We are delighted to welcome Kathryne Kennedy today. She is the author of The Lady of the Storm, the second book in the fantastic Elven Lords series, which I will be reviewing tomorrow.
Giles is bound to protect her...We asked her to tell us a little bit more about The Lady of the Storm and the Elven Lords world it is set in.
In a kingdom viciously ruled by warlike elven lords, village blacksmith Giles Beaumont reluctantly swears to protect the half-elf, half-human Cecily Sutton, never dreaming that he will fall under her enchanting spell.
But duty soon turns to desire...
When Cecily's father disappears, Cecily and Giles set out to find him. But, as their journey unfolds, duty is quickly replaced by desire—and the search for Cecily's father leads to a magical destiny that could end the rule of the elven lords forever...
5 places you want to visit in The Elven Lord's 18th century England if you're playing a tourist (and why).
1) An elven lord’s garden, because they are a duplicate of the gardens in Elfhame, and I would love to really see flowers that glow like fireflies and plants that sing in the wind and rain.
2) An elven lord’s court. In Dewhame, I would be able to experience Breden’s powers of sea and sky. I would love to meet the half-breeds in all their Georgian finery and magical beauty. I would want to experience the sight of a castle rippling with water, grounds covered in fountains and ponds, and most of all, I’d like to make love beneath a magical waterfall.
3) I’d love to travel through Stonehame, where there are fields of crystal, and mountains of it that sing…and the elven lady La'laylia’s amethyst palace would be a sight!
4) I would love to visit Verdanthame, where the elven lord has altered the English countryside with enormous trees that make homes for the forest people, where plants move and vines crawl and flowers blossom in incredible bursts of color.
5) And since I’m limited to only five, I guess the last place I would have to visit would be Dreamhame. The golden palace with its magical illusions would be awesome, even if some of the illusions were created by Roden and wouldn’t exactly be like a fairytale.
4 "souvenirs" you want to take back home with you.
1) A dragon. Not sure if that qualifies as a souvenir, but I really want one.
2) I’d like the elven lady La'laylia’s wardrobe, or at the very least, her diamond gown.
3) Giles’s sword.
4) I’m torn between the rose ring that blooms and the amethyst ring that makes you young. Err, okay, will have to go with the amethyst.
3 unusual foods you'll want to try.
1) English tea…with perhaps a bit of Elfweed stewed in.
2) Snipe. It’s just such an odd name, and I’ve never eaten a wild bird.
3) Syllabub. Again, the name is interesting, and it’s sweet. I love sweets.
2 interesting facts about Cecily and 2 interesting facts about Giles from The Lady of the Storm.
1) Cecily is probably the heroine closest to my heart, as she wants nothing more than a peaceful, quiet home life. But she rises to challenges when necessary. Cecily also appeared in book one of The Elven Lords series, The Fire Lord’s Lover, and I found her magical gifts of sea and sky--and how she might deal with such enormous power--too intriguing not to explore further.
2) Giles carries a cursed sword that sometimes has a will of its own. His need for revenge stems around that sword. His conceit about his looks made him flawed to me, but when he is cursed once again in an unexpected way, I managed to forgive his arrogance.
1 favorite scene from The Lady of the Storm. (Explain why it’s one of your favorites and share a short excerpt!)
I have many favorite scenes, so I’ll just share my first one. I loved the fantasy of this setting, Giles desire to take her there--which reflected his hidden feelings for Cecily, and Cecily’s revelation about why she feared the power she had inherited.
Magic had crafted this cave, he knew. But how or why, he couldn’t fathom. Seashells had been embedded into the walls to form pictures of sharks and dolphins, and seals near the bottom. A layer of blue shells separated water and sky, with a myriad of birds crafted above. Some of the birds he could put a name to: puffins, razorbills, and kittiwakes. Some he could not identify, and wondered if they were native to England… or perhaps that fabled land of Elfhame. For dragons had also been crafted on the ceiling above, with wings spread wide and claws outstretched. And although he’d only seen them from a distance, he knew the dragons had been brought with the elven lords when they’d opened that door between the worlds.Thank you so much, Michelle & Leslie, for having me here today. It’s such a pleasure to answer such interesting questions! I’m looking forward to responding to the comments! I would love to know if there are any avid fantasy readers, and if they enjoy an equal mix of romance in their stories as much as I do. ~Kathryne
“It… moves,” breathed Cecily as she continued to stare about her. “Look, Giles, the dolphin is jumping through the waves. And, ho, that seal is evading that shark and making him angry.” Her eyes widened as she tilted her head farther back and stared at the ceiling. “Those dragons are battling one another… the black one is breathing fire, and the blue… that is Breden’s dragon-steed, Kalah. I’d heard that he belches lightning…” She shuddered, quickly pulling her gaze down from the scene above.
Giles rose and approached her horse. Her face had gone white. “What is it?”
She shook her head, her lower lip trembling.
“I wielded lightning once. It’s deadly. And so powerful.”
“When you escaped from Firehame?”
“And that is why you have turned your back on your magic?”
“No one should be able to hold that much power. It makes you feel…”
She smiled at that, too sadly for his liking. “No, Giles Beaumont. It makes you long for more. It makes you want to destroy, just because you can.”
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