You might remember Shona Kinsella from when she stopped by for an interview last year July (and I applaud you if you do!). Back then she talked about her WIP Ashael Rising – and now it’s time to celebrate the release of the very same!
So what do I have for you today? Why, I’ve got a mini-interview, I’ve got the cover and the blurb for you, and a few of my favourite lines! And of course all important links, so you can follow Shona all over social media and buy her book baby ^-^
What inspired Ashael Rising?
A dream! I don’t remember all the details now but I had a dream around 9 years ago about warrior fairies that were at war with evil magicians. None of that made it into the book but the final image of the dream, flying over a desolate land where almost everything was dead, stuck with me all these years. That image formed the seed that became Ashael Rising.
Can you summarise your entire plot in one, brief sentence?
An apprentice medicine-woman must find out the truth of who she is in order to defend her people from soul-sucking invaders.
Who is your favourite character, and why?
I know I’m probably meant to say Ashael but in truth, it’s probably Bhearra. She’s funny and wise and steady. I would like to be like her.
What do you hope your readers will take away from Ashael Rising?
A desire to read the next book ;). More seriously, I hope that readers enjoy the book and fall in love with the characters the way that I did. And maybe think about life in a Cam…
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
I’m currently working on an anthology of stories by Unbound authors where the stories all centre around a library in one way or another. I’ll be contributing to and editing the book.
I’m also finishing up a novella called The Longest Night that I started in November. It’s about a tribe who live in the arctic of their world and the plight they face when the sun does not rise after mid-winter.
As soon as I’m finished with that I’ll be starting on the sequel to Ashael Rising.
Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.
The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.
Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of the folk that were taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.
When Iwan and Ashael meet and she invites him to stay in Oak Cam, neither of them realise that she is the one the Zanthar seek. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on Ashael’s shoulders.
Ashael Rising features two prominent POVs – Ashael, the heroine, and Iwan, a slave forced to spy on her people for his Master who craves world domination. Naturally. Ashael’s people are trusting and peace-loving, and so when Iwan comes to them and asks to stay with them for a while, they happily host the young stranger. Only, there are three problems: Iwan’s master is spying on him, Iwan begins to feel at home in the friendly village, and he falls in love with Ashael. Meanwhile, a mysterious power is beginning to stir in Ashael – and it’s this power Iwan’s master wants to destroy, before it destroys him.
There was something about the young man who had arrived a few days ago. He was full of secrets but also pain. She sensed a good man at his core, in the space beyond pretence.
Ashael Rising is out in three days on FEBRUARY 6TH! Mark it in your calenders and add it to Goodreads 😀