Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Erin Summerill to The Paperback Pilgrim for a discussion on the complexities that come with the categorization of novels, and more specifically her new novel Ever the Brave.
Ever the Brave (A Clash of Kingdoms, #2) by Erin Summerill
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (December 5, 2017)
Print Length: 464 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hrs 38 mins
Narrator: Helen Johns
Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.
The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.
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The organized, color-coordinated, planner-loving part of my brain wants to put everything I read into a neat category. Is it a fantasy? A Romance? A Thriller? An Adventure?
The library system of my grade school days taught me that life is simpler when books are sorted this way. But the thing is, fantasy books aren’t just fantasy books! They can be so much more. And, for the love of all thinks bookish, I hope they are. I love a good, soul-tingling romance. But I don’t want to always read a category romance book. Sometimes I want romance in a fantasy world, set in an epic adventure.
Now that’s something I want to read. It’s also what I want to write. Just like our everyday lives are a complex mix of adventure, suspense, romance, drama, mystery and even thriller, so should our fantasy characters’ lives be. If we want our fantasy worlds to feel alive and true, then the characters that are experience those worlds need to have real life interactions and feelings.
Romance is the best additive for a story to bring the characters to life on the page. Think about how you felt when you met (insert name of that one person who lights up your holiday spirit).
When someone has sparked our interest, we brighten, we become bolder or shyer, louder or softer. It brings out different parts of our character.
Those elements in an epic fantasy add another layer to the world. And, from what I understand about writing, layers are always good!
Ever The Brave is a mix of romance, adventure, mystery, suspense and action set in a fantasy world. I hope you enjoy the layers I’ve added!
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Erin was also kind enough to write up a list of ‘Other YA Fantasy books with Romances that are soul-tingling. Check them out below:
- The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye
- Shadow Queen – CJ Redwine
- Before She Ignites – Jodi Meadows
- A Court of Thorn and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
- The Reader – Traci Chee
- Blood Rose Rebellion – Rosalyn Eaves