“When the storm came, it was made of magic, not rain, and when it had passed, the life and the city Hellne knew were changed forever.”
In Kim Alexander’s debut novel she weaves a witty, epic fantasy brimming with diverse characters and plenty of intrigue.
On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive.
On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old men and children still guard The Door between the worlds.
Bound by magic
Rhuun, the Prince of Eriis, uncovers a sultry book written by a human, sparking an obsession with the other world. When he is forced to flee Eriis he must escape through The Door or pay the price in blood.
Divided by a door
The humans of Mistra are not what Rhuun was expecting—and one insufferable young woman in particular is about to find out that the demons of Eriis are not mythological after all . . .
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had a very clear image of two people sitting at a campfire in a dark wood. The young woman was wearing a white party dress and had white hair, and the young man had black hair and red eyes. I knew he had kidnapped her, and I also knew she wasn’t afraid of him. In fact, it appeared she was teasing him about something. The image stayed with me, I had to know who they were and how they got there. As I found out more about them, I also learned about their worlds, their families, and how they were connected. They became my main characters, and I finally did figure out what she was teasing him about.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I started with the image of my main characters. Well, he needs a friend. And she needs a sister. And his friend needs a father, and her sister needs a teacher, and maybe the teacher is also somehow connected to my main character. My characters have been very good about revealing themselves to me. Sometimes a minor character decides he or she needs a starring role–I am happy to oblige.
She picked up a handful of twigs. “Bring me a bunch of these, and then a bunch of bigger ones. Brown ones, not green. And some leaves. Try to get dry ones.”
“How do you know how to do this? Isn’t it a farm thing? Or a servant thing?”
She looked at him curiously. “A servant thing? Making a fire? Did you get that idea from your book?” She supposed he had—the Duke always had a battalion of valets, chefs, butlers and maids, most nameless, lighting fires and gas lamps and cigars for him. “No, when we were children we would make a camp out on the back lawn. May and Rane, and even Scilla when she was old enough. We’d bring out food and hot drinks and pretend we were lost in the Great Old Forest. And we took turns and had contests to see who could build the best fire; we took great pride in them. Rane usually won, he had the best eye for balance back then. It was such fun! We called it Running Away from the Dem…” She turned pink and tossed her branch on the ground. “I can’t ever be kind to you, it seems.”
“That game sounds nice,” he said slowly. “Your family sounds nice.”
“Well, what sort of things did you play, growing up?” she asked. “Do you have many brothers and sisters?”
“No,” he answered.
“No, you don’t have a lot of siblings, or no, you didn’t play games like that?” It was like unknotting a necklace, with this one.
“No to both, actually. We are small and then we are expected to be what we are. Not so many games like that.”
She chewed her fingernail for a moment and came to a decision. “I’m going to do something, and I don’t want you to get angry or upset. Just stand still.”
As she approached him, she could see the effort it took for him not to draw back. She reached up and put her arms around his neck, and after a moment she felt the tension drain from his shoulders. He closed his eyes and rested his cheek against her smooth, cool hair. She heard him sigh softly as he leaned against her.
“Now,” she said, stepping back, “let’s build a fire.”
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