Did you know that we were hosting a read along for The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson? (If you want more details check out our original post here) For the month of August we are reading the final book in the series, The Beauty of Darkness, and today we are kicking off a week of fun blog posts all about the series. For the post today, I was able to interview, Lia, the MC from the Remnant Chronicles series. There is also an amazing giveaway for $25 or a Remnant Chronicles Prize pack, you can check out the details below! Also, I wanted to say a huge congrats to Mary because The Beauty of Darkness hit #3 on the New York Times bestseller list!!! I am so sad to see this series end but it was amazing and will forever be one of my favorites!!!
Mary E. Pearson is the award-winning author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Miles Between, A Room on Lorelei, and Scribbler of Dreams. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband and two golden retrievers.
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Interview with Lia
Dark Faerie Tales: For anyone that has yet to read your amazing story can you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your journey?
Lia: My name [Lia sighs] well, my name is a ridiculously long one—it’s a royal requirement—one name from my mother’s lineage, another from my father’s, one from Morrighese history, plus an extra unexpected name that didn’t follow tradition. I prefer to go simply by Lia. That’s what my brother’s always called me. I was raised in Civica but I fled to a little fishing village called Terravin with my best friend. I loved it there until, well, circumstances forced me to leave.
DFT: Your entire story started with you running away from an arranged marriage and trying to start life over as someone new. Do you ever look back and regret your decision?
Lia: I did at one time, but ultimately, by fleeing, I learned things that were crucial for me to know—important things other people needed to know too. If I hadn’t left, I’d be living in blissful ignorance, and some secrets would still be secrets that could doom us all. Leaving was the right thing to do.
DFT: Having left and abandoning your duty it means that you can’t ever go back. What is the one thing you miss most about home?
Lia: My brothers of course—we are very close. But I also miss surprising things, the aromas from the kitchen filling the citadelle, the music of the abbey bells ringing through the village, watching from the gallery as my aunt’s play their zitares, and even though my mother is mixed up in this conspiracy and at least partially responsible for me being in this mess, I miss her too—at least the person I thought she was. Sometimes all I want to do is to fall into her arms and have her hold me, but I know that could be a fatal mistake.
DFT: Kaden is such a good guy at heart and I feel like he has so much potential. What do you think is his best quality?
Lia: [Lia brightens] Kaden has so many good qualities, loyalty top among them, but he can also be so sweet and compassionate when he lets his guard down. I know he has done horrible things, but he did them for what he thought were the right reasons. Sometimes when I look at him, I still see the young boy who was rejected and it breaks my heart. He deserves so much more than the life he’s been dealt.
DFT: Rafe is head strong, loyal, brave, and infuriating! I kind of love him.
Lia: Oh by the gods, yes, he can be so infuriating and stubborn! Then again, I suppose I can be too. But there is no doubt he is brave. When I think about the risks he’s taken for me. . . [Lia shakes head] He frightens me sometimes with his recklessness. But I’ve seen a new side to him lately—a side with incredible restraint. We have both changed in so many ways.
DFT: You two have some pretty great chemistry in my opinion. Out of all the moments you have spent with Rafe can you tell us which one was your favorite?
Lia: Strangely, it’s a moment that lingers in my head, a very brief minute when hardly a word was spoken between us. I think about it often. It was when he knocked on my cottage door and held a lavender garland in his hand to replace one that had been ruined. He looked so different in that moment. So vulnerable. I realize now, he was trying to reach out to me, to say something that he had no words for. I still feel those awkward hopeful seconds between us. I see things now that I couldn’t see then–his fear, his courage, the struggle behind his eyes that I didn’t understand at the time. I was so touched by the kindness of his gesture that I didn’t know what to say. I look back on that moment now and I think of it as our beginning, a few brief seconds where the wall between us vanished and I knew somewhere deep in my heart, that he cared for me.
DFT: Making sacrifices is what life is about and no matter how hard you try you don’t always make the best choices. What is the hardest thing you have had to do since starting your adventure?
Lia: There are people— [Lia swallows and hesitates. She begins again.] I’ve had to say goodbye to people I care for. I’ve had to watch them die. Nothing was harder than that. They made the ultimate sacrifice. There will be justice.
DFT: I imagine that you have learned much during your journey. What do you think was the most important lesson you learned?
Lia: [Lia pauses and her eyes narrow as if she is flipping back through memories. She smiles.]
I’ve learned that I love and miss Berdi’s stew and I will always take a second helping if offered in the future.
That I should go nowhere near a river wearing a heavy gown.
That I never treasured Pauline’s shoulder as much as I should have.
That people are often not what they seem.
That dreams can be shattered in one unexpected instant.
That kindness can be found even in the darkest and dreariest of places.
That I shouldn’t go into a forest unless I already know what’s in there.
That a bitter drink like thannis can grow on you if you give it a chance.
. . . that sometimes, even though you love someone, you may have to let them go.
[Lia looks down at her worn scuffed boots and laughs]
And that the Civica cobbler makes a fine pair of boots that can withstand a trek across the continent—and a whole lot more.
DFT: Finally, since you know Mary really well I was wondering if you might have any clue as to what she is working on now?
Lia: Mary is secretive. She doesn’t talk much about projects in the beginning stages, even to me—and we’ve been through a lot together—but I know she has some characters swimming behind her eyes. I see mayhem stirring. I would be careful around her.
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