Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for IT ENDS IN FIRE! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Andrew Shvarts to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so excited to for you to find out more about it!
It Ends in Fire by Andrew Shvarts
Published on July 6, 2021 by Jimmy Patterson Books
Genres: Fantasy, Queer, YA
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ALKA CHELRAZI IS ON A MISSION:
1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy
2. Win the Great Game
3. Burn Wizard society to the ground
As a child, Alka witnessed her parents' brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group.
Now, Alka is deep undercover at the most prestigious school of magic in the Republic: Blackwater Academy, a place where status is everything, where decadent galas end in blood-splattered duels, where every student has their own agenda. To survive, Alka will have to lie, cheat, kill, and use every trick in her spy's toolkit. And for the first time in her life, the fiercely independent Alka will have to make friends in order to recruit the misfits and the outcasts into her motley rebellion.
But even as she draws closer to victory — to vengeance — she sinks deeper into danger as suspicious professors and murderous rivals seek the traitor in their midst, and dark revelations unravel her resolve. Can Alka destroy the twisted game...without becoming a part of it?
What would you do if you spent the day with Alka? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
I feel like the two of us would go to grab lunch and get into a heated political debate, the kind of debate where we’re mostly agreeing with each other but for some reason we’re both extremely heated anyway?
If Alka were to hang out with characters from other books, who would they be and why?
I think she and Darrow from Red Rising would have a great commiseration session on the various hurdles they had to go through for their crusades for justice. Also, she’d probably beat up Harry Potter.
If there was one fictional place you could travel to for a day, where would it be and why?
I’d like to go to the Mos Eisley cantina. For one thing, as a connoisseur of gimmicky cocktails, I’d love to try all of the weird alien stuff they have back there. And I think an hour of talking to the locals would give me absolute volumes of interesting stories.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and what would you talk about?
I’d like to hang out with Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I feel like we’d have two cups of tea, and he’d give me enough brilliant life advice to get me through the next decade, easy.
If you buried a time capsule with three items inside, what three items would you choose and why?
I’d bury a screwdriver, a plastic spoon, and a Nintendo Switch, along with a note explaining they’re all early 21st century kitchenware. The goal is just to truly confuse future archeologists.
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
Oh no, is this the part where I admit that I don’t really research, I just sort of wing it? Because, uh… smokebomb!
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from It Ends in Fire?
There’s a scene towards the end of the book where two characters reveal themselves to each other for the first time, a huge outpouring of truth and restrained passion, pouring out right after the two have just concealed a murder. I get chills every time I read it.
What do you think about It Ends in Fire? Have you added it to your tbr yet? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!