Hello everyone! Today I will share with you an AMAZING book that I absolutely love: Shadows of the Hersweald, #3 in the Legends of Light series, by Hope Ann. I will be giving you an author interview, a sneak-peek, and review.
They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Hersweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.
A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.
A pardon Haydn detests.
A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.
Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.
With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment, and nightmares of murder and fire haunting his every thought, will Haydn recognize the truth or will his fear condemn everything he loves to destruction?
Although the history of Aslaria and the conflict between the Prince and the rebel, Tauscher, flow chronologically through the series, each novella in the Legends of Light series is a stand-alone story. Each novella focuses on one of the nine aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit while twisting fairy tales in a clean, exciting, and inspiring manner.
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About the Author:
Hope Ann is a Christian authoress who lives on a small farm in northern Indiana. She was homeschooled and now helps teach several of her eight younger siblings.
She has been writing for over five years and has so many story ideas that she doubts she will ever stop. Her favorite genre to write is high fantasy with a touch of the allegorical. A close second is futuristic suspense. Her goal is to not only entertain with her stories but to provide inspirational fiction for young adults.
Predictably, she loves reading fantasy, fairy tales, mythology, and futuristic suspense. Her favorite authors include J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Frank Peretti, Mark Twain, and Serena Chase.
Her hobbies include photography, movie making, knitting, tree climbing, writing e-mails to friends, listening to Celtic music, and collecting shiny trinkets for story inspiration.
What was the hardest thing about writing Shadows of the Hersweald?
Getting the plot and voice nailed down. I actually wrote the whole novella from the point of view of the main character’s sister. But I couldn’t connect with her or her voice. Then I realized I was focusing on the wrong character. Once I got into Haydn’s head, the story straightened out fairly quickly and finally fell into place.
Where did you get the idea for the plot?
I knew I wanted to do a Hansel and Gretel retelling. So there had to be a forest. Rebels and fire fit naturally into the context. It was quite the tortured process, getting all the details pounded out, but I knew from early on that I wanted the main character to reject the Prince’s pardon and have to come to grips with the whole aftermath of the war. From there, it was just brainstorming and scribbling and muttering and consulting with friends until everything worked itself out.
What is your favorite part of Shadows of the Hersweald?
*scowls* Isn’t that like asking what an author’s favorite character is? My favorite part is probably the scene or two surrounding the climax. I can’t spoil them, but yes… they were fun. In a way.
Eurof pressed his fingertips against his forehead, then straightened with a sigh. “Something must be done, or Mathias will march his soldiers out of here and that will be the end of any help, both in soldiers and in food, no matter what our beliefs in the Prince may be.”
Leaning against the wall, Haydn let his head fall back against the rough planks as he stared at the rafters above. “Did you find the rebels, then?”
Eurof shook his head. “Tracks. They were in too deep. I did find this.” He flipped a dagger in Haydn’s direction.
Haydn snatched it from the air and uncurled his fingers from the hilt. “By the firecarn…”
Haydn tore his eyes from the curved swirls tracing up the handle of the dagger to a serpent’s head, the eyes gleaming a familiar red. “Unfortunately.” He scowled. Why would he come here, of all places? There was nothing in the mountains except… He drew a quick breath.
No! He’d not allow it. Haydn’s fingers tightened over the hilt of the dagger, and he drove it into the wall.
Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, March 27
Brie Donning – Review, sneak peak
Erudessa Aranduriel – Interview, quotes
Tuesday, March 28
Catherine Regitz – Book review
Raechel – Quotes
S. F. – Review, interview, quotes
Wednesday, March 29
Audrey Caylin – sneak peek
Ivy Rose – Quotes
Thursday, March 30
Marrok Macintyre – Interview
Rebekah – sneak peek
Friday, March 31
Elle – Review, interview
Hannah Whatley – Review, interview, quotes
Saturday, April 1
Sarah – Review, interview, sneak peek
Wysteria Campion – Review, interview, quotes
Rebeca Morgan – Interview, quotes