The Paladins (The Artisans #2) by Julie Reece
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
The Artisan curse is broken. Souls trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now, Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox, and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives...or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead, then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her dead mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams?
Last year, a group of lonely teens sacrificed secrets, battled the supernatural, and faced their own demons to set one another free. Yet six months later, the heart of evil still beats within The Void. And the trio is forced to face the horrific truth: that their only way out is to go back in.
The Paladins completes this eerie YA Southern Gothic where loyalties are tested, love is challenged, and evil seeks them on the ultimate battlegrounds—in their minds, their souls, and their hearts.
Hey! Thank you so much for having me here today.
I’m excited to share the playlist for THE PALADINS with you. I listen to such diverse stuff, classical/bluegrass/coffee house/alternative, and grunge. Below is a sample of what I listen to. A few of the artists and their amazing music that helped inspire the story. It’s an odd mix of styles and emotions, but then, so is THE PALADINS! Lol.
I hope you enjoy! XOXO
~ Official Music Playlist ~
Twenty-one pilots - Stressed Out
Inspiration: After Raven’s nightmare in Chapter Eight
Lukas Graham - 7 Years
Inspiration: Gideon makes a choice in Chapter Twenty-Six
Pearl Jam – Jeremy
Inspiration: Cole remembering Gideon from school in Chapter Four
Kaleo - Way Down We Go
Inspiration: Entering The Void for the first time Chapter Seventeen
John Legend - All of Me
Inspiration: Gideon’s confession to Raven in Chapter Thirty
Disturbed - The Sound of Silence
Inspiration: Gideon facing his demons in Chapter Twenty
Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
Inspiration: Gideon’s showdown with The Magician in Chapter Thirty-three
Eminem - The Monster ft. Rihanna
Inspiration: Gideon in his father’s office in New York Chapter Five
Sia – Cheap Thrills
Natalie Merchant – Carnival
Inspiration: Raven with the owl children Chapter Twenty-one
Cranberries – Time is Ticking Out
Inspiration: each member of the team must decide to go or stay Chapter Fifteen
Stevie Ray Vaughn – Crossfire
Inspiration: Cole running in the woods Chapter Nineteen
Halsey – Castle
Inspiration: Gideon, Raven and Cole travel to the tower Chapter Thirty-one
Skip&Die – Burning Bridges
Inspiration: Raven and Gideon argue in Chapter Eighteen
Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth
Inspiration: Cole and Gideon on opposite sides of the glass cage in Chapter Thirty-one
The 1975 – The Sound
Inspiration: when Raven wakes up and Gideon is there in Chapter Thirty-four
Norah Jones – Chasing Pirates
Inspiration: imagining Raven staring out the window in Chapter Nine
Lost Boy – Ruth B
Inspiration: Cole and Rosemond in the tower Chapter Twenty-seven
Fall Out Boy – Centuries
Inspiration: war in Chapter Thirty-two
Andy Black – We Don’t Have to Dance
Inspiration: Raven at a masquerade Chapter Twenty-one
The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down Ft. Daya
Inspiration: Raven scratching a message to Gideon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summerswere about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!