I am super excited to be today’s stop on the SERPENTINE Blog Tour with an awesome guest post by Author Cindy Pon in which she lists her top three favorite passages from her upcoming novel and why they are favorites.
And I can see exactly why they are favorites. The writing is gorgeous. The passages are so vivid and descriptive. It makes me even more anxious to get my hands on a finished copy of this book.
SERPENTINE releases next week, so the wait isn’t that much longer. (YAY!) But if you just can’t wait to take a peek, be sure to check out the guest post below, and some of the other stops on tour.
And if you don’t yet have a copy pre-ordered, there is a fab tour-wide giveaway for a few copies of SERPENTINE. Just enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.
Title & Series: SERPENTINE (Kingdom of Xia #1)
Author: Cindy Pon
Release date: September 8, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.
“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.” Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels
“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series
“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites
The Guest Post
Top 3 Favorite Passages in SERPENTINE
by Cindy Pon
The kiss itself had been chaste, like she had shared with Zhen Ni before on the cheek. But there was an undercurrent there, an expectation, a bated breath. It seemed to have stoked something deep inside of her; as if touching her mouth to someone else’s had kindled a hidden desire, dormant until now.
I love this passage for the prose, but also because it signifies the beginning of everything for my heroine Skybright. It also speaks volumes of the relationship between Zhen Ni and her and hints at what will happen later in the story.
Smooth scales rippled over her human flesh, like dragonfly wings fluttering their way from her feet and rising to cover her abdomen. She swept both hands across her torso, the clothes having evaporated from her, and gasped. Her snake tongue darted out, oppressing her voice, and she could taste the air with it; the whiff of smoke from the snuffed lantern, the bitterness of the gardenia musk Zhen Ni had rubbed into her wrists in the morning, all tinged by the scent of her own sweat and fear.
This is a story about metamorphosis and transformation. It is about Skybright’s journey to find the truth of her origins, but also, to find herself. I love fantasy because it gives me the freedom to write the fantastic to explore mundane themes that all people deal with, the most fundamental of which is: Who am I?
“My name is Stone,” the man’s voice said in her ear, and she lurched, lifting high on her serpent body. But no one was near her. “Say it if you need me.” And his words whorled into the night.
It was what he had tasted like on her tongue. Of earth and gravel and granite. Of dirt and pebbles and the most pristine jade. Of all the life that could spring from it. Or all that it could oppress with immoveable finality.
One of my favorite characters in this duology, Stone came out of nowhere and surprised me when I began writing him within the story. It’s been a real pleasure to get to know him as a character and explore his personal arc in these books.
About Cindy Pon
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at www.cindypon.com.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for…
- ONE (1) winner will receive a signed hardcover of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card – US Only
- THREE (3) winners will receive a signed paperback of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card – US Only
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
The Tour Schedule
- Aug. 31st | Good Choice Reading – Excerpt
- Sept. 1st | Dark Faerie Tales – Interview
- Sept. 2nd | Fiktshun – Guest Post
- Sept. 3rd | Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
- Sept. 4th | Novel Novice – Interview