Warriors of Wing and Flame
by Sara B. Larson
Published by Tor Teen
Releasing on October 27th, 2020
YA FICTION—Fantasy, Romance
Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson continues her enchanting YA fantasy duology with a timeless fairytale feel in an original voice.
The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world has been reopened. Paladin are once more living in the citadel where Zuhra and Inara grew up completely isolated by the magical hedge that trapped them there. Amidst the brewing conflict between the Paladin and humans looms the threat of Barloc, who has stolen Inara’s immense power and continues to elude the Paladin who are desperately searching for him.
In this sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light, Inara and Zuhra must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and for the boys who have captured their hearts. Together, they search for the strength within themselves to bridge the divide between the two worlds they inhabit, even as war threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—they love.
Congratulations on your next novel! What was your inspiration for the Sisters of Shadow and Light duology?
Thank you so much! More than anything, this is the story about the bond that can exist between sisters—whether biological, as is the case for Zuhra and Inara, or found sisters throughout your life. I am the oldest of five girls and I am extremely close with my sisters, so I wanted to write a story about that relationship. The love and devotion Zuhra and Inara have for one another carries them through some really hard stuff, as they navigate isolation, their emotionally broken mother, the effects of magic, learning to ride gryphons, meeting boys for the first, the return of the father they thought abandoned them, attacks from rakasa (monsters from another world), the threat of violence or war, and more.
How has your story outlining changed compared to when your first book was released?
Most of the story has stayed true to what I had planned, but one character did throw me a few curveballs—that I ended up loving. I don’t want to be spoilery, but I’ll tell you this much: he has green eyes and I loved getting to know him better.
What has been your favorite part of being an author so far?
The best part has been when I hear from readers who contact me to let me know how much my books mean to them. There’s something truly magical about having stories that once only existed in my mind get printed into a physical book that finds its way into stranger’s hands—and their hearts.
What are you hoping readers take away from this duology?
I would hope readers would see that they can conquer fear, anxiety, worry, and anything else that might beset them—and that their greatest power lies within them.
What was your favorite part of writing Warriors of Wing and Flame?
Definitely the kissing scenes and the final scene of the book. There was some serious build up to the kissing in this series and I loved finally getting to write those scenes!
If you could spend one day with Zuhra and Inara, what would you do? Are there any places you all would visit?
I would want to ride on a gryphon all over Visimperum, and definitely go visit the castle, and see the luxem magnam! If there was a way to visit both worlds without risking mortal danger, I would also love to see the citadel and the place where Zuhra and Inara grew up—especially that library!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Don’t ever give up! The difference between a published author and an unpublished author is persistence. Always work on getting better: learning about craft, polishing your prose, honing in on your character arcs and plot. Try to make each book you write better than the last. Do those things and you will get published.
Is there anything else you would like to let the readers know about Divided Fire?
Just that I know things are hard right now. I know people are hurting, frightened, stressed, you name it and we’re experiencing it. But I hope that if you pick up SOSAL and WOWAF that you will be transported away from the dumpster fire train wreck that is 2020 for a few hours—that these books will be a welcome escape where you can ride on the back of a gryphon, fall in love, fight battles, and overcome anything that stands in your way.
Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology (DARK BREAKS THE DAWN and BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT). She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.
BOOK BLOG TOUR
Up for grabs during this book blog and bookstagram tour will be five (5) finished copies of Warriors of Wing and Flame by Sara B. Larson! To enter to win, follow along on the blog tour. This giveaway will begin on November 18th and end on November 25th at 12:00 a.m. CST. It will be open to USA readers only. There will be 5 winners.