About the Book:
Title: STEADFAST (Birth of Saints #3)
Author: Michelle Hauck
Pub. Date: December 3, 2017
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Formats: Paperback, eBook
The final novel in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints trilogy, Steadfast follows Grudging and Faithful in telling the fateful story of Claire and Ramiro and their battle against a god that hungers for blood.
When the Northerners invaded, the ciudades-estado knew they faced a powerful army. But what they didn’t expect was the deadly magic that was also brought to the desert: the white-robed priests with their lethal Diviners, and the evil god, Dal. Cities have burned, armies have been decimated, and entire populaces have been sacrificed in the Sun God’s name, and it looks as if nothing can prevent the devastation.
But there are still those with hope.
Claire, a Woman of the Song, has already brought considerable magic of her own to fight the Children of Dal, and Ramiro, a soldier who has forsaken his vows to Colina Hermosa’s cavalry in order to stand by her side, has killed and bled for their cause. Separated after the last battle, they move forward with the hope that the saints will hear their prayers, their families will be saved, and that they’ll see each other once more.
A stirring conclusion to the Birth of Saints series, Ramiro and Claire’s journey finds completion in a battle between evil and love.
Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!
A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.
Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?
On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.
What they find instead is an old woman.
But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.
A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.
A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.
The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.
On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.
The Women of the Song.
But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.
A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.
Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.
She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.
Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.
1. What is on your nightstand?
I’m currently reading Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the third book of the Stormlight series and over a thousand pages long, so this one is going to take me a long time to read. I’ve also got The Nine by Tracy Townsend waiting in the wings. This should be fun because Tracy is a friend and landed her agent after one of my writing contests!
2. What author would you totally fan?
In a weird coincidence, I’m actually reading my favorite author right now—Brandon Sanderson. Epic fantasy is what I write and he does it so well. Such detailed magic systems and worlds and really likable characters. I’d be totally tongue-tied around him and probably too shy to ask anything if we ever actually met.
3. What makes you cringe?
Too many things. In reading, it’s main characters who are supposed to be proficient at some talent—such that other characters brag about them—but it’s never shown in the story. Fantasy stories where the central plot is about love and it’s all the characters think about. Characters who never do anything to drive the story. Bitchy characters. Those are just a few items that come to mind.
4. Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I plot nothing. On paper at any rate. I tend to have a direction in my head or a plot turning point I aim to reach within several chapters. When I get near to reaching that goal, then something else will occur to me to keep it moving forward. Sometimes I’m shocked myself how well that works for me.
5. Is there a word you love to use?
Capricious. I try to work it into every manuscript as an homage to Jane Austen. And humor. I like characters who make fools of themselves sometimes or can still quip when things are dark.
Michelle’s Dogs Robin and Pippen!
2 winners will receive paperbacks of the first two books in the series, GRUDGING & FAITHFUL, US Only.