On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Kate Avery Ellison for
Days of Fantasy for Christmas
A Gift of Poison
(The Kingmakers' War #1)
By Kate Avery Ellison
Paperback & ebook, 218 Pages
October 12th 2014
Bestselling Amazon author of The Frost Chronicles, Kate Avery Ellison, delivers a fantasy novel packed with clever betrayals, surprising twists, and many moments of delicious vindication for its scrappy heroine. This is a must-read for fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study, Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief, and Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes.
This is the clever, heartbreaking, intricate YA fantasy you've always wanted to read.
Briand Varryda has always been too clever for her own good. She’s quick with knives and even quicker with cards. She can scramble up a castle wall. She can ride a bad-tempered stallion with her arms tied behind her back.
But it’s never been enough. She’s useless in the eyes of everyone on her uncle’s estate. A guttersnipe. An orphan. An annoyance. Even Kael, the handsome, enigmatic steward of her uncle who has protected her from her uncle’s wrath too many times already, sees her as nothing but trouble to him.
But when Briand drinks of vial of poisoned venom that grants the drinker the power to control dragons, she becomes the opposite of useless.
She becomes the one thing that might win the war.
Kael, she quickly discovers, is a Monarchist spy. Leader of a band of rebels. About to embark on a dangerous mission. And he and his crew desperately need Briand’s new skills.
Nobody is happy about the situation, least of all Briand, but she doesn’t have a choice. Terrifying magic users called Seekers are now hunting her and her powers. She is plunged into a world of danger, betrayal, and secrets. A world in which friends turn into traitors. A world in which she might be falling for Kael. A world in which she is determined to prove that she is not useless.
Briand is going to need all her cleverness to survive.
What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
The part where I am daydreaming and brainstorming about the fantastical worlds that my stories are set in. My Frost Chronicles series had one of my favorite settings of all the stories I’ve written—a harsh, icy landscape of snow and forest, with monsters that came out only at night and were repelled by these strange blue flowers that bloomed even in the snow. It’s like getting to be a kid again when I am imagining what the story’s setting and world will be like. I love it.
What’s your least-favorite part of the writing process?
I loathe writing the end of a book. I don’t know why, but I find that final bit of the process excruciating. I guess I just don’t like ending things. I usually cope with chocolate and donuts.
What books have you read and loved lately?
I just finished The Cruel Prince by Holly Black and I adored it. Also, I recently devoured, and I mean devoured, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. Don’t let the inspirational fiction-y title deter you. It’s a weird, beautiful, twisted fantasy and I am obsessed with it.
Best news you’ve heard all day?
I just read online that Disney is making a show about Loki for their new streaming site. And it will be played by Tom Hiddleston. Disney, take my money. Take all my money right now. Also, a record number of women were elected to Congress in the midterm elections, which is awesome.
What’s your favorite month and why is it October?
Seriously, I feel like we should just all accept the fact that October is objectively the best month of the year. It’s got fall. It’s got crisp mornings and blustery afternoons and that magical slant of the sunlight as the days get shorter. It’s got riots of color in the changing leaves. It’s got Halloween and hayrides and haunted houses. Anne Shirley didn’t want to live in a world without Octobers and neither do I. As a runner-up, I do like December despite the hectic insanity of the holidays.
Who is your ideal reader of your books?
My ideal reader is someone who loves young adult fantasy with strong and emotionally resilient heroines, quirky side characters, a bit of witty banter, and at least one or two unexpected twists or reveals. They might also be fans of Robin Mckinley, Megan Whalen Turner, Holly Black, Melina Marchetta, or Susan Ee.
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About the Author
Kate Avery Ellison wishes she could live in a place where it's always October, but until that's possible, she makes her home in humid Atlanta with her husband, two children, and two cats. When she isn't dreaming up her next novel, Kate can be found binging her favorite shows on Netflix, reading on her Kindle, and dancing in her kitchen.
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December 3rd: Morgan L. Busse - Mark of the Raven
December 4th: Evangeline Denmark - Curio
December 5th: Kate Avery Ellison - A Gift of Poison
December 6th: J.M. Hackman - Spark
December 7th: Ronie Kendig - Embers
December 8th: C.E. Laureano - Oath of the Brotherhood
December 9th: Belle Malory - The Twelfth Keeper
December 10th: Melissa McShane - Voyager of the Crown
December 11th: J. Ellen Ross - The Remembered Queen
December 12th: Jennifer Silverwood - Silver Hollow
December 13th: Melissa Wright - Blood & Brute & Ginger Root
December 14th: Morgan Wylie - The Age of Alandria Series
Grand Prize #1: Winner will receive a FIRE HD 8 TABLET along with the following ebooks (open to those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area can receive Kindle gifted copies of ebooks):
- CURIO, MARK OF BLOOD and ALCHEMY (The Curio Prequel), and THE ICE CHILD (a holiday novelette) by Evangeline Denmark
- A GIFT OF POISON by Kate Avery Ellison
- THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
- SERVANT O THE CROWN or VOYAGER OF THE CROWN (winner's choice) by Melissa McShane
- THE REMEMBERED QUEEN by J. Ellen Ross
- SILVER HOLLOW by Jennifer Silverwood
- THE FREY SAGA (Books 1-3) ebook box set by Melissa Wright
Grand Prize #2: Winner will receive the following print books (open to continental US residents):
- ORPHAN'S SONG by Gillian Bronte Adams
- MARK OF THE RAVEN by Morgan L. Busse
- SPARK by J.M. Hackman
- ABIASSA'S FIRE 3-book collection by Ronie Kendig
- The complete set of SONG OF SEARE TRILOGY by C.E. Laureano
- SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie
Ends December 19, 2018