often the subject of jokes amongst her family and friends, but it has served her well; she would never have written a book without it. She is studying everything Iranian from the language, to the history, to the cuisine -- another side effect to her obsessive personality -- and she likes to dance (usually in the kitchen).

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Leyli chain smokes her third cigarette while fiddling with the car stereo. The Tehran traffic is at a standstill so we aren't going anywhere. She discovers an old favorite European song on her playlist and sings along.  Her bright pink headscarf, which covers maybe two centimeters of her hair, matches her lipstick shade for shade. Huge sunglasses hide her eyes, but I can guess she's probably wearing her blue contacts. She's my best friend and I love her dearly our priorities are so different. Leyli would never risk going to the hospital without looking her best, there are young doctors there after all

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