I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for THE TORN WING by Kiki Hamilton. This series is one I have been just dying to devour – and not just because the covers are gorgeous but because it sounds utterly enchanting.
Though, I kind of know that already, as I just happened to take a peek at the first book in the series, which turned into a longer look, which turned into me not being able to put it down. So much for my planned reads this week as I just have to finish THE FAERIE RING.
I have both THE FAERIE RING and THE TORN WING in my collection already and plan on adding THE SEVEN YEAR KING (the third book in the series due out on May 14, 2013) and the final book in the series, THE ENDGAME (due out in 2014), when they are released.
For my tour stop today I have a short guest post and excerpt and I’ve thrown in a couple of teaser passages from THE TORN WING that caught my eye when perusing its pages. I’ve also included just a little bit about the first book in the series, THE FAERIE RING, and its book trailer.
But before all that, here’s just a little bit…
About the Author
Kiki Hamilton is the author of THE FAERIE RING fantasy series and a YA contemporary novel entitled THE LAST DANCE which will be released Spring 2013. She believes in magic and the idea of hidden worlds co-existing with our own.
Kiki lives near Seattle, though she dreams of living in London one day.
A bloody escape, a deadly threat, a shocking revelation…
As an orphan who stole the Queen’s ring – only to find the ring was a reservoir that held a truce between the world of Faerie and the British Court – Tiki’s greatest fear suddenly becomes all too real: the fey have returned to London seeking revenge. As war escalates in the Otherworld, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold, is attacked. In order to protect her family and those she loves, Tiki needs to know the meaning of an fáinne sí, the birthmark that winds around her wrist. But will she be brave enough to face the truth?
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Tiki?
How brave Tiki can be in the face of frightening and challenging obstacles.
Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most over the course of writing The Faerie Ring Series?
I really do like all of the characters because they each have layers that don’t necessarily show up in the books, but if I had to pick one, it would be Larkin. She is the most fun to write because she doesn’t adhere to societal conventions and does whatever she pleases. You never know for sure what she’s going to do next and whether to trust her.
What do you feel is the most significant change since The Faerie Ring?
THE TORN WING picks up where THE FAERIE RING left off. The events in THE FAERIE RING have been resolved (trying not to include any spoilers here) but there are still unanswered questions in terms of the meaning of Tiki’s birthmark, what happens with Tiki and Rieker’s relationship, what becomes of Tiki and her family etc.
THE TORN WING opens with a murder and then we find that Larkin, an evil faerie who has affected both Tiki and Rieker’s lives, has escaped from her Otherworld prison. The deadly war brewing in the Otherworld is spilling over into London and Rieker insists that they learn the meaning of Tiki’s birthmark.
As the story progresses, secrets are revealed and new people enter Tiki’s life. Just like in real life, Tiki learns that first impressions are not always accurate and she is forced to re-evaluate some decisions she has made.
I think the biggest change in the characters since THE FAERIE RING is their ever-expanding world (both in London and the Otherworld) and their knowledge of the people who inhabit those worlds. Like the ripples on the surface of a pond, the motivations and actions of one person affects another, which affects another and on and on. But beneath it all, there is backstory and history that drives the decisions being made today and as Tiki and Rieker learn some of these secrets, it affects their world view and the decisions they make.
Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
Not really, because I didn’t seriously start writing until my mid-40’s. I had talked about writing and started stories here and there, but nothing serious. Reading Harry Potter was what inspired me to start writing.
Ooh! I can’t wait to read more about Larkin! I love characters that do as they please without feeling restricted by society’s expectations. And unpredictability is one of my very favorite traits in characters.
Opening with a murder for the start of a second book is definitely a way grab readers. I’m intrigued. Must. Read. Faster.
And I love that the world has grown for the characters in this sequel. I can’t wait to see how things have changed for them both at the start and the end of THE TORN WING!
Thank you so much for stopping by for the blog tour for THE TORN WING. I am so unbelievably excited to get lost in this book in the next couple of days. Though I have a feeling the wait for May 2013 and the release of THE SEVEN YEAR KING won’t be much fun.
And thanks so much to Jean for asking such great questions and for allowing me to be a part of her tour.
For just a taste, here’s an…
“The Goblin Market opens at the stroke of midnight and disappears at the first light of dawn. That’s the only time you can get through the gate as well.” He turned on a sharp switchback in the trail and continued downward with sure steps. “Best to go through the Wychwood,” his voice lowered, “though to be certain, there’s risks to be found there, as well.”
And I just couldn’t resist the chance to include a couple of my favorite…
His finger stopped under her chin. Tiki’s lips parted to draw a breath as he leaned close. But instead of kissing her, the warmth of his lips brushed the tender skin of her ear.
“You’ve already thanked me once. Don’t make yourself so beholden to me that I’m tempted to seek my payment.” His voice was a whisper. “Because you are very tempting.”
As their eyes met the emotions he usually worked to conceal were obvious as he stared at her with longing. Tiki’s heart fluttered in response. When she reached the bottom of the stairs he took the fingers of her left hand and raised them to his lips.
“You are breathtaking.”
And if you don’t like waiting and you want to find out more, you can read the first few chapters of THE TORN WING on the series website, HERE.
There is a wicked awesome giveaway included as part of the tour. Be sure to head over to Jean BookNerd to enter. Just click the image below!
And if you haven’t yet discovered this awesome series by author Kiki Hamilton, here’s just a little bit about the first book in the series…
About The Faerie Ring
Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.
Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…
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