In Demonkeepers, recovering-nerd Lucius finds his mojo by playing the Mayan ballgame. Are you a geek, a jock, or something else?
I’d say that I’m a geek with delusions of coolness, and I occasionally rise to the level of barely competent in a handful of sports. I’m also a pretty hard-core baseball fan.
I’m a Red Sox supporter from way back, which kind of makes sense given my penchant for putting my characters through the physical and emotional wringer (Bill Buckner in ’86, anyone?) before giving them an amazing happy ending (2004 World Series Champs!). And that makes it kind of fun that the release of Demonkeepers coincides with baseball’s Opening Day.
On Demonkeepers, Publishers’ Weekly said: “Andersen ramps up the danger (in a story that) mixes action and elements of Mayan myth—from a voyage to the underworld to a fantastic high-stakes ballgame—with soul-searching, lust and romance.”
I love that they mention the ballgame, as the story has lots of geeks-versus-jocks and sport-as-combat overtones, and the symbols of the ballgame are all over the place when you talk about the 2012 doomsday.
I could go on forever about that stuff (cue my wonderful editor’s voice in my ear: “cut the lecture and get to the running, screaming, shooting and/or sex!”). But the thing is, games are part of the fabric of life. And I can think offhand of any number of great games that have been used to enrich the stories I love.
Friendly (and not-so-friendly) challenges and wagers are made on hands of Starfield Doubles in Linnea Sinclair’s most excellent Games of Command. Pyramid is a part of daily life on Caprica and in (the new) Battlestar Galactica. The holo-chess board on the Millennium Falcon is still way cool decades after the fact. They’re all small moments in the larger scheme, perhaps, but ones that bring added depth.
Similarly, I hope readers will find that the Mayan ballgame adds to the story of Lucius, an Indiana Jones wannabe who never quite measures up until a twist of magic brings him powers beyond belief … and reunites him with Jade, the magic-wielding one night stand he never forgot.
Despite the sizzling chemistry between them—and the added power that comes with a love match—Jade is determined to prove that she’s more than a researcher … she can be a Nightkeeper warrior in her own right.
But as the two race to rescue the sun god himself from the underworld, they learn that kicking ass isn’t enough. They’ll need all their brains and skill—and the long-denied love that burns between them—to foil the dark lords’ plot.
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