Oh my goodness, we haven’t done a Book Thursdays post in much too long. Fabulously enough, today is Thursday, and I have a special surprise – the cover of Lady Dragon, Tela Du by Kendra E. Ardnek. Yay!
Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?
Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.
The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?
I’ve been alpha reading this since Kendra started writing it, and it’s really great. Some of you remember the cover reveal of the first book in this series, Water Princess, Fire Prince, the cover reveal last summer, the review, and my interview with the main character, Clara. This year, Kendra’s releasing the next book in the series, and it’s wonderful.
If you’re not familiar with Kendra, here’s her bio.
Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.
Want a snippet of the book? Here’s one.
His hope of being the first one up died when he found Rintaya and Petra already awake and fixing breakfast. He shrugged. Oh well.
“Morning, sleepyhead,” said Petra, as he set his staff against the wall where hers already leaned. “I was wondering when you’d smell the bacon and come running.”
“Bacon? They have bacon here?”
“Well, it’s similar,” she admitted, shrugging. “It smells delicious and it’s meat. And there are eggs that came from birds, so we’ll call it close enough.”
“Sounds good to me,” said Reuben, nodding.
And a spark of inspiration for a theme in the book:
Author’s Note: “While a conversation of this sort never actually happened, it is something that I could have seen Granite telling Amber after they first met Petra. Yes, he loves her, but he never approves of Amber’s behavior, and he’s not afraid to call her out on her crimes. She never listens, and pretends that it doesn’t really bother her … but in truth, it does. It bothers her a lot that the man she loves refuses to stand with her on her pedestal.” – Kendra E. Ardnek
Oh! And before I forget, I also got to ask Amber and Petra, the two main characters in the book, as well as Kendra, the author, a few questions.
Me: Kendra, what surprised you the most about writing the final draft of this book?
Kendra: Petra as an INTJ. In the original drafts, she was supposed to be an ENFP like me, and then I changed her to an INFJ once I added Reuben. It was only this last draft where I figured out the truth and modified her accordingly. Reuben then became an ENFP, and I realized how much I’d always wanted to write an ENFP who wasn’t broken and afraid of who they were *coughcough*RobinandClara*coughcough*