An adopted princess. An immortal Family. A snow-choked city…and one blood-red apple.
When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.
Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.
I began writing what became Nameless about twelve years ago. For years I kept going back and poking at the opening scene, the young girl in the snow and Enrico Vultusino. I knew I wasn’t ready to write a character whose strength was more internal, not to mention one with a horrific stutter. (In an earlier attempt at a draft, Cami didn’t talk at all, and that was a headache, let me tell you.) Nico was also a headache, wanting more of the story than he really needed to have, until we both realized it was Cami’s story and she needed space and time to get it out. (I called it “Snow White and the Seven Mob Bosses” for a long time, and the Selkie kept asking when I was going to finish it, because that tagline made her laugh.) And finally, now, today, is Cami’s long-awaited chance to speak directly to you, to tell her story.
I’m glad. I hope you enjoy it. I’m my regular bundle of release-day nerves, so I’ll be over in the corner with my head in a bucket, trying desperately to finish the third Bannon & Clare book.
Over and out…