Blog Tour- A Book of Spirit & Thieves Interview + Giveaway

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With Morgan Rhodes latest, A Book of Spirits and Thieves, she brings the magic of Mytica into our present day world. We follow the story through two modern points of view as well as one from Mytica, 1000 years prior to the events of the Falling Kingdoms series. Not only was it incredibly interesting to incorporate a modern element into this well known and loved fantasy series it also gave me further insight into Mytica prior to what we’ve already read.

Interview

After reading ABoSaT I felt that even new readers would be able to jump in and read it prior to the Falling Kingdoms series. Was it difficult for you to make it tie into the original series so well yet be assessable for new readers?
Thanks! I must give credit to my editor for this. Originally, I had imagined the “fantasy world” in ABOSAT to be that of King Arthur. Then my editor said “what if it’s Mytica?” And – BAM – the exact way to tie the two series together, yet still keep them separate, came to me; a way to bring more clarity to the myths and legends told in Falling Kingdoms by seeing these legends play out on the page, yet not infringe on the plot and characters in the original series.

I absolutely loved seeing bits of Mytica brought into a modern setting. What benefits or struggles did you face in overlapping the worlds?
My main challenge when writing ABOSAT’s “modern day” chapters was to keep it from coming off like a cheesy “door to another world” story where anyone could use this magic to travel to Mytica and check things out. I knew the rules for this magic had to be very specific. I did know from the beginning how I wanted everything to tie together in the end, but unraveling the method to get to that end was the challenge. I tend to write complicated mythology and I wanted to make this as clean and simple as possible.

For this book you’ve introduced a wonderful group of characters: Maddox, Farrell and Crys, each had chapters told from their point of view. Of the new characters who was the most difficult to write?
Surprisingly, to me, the most difficult character to write was Crys. As a modern-day teen who discovers dangerous secrets that exist all around her, I struggled to keep her from being an character who just learns information for the benefit of the reader. I ended up writing her chapters in first person to really get deeper into her head, then I rewrote them in third to match the other characters. Maddox was a character who was easy to write – it’s like he always existed for me. And Farrell… well, it’s always fun to write the bad boy. ;)

Farrell and his family are involved with a secret society – did you do any research to help aid you in creating a realistic depiction to what that might be like?
I did lots of online research about secret societies, such as the Illuminati, the Freemasons, Skull and Bones, and others. I also tried to steer away from expected/clichéd secret society behavior as seen in movies and TV shows when it came to their meeting place and society motivations.

I’m so excited that the ending of ABoSaT allows for more books with these characters. How many have you planned for? What can we expect next?
I’m excited too!! There are three books planned and I’m currently writing book two, which will be out next June. In book two, Becca’s POV is added to the mix, and we will also meet a dangerous, magical character who could control the fate of both our world and that of Mytica. Also, both “spirits” and “thieves” continue to play a very large role in this series in new ways!

About the Book

A Book of Spirits and Thieves Cover

A Book of Spirits and Thieves releases today from Razorbill

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

Giveaway (US)

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Visit the Other Tour Stops

The Social Potato– 22nd June (Review)
My Friends Are Fiction– 23rd June (Interview)
Vi3tbabe– 24th June (Review)
Two Chicks on Books- 25th June (Would You Rather)
Effortlessly Reading– 26th June (Book Playlist)
A Dream Within A Dream– 29th June (Guest Post)
SciFiChick.com– 30th June (Giveaway)
Bookiemoji– 1st July (Interview)
Dark Faerie Tales– 2nd July (Review)
Young Adult Hollywood– 3rd July (Top 10 YA Boyfriends)
Alice Marvels– 6th July (Review)
The Fandom– 7th July (Interview)
Icey Books– 8th July (Guest Post)
Once Upon a Twilight– 9th July (Interview)
Chapter By Chapter– 10th July (Review)

Extras

  • Interview with Morgan Rhodes about the Falling Kingdoms Series
  • Review of Falling Kingdoms book 1
  • Review of Rebel Springs book 2

Comments

    • says

      The cover is even prettier in person. I’m so glad you liked Falling Kingdoms. I really have enjoyed each of the books! I can’t wait until Frozen Tides

  1. says

    I’m glad we can read this, even if we didn’t read Falling Kingdom:) That’s so cool you got to interview her:D Awesome post!

  2. MichelleRae6 says

    I am really enjoying the Falling Kingdoms series but I’ll admit I’m a little unsure about this new series, especially with the part of modern day characters. I’m excited for it but also hesitant because I want it to be just as good as the other series.

  3. Kayla says

    I have not yet, but I will soon as I just recently got a copy of them! They sound very much like books I’ll love.

  4. Mithila says

    I did! Last year, in fact. I wasn’t a fan of the first book, but the second nudged me, and, well… the third got me addicted.

  5. Carol says

    I’ve read the first book even if fantasy is not my thing, but I enjoyed it very much! I’m actually waiting for the series to end so that I can read all books without cliffhangers!

  6. says

    Yay :D Awesome interview tour post Kristen. <3 I love it. And I adore Morgan :) Thank you both so much for sharing this gorgeous. I cannot wait to read this book :D Soon. It seems so awesome. <3

  7. Joanna W. says

    I read Falling Kingdoms recently and really enjoyed it, so when I read Rhodes was coming out with this spin-off I was highly intrigued. I need to buy and start Rebel Springs next.

  8. says

    I haven’t started reading the Falling Kingdoms series yet but they’re one my wish list. I love the idea of mixing our real world with fantasy in such a way and that it can be read separatedly and together from Falling Kingdoms!

    Great interview was always Kristen!

  9. hj says

    Falling Kingdoms has just arrived at my local library and I’ll be picking it up tomorrow. been meaning to get into this series for a while — especially to support a fellow Torontonian!!

    would love to win. thanks for the giveaway Kristen!

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