Hi, I’m Lou Hoffmann, and I’m very happy to be here on Rainbow Gold for the last official stop in my tour celebrating the release of Wraith Queen’s Veil. What I’ve decided to do is give you an idea of what is still in store for Lucky (aka Luccan Elieth Perdhro, Mannatha, Suth Chiell of the Ethran Sunlands). Because really, he hasn’t even turned sixteen yet, as Wraith Queen’s Veil draws to a close, and the Sunlands—indeed all of Ethra—is in fairly dire straits. There’s so much he has left to learn and so much more that must be done. And I, as author, have a plan to make that happen.
Before I tell you about that, though, there are couple of other important things to mention. One: at the end of this post, find out about a special giveaway just for this finale on Rainbow Gold. And, this is the last day to get 35% off either or both books in The Sun Child Chronicles with discount code SUNCHILD2, good at Harmony Ink or Dreamspinner Press stores.
Also, before I tell you a little about what’s in store for Lucky in the future, I want to reminisce a little about this blog tour—it’s been fun. Highlights:
Three author interviews;
Two (attempted) character interviews;
A bestiary of creatures in The SCC universe;
An exclusive excerpt;
A bit about magic and mayhem;
True confession—I’m pretty mean to my characters;
My little secret about Lucky;
About a condor shifter aiming out of this world;
How to play the game of Skie;
If you haven’t had the chance to follow the tour, find links to it all in this post on my Queerly YA blog: http://queerlyya.rainbow-gate.com/wraith-queens-veil-blog-tour-stops-links-are-here/, and enjoy the trip.
Now about the future for Lucky and the Sun Child Chronicles. First, let’s catch up. Here’s a short note about the happenings in book one, Key of Behliseth, and the blurb for Wraith Queen’s Veil:
Wraith Queen’s Veil is book two of The Sun Child Chronicles Series, sequel to Key of Behliseth. In book one, Lucky has been living in California as a homeless teen when a wizard, a warrior, and a truly evil witch draw him into a war for his forgotten home world, Ethra.
When Lucky arrives in Ethra, the world of his birth and destiny, he expects a joyful reunion, but the first thing he notices when he reaches the Sisterhold—his home—is something false behind his mother’s smile. In a matter of weeks, the Sisterhold becomes agitated with worries and war plans. People he trusts—like the wizard Thurlock—frequently can’t be found. His mother seems angry, especially with Lucky. Even Han Shieth, the warrior uncle he has come to rely on and love above all others, maintains a sullen silence toward him.
When Lucky’s resentment builds to the breaking point, his bad decisions put him and his friends, L’Aria and Zhevi, in unthinkable danger. Han arrives to help, but he can’t claim invulnerability to the hazards and evils that threaten at every turn. Events launch Lucky, alone, on a quest for he knows not what, but every step brings him closer to his identity and full strength. Self-knowledge, trust, and strength lead to smarter choices, but even his best efforts might not render his world truly safe, now or for the future.
Three more books are slated in order to tell the tale. Next is Ciarrah’s Light:
Who is Ciarrah? If you’ve read book one, you’ve already encountered her, but you’ll be more properly introduced at the end of Wraith Queen’s Veil, so I’m not telling here. Suffice it to say, Lucky, his boyfriend, his helpers, and all of his world will be glad she’s around as the events of this book unfold—including military campaigns and a quest to save the children of two worlds. Expect to see shifters, the undead, Terrathians, wizards, and dragons.
Book four is entitled The Triad of Kaynenh. (Which I just discovered I’ve been misspelling in a number of places around the web. Oops.)
Having faced down the horrors encountered in book three, Lucky now finds himself in a frightening position. His world is dying. The climate is changing. Water is disappearing. Magic is weakening and becoming unpredictable. The very stones speak of calamity. But the secrets that lie long buried under Ethra’s legendary highest peak, Gahabriohl, may spell disaster for two worlds.
Book five, the final installment in Lucky’s story, is Suth Chiell’s Conquest.
Ethra has experienced a brief period of peace and prosperity, but deep down things are not quite right, and a year and a half later, the imbalance begins to show itself in dangerous ways. Lucky has accomplished much, and grown into a truly remarkable and powerful individual, but this time he faces a brand new challenge. A journey through the underworld.
So there you have it—my nefarious plans to put Lucky and crew through various kinds of hell, all for the sake of a good read. Books three through five are in the WIP stages now, and it will be some time before they’re all available. In the meantime Wraith Queen’s Veil is here, and you can win a signed paperback copy simply by commenting on this post by 10/31/16. Please let me know what you think about any of this, or just say hi. If you have questions, ask—I’ll be happy to answer as much and as well as I can. Separately, the WQV release blog tour Rafflecopter giveaway also continues through 10/31—don’t forget to enter!
Thanks for joining me today on Rainbow Gold, which happens to be a very good place to keep up with what’s happening in LGBT-Q books. Happy reading, everyone.
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Mtsnow reviews Wraith Queen’s Veil by Lou Hoffman. Published by Harmony Ink Press, released October 6, 2016 – 350 pages.
Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
This story is magical, fantastical and sure to be a winner for young readers that enjoyed Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series, Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series, or even a touch of Madeline l’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time books. The cover is striking and colorful, and sure to appeal to those skimming bookshelves for a fantasy series to remember.
As we follow our hero, we get to see him work his way through mistakes, learn from them, and STILL be able to venture through his quest and take care of his responsibilities to all those that need him and his special gifts.
The writing is beautiful, intricate and VERY descriptive, but does not go over the head of a young reader. It paints pictures of the story, and everything for me was very easy to visualize in my mind’s eye. I could almost taste the words and feel the angst, fear, triumph, swoops, dips and highs as our main character Luccan, ‘Lucky’, worked and struggled his way back through this parallel world after 3 years of amnesia. This book IS NOT a standalone and it is important the reader gets the foundation for all of the characters through reading Book I – Key of Beliseth.
We meet so many supporting characters and I have to admit I personally like that, at the age of 15, well, Lucky being gay is a non-event. It just is. This is how I wish it was for every young person as they went through adolescence and beyond. The world would be a better place.
I wish we had more stories like this for young readers to pick up, in the libraries, at the discount store, or even on audio so that those that feel ‘different’ can have a hero they can relate too, making mistakes like we all do, but still getting where they need to be with the support of family, friends and what they themselves have deep down inside.
The writing is beautiful, lyrical, intricate and VERY descriptive, but does not go over the head of a young reader. It almost paints pictures of the story, and everything for me was very easy to visualize in my mind’s eye. This story has it all, for readers young and old, who love adventure, magic, and fantasy. Highly recommended series.
P.S. I like how Ethra is an Anagram of Earth…
9 of 10 pots of gold is equal to 4.5 of 5 stars or recommended 90% out of 100%
Lou Hoffmann has carried on her love affair with books for decades, yet she hasn’t even made a dent in the list of books she’d love to read—at least partly because the list keeps growing. She reads factual things—books about physics and history and fractal chaos, but when she wants truth, she looks for it in quality fiction. She loves all sorts of wonderful things: music and silence, laughter and tears, youth and age, sunshine and storms, forests and fields, flora and fauna, rivers and seas. Even good movies and popcorn! Those things help her breathe, and everyone she knows helps her write. (Special mention goes to (1) George the Lady Cat and (2) readers.) Proud to be a bisexual, biracial woman, Lou considers every person a treasure not to be taken for granted. In her life, she’s seen the world’s willingness to embrace differences change, change back, and change again in dozens of ways, but she has great hope for the world the youth of today will create. She writes for readers who find themselves anywhere on the spectrums of age and gender, aiming to create characters that live not only in their stories, but always in your imagination and your heart.