Dark Faerie Tales is super excited for today’s awesome Blog Tour and giveaway! Ignite by Sara B. Larson was released on December 3o, 2014 from Scholastic Press. Ignite is the second novel in the Defy series. We really love this series! Below we have an exclusive interview with Damian, please enjoy but beware there are some spoilers for Defy. Want to know our thoughts on this series? Read Bridget’s review for Defy and Ignite by clicking on their titles.
Offer up a huge thank you to Rockstar Book Tours & Sara B. Larson for today’s giveaways! One lucky winner will win a a finished copy of Ignite & a Dagger Charm! Nine additional winner’s will win a copy of Ignite! This contest is US only.
Sara loves writing, reading, and dessert–but the order varies by the day. She wrote her first book in second grade about a woman who had a premature baby, complete with a “to scale” drawing of the baby’s size–while her mom was pregnant. To say she was a bit precocious is putting it lightly. Now that she’s an adult, she writes books for teens that have magic and romance and kick-butt girls (and very few premature babies). She lives in Utah with her husband, two young sons and baby girl. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims that she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish. she is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary and her YA debut DEFY is coming January ’14 from Scholastic!
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WARNING for anyone who hasn’t read DEFY yet—Damian’s point of view is full of spoilers!
DFT: For those of us who have not had the immense pleasure of meeting you yet would you please introduce yourself and tell us 3 unique things about you?
Damian: I am Damian, formerly the Prince of Antion. I am now the King of Antion, but it was a very difficult and painful road to reach this point. Many might say that the fact that I am a king is fairly unique. But if you’d like three more, I suppose you could say that being in love with my guard, Alexa, is also quite unique for a king. Especially since she apparently doesn’t reciprocate my feelings, though I thought she did at one time. I am also a sorcerer, though I had to hide it for most of my life. And finally, I really enjoy horseback riding, but rarely have time to visit the stables, much to my dismay.
DFT: You were just recently crowned king and things in your kingdom have drastically changed since the death of your father. What has been the most stressful thing you have had to deal with since becoming king? What has been the most rewarding thing?
Damian: It has been a very difficult transition, and I feel the weight of my father’s wrongs every minute of every day, pressing in on me. The most stressful part of being king is trying to heal those hurts, to put my kingdom back together and do what I can to right the wrongs of the past. But the most rewarding part is when I feel like I have made a difference, when I see one of my subjects smile—genuinely smile. That is why I did what I did, and why I work so hard. I want to see my people truly happy.
DFT: You always knew that you were a sorcerer but until recently you never used your powers. What is the best part about being a sorcerer? Have you ever wished that you could be just a normal person with no powers?
Damian: I rarely used my abilities, it’s true, but I trained as much as possible to prepare myself for the time when I would rise up against my father and seize the throne for myself. The best part of being a sorcerer is being able to protect or help the ones I love with my power. Although, being able to sense everyone’s gender around me also proved very useful, since I immediately knew Alexa’s secret from the first time I met her and therefore knew she was like me, hiding in plain sight. I think it’s a waste of energy to wish for things that cannot be. I am a sorcerer, and there is no changing that. And I have used my power to the best of my ability to help those in need.
DFT: For the most part your childhood was not a happy one because of your crazy father, but I know that there must have been a few rare moments when things were good. Can you tell us one of your favorite childhood memories and how it affected you?
Damian: Some of my favorite memories are the times when my mother would tell me and my brother stories at night. We would sit on either side of her, with her arms around us, and her magical voice would take us away from the realities of our life in the palace with my father and all of his atrocities. Sometimes she would even show us a few of the things she could do with her powers. My brother and I adored her. Those are the best memories I have.
DFT: For most of your life you had to live in fear of your father. What does it feel like to finally be free of him?
Damian: I can’t adequately put into words what it feels like to be free of him. Definitely a huge amount of relief that our plan worked, that he is gone and I have been able to take the throne and try to help my people. I can finally relax and be myself without fear of what the repercussions would be. And my kingdom can finally live in peace, free from his vile control. But he was still my father and sometimes I struggle to suppress the guilt of having to take my own father’s life to help my kingdom. He was a horrible man and he deserved to die. But I have often wondered what led him to do what he did—why did he become the kind of man that would kill his own wife to start a war, or start a breeding house to control his people and make them fear him? I wish I had known him better…that I had been able to change him, not have to kill him to stop him. But as I said, I don’t believe in dwelling on wishes that can never be. He is gone and I am glad for it.
DFT: Because I can’t help myself these next few questions are going to be about Alexa !!!! What was the one thing or one moment that made you realize that you were in love with Alexa?
Damian: I knew she was a girl from the first moment I met her. At first I was shocked to realize a girl was that skilled. But that shock quickly gave way to admiration and then… There were many moments when I realized I was beginning to care for her, but I had to hide it from everyone. I tried to convince myself to squash those feelings. They were dangerous and could have put us both in grave peril. But it was when she lost her brother that I could no longer deny what I felt. We were so alike in so many ways, but she didn’t know it. When she tried so hard to hide her emotion from me, because she thought so lowly of me, it hurt. It hurt deeply. Everyone treated me the same way, with disdain or worse, but no one’s scorn made me feel that way, except for Alexa’s. And that was when I knew. Despite my best intentions, I had fallen in love with her. My guard, a girl masquerading as a boy. And that was when I decided to start to test her, to see if it was at all possible for her to come to see me differently and eventually include her in my plan. [Author’s note: if you want to read more from his point of view about his feelings towards Alexa, make sure to check out the bonus scenes I’ve posted on Wattpad!]
DFT: I know that things between you and Alexa haven’t always been easy, but you have been through a lot together. She can be amazingly stubborn at times and I was wondering if there was ever a moment where you considered giving up on her and moving on?
Damian: She is unbelievably stubborn, but I only love her more for it. I knew if I could win her over, she would use that same stubbornness to help me succeed in overthrowing my father. I had hoped she would also be stubborn in believing in the good in me, in coming to care for me. But I was unfortunately wrong about that.
But no, I never considered giving up on her then and I still don’t plan on giving up on her now. I hated having to keep things from her, but I didn’t have a choice. I will just have to prove to her that she can trust me.
DFT: Alexa has some pretty cool skills especially when it comes to sword fighting and lots of other useful talents. On top of that she is also a wonderful person who loves with her whole heart. I want to know what you think her best physical trait is, and what your overall favorite thing about her is?
Damian: I love her eyes the most. They are the gateway into her heart and soul. She is very skilled at hiding her feelings and thoughts from those around her, but the truth can be found in her eyes, if you look closely enough. However, my very favorite thing about Alexa is her heart. She is a person who loves with every fiber of her being. That is what truly makes her beautiful—and no scars inside or out could ever change that. And that is why I am determined to win her love back, if at all possible.
DFT: In Defy it was discovered that you always knew that Alexa was a girl. How did you know when so many other people were completely fooled by her disguise?
Damian: As a sorcerer, I am able to sense certain things about everyone around me—whether they are sorcerers or not for one, and what gender someone is for another. So I knew from the first moment I met her that she was a girl. She pulled off her disguise very well, everyone else believed her, except for Rylan who also apparently knew because of a mistake she and her brother made when they first joined the army. I think it helped that she and her twin brother looked so much alike and could both fight so well.
DFT: After reading Ignite I have to admit I am dying to see how your story ends. Can you give us hints as to what we might expect to see in the final book?
Damian: I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that if you thought we’ve all been pushed to our limits already, just wait until you see what is still in store for all of us…
Quick Fire Question: (What is your favorite)
Food? Clotted cream with berries. It was my mother’s favorite, too.
Hobby? As I said earlier, I love horseback riding, though I rarely get the chance to visit the stables.
Weapon of choice? I prefer my sword, as that is what I used to train with at night when everyone else was asleep.
Season? Antion doesn’t really have seasons. It’s either hot, hotter, or sweltering.
Moment with Alexa? I can’t really say, but I will tell you that my favorite moment with her up until this point takes place in IGNITE.
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This giveaway is provided by Sara B. Larson & Rockstar Book Tours!
One lucky winner will win a finished copy of Ignite & a Dagger Charm
Nine additional winners will win a finished copy of Ignite
Available December 30, 2014 from Scholastic Press
About this Book:
Murder, abductions, and forbidden romance abound in this thrilling sequel to Sara B. Larson’s acclaimed YA debut, DEFY.
Alexa remains by the newly crowned King Damian’s side as his guard, ever committed to helping him rebuild Antion and reclaim the hope of Antion’s people, despite continuing to harbor a secret love for him. However, when another threat to Damian and his kingdom emerges, and blame is cast on their newly forged allies from Blevon, Alexa knows things are not what they seem. With the fate of her nation hanging in the balance once again, will Alexa be able to protect her king and uncover the true enemy — before it’s too late?