Sunday, May 18, 2014

To Bear An Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the TO BEAR AN IRON KEY Blog Tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter. Today we have a Good Versus Evil Guest Post by

 To Bear An Iron Key

 To Bear An Iron Key

Published: May 6th, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
To Bear an Iron Key is the first in a new and exciting series from acclaimed author Jackie Morse Kessler.

Five years ago, the young witch Bromwyn refused a gift from the powerful fairy king. Tonight, on Midsummer, that decision comes back to haunt her. When her best friend Rusty picks the wrong pocket, he and Bromwyn are all that stand between their village and the rampaging fairies who have pushed through the World Door. If they cannot outwit the fairy king and queen before the World Door closes at sunrise, the friends will lose everything—their village, Bromwyn's magic, and Rusty's life.

From To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler: "Bromwyn turned to face the burning fields. Reaching deep inside of herself, she closed her eyes and touched the core of her power, the place where her magic lived, where it connected her to all of Nature. She held onto that magic, let it fill her almost to the bursting point, and then she cast it out onto the fields. It blanketed the rows of spelt, and she felt as it rode the wind—Air—and then touched the grain—Earth—and then sizzled around the fire."

Good Versus Evil
By Jackie Morse Kessler
It would be so easy to say that the witches are the good guys and the fey are the bad guys—but nothing is really that simple, is it? Bromwyn, the protagonist, is an apprentice of Witchcraft, and she studies with her grandmother, the village Wise One, who is a witch of the Way of Death. That sounds like the grandmother, Niove, should be a bad guy—because death? Sort of scary and permanent, right? But Niove is definitely a good guy. Except she does something that could be considered not good at all, and could have devastating consequences. Bromwyn herself is a strong witch, and she is feared by most people in her village—including by her betrothed, who thinks of her magic as deviltry. So she’s a good guy, but the villagers see her as…well, maybe not a bad guy, but someone to be feared.

And then there are the fey. According to the stories the villagers tell one another, fairies are mischivious and fun loving and cause pranks. But the stories don’t touch on the truth: the fey are extremely dangerous—and if their guardian is not careful, the few will steal village children and eat their parents. (Nom!) But does this make them evil? They’re acting according to their nature. They can’t have children traditionally, so they steal human children to raise as their own. And is it their fault that their preferred food source isn’t happy to be considered food? The fey are the good guys of their own story.

Of course, TO BEAR AN IRON KEY isn’t their story. It’s Bromwyn’s. So…the fey are definitely the bad guys. J

Jackie is the author of the acclaimed YA series Riders of the Apocalypse, published by Harcourt/Graphia. The first two books in the quartet, HUNGER and RAGE, are YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers; in addition, HUNGER has been nominated for several awards and RAGE is an International Reading Association YA Choice.RAGE, LOSS and BREATH are Junior Library Guild selections.

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  1. Sound like a great book - thanks for sharing!

  2. Interesting! It sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway.


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