Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Jennifer Roberson's "Life and Limb"

Jennifer Roberson has a BS in journalism with extended majors in British history and anthropology. She spent her final semester in London on an American studies program as an adult student in 1982, and while there, two days after her 28th birthday, received a telegram (pre-email!) from her agent informing her DAW Books had bought what became Shapechangers, the first in her Chronicles of the Cheysuli fantasy series. Her collaboration with Melanie Rawn and Kate Elliott, The Golden Key, was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award. In addition to the new Blood & Bone series, she has published eight Cheysuli novels, the Sword-Dancer Saga (#8 to come) and three of four volumes in the Karavans universe. The second volume in Blood & Bone is Sinners and Saints, scheduled for publication in March of 2021. Hobbies include showing dogs, and creating mosaic artwork and jewelry. She lives in Arizona with a collection of cats and Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

Here Roberson dreamcasts an adaptation of her new novel, Life and Limb:
Life and Limb is the first volume in an ongoing urban fantasy series about the End of Days, and two perfectly ordinary young men who are strangers to one another have been conscripted to join the heavenly host in a battle against Lucifer’s spec ops troops: demons who now inhabit characters and creatures from fiction, history, myths, legends, and folklore. But the angels have agendas, and Gabe and Remi—an ex-con biker and Texas cowboy—must also come to grips with the unwelcome discovery that they themselves are not after all entirely human, even as they climb the steepest of learning curves in an attempt to save the world.

Gabe and Remi are not related on a biological level, but because of their true heritage they do bear a resemblance to one another. Gabe is a long-haired biker in boots and black leather, while Remi is a Texas cowboy in boots and blue denim. Both have very dark hair and tanned skin, and I would love to see Jason Momoa, Adrian Paul in his Highlander days for coloring and eye-candy, and Timothy Olyphant (all that wit and dry delivery) tossed into a blender. The end result would be Gabe and Remi—and quite delicious.

And as for the man they call Grandaddy, well, he most definitely is Sam Elliott!

Director? Joss Whedon. He created, directed, and wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and on the big screen The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He has a sense of drama but also imbues his works with whimsy and humor; sly, dry banter; and whip-smart characters. That sums up my goal with Life and Limb.
Visit Jennifer Roberson's website.

The Page 69 Test: Life and Limb.

--Marshal Zeringue