Hey y’all! I finally got my Bibliothon post up before like ten at night. I’ve been horrible at scheduling these but I obvs still want to participate. Anyway, today is Day 3 and the challenge is hosted by Dominique from Pirates and Pixie Dust. I’m going to give you the challenge in Dominique’s own words because it’s really unique:
For today’s blog challenge, we’re going to write a synopsis! You’ll find the regular synopsis on the back of the book, the inside jacket flap, or on Goodreads. Now, that’s all fine and dandy, but we always get the story from the protagonist’s perspective.
-BUT WHAT IF-
the back of the book was written from the villain’s point of view?
Well. I’m glad you asked! Because this is exactly what our challenge is today!
I decided to do a shout out to The Darkling from The Shadow and Bone series. It’s not my favorite series, but I found The Darkling to be a serious villain. I know I majored in creative writing but please give me a break, synopses aren’t my thing. First I have the original summary for you then my villain version!
Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold―a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite―and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.
Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.
THE VILLAIN VERSION:
Ruler. Summoner. Pretender. Revered and powerful, The Darkling is not who he seems—the intimidating leader of the Grisha, a servant to his kingdom. No, he is the creator of his kingdom’s greatest plight—the Shadow Fold, a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. Not The Darkling from centuries ago like the stories say. He has lived off his magic, biding his time, waiting, lying, growing more powerful, only to unleash his darkness and take over all of Ravka.
But then enters Alina, a Grisha untrained and possibly just as powerful as he; the light to his dark. He needs her and her power. She will make him unstoppable. He plays her like a puppet. Manipulates her. Seduces her.
But she is holding back, holding onto a different boy, a lost love. If he is not careful she will find out the truth. And he just cannot let her go.
He promises her they will defeat the darkness . . . what she does not know is that he is the darkness.
LET ME KNOW WHAT VILLAIN IS YOUR FAVORITE IN THE COMMENTS!