Since today is the official release day for The Midnight Court, the second book in my House of Arkhangel’sk trilogy, I thought I’d talk about my hot hero, the demon Vasily. He’s featured on the cover of the book, shown on the right.
Though to do Vasily justice, he looks a bit more like this:
That’s actor Jason Momoa on the left as the character Ronon Dex on Stargate Atlantis. Ronon is angry and growly and loses his temper easily, just like my demon.
Now imagine him with no mustache, long mutton chops instead of a full beard, rows of spiked piercings down either side of his neck, and coloring like the second photo below.
And we’re getting pretty darn close. The second image is Russian model Danila Polyakov. Way too skinny, but he’s got the perfect hair. Now dye it an even more shocking lava red, and you’ve got Vasily.
When I say Vasily is a hot hero, I mean that literally. Vasily is a firespirit, which means he has the ability to manipulate the element of fire. He can light a cigar with his tongue, blow smoke rings that light up the dark (without the cigar), stoke a fire with his breath, and… do some other fancy things with the heat in his tongue that I’ll leave up to your imagination. On the cover, there’s a rough approximation of his “radiance”—wings of brilliant ruby flame that are only available to him when he falls to the world of Man. He can also use that radiance to heal a magical wound.
Vasily grew up on the streets of Raqia, Heaven’s Demon District, abandoned by his mother at an early age, which is the reason he has such a chip on his shoulder and puts on such a tough façade. He’s devoted to his lover, Belphagor, the top in their BDSM relationship, and only lets down that façade for him—after first provoking Belphagor to take a firm hand to him.
In Book One of the trilogy, The Fallen Queen, when Vasily falls for Anazakia, the female angel he and Belphagor have agreed to hide from Seraph assassins in the world of Man, everyone involved is a bit surprised. But what results when the two opposites come together—one a firespirit, and the other a waterspirit—is even more surprising. Dealing with the unexpected consequences of their affair is the focus of The Midnight Court.
About The Midnight Court, Book Two of The House of Arkhangel’sk:
Against the pristine ice of Heaven, spilled blood and a demon’s fire will spark celestial war.
The exiled heir to the throne of Heaven, Grand Duchess Anazakia and her demon companions, Belphagor and Vasily, have made a comfortable home in the Russian city of Arkhangel’sk, but their domestic bliss is short lived. When their daughter Ola is taken as a pawn in Heaven’s demon revolution, the delicate fabric of their unorthodox family is torn apart—threatening to separate Belphagor and Vasily for good.
Anazakia is prepared to move Heaven and Earth to get her daughter back from Queen Aeval, risen in Elysium from the ashes of temporary defeat. But Aeval isn’t the only one seeking Ola’s strange power.
To conquer the forces amassing against them, Anazakia is prophesied to spill the blood of one close to her heart, while Vasily’s fire will prove more potent than anyone suspected. In the battle for supremacy over Heaven’s empire, loyalties will be tested and secrets will be revealed, but love will reign supernal.
And now for a little more Jason Momoa, just because: