Third Chronicles of Illumination
by C.A. Pack
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Release date: February 7th 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
In book eight of the Library of Illumination where books literally come to life, a silent “Oops!” hangs in the air. Teenagers Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is: he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is: the Terrorian still wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to dominate everything else, and they’re doing everything possible to break free of their constraints.
Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun.
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It wouldn’t be so bad—all right, it is bad but it would hurt less—if Johanna and Jackson weren’t the ones responsible for breaching the portals to a dozen distant worlds. Now, outside forces are causing shock waves in the space-time continuum, and if that isn’t awful enough, someone from another dimension is trying to steal a book of powerful spells created by a very famous wizard.
At first, traveling to other realms in a time machine seems like a fun perk. However, discovering some inhabitants want to obliterate the teens doesn’t leave them with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Instead, they find themselves forced to sacrifice their own welfare and the safety of their loved ones for the greater good.
I never gave much thought to the actors I might cast in a film of the Third Chronicles of Illumination, so putting me to the task was an eye-opener. Years ago, when I wrote the first book in the series, the inspiration for my imagined protagonists came from a young couple in a stock photo that I downloaded. But I never knew their names or even how old the photo was. This time around, I did a little research, and while some of my actors may seem a little old (or young) for the parts they’re playing, I think this list is pretty close—but not perfect—as my dream cast.
Characters Played By
Johanna Charette Katherine McNamara
Malcolm Trees Morgan Freeman
Jackson Roth Alex Pettyfer
Chris Roth Devon Gearhart
Brittanie Elle Fanning
Ava Roth Chloe Grace Moritz
Naimh Roth Julianne Moore
Logan Elliot Logan Lerman
Ryden Simmdry Robert Redford
Pru Tellerence Catherine Deneuve
Plato Indelicat Michael Caine
Nero 51 Dwayne Johnson
Furst Sam Heughan
Dungen Michael Fassbender
Ozzro Stefano Masciolini
Natalia Dalura Julianne Hough
Dame Erato Helen Mirren
Odyon Jon Voight
Beck Chris Pine
Cathasach David McCallum
Prophet IAN c. Michael Ealy
Emily Brent Sierra McCormack
Dr. Cameron Thorne Liam Hemsworth
It wasn’t easy to cast characters, because I kept finding people who would have been perfect—five years ago, but are too old for a particular part right now. My choice for Jackson is probably too old for the part, but I’m going by a picture I saw online of Alex Pettyfer that captured Jackson’s spirit. The same thing happened with Johanna. At first, I thought of Nina Dobrev for the role, however, Katherine McNamara is closer to Johanna’s age.
My favorite choice is Dwayne Johnson as Nero 51, because I think he could easily pull off the character’s intimidating personality. I also like Morgan Freeman as Mal because I see him as gentle, caring, and wise. And I thought Catherine Deneuve was a no brainer for Pru Tellerence because in the Second Chronicles of Illumination, Johanna told the overseer that she looked like the actress.
Furst, Ozzro and Dungen are Dramaticans who are “…hirsute with abundant, curly, red hair that tightens into corkscrews when they are angry or scared.” Sam Heughan, Michael Fassbender, and Stefano Masciolini can all pull off that coloring.
Doing this was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy picturing it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. If you think you have a better “casting” idea, please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org
C. A. Pack is the author of the Library of Illumination series of YA paranormal fantasy novelettes, along with Chronicles: The Library of Illumination (2014), The Second Chronicles of Illumination (2015) and The Third Chronicles of Illumination (2017).
Pack also writes for a general audience. Her first novel, Code Name: Evangeline—is an historical spy thriller which takes place in the 1930’s. The author followed it up with Evangeline’s Ghost—a fantasy about the death of that same spy. She recently completed work on Evangeline’s Ghost: Houdini, and is currently working on Evangeline’s Ghost: The Bridge.
Pack is an award winning journalist from New York who worked as an anchor/reporter and educator (she considers herself the fairy-godmother of telvision news reporters)—and has written for WNBC, LI News Tonight and News 12 Long Island. She also worked on PBS documentaries, radio and television commercials and created and produced a pilot for a news show focusing solely on marriage and wedding trends.
She’s a past president of the Press Club of Long Island and a proud member of International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. Pack has been a speaker or panelist for organizations such as Women in Communications, Fair Media Council, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
The author lives with her husband and two picky parrots “on” Long Island, New York.