A warm welcome to Madhuri Blaylock!
Thank you for having me!
Dev is the girl I wanted to read.
I had been devouring various fantasy and paranormal novels and series and found myself, more often than not, coming away wishing the female lead had a little more umpf, was fierce from the get-go. Instead of being in charge, they stumbled around rather confused about what was happening to them. They reacted instead of acted. And although they evolved into badass chicks by the final parts of the story, they didn’t begin that way. And more often than not, they needed a boy to point them in the direction of the aforementioned badassery .
I wanted a girl who knew what was the what from jump, was self-aware and self-assured (even if sometimes a little too much). She knew her power and self-worth and had no issues kicking ass and taking names. She was smart as a whip, strong as a bull and drop-dead gorgeous as an afterthought. She was kind of a bitch.
So I created Dev.
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For a little background, I can tell you that since its creation The Sanctum has followed the guidance of The Book of Prophecy, which claims that a rare, hybrid demon will be created to bring about the end of the world for both humans and Magicals alike. In light of this warning, warriors for The Sanctum have been sent on kill missions any time one such hybrid is discovered.
Dev’s parents, Maya and Philip, once upon a time the most powerful wizard and healer for The Sanctum, now on the run for their lives, created her with the sole purpose of fulfilling the prophecy. To ensure Dev accomplished their goal, from the time she can remember, she trained by her father’s side, honing her skills as a warrior and wizard while learning the ways of the healer from her mother. She trained with the renowned and mysterious Ramyan sect of Magicals, learning their ways of manipulating magic and “seeing” like the warrior. She knows she is immortal and that her destiny is to accomplish greatness. To say Dev is incredibly self-aware and confident is the understatement of the year.
Unfortunately, before learning every detail of her destiny, her parents are ambushed by warriors for The Sanctum and murdered. Witnessing this act, it becomes Dev’s mission to avenge their deaths, a quest that will force her to cross paths with another warrior for The Sanctum, Wyatt Clayworth, and change her life forever.
It is her interactions with Wyatt where we start to see some layers to Dev’s personality.
Up to that point, we’ve seen her fight and kill and struggle against all odds to stay alive. She’s never doubted herself or her decisions and comes across not only as indestructible, but also utterly self-possessed and controlled.
Wyatt turns all of that on its head.
He causes her to second-guess her decisions and hesitate where she once would have acted without thought, functioning instead on pure instinct. Much to her irritation, Wyatt forces her to face up to and accept her vulnerabilities. He forces her to go out on a limb and trust someone besides herself. And he forces her to open herself up to loss and pain.
She fights everything about him, doing her best to limit her exposure to any further pain or trauma, but eventually relents, giving in to Wyatt and the incessant pull she feels around him. By doing so, Dev gains a trusted friend, confidante and learns truths about herself she otherwise would have never uncovered.
I love Dev madly, even when she’s acting like an ass, lashing out and desperately trying to protect herself.
I root for her always.
I am forever hopeful that she one day realizes it’s okay to be hardcore and just a tad bit vulnerable; it makes her just a little human and very relatable.
The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.
Dev, the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, is not what Wyatt expected to find when sent out on his latest mission. Believed to be hunting a killing machine, Wyatt finds little more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum.
Set against the backdrop of New York City, THE GIRL is described as "outstanding, original, complex, deep and intoxicating", a "well written, unique...fast-paced read" that begins as one girl's simple quest for revenge and evolves into a complicated tale of trust, friendship, honor and love.
About the Author
She’s got a big kid, Miss Sydney, and a little kid, the one and only Dash. They're awesome and fierce and supremely cool and able to make her laugh at the strangest things. She would love to add a dog, some chickens, a goat and a burro to this crew. Everyone needs a burro.
Some of her favorites, in no particular order: ice cream, Kill Bill, four-inch heels, Matt Damon, tattoos, Laini Taylor, scotch on the rocks, The Sanctum trilogy, Martha's Vineyard, "The Girl" aka her Mini, Rihanna, Doc Martens, tulips, Coach and Tami, photo booths and dancing like a fool.
One day she plans to grow up. Right now, she’s enjoying the adventure.
You can find Madhuri here
e-book of “Book One: The Girl (The Sanctum)”