As part of my ongoing launch this week, I’m going to be interviewing guest authors here and on the Facebook page. This will be a great way to discover new and exciting authors, and possibly win free copies of their work! My first, most distinguished guest is the one and only Nancy Chase, author of the fantastic fairytale The Seventh Magpie. Read on to learn more!
The Seventh Magpie is billed as a “dark fairy tale of loss and renewal”. I would possibly debate the tag “dark”; so many things these days are dark, and inasmuch as death, grief and despair are dark, this story has just as much darkness as a traditional Hans Christian Anderson tale. As far as calling it a fairy tale … it is on par with the aforementioned master, if not, in places, better.
[the writing is] minimal, yet laced with a lyricism that never feels dull.
In it, we witness young Princess Catrin sent away from her home and her father in the wake of her mother’s mysterious disappearance, left with a single token to remind her of what she left behind: a golden book, containing The Best Story in the World. It comes at a price, though—she can read but one page a day. The book, however, is confiscated for twelve long years, and when she finally has the chance to read it again, she defies this warning—to the loss of all she loves. Striking a bargain with seven devilish magpies, she sets out to redeem her losses, and save her life.
I’d like to take step back from my normal ramblings this week to dedicate a post to a newly published author whose work I’ve already come to admire, if through nothing other than the snippets of text and gorgeous illustrations she’s been sharing on Facebook and her website recently. I speak of course of Nancy Chase, whose debut novel The Seventh Magpie was launched to much fanfare yesterday. Nancy is holding a launch party all week on Facebook; I recommend you stop by for the chance to win artwork, signed copies, and more!
This is the description of the book:
“Princess Catrin is just a child when her mother vanishes, leaving her a cryptic legacy: a priceless magical book and the warning that if Catrin ever loses it, she’ll surely die. But she is a young woman on the brink of a whole new life when, in a moment of defiance, she forgets that warning and triggers a catastrophe that shatters all her hopes.
Stricken with grief and seeking a way to correct her terrible mistake, Catrin risks everything on a dangerous bargain. Too late, she realizes just how much more she has to lose.
With advice from a half-mad witch and help from companions she meets along the way, Catrin embarks on a desperate quest to defeat seven riddling Magpies—magical tricksters who can shapeshift into anything or anyone—and win back her book or face losing everything she holds dear.
With each step the stakes get higher, and there are secrets she still doesn’t suspect. How much is Catrin willing to sacrifice to finally unmask the Seventh Magpie?”
Doesn’t it just sound fantastic? Recently Nancy also shared the heartbreaking true story that inspired The Seventh Magpie; I recommend visiting her website to read it (it nearly had me in tears).
Needless to say, I’ve already ordered my copy through Amazon (click here to buy), and I can’t wait to lose myself in Nancy’s beautifully illustrated world of loss, despair and hope. I recommend you purchase a copy yourself, and leave a review if you do; as I said last week, your support is sometimes all we indie authors have!
Well done, Nancy!