Blood of the Tiger

In Touch of a Thief, my hero and heroine are on the trail of a unique red diamond called Baaghh kaa kkhuun (Blood of the Tiger). It’s on its way to Queen Victoria’s Royal Collection and for a host of reasons, Quinn and Viola must stop it.

If you’ve ever seen the Crown Jewels, you know some of the fabulous diamonds are as big as a ten year old’s fist. By contract, red diamonds are small. The largest ever unearthed was only a little more than 5 carats, but Victorians loved colored stones more than the clear diamond we favor and red is the rarest color of all.

So despite its relatively small size, the Blood of the Tiger is worth the earth.

Some folk believe crystaline gem stones emit positive energy too slight to be detectable by scientific measurement. What if they could also absorb energy? The possibility was worth exploring for my fictional world. I constructed a backstory for the red diamond, from the moment it was dug from a streambed to the time it was entombed in a statue of Shiva as the god’s eye.

But what sort of vibrations would a ridiculously valuable stone pick up from the humans who scrambled to possess it?

Greed. Covetness. Murderous intent.

The result is that the Blood of the Tiger has developed a nearly sentient presence and it’s entirely malevolent. The red diamond is as important an entity in this story as my heroine’s fence for her stolen jewels or the deposed Indian prince who’s my hero’s best friend.

Have you read another story where an inanimate object is such an important element, it almost becomes a character?

6 thoughts on “Blood of the Tiger

  1. MiaMarlowe says:

    Gillian–I love anything to do with ancient Egypt. I#39;ll have to look for that title.

  2. MiaMarlowe says:

    Deb–Your scarab pendant is an excellent example of a maguffin.

  3. Gillian Layne says:

    Wow. I love that type of story. I can#39;t think of anything off the top of my head, but—no wait! Addison Fox#39;s Warrior Ascended has summoning stones from ancient Egypt. They play a huge role in the book. It makes for fun and exciting reading.

  4. Deb says:

    In Lions in the Desert trilogy, a gold scarab beetle pendant is wanted by the Nazis and a madman scientist. A British spy and a British nurse help to recover it. The beetle doesn#39;t take on its own entity, but it creates a host of problems in WWI espionage.

  5. MiaMarlowe says:

    I haven#39;t read the Conrad, but that sure makes the title pop, doesn#39;t it? br /br /Do you mean the Southern dialect and accent? I#39;d love to see an example of what you mean. Please post it back here.br /br /I know with Hemmingway, the rhythm his words create are often as important as the words themselves. Is that what you#39;re referring to?

  6. SarannaDeWylde says:

    In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, the use of darkness itself becomes such an integral part of the storyline, it#39;s almost a character. br /br /I also experimented with language usage in my short horror Southern Comfort and it too becomes a character because the nuances are so vital to the plot and voice and it seemed as if the characters weren#39;t just interacting with what was said, but language itself, if that makes sense.

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