Intaglio is a form of printing where the image is created first on a plate, etched with acid, then printed with ink. As more images are piled on top of the original, shapes might bleed through from the original plate leaving ghost images—the present and past impinging on each other perhaps.
In Dragons all the way down, the second novel of Danika Stone’s Intaglio, it’s lives that are etched on the fabric of time as paintings warp with color and sculpture reveals secrets from the heart as well as from stone. Nicely timed references remind the reader of book 1, The Snake and the Coins, and the two books slot beautifully together. While the first book concentrated on characters finding their own hearts and paths, book two looks at the need for and meaning of forgiveness
“The word intaglio is Italian, you know,” explains one character. “It’s from the verb ‘intagliare’ which means to cut into… to scar…” But these scarred lives, and scarred pasts, are fed by beauty and art in beautiful prose. The formatting’s pleasingly unconventional, perfectly fitting the theme, and the blending of past and present is immensely satisfying as Ava chases the tea-leaves' dragons all the way to hope.
Disclosure: The author kindly gave me a free ecopy of these two novels and I’m just sorry I took so long to get to reading them.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
Intaglio is a two novel series, following both the past and present lives of the main characters.Supplementary materials, including links to all the artwork mentioned, can be viewed at: danikastone-com.webs.com/intaglio-resources
*NOTE:The characters, situations and artists portrayed in Intaglio are all fictitious.Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.Any commentary on artists, writers, or public figures, living or dead, is purely fictional and has no basis in fact.