Happy 2016 everyone! I'm excited to kick off my year by welcoming author Sara B. Larson back to the blog to answer a few questions about the final book in her YA fantasy series, Endure. I absolutely ADORE this series, so any day where I get to poke around in Sara's mind with an interview is a good day. I really hope you guys add this series to your lists if you've yet to meet Alexa!
What’s the one thing, aside from actually marrying Damian, that Alexa’s dream wedding would include?
Well, if she could have any dream, it would be for her family to be alive so they could be there. But a more realistic dream would be to wear the dress her mother wore to her wedding, though it was very simple and not nearly as ornate as would be expected of the new Queen of Antion. But it unfortunately was destroyed in the fire, so it would have to be a replica.
If Alexa and Damian were to write their own wedding vows, what are the first words each would say to the other on their big day?
To start her vows, Alexa would probably say something like: Damian, you are my safe place in the storms of life. You are the one who loves all of me, good or bad—my other half, and the one I love, more than words can express.
And Damian would start with: Alexa, I loved you long before you truly knew who I was, and I wake up every morning in awe that you somehow came to love me in return. I will spend the rest of my life cherishing you, loving you, and helping you to see how truly beautiful you are—in every way possible, inside and out.
For those of us who have never had to face down a black sorcerer, what are the top 3 things Alexa would say we need to watch out for should we find ourselves in that position one day?
Honestly, she’d probably tell you to run and hide, because you don’t really stand a chance. But barring that, she’d tell you to watch out for the fire they wield. Don’t try to pretend to be someone of a different gender, because all sorcerers can sense if you are a boy or girl. After what she learns in ENDURE she’d have even more warnings, but I can’t share them because it would be spoilery…
If Alexa ever found herself in young adult section of a bookstore/library in our world, who are a few of the heroines she would be most drawn to?
I’m sure she’d feel a lot of affinity for Katniss Everdeen, Celaena/Aelin, and Bitterblue. They’re all strong women who have endured and survived some horrific things in their lives, much like Alexa has by the end of ENDURE.
What one piece of advice would the Alexa at the end of Endure have for the young woman she was at the beginning of Defy?
With all the pain to come, there would also be unimaginable joy. That those moments of happiness are what would make it all worth it, even though it came at such a steep price that it often feels unbearable. But that’s when she looks to the sky to remember and to truly live.
Thanks so much for stopping by Sara!
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At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.
When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?
Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy, that is sure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.
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SARA B. LARSON
Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY, and the sequels IGNITE and ENDURE. 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 and their three children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the demise of naptime) 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.
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