Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on the WARRIORS OF WING AND FLAME blog tour! I’m so excited because today I have an interview with Sara B. Larson to share with you! This book is truly amazing and I’m so so excited to for you to find out more about it, PLUS enter for a chance to win a print copy!
Warriors of Wing and Flame by Sara B. Larson
Series: Sisters of Shadow and Light #2
Published on October 27, 2020 by Tor Teen
Genres: YA, Fantasy
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The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world has been reopened. Paladin are once more living in the citadel where Zuhra and Inara grew up completely isolated by the magical hedge that trapped them there. Amidst the brewing conflict between the Paladin and humans looms the threat of Barloc, who has stolen Inara’s immense power and continues to elude the Paladin who are desperately searching for him.
In this sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light, Inara and Zuhra must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and for the boys who have captured their hearts. Together, they search for the strength within themselves to bridge the divide between the two worlds they inhabit, even as war threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—they love.
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?
Oh wow, that’s a tough question! A lot of YA worlds are pretty scary or bleak! And I’m assuming you mean a YA character that isn’t one of my own….so I think I would choose Feyre for all the answers for one reason and one reason alone: Rhysand. Need I say more?
What would you do if you spent the day with Zuhra and Inara? Where would you go to eat, hang out, relax, etc.?
I would definitely want to go flying on a gryphon, soaring all over Soluselis and the mountains surrounding the Paladin’s largest city. I would also want to explore the castle and definitely visit the luxem magnam. I’d love to relax in the gardens where Zuhra first really started to get to know her father. And it would be really amazing to have a picnic on the banks of a river that is a pivotal scene in WOWAF!
If Zuhra and Inara were to hang out with characters from other YA books, who would they be and why?
I think it would be amazing if they got to hang out with Tella and Scarlett from the Caraval series. The four of them would probably have SO much to talk about as both sets of sisters are so close, but also had to navigate huge changes in their relationships, and have had to do so much to protect and help each other. Can’t you just see the four of them hanging out and becoming besties??
What was your favorite bit of research you ended up not using?
I went down a rabbit hole of researching all sorts of different mythical creatures and monsters when I was creating the rakasa (the monsters in this series) and I barely even used a third of what I wrote down. But it was super interesting and fun to learn about even though I didn’t use much of it!
What is your favorite quote, scene, or moment from Warriors of Wing and Flame?
Oh boy, that’s impossible to answer without being suuuuper spoilery. But some of my favorite scenes in this book are definitely the kissing scenes. I actually love writing kissing scenes, and there was a TON of build up to the ones in WOWAF, so that always makes it even more fun and exciting when you finally get there!
Were there alternate endings you considered, or did you always know where the story was headed?
I always knew how this book was going to end. But one character did throw me for a loop in WOWAF and changed up some of the details for me. I wasn’t planning on one of the deaths, either, but as I was writing the scene I knew that was what the character would do and I didn’t have a choice. It broke my heart! So that put an unexpected loop into my plans for how it ended.
Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology (DARK BREAKS THE DAWN and BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT). She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.
Are you looking forward to reading this new book? Have you already read the first one? Let me know in the comments and have a splendiferous day!