Happy Thursday and welcome to my stop on the The Crow Rider blog tour!! I am so excited to be a part of this tour, and I’m even more excited for you to discover who Kalyn would switch places with if she could! Read on to find out more about the book and author, plus follow the rest of the tour and enter to win a print copy of The Crow Rider!
The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson
Series: The Storm Crow #2
Published on July 7, 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: YA, Fantasy
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Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.
But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.
As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.
If you could trade lives with any YA character for a day, who would it be and why? What about a week? A month, year, or forever?
This is tough, because I mostly read fantasy and most YA character’s lives in fantasy are very dangerous and fraught. Is it cheating to say Thia? I want a giant crow! Oo, or someone from SHATTER THE SKY or CROWN OF FEATHERS. I’d settle for a dragon or a phoenix. I don’t think I’d swap with any of them forever though.
Were there alternate endings you considered, or did you always know where the story was headed?
TCR always had the same ending, but it went through a few alternate second acts. The big plot points that bring us to the finale changed pretty dramatically from first draft to final. But typically, I always know the end of my books when I begin, as the way I write is very much about working my way toward that goal.
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from The Crow Rider?
I can’t say specifically, because spoilers, but the final scene of the last chapter before the epilogue had me grinning the whole time I wrote it.
Can you share some things that we might not know about your characters?
Hm, let’s see. Ericen’s arc in THE STORM CROW drew inspiration from Prince Zuko in Avatar the Last Airbender, Thia and Kiva’s friendship is based on my friendship with my best friend, and Caylus might seem soft on the outside, but he’s actually done some pretty dark stuff he’s not proud of.
Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? Why?
I don’t think in terms of either, really. I’m a person of middle grounds and seeing both sides. It’s part of why I love writing so much. It enables me to really look into the minds of different people.