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Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Frozen Sun Saga #1) by Jill Criswell released in August in the Fantasy, Young Adult genre.
Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust. Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.
When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.
As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.
AUTHOR BIO:Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).
How a Trip North of the Wall Inspired My First Book
I’ve done a lot of traveling—fifty countries across six continents. People often ask me what my favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is. For the answer, you only have to look at my debut novel, Beasts of the Frozen Sun. It wouldn’t exist if I’d never traveled to the land of fire and ice.
Volcanos. Lava fields. Geysers. Glaciers. Fjords. The Northern Lights. The Midnight Sun. Ten-thousand waterfalls, some of which freeze solid in winter.
Traveling through Iceland sometimes feels like being on another planet—and I went there before it was trendy, before Game of Thrones turned it into a tourist destination. I was so fascinated by Iceland’s stark landscapes and Viking heritage that I wanted to write a story about it.
An idea took shape when I visited the Saga Museum (a wax museum depicting history and legends about ancient Iceland) in Reykjavik. There was an exhibit about an Irish princess named Melkorka Myrkjartansdottir, who was captured and enslaved by Vikings, and taken to Iceland against her will. According to historical evidence, many of the Vikings who settled Iceland stole women from Ireland and Scotland to be their wives and concubines.
I got an image in my mind of a girl standing on a shore in Ireland, watching a Viking longship sail toward her homeland, feeling terrified and awed. That was the seed that became Beasts of the Frozen Sun.
We only see Iseneld (my fictional, fantasy version of ancient Iceland) in flashbacks in Beasts of the Frozen Sun, but I’ll let you in on a secret: most of Book 2 of the Frozen Sun Saga takes place there.
Here are some real places in Iceland featured in Book 2:
Reynisfjara—a black-sand beach with basalt columns surrounding it and giant basalt pillars rising out of the rough surf.
Gullfoss—”Golden Falls” is a tiered waterfall that drops steeply into a narrow canyon.
Dettifoss—the largest, most powerful waterfall in Iceland (and second most powerful in all of Europe), featured in the opening of the sci-fi film Prometheus.
Berserkjahraun—a 4,000-year-old lava field named for two murdered Berserkers.
Jökulsárlón—a glacial lagoon with icebergs floating in it, and my favorite place in all of Iceland
Katla—It’s a glacier, sitting on top of a mountain, with an active volcano raging inside. It’s so amazing, I made it a central part of Book 2 (and also named my daughter after it).
This post is part of a Tour, you can find the schedule here: (http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/07/18/tour-sign-up-beasts-of-the-frozen-sun-by-jill-criswell/).
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- Signed hardback copy of Beasts of the Frozen Sun
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