The Hour Before Morning is perhaps one of the more intelligent and more moving books I have ever read: a compassionate psychic is imprisoned with a blood-lust killer on the spaceship that is delivering them both to their execurtions. It is also almost an indie film at this point, and I am honored to have been a very small part of the Kickstarter funding for it, and to be friends with the author, Arwen Spicer.
I met Arwen a little over a decade ago, when she invited me to a writer's group from Critters. I have her to thank for finishing The Crows of Bedu. But that friendship aside, this book of hers is powerful and amazing, in that it was deeply moving and, well, just flat-out amazing. The political machinations lost me a little bit, but most do in most books. I want to read more from her: it makes me feel like a different person at the end of this story, perhaps even a better person. How many authors have that skill? None I know of, but for Arwen.
Susan Ee's second book arrived in the mail, World After. As a follow-up to Angelfall, this story is again a very dark non-kid's story written at a kid's pace, about an angel and demon infested apocalypse, but I am really enamored with her main character, Penryn. I just love that kid! And Susan deftly answered my earlier question on how to prevent countless Deus Ex Machina rescues in an adventure story: really thoughtful foreshadowing. I need to continue reading this author, too. I love the story.