26 Jan 2012

The iron knight - UK blog tour - Quickie interview with Julie Kagawa

The iron knight by Julie Kagawa
The iron fey book four.

Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.

Unless he can earn a soul.

To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.
With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side. To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale. And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The iron fey is such a unique and beautiful series, had you always wanted to write a story about faeries?

-Thank you! Yes, faeries have always fascinated me. I love creepy tales and stories about things that go bump in the night, and I love the idea that there is this whole other world that exists right alongside ours, and we just don't see it. The Iron Fey series was a chance to explore that old, scary world, while at the same time creating something completely new.
Obviously A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a big inspiration for some of the story as you've used the same characters, was A Midsummer Night’s Dream a story you grew up with?
-Not that I grew up with, per se, though I did read A Midsummer Night's Dream in high school and absolutely loved the character of Puck. I've read several books since then that featured the fey, and many of them had Mab, Oberon, Titania, and Puck as prominent figures. Puck, especially, is always the same crafty, mischievous prankster that he was in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and I've always wanted to write about him. I only hope I did his character justice.
What made you decide to write an extra book told from Ash's perspective?
-Well, originally, the series was going to be a trilogy, ending with The Iron Queen. Meghan's story had come to a close the way I envisioned it; she had to grow up and learn to take responsibility, even at great cost and sacrifice. Her journey was done. However, my fabulous editor convinced me that we couldn't leave Ash and Meghan like that, so not long after I finished The Iron Queen I started to think of how Ash would tell his own story.
A couple of my favourite characters from the series are Puck and Grimalkin, who was your favourite character to write?
-I think my favourite character to actually write would be Grimalkin. He doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, he speaks what's on his mind always, and he usually says what the reader is dying to say to the other characters when they are being especially thick. But Puck is pretty fun, too. Especially when he's teasing or arguing with "ice-boy."
You have a brand spanking new series starting in a few months, do you think you'll write anymore in the world of The Iron Fey in the future?
-Oh, definitely. My new series is called Blood of Eden and is a post-apocalyptic vampire series, but I also have a second Iron Fey trilogy coming out starring Ethan Chase, Meghan's younger brother, when he is older. Ethan's story will be set in the same world, and I'm sure many familiar faces will pop in for cameos.

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1 comment:

  1. Yay, so excited for the new vamp series but really excited about the new Iron Fey series!! Great interview.


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