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Take Five: Ann Aguirre and Doubleblind

Doubleblind [1]WU contributor Ann Aguirre has a book out today–the third book in her rocking Grimspace series, Doubleblind. We know you have inquiring minds; we know you want to know. So we asked Ann five questions about her new book to learn more.

Q: What’s the premise of your new book?

AA: Doubleblind is the diplomacy book, where Jax has to take off her ass-kicking boots and learn to solve problems with words instead.

Q: What would you like people to know about the story itself?

AA: Uhm. Am I allowed to quote a reviewer [2]? I always feel like a jerk talking up my own books. So let’s do that.

But the good thing about THIS book is that the emotional relationship elements (not just the romance) are well-balanced with the overall plot. I didn’t fixate on any one thing like I did with Wanderlust, which allowed me to really enjoy and appreciate what Aguirre is doing with her world-building and plot. I absolutely loved the world-building surrounding the Ithorians and Jax’s acclimation to it. I’m impressed with her character growth, because she has come a LONG way since Grimspace, and there’s even a rather painful (but well-done) flashback to illustrate that point. But also made of win is the friendship that deepens between Jax and Vel the bounty hunter, which I enjoyed so much that I’m not sure I can articulate just HOW MUCH I enjoyed it. I want to say this book is the best in the series so far, and based on the other early reviews I’ve read (janicu and genrereviews), I don’t think I’d be crazy for saying so.

The Jax/March relationship is . . . incredibly well-done. Aguirre doesn’t give these characters a damn thing, they have earn what they get. And trust me, they earn it. There’s conflict, but it’s the type of conflict that doesn’t feel contrived, and Jax has to work really hard to help March be the man she fell in love with, even though he really doesn’t want to be that man ever again. Better still is that she has to figure out if March is worth it or not, and I really liked that aspect to her decision-making. And her solution to help him? Absolutely-frakking-brilliant. I’m not kidding. It ties into a core part of who and what Jax is as a character, and I was so thrilled with it that I started bouncing in my chair. Well done, Aguirre, well done.

Q: Now that is a great quote! What do your characters have to overcome in this story? What challenge do you set before them?

AA: Jax and March have reversed positions. He’s the one in need of stability and guidance, so she has to do that for him — and also, please forge an alliance with the Ithtorians, please! Thanks.

Q: What unique challenges did this book pose for you, if any?

AA: The first two books had a lot more action. This is emotionally intense and has a lot of political maneuvering. I wondered how fans would react, but they’re saying it’s the best Jax yet.

Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of having written this book?

AA: Holding my author copies for the first time. Oh, and hearing the reader responses!

Thanks so much for taking time out for this miniview with us, Ann! Readers, run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore–or just sit where you are and access a bookery from the ‘net–and order Ann’s latest.

About Therese Walsh [3]

Therese Walsh co-founded WU in 2006 and is the site's editorial director. She was the architect and 1st editor of WU's only book, Author in Progress [4], and orchestrates the WU UnConference. [5] Her second novel, The Moon Sisters [6], was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and Book Riot; and her debut, The Last Will of Moira Leahy [7] was a Target Breakout Book. Sign up for her newsletter [8] to be among the first to learn about her new projects (or follow her on BookBub [9]). Learn more on her website [10].