Literature / The Purple Widow
The war has just begun...
The Purple Widow
- Last lines
is a fantasy novel, written by homeschooled student Holly Hoyt at the age of twelve with the help of her ten-year-old brother, Jeffrey. It is the first and, so far, only released book in a series the two of them author jointly, known as the Omen Island Chain series
The story is set in 1422
on the wealthiest island of eponymous chain, Coccinus, where a humanoid, pink-eyed species called Snamuhs reign and where humans are outcast. Prince James of Tommikia, Coccinus' sister island, sets sail to marry the Princess of Coccinus, whom he knew and befriended as a child; his squire and Irish human friend, Glen, tags along in hopes of finding a life beyond rags. Unknown to everyone, Prince James has been living a double life
, passed onto him by his late grandfather, as a masked vigilante known as The Purple Widow. With the help of his recruits (side-kicks) and a sassy former-prostitute who deems herself Arachna, The Purple Widow vows to fufill his secret destiny and live in Coccinus to protect the Coccish peasantry from the dreaded Supatcos, who are at war with the Snamuhs and feed on human flesh. But chaos ensues when The Purple Widow meets Princess Danamorescia, who reveals she doesn't love her fiance. And it gets worse when he discovers that her heart lies elsewhere. Soon everybody is after the poor Princess in one way or another, and James is forced to choose between his two lives for the safety of his own betrayors.
The Purple Widow contains examples of
- Action Girl: Sophia/Arachna is infanmous for kicking Supatci ass.
- Arranged Marriage: James, Prince of Tommikia, to Danamorescia, Princess of Coccinus.
- Badass Grandpa: James' predesecor.
- The Big Damn Kiss: Shared by Glen and Danamorescia.
- Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday: "We will attack at midnight...We will attack at the midnight of the princess' ball!"
- Dashing Hispanic: To some extent, Lucito, though he's portrayed as somewhat slow.
- Distressed Damsel: DANAMORESCIA. Let's just say she likes to scream.
- God Save Us from the Queen!!: Nyx. Nyx, Nyx, NYX.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Nyx, albeit without the "space" part.
- Green Eyes: Glen has particularly nice ones.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lucito and Arlonzo lived together, underground, for seven years. And Arlonzo is VERY attached to Lucito. Also, to a lesser extent, best friends James and Glen.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Sophia/Arachna.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Near the end of the book, when Danamorescia has been kidnapped by the Supatcos, Glen volunteers to trade his own life for the promise of her safety.
- Ill Girl: Gemma.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The Supatcos, a green-skinned race of savage terrorists (who look like humans otherwise), feed on human flesh - WHEN they can get their hands on it.
- Inter-Class Romance: Danamorescia, the Princess of Coccinus, and Glen, her actual fiance's socially-outcasted best friend and servant, end up married.
- Inter Species Romance: Multiple.
- Red-Headed Hero: Glen.