Novella #9 in the Network Saga

When I asked Siri for a definition of “badass,” she came back with: noun – a tough, uncompromising, or intimidating person, a formidably impressive person; adjective – tough, uncompromising, or intimidating, formidable, excellent.

After reading these definitions for badass, I decided to dig a little deeper. I looked up the exact definition for formidable: adjective – inspiring fear or respect by being extremely large, powerful, intense, or capable.

WOW!! Regina’s picture should be with these definitions. Regina is unequivocally a formidable badass.

Throughout The Network Saga, Regina has been a bit of a supporting character. Then Derek showed up. Our interests were piqued. We wanted to know more about the woman who became so important to Derek Black’s mission. We were amazed by her influence, her strength, and her compassion. We wanted to get to know her.

That is just what we do in Regina. Regina is just as complex and thought-provoking as Derek. Geralyn, High Priestess of the Northern Network, is already suspicious of Regina. Add to her suspicions The Patriot, an unidentified source providing news of Geralyn’s activities to the network. As Geralyn becomes more powerful, she also becomes more suspicious of everyone around her, especially Regina. Geralyn will even go after Regina’s family in an effort to reign in Regina. However, Regina’s love for her family and the Northern Network is strong and uncompromising. She will stop at nothing to protect her family and her network, even if it means defying the High Priestess.

Katie Cross has indeed created a formidable character in Regina. Character development throughout the Network Saga (and all of Katie Cross’s books) is unlike anything I have ever seen in a young adult book. Imagery continues to transport readers and make them part of the story. For example, “To the right side of the castle, mist bellowed from a waterfall that rushed down the canyon wall. Lacy, white plumes cascaded past, wetting everything.” When I read this, I can hear the waterfall and feel the mist on my face as I visualize the beautiful castle and its surroundings.

Alkarra is a place I will visit time and time again. Regina is unlike any character we have met up to this point. I couldn’t agree more with Derek Black when he said, “You are Regina Fontaine, Head of Masters, and a woman of power.” Spot on, Derek. Spot on.

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