New York

Welcome to the Day 9 of The Belgrave Legacy Blog Series. The series spans from September 20, 2016 to November 1, 2016. Each week, there will be a theme with 2 blog posts (Tuesday and Thursday).

This week’s theme is Locations in The Belgrave Legacy.

Here are the past posts, in case you missed any of them: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8.

one of the most common pieces of writing advice is “write what you know.” And given I live in NYC, Manhattan is a pretty good place to start with The Belgrave Legacy. There are only a few key locations in New York because Fawn spends most of the book away at college in Massachusetts (which will be Thursday’s post). Anyway, let’s get this thing started!

  1. Fawn’s childhood home: The Dakota building. Known as former home of John Lennon (he was killed in front of the building), and as a beautiful apartment building for the super rich people on the Upper West Side. Only a few scenes throughout the book take place here. Most of them at the end of The Belgrave Legacy, but the first chapter is also set here where Fawn has her first—and quite memorable—experience with magic. You can read that in Part 1 by subscribing below.
  2. Central Park, more specifically Cleopatra’s Needle (the obelisk): In the scene mentioned above (where Fawn interacts with magic for the first time), her mother mentions ley lines, which are invisible energy lines that are connected by large pillars throughout the world and are hotbeds for supernatural activity. This has been backed up by a Discovery documentary (I’m blanking on the name) which claims that not only Egyptian obelisks, but the pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge, Easter Island statues, and a certain mountain in China are all energy satellites (essentially creating ley lines). And of course, Ghostbusters references ley lines, as does The Vampire Diaries (the book series, not the TV show, where they call them “magical hotspots”).  Whether or not you believe in this phenomenon (I can’t even be sure I do), Cleopatra’s Needle is a location in Manhattan that supposedly has ley lines intersecting from all over the place (including the Vatican). And what better place to put a final showdown between Supernaturals (people who aren’t human, but aren’t demons in The Belgrave Legacy—think of “downworlders” from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare) and demons?

What do you think of these two cool locations? Have you ever visited NYC and seen them? To see how my home city plays a part in The Belgrave Legacy, preorder it below and subscribe to start reading immediately.

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