I am super excited to have Katherine Roberts by the blog for another Fantasy Five Friday.
Could you give us the one sentence pitch of your book?
“King Arthur’s daughter, Rhianna Pendragon, sets out on a quest for the four magical Lights to restore her father’s soul to his body.”
Though that’s actually cheating a bit, because it describes the whole four-book series! In “Sword of Light”, Rhianna is just looking for the first Light, Excalibur.
Since you have a fantasy novel coming out, the next question I obviously have to ask is: If you were a fantastical creature, which would you be?
Ah, that’s easy! I love horses and espeially magical ones, so I’d be a unicorn. I already have a unicorn muse – he blogs at www.reclusivemuse.co.uk and tweets at www.twitter.com/reclusivemuse and is currently searching for his name. (There will be a competition soon to name him, so keep your eyes open…)
Do you have a favorite fantasy read?
I’ve enjoyed a lot of fantasy books, but my all-time favourite (because I’ve read it 11 times) has got to be JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. I think it was the first epic fantasy I read, and I loved the whole world of elves and dwarves, hobbits and dragons, magicians and heroes, and of course the sinister dark lord. There’s an echo of Lord of the Rings in my Pendragon Legacy books, with Mordred replacing the dark lord.
Generally speaking, which comes first: the world, the characters, or the plot?
For me, it’s usually the world. I sometimes base this on a real place or historical period, adding my own ideas with a bit of magic included. Then I invent some characters and bring them to life, and finally I let the characters tell me the plot…
They are always coming out with new editions of board games. If your book could be a special edition of any board game, which would you choose?
Mmm, interesting question! Perhaps Cleudo. (e.g. Who killed King Arthur? Mordred in the dungeon with the axe…)
Thank you so much for stopping by Katherine!
About Sword of Light:
It is the darkest hour of the darkest Age. King Arthur is dead, killed by his wicked nephew, Mordred. Saxon invaders rampage across the land and forces of evil are gathering. The path to the throne lies open to Arthur’s only remaining flesh and blood – Mordred. But there is one with a better claim than Mordred – Arthur’s secret child. Brought by Merlin to enchanted Avalon as a baby and raised there for protection, the king’s heir must take up a vital quest: to search for the four magical Lights with the power to restore Arthur’s soul to his body. Introducing Rhianna Pendragon: unlikely princess and Camelot’s last hope.