Nobody’s Lady (Never Veil #2) by Amy McNulty
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.
Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
Thank you for hosting me! -Amy
Thank you so much for being joining me and sharing why you like to write fantasy, I cant wait to read both books. I also wanted to add that I love both covers of these two books.–Diana
How did you decide to write fantasy?
I’ve loved fantasy since I was a little girl. Movies like the Disney fairy tale adaptations, The Last Unicorn, and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth showed me how powerful stories could be in settings with castles, mythical creatures and magic. Books like The Prydain Chronicles (Lloyd Alexander) and the A Wrinkle in Time quintet (Madeline L’Engle) were made richer because of their fantastical settings. I’ve always loved learning about medieval and Renaissance history, too, and I’m even a fan of Old English and Middle English. (My college thesis was on the Middle English Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory.)
So many of the modern books I love are from the YA fantasy genre as well, so it made sense to write in that genre, too. I love how freeing the genre is. You can pick and choose things you find appealing from medieval and Renaissance era days from cultures around the world and you can also add your own details. You can weave magic and magical creatures into your stories or you can eschew it entirely—both feel natural in a fantasy setting. Characters seem to be in greater danger in fantasy settings than they are compared to many contemporary settings, and the risks they take have greater potential consequences. These are settings in which romantic things like chivalry and bravery play important roles, but you can play around with those virtues and modernize them to suit your narrative. Although science fiction and dystopians also share a lot of these attributes, they don’t often work as well with magic. Urban and paranormal fantasy bring magic into more contemporary settings, but they lose some of that antiquated charm. (Plus, you don’t have to worry about breaking cell phones or saying there’s a bad signal to explain how characters are stuck in a pinch—they don’t have modern technology to rely on.) I love most genres of fiction and they all have their strengths, but for magic and wonder, danger and whimsy, I choose fantasy every time.
Other Books in the series
In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn’t in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
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I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl