Hi everyone! Welcome to the first stop on the blog tour for The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker! I am such a HUGE fan of this series and I can’t recommend it enough to YA fantasy fans! Today I got to interview the lovely Elizabeth who is the MC in the series, and it was so much fun to get to know her just a little bit better. The King Slayer is sadly the end of this series but I can’t wait to see what Boecker comes out with next! If you are interested you can read my review of The Witch Hunter here and The King Slayer here, but trust me when I say you need to read this duology!
Three lucky winners will each win a copy of The King Slayer. A huge thank you to Rock Star Book Tours for this giveaway. This contest is open to US addresses only.
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.
In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.
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Dark Faerie Tales: To start things off will you introduce yourself and tell us three interesting facts about you?
Elizabeth: I’m Elizabeth Grey, I’m originally from the village of Wandsworth Common in Northern Anglia. My birthday is in April—I’m nearly seventeen—I make a really excellent fish pie, and I’m pleased to say I once singlehandedly took out a necromancer with nothing but a broken chair, a two-pronged fork, and a handful of salt.
DFT: You were once a Witch Hunter. I know you had to do some terrible things, but I imagine there were some great things about it as well! What was the one thing you liked most about being a Witch Hunter?
Elizabeth: Learning how strong I really am. How far I can be pushed without actually breaking. How to stand up for myself. And to remember who I am in the face of others telling me what I am not.
DFT: You were orphaned at a young age and you did what you had to do to survive. If you could change one thing about your past what would it be?
Elizabeth: I don’t think it’s ever wise to look over your shoulder, only to move on with what you know and do the best with it that you can.
DFT: Caleb was basically your family because you were both orphans and he was your best friend. Sadly you eventually found yourselves on opposite sides. Why do you think you turned out differently then Caleb?
Elizabeth: I am ambitious, in that I know what I want and will go to great lengths in order to achieve it. But I will not do everything. Caleb was ambitious at any price, and it’s something he paid dearly for.
DFT: I adore Fifer so much! She is witty, smart and beautiful. Out of all her redeemable qualities which do you think is her best?
Elizabeth: Fifer does not warm quickly to people; it takes a lot to thaw that frosty exterior. But once she decides you’re someone she wants in her life, there is no more loyal friend than she. I also like that she’s forthright—you always know exactly where you stand with her.
DFT: Nicholas is one of those people you can’t help but respect and love. Out of all the amazing things you have learned from him, what do you think is the most valuable lesson?
Elizabeth: How to value myself, even if others do not.
DFT: I will admit I have a small crush on Schuyler! It is kind of hard to resist his charming, brooding personality! What is your favorite thing about Schuyler?
Elizabeth: There is almost nothing Schuyler doesn’t know, and I do mean that literally. He could be reckless and destructive with this knowledge—and he has been, I know—but he is careful with it now, and this shows a tremendous amount of self-control, which I greatly admire.
DFT: Even though I love some of the other men in your life there is no denying how amazing John is and I can totally understand why you like him! Out of all the moments shared with John which one do you treasure the most?
Elizabeth: He treats me gently; with kindness and respect. I value that above anything else.
DFT: I am so sad your story has come to an end but all good things must end eventually!!! Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share with us?
Elizabeth: When someone shows you who they are, believe them.
Quick Fire Questions:
Because you have such an amazing group of friends I wanted to ask a few questions about which friend you would want to do each of the following with.
Who would you want to go to battle with? Schuyler.
Who would you want to share a drink with? George.
Who would you trust to cook you dinner? Hastings.
Who would you want to be on your team for a game of wits? Fifer.
Who would you want to go hunting with? Malcolm.
Who do you hope to grow old with? John.
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This contest is provided by Virginia Boecker & Rock Star Book Tours!
Three lucky readers will each win a copy of The King Slayer!
Available June 14, 2016 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
About this Book:
An action-packed and suspenseful sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.
“I think, in time, you’ll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory.”
Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule–namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.
Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.
“[Filled] with everything a good fantasy book needs: swords, poison, black magic, and betrayal.”–April Tucholke, author ofBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, on The Witch Hunter
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