Thursday, April 12, 2018

Blades of Sorcery and Author Interview!

Blades of Sorcery
Crown Service Book 3

Blades Of Sorcery (Crown Service Book 3) by [Edun, Terah]

About the Book:

Title: Blades of Sorcery (Crown Service Book 3) | Author: Terah Edun | Pages: 244 | Genre: Sword and Sorcery | Recommended Age: Mature Young Adults and Up | Trigger Warning: Violence/Torture

Book Description:

The night has lifted and Sara Fairchild is out for blood. But this time, it’s her own. A gifted fighter and a skilled battle mage, Sara is now fighting everything she stands for — her heritage. For too long, she has held onto the certainty that her father was an honorable man.

But what does honor mean when you’re at war and surrounded by corruption from all sides? As Sara Fairchild brings the Kades to their knees and manages to capture a prize that rivals Nissa Sardonien’s worth to imperial intelligence, she has to wonder — how far should she go to extract the secrets her Empress and her empire needs?

As she fights to outmaneuver her growing list of enemies and win a war that becomes more complicated by the day, Sara Fairchild knows that no matter what, the empire will never be the same.

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My Review:

Blades of Sorcery is the third book in the Crown Service series by Terah Edun. If you like sword and sorcery with plenty of action and colorful characters, then you'll enjoy this series. Sara's violent nature is always on edge as she gets squeezed from all sides. She's getting closer to the truth, but at what cost? She's lucky to have Ezekiel who understands her moods and who is the only one able to counter balance her. He remains calm and keeps his wits about him when Sara has a tendency to lose it. This is the most violent of the books so far with torture scenes.

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Author Interview:
Terah Edun

1. When do you find time to read and what do you usually like to read?
I have such a busy book publication schedule that I don’t often have as much time to read as I did in the past. I try my best to factor in a slow Sunday or two every month. My favorite books are young adult fantasy novels. I know authors who don’t like to read within their own sub-genre, but for me it’s the best imaginable escape and always pushes me to be a better writer myself.
Some of my favorite reads of 2018 have been:
- Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
- The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
As the year goes on I keep an up-to-date list of those favorite reads on my About Me page as well.

2. How do you prefer to write your books - with a pen/pencil, typing, or dictation?
Typing – always! Even as a child I couldn’t stand to handwrite anything out and cursive was the bane of my existence. Now, I happily type away and I’m pretty proud of the fact that my average typing speed is up to 70 words for a minute.
Here’s a fun way to test your speed – let me know what you got in the comments!

3. Do you use your own name or a pseudonym?
My own. I’ve never been interested in a pen name.

4. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Keep going – you’re on the right path!

5. What would you like readers to know about your latest book or book project?
Well, I just released the 4th book in my Crown Service series—Blades Of Destiny. Now I’m going back to a parallel project, the Courtlight series, and finishing the final book in that series.

6. How much do you normally spend on your cover designs (if you’re self-published)?
Cover designs run me about $300 each book. If you’re interested in suggestions for cover designers to use, just shout out what genre of book you’re writing and I’m happy to help.

7. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot or avatar?
Oh, that’s a tough one. But I think I’d have to a say a Pegasus. I’ve always had a thing for flying horses.

8. What does literary success look like to you?
My own television show!

9. What’s the best way to market your books?
Writing the next one!

10. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Getting the desires and intuitions right. Even the development of experiences of a female versus a male protagonist are different, so I have to be more careful when writing the guys.

11. Where do you usually find inspiration for your books?
Everyday life and soundtracks. I love movie soundtracks. The one that just recently sparked interest in my plotting is Opar by Zoe Mthiyane from the Legend of Tarzan soundtrack. I also love Crown by Camila Cabello from the Bright soundtrack.

12. If you didn’t write full-time, what would you do for work, or if you write part-time, what other job/jobs do you have?
I was, and still occasionally am, a communications consultant. I’d love to one day work with the United Nations back in Kenya.

13. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
For the most part – not anymore. I check to see if I’m on the right track for reader expectations but I learned my lesson long ago that reviews, especially Goodreads reviews, are for the readers not the authors. And I respect that.

14. What was your hardest scene or book to write?
Blades Of Illusion: Crown Service #2 was the hardest book so far. I wrote it once and then literally re-wrote the entire book a second time. But it was far superior in the second round, so I’m glad I did it.

15. Does your family support your career as a writer?
Absolutely! My parents are my biggest fans. They even ask me about characters when I go home to visit them.

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review. There are no affiliate links.

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