New releases always fill us with joy, and this week is no exception! Maine author Amy Bai joins us to talk about her debut novel SWORD: an epic fantasy with deeply realized characters, awesome worldbuilding, and pretty nifty swordplay. We geek out about history and the writing craft, and a good time is had by all…except Paul, whose power was struck down by poor weather. We deeply missed him!
Amy Bai has been, by order of neither chronology nor preferences, a barista, a numbers-cruncher, a paper-pusher, and a garmhand. She likes thunderstorms, the enthusiasm of dogs, tall boots and long jackets, cinnamon basil, margaritas, and being surprised by the weirdness of her fellow humans. She lives in New England with her husband and her dogs, and travels, with her husband (though not the dogs, alas) as often as she can get away.
When she’s not writing in hermit-like solitude or plotting world domination via a silly-string war, you can catch Amy procrastinating on her blog.
Visit Amy here!
For over a thousand years, the kingdom of Lardan has been at peace: isolated from the world, slowly forgetting the wild and deadly magic of its origins. Now the deepest truths of the past and the darkest predictions for the future survive only in the verses of nursery rhymes.
And prophecies are just nursery rhymes for gullible fools. Right?
So thinks Kyali Corwynall, daughter of the Lord General and the court’s only sword-wielding girl. She’s never bothered believing in faery stories. But one day, an old nursery rhyme she’s heard since childhood begins to come true, naming her as Sword and her brother and best friend as Song and Crown, saviors of the kingdom. When that ancient magic wakes, the future changes for everyone. In the space of a single night, her life unravels into violence and chaos.
Now Kyali must find a way to master the magic her people have abandoned, or watch her world – and her closest friends – fall to a war older than the kingdom itself.