Tuesday, December 13, 2011

#BIR2011: THE IRON QUEEN / THE IRON KNIGHT - A Guest Post with Julie Kagawa

Welcome to Day 3 of Best I've Read 2011! We're so happy to have the amazing Julie Kagawa here with us for not just one, but two of her books, THE IRON QUEEN and THE IRON KNIGHT. Julie is sharing with us today what it was like to write from Ash's point of view. 

And below we are offering you a chance to win both books. Also, be sure to stop by each of the other 11 blogs participating in BIR2011 for more awesome interviews, guest posts and giveaways. You can find them on the Blog Schedules Page

***About the Books***
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

About: My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

About: 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.

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***Guest Post with Julie Kagawa***

It's always a gamble writing a book in the POV of an already established character, especially one who has been seen through the eyes of someone else. We see the character as the protagonist sees them; we don't know their thoughts, their feelings, the dark, ugly traits that they keep hidden from everyone else. And if the protagonist happens to be in love with said character, things get even more muddied.

Getting into their head is another matter entirely.

As I said before, it was a gamble switching to Ash's POV. Before, readers have only seen him as Meghan does: handsome, brooding, protective, dangerous, devoted. But in The Iron Knight, we meet the real Ash, stripped of his air of mystery, his real thoughts and emotions laid bare. It might surprise some people. To know the Ash they built up in their head is quite different then the real Ash. The Winter prince is not an emotionless automaton: he has fears and insecurities like everyone else. He has also lived a long time, and his past has not been a pleasant one. There are old wounds, scars, past sorrows, and regrets. To give him his own story means there are no illusions anymore; this is Ash at his darkest, most intimate level. He might not be what you expected.

I will promise one thing, though. The prince of the Unseelie Court has always been my favorite, and I tried to portray him as honestly as I could. Writing his story was difficult sometimes, because I had to dig deep into Ash and bring all these things to light. But I can say with utter confidence that I regret nothing in Ash's story, and to the readers who love the Winter prince as much as me, this one is for you.

  • Thanks to Harlequin Teen we are offering one copy of THE IRON QUEEN and THE IRON KNIGHT to two lucky winners. 
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  1. I haven't read any of this series yet, but I hear everyone raving about it!! Thank you for the giveaway op!
    Happy Holidays!

    Gena Robertson

  2. Wow, this is such an amazing giveaway and thank you, for sharing the fun guest post from Julie Kagawa. I have the first three books in this series and I'm definitely going to be reading it after the first of the year, I'm super excited for The Iron Knight. :)

    Happy Christmas!

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  3. I haven't read these either, but they are on my holiday wish list!
    *fingers crossed*

    Tiffany Murphy

  4. That was an interesting interview with Julie. It never occurred to me how difficult it would be to switch POV mid-stream like that. Kudos for making it successful, Julie.
    I recently ordered the first book in the series because I keep hearing such wonderful things about it.
    This is an awesome giveaway opportunity.

  5. Thank you. I must admit that I have not had a chance to read any of this series yet but I look forward to. :)


  6. thanks for this giveaway :D i need to start reading this series and catch up!

  7. I CRIED WITH BOTH BOOKS. The Iron Fey will always be one of my favorite series, it was amazing.

  8. I have to agree with Sophia Rose, I never realized how difficult it would be to switch POV's in an already established series. Great post! Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. This is such a great tour! I'm loving all the BIR books! I accidentally hit submit without checking the box for following your blog tho, oops!

    Kelsey d

  10. I've never read a book like this one before. But I loved every bit of it! Thanks so much for creating it!