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Across the Worlds Event: The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

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Today for our Across the Worlds Event we get to visit the magical and amazing world of The Dragons Price by Bethany Wiggins! This is the first book in a new YA fantasy series and I was able to read this one already! You can read my full review of the book here (spoiler I loved it)! Down below Bethany was gracious enough to answer some fun questions for us about her book and there is also a great giveaway!

*Enter to win a copy of The Dragons Price and a gourmet chocolate at the end of this post!*

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 Interview with Bethany

Dark Faerie Tales: First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by to answer a few questions for us! Can you start by telling us a little bit about The Dragon’s Price and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Bethany: The Dragon’s Price is the story of Princess Sorrowlynn, who, on her sixteenth birthday, is given a choice: Marry a warrior prince from a neighboring kingdom or be fed to the dragon. She chooses the dragon. Luckily, the warrior prince decides to follow her into the dragon’s lair in hopes of saving her . . . but sometimes princesses just have to save themselves. My inspiration for this story started one night at dinner. My son, who was currently obsessed with cryptids and mythical beasts, asked between bites of food, “What do you think the worth of a dragon scale would be?” My eyes glazed over, I stopped chewing, and the bare bones of a new story started forming in my mind.

DFT: Since we are featuring the amazing world you created in the event, can you describe the different kingdoms in your book and tell us which one is your favorite?

Bethany: Faodara is the proper, snooty northern kingdom from whence our fair heroine hails. Even though it is ruled by a queen, women are forced to follow very strict rules. They have no need to learn self-defense since guards protect them, they must be very modest and always have their legs and shoulders covered, and by no means should a woman kiss a man (For shame!).

Anthar is the grassland kingdom just beyond the great Gol Mountain–home of the fire breathing dragon. The Antharians are strong and outspoken, and love horses and weapons. Their men and women train as warriors together, and fight side-by-side in battle.

The Glass Forest is the home of the Glass Dragon—a beast whose breath of ice can freeze the forest even in the middle of summer. The forest is home to mercenaries, cutthroats, and a group of Satari migrants who call themselves the Black Blades.

Trevon, the kingdom due west of Anther, is a greedy, war-hungry kingdom with an evil king and a prince who conquered the (no-longer-in-existence) kingdom of Beldarr at the tender age of fifteen.

Ilaad, the desert kingdom, is home to the best assassins in the world, but unfortunately a sandworm (sand dragon) terrorizes its inhabitants.

Satar, the abandoned stone city, was built in the heart of a mountain. Sadly, the ferocious stone dragon chased the inhabitants away.

DFT: If you could visit one place in your book where would it be and why?

Bethany: I would love to visit the Glass Forest and share a spit of roast boar and ash bread with the Black Blades while listening to their flute music. There’s something magical about the forest–something ethereal (especially for a desert girl like me). I would love to feel the misty air on my face, and see the sunshine dappling through the green canopy of leaves while wondering if the glass dragon is spreading her great green wings just around the next bend in the path.

DFT: What do you think is the most important skill you would need to survive in the world of the Dragon’s Price?

Bethany: Does courage count as a skill? Because if a girl (or boy) can learn courage, she will have the greatest chance of surviving in my world. When facing a dragon, the only way to survive is to find the courage to fight. Without courage, all else would be lost.

DFT: I adored Sorrowlynn and thought she was such a great heroine! She is strong, resourceful, intelligent and kind! Out of all her amazing qualities, which do you think was her greatest asset?

Bethany: Sorrowlynn is all the things you mentioned above, but the quality that sets her apart from everyone else in this story is her inherent desire to control her own destiny, even at the cost of losing her life. She has a fierce yearning to make her own choices, a yearning so strong it lands her in the dragon’s lair.

DFT: I also loved Golmarr! He was loyal, good looking and sweet! If you can without spoiling anything, tell us your favorite Golmarr moment?

Bethany: Ah, Golmarr. The rogue with a heart of gold. I have lots of favorite Golmarr moments, but here is one that won’t give any of the story away: When he and Sorrowlynn meet for the first time, he asks her to dance, and she accepts . . . only, she is so nervous, she starts leading! Golmarr kindly points this out to her, and she snaps at him, so he lets her lead, simply enjoying the dance and the intriguing dance partner.

DFT: I found the dragons in the story fascinating and very different than your typical dragons! Which of the dragons was your favorite and why?

Bethany: My favorite dragon actually makes his appearance in book three . . . but in book one, I would have to say Zhun, the fire dragon, is my favorite. He’s so bored! So tired of being imprisoned in his mountain (it’s been three-hundred years!) so when Sorrowlynn shows up in his lair, they have quite an interesting conversation before he decides it is finally time to eat her (and he hopes her bones get stuck in his teeth).

DFT: Luckily for us this is the first book in the series, but the ending left me dying to know what happens next! Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect from book 2?

Bethany: Gladly! (But warning! This is a spoiler for book one so if you haven’t read it, you might want to skip this answer!) When book two begins, Sorrowlynn has spent six months training to fight so she is strong enough to go search for Golmarr without being killed, but before she’s able to set out, she receives a visit from Lord Damar (who she once believed was her father). He informs Sorrowlynn that she has been wed–by proxy–to the future heir of Trevon (see above description of Trevon to get a glimpse of her husband). So Sorrow flees in search of Golmarr . . . but there are dragons searching for her, and they want her dead.

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Bethany WigginsAbout Bethany:

Bethany Wiggins is the author of Stung and Shifting. She started writing on a dare and dove headfirst into the world of writerly madness. She lives in the desert with her husband, four quirky kids, and two very fluffy cats. Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid student. Seriously! She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn’t until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction. Since then she has penned SHIFTING (2011), STUNG (2013), and CURED (2014).

You can visit Bethany around the web here: Website Facebook | Twitter

Want to read more from Bethany Wiggins?

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This contest is provided by Bethany Wiggins!

One lucky reader will win a copy The Dragons Price and a gourmet chocolate!!!
(US only)

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Available February 21, 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

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13 Responses to “Across the Worlds Event: The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

  1. Penny OlsonNo Gravatar
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    I think this world would be too brutal for me, but I’d love to read about it!

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  2. Viki S.No Gravatar
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    I’d rather not be in a world of war. It’s bad enough seeing countries destroying themselves here on Earth.

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  3. mary henaghenNo Gravatar
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    This sounds very interesting

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    Nope, too chicken. lol.

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  5. NatashaNo Gravatar
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    I would love to read about this world!

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  6. StephanieMNo Gravatar
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    I’d probably visit for a few minutes, admire the scenery then leave lol??This world seems super interesting!:)

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  7. Van P.No Gravatar
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    The world sounds interesting but I probably won’t last long in it.

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  8. Sophia DNo Gravatar
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    Hmm probably as it would awesome to see a dragon but only if I can make a quick exit!

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  9. OneidaNo Gravatar
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    I would love to live in this world, it would be so amazing with all the dragons and the way the people live!

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  10. MeiganNo Gravatar
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    Heck yes, I’d like to visit this world! The dragons eat people! It’s so refreshing to read about dragons who are actually dragons, instead of the sexed-up shifters I’ve been reading lately (not that there’s anything wrong with that, I like people-eating dragons AND sexy dragons ;-) )

    Thanks for the chance, this book sounds fantastic!

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  11. Kimberly VanderbloomNo Gravatar
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    Yes please war and dragons

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  12. John SmithNo Gravatar
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    “Would you want to visit this world?” But I’m already in this world, what do you mean? Regarding *that* world–maybe, maybe not.

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    yes i would!! It sounds awesome

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