KW: I want to start off by saying a big THANK YOU to Kathi for allowing me to take over her blog today.
kls: *mumbles about the time and not having any coffee yet* *backhands a gesture at the wall sconces to illuminate the room with soft light* Mind your step. Didn’t get around to tidying.
KW: I know it wasn’t easy. There were negotiations with the flying monkeys, and although I believe we came to a firm understanding, I’m still trying to get some of the poop out of my hair. So… thanks for that.
kls: I hear poop is like mud. Good for the skin and all that. *glances at Krista and smothers a laugh with a cough* It looks good on you.
It was worth it, though, to have a chance to talk about about my NEW BOOK RELEASE *bows for the wave of cheers coming through the room.*
*switches off gramophone*
kls: You’re welcome. Don’t forget to toss the monkeys some chocolate covered bananas and turn down the sconces before you go. Have fun. *yawns*
KW: In June 2015, I released the first book in a brand new series, The Cadis Trilogy. If you’ve read any of my Meratis Trilogy, then you’ll likely have met Venn Connell, the spicy-tongued teenage assassin who has a bad habit of rushing into trouble and then talking her way into more.
As Meratis drew to an end, I knew I had to work more with her character. Her history is tragic and was something of a mystery even to me, and yet she brought such flair and comedy to the story that I knew she would give me lots to work with. And I was right.
The Cadis Trilogy takes place five years later after EVENLIGHT, book 3 of the Meratis Trilogy. Venn is 23 years old, and she’s gone from being an isolated killer to part of Feldall family. Her time living in the real world (our world) has given her a unique perspective on life and only increased her craving for more adventure.
Only now Andvell is at peace. The troubles of five years ago have been cleared up, and although Feldall territory is still faced with some refugees from the destroyed country of Cordelay, there’s not much to keep her stimulated. Until she’s tasked by Jasmine Feldall to visit her brother, Jayden, in the north of Andvell. The Andvellian ambassador, Jer Reddington, has gone missing in Margolin, and they’re hoping Venn might go and find him.
What starts off as a mundane little quest soon escalates into something far darker, with enchanted soldiers, giant bugs, and a blast from Venn’s past — her old mentor.
Having spent time with Venn across a variety of ages (her prequel short story, Heart of the City, set when she was thirteen years old, is available for free when you sign up for my mailing list), it’s been fascinating to see how she evolves.
She’s always been detached from the people around her. Isolation was her main philosophy.
Yet now she has Remy Herrigan, a Cordelayan scout working for Feldall’s militia, who has wormed her way into being Venn’s best friend, refusing to be put off by Venn’s swearing or blood-thirsty tendencies. She’s the compassionate one, the one determined to see what lies under the image people want to show. She’s clever and humble, and more than anything else: kind. Everything that Venn neither thinks she is or thinks she wants to be.
On her other side is Will Stanwell, the scholar and enchanter son of Maggie Stanwell, who had a large role to play in the Meratis Trilogy. Will is a bookworm. Tall, gangly, very intelligent, and absorbs knowledge like a sponge. He was infatuated with Venn from the first time he saw her, caught by her ruthless independence and confidence. Over the last five years, he’s fallen in love with her, and although Venn knows it and likes to play with the knowledge, she is determined not to feel the same way. But he’s just as stubborn as she is, and the back and forth, Venn’s questioning of her own character, gave me so much room to play.
The dynamic between the three companions leaves room for lots of humour and excitement as they try to unravel the mystery of Cadis, as I hope you’ll discover for yourselves!
FAQ: Does one need to have read the Meratis Trilogy prior to reading Cadis?
Nope! I do make references back to the old story, but did my best to explain as much as was required for Venn’s tale. If anything not explained in greater detail piques your interest, I hope you’ll go back and pick up EVENSONG (which happens to be free for your e-reader).
I intentionally designed BLOODLORE to be accessible to new readers. And to make it even more so, I’ve dropped the price to 99c from November 16 until November 18, and as of today you can officially pick up BLIGHTLORE!
Book 3 of the Cadis Trilogy, BLADELORE, is currently in process with a hopeful release time frame of March/April 2016.
About Krista: Known for witty, vivid characters, Krista Walsh never has more fun than getting them into trouble and taking her time getting them out. When not writing, she can be found walking, reading, gaming, or watching a film – anything to get lost in a good story. She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.