I'm such a huge fan of Sarah Fine's debut novel Sanctum! It's a top favorite read this year for me. You can read my review HERE or read the summary on Goodreads. One of the amazing characters in the book is Malachi. He helps the main character Lela while she's in Suicide Gates. Malachi is a really really awesome person, and it doesn't hurt that he's swoon-worthy. Lela is lucky to have him. They are wonderful together.
A quote from Sanctum: "Malachi’s quarters had no windows, no decorations. His room was just like everything else about him—nothing unnecessary, nothing wasted. His narrow cot rested in a corner, right next to something that looked like a hat rack. He walked straight to it and hung his bloody, stained armor over it. A small desk stood across from the rack, but the only things that sat upon it were a fountain pen and a single book, like some kind of journal. Neatly stacked in a corner rose a tower of identical books as tall as I was. A lot of journals."
If you want to get to know someone, reading his journal is the way to do it (though you should probably ask permission first). Malachi is no exception: his journals contain his thoughts, hopes, fears, plans, and adventures during his time in the dark city. Starting today, excerpts will post regularly throughout the publication of the Guards of the Shadowlands series at www.guardsoftheshadowlands.tumblr.com, but to get things started, you can read excerpts from Malachi's first ten days as a Guard right now.
I'm posting day 8 of Malachi's journal entries. I've included links to the other nine days from Malachi's journal below. I recommended reading them in order so that it'll make more sense.
Day 1 - Lili's Reflections
Day 2 - The Readers Den
Day 3 - Rainy Day Ramblings
Day 4 - Ivy Book Bindings
Day 5 - The Nocturnal Library
Day 6 - Bookittyblog
Day 7 - Paperback Princess
Day 8 - Collections
Day 9 - Christy's Love of Books
Day 10 - My Guilty Obsession
Philip said I could come out of my chamber. He stayed close to me, and brought a group of eight inhuman Guards with him as if he knew I wanted to escape. He escorted me down a set of steps and into a room full of weapons. Takeshi was waiting for us. They said I am a Guard, and when I am trained, I will patrol the streets of this place with them. They gave me a knife and said I must learn to use it. I was all right until they attacked me, and then I lost control of myself. I wanted to kill them both. I could not stop, so Philip did it for me with a knife in the back. I thought I was dying again, but Raphael made everything go black. And when I woke up just now, I was back in my chamber, and I have a new scar, and I am still here and still alive and still trapped.
I love getting a glimpse inside Malachi's head. He's such an interesting character. I'm not surprised by how he acted after arriving at Suicide Gates, but it still is kind of funny considering how he was like in the book. If you're curious and want to know more about Malachi and the story, well, you should definitely read Sanctum! You can buy it through Amazon.
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