It’s books like Joan’s that remind me why I strongly love reading fantasy.
Her book teleported me to a new realm, where I could sit with new characters (or attempt to run far far away were they could never find me) and chat about the goings of Nyla’s kingdom or maybe even Gwyndorr.
Did I mention that some of those characters have magical rocks and that they may play a big role in those characters’ lives?
Part of my heartache might have just come from those rocks and their influence, but thankfully I had this interview to look forward to help heal the ache. 😉
It is with so much joy and excitement to introduce the author of Heirs of Tirragyl, Joan Campbell!
About the Book
Love live the queen . . . ?
Since birth, Nyla has shared everything with her twin brother–royal tutors, the right to the throne of Tirragyl… even their soul. Many believe it wholly belongs to Alexor and should be returned to him regardless of the sacrifice–Nyla’s death. However, her future isn’t the only one in question.
A threat looms over the kingdom. The influential Lord Lucian intends to seize the Grotto, an underworld settlement known for harboring fugitives. And if legend is to be believed, it is also the hiding place of the most powerful of objects, the Guardian Rock. As Nyla fights for her life, she realizes she’s not only a soul heir but also the sole hope for the kingdom’s survival.
– Hi Joan! It is so good to have you back on the blog, though this time under Unicorn Quester. 😉 How has it been diving back into this series with book two?
It’s so good being here again – thank you. I’m very excited to be sharing Heirs of Tirragyl with you all. Of course, everyone is dying to know what happens next with Shara and Nicho, and book two continues their story. At the same time it follows Lord Lucian into the royal palace, where we meet Queen Nyla and her twin brother, King Alexor. This was a book I loved writing. I had learned to trust my creative process and I’d come to know my characters better, so it felt like the story just flowed onto the pages.
– I’m so glad you trusted your creative process! The book was very good. Speaking of, what was one of the most exciting things to continue from book one, whether that was plot, characters, or world building?
I think probably writing about places that had only been mentioned in book 1, especially the Guardian Grotto. In book 1, the Grotto was spoken of as this fabled place where the Parashi Warriors had their base. Many even doubted it existed. In book 2, I got to create this remarkable underground settlement populated by the Parashi resistance movement. Seeing it come to life was really amazing.
– The Guardian Grotto was amazing! It definitely lives up to those rumors mentioned in book one, though I might have been in agreement with Nicho about a certain character. 😉 If you could hang out with any of your characters, who would you want to hang out with? What would you guys do?
In Heirs of Tirragyl, Lohlyn—the queen’s protector—became one of my favorite characters. She’s an enigma, but also a deeply loyal friend to Nyla. And wow, is she good with swords and knives! She’d be an epic person to hang out with for a day. I’d probably get her to teach me some sword-fighting and archery, because it would make writing future fighting scenes so much easier.
– I would love to hang out with Lohlyn! Let me know when she comes by and I’m coming to visit you both! 😉 If you could go to the world of Heirs, what would you want to do? Who would you want to meet? Where would you want to visit?
One of the most interesting places in Heirs of Tirragyl is the Charab Village. To reach it you have to cross this rickety bridge over a deep canyon. The Charab have a fearsome reputation so you know as you’re crossing that bridge that someone is watching you…and they probably have an arrow pointed straight at your heart! But I loved the Charab people, their strength and deep sense of community, so—if I could survive the bridge crossing without being shot—that’s the place I’d go visit for a day. By the way, that rickety bridge spanning a gorge was inspired by the rope bridge over the beautiful Oribi gorge in South Africa.
– I second! The Charab Village was extremely fascinating and wouldn’t mind visiting for a day if they let me. Hopefully will see them again, which leads me to mention that I’m eagerly anticipating book three! Are you able to share any non-spoiler clues with readers as to what we can look forward to in book three?
Do you remember what happens in the Prologue of Chains of Gwyndorr? Hint: it involved digging. Well, that buried object finally reveals its secrets in Guardian of Ajalon, the final book of the trilogy. Cryptic enough :)?
– Oh!! Hopefully that means things will get better at some point then too! Lastly, what is one thing you hope readers will take away from this story?
I hope it imparts to my readers that our self-worth should never be based on other people’s assessment of us. Nyla is the queen, but—as Alexor’s twin sister—she is considered to be a ‘half-soul.’ Her people think of her as an accident or inconvenience. Yet Nyla has to learn that she is whole and valuable and has an important destiny to fulfil. Her friend Lohlyn says it best: “Your birth was no accident. The Ancient One ordained it thus.”
Each of us has to learn that we are created and deeply, deeply loved by God and that is what gives our lives value. And also that we can fulfil our own God-ordained purpose by letting Him direct our steps.
– I love this message so much, Joan! I’m so very thankful that we are deeply loved by an amazing God. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me!
Thank you Laura – it was really fun!
About the Author
Joan Campbell is notoriously bad at finishing things but, ever since she found the key to the portal, she’s been escaping into worlds far more intriguing than her own. In her word-spun worlds, magic can be harnessed, kings and queens rule supreme and ancient books contain coveted secrets. Her characters face division, danger, their own fallible natures and—ultimately—grace. While her husband and two daughters have learned to fend for themselves, a hungry whine or meow inevitably breaks the spell and brings Joan back to her everyday life in Johannesburg, South Africa. Here Joan wields a tennis racket instead of a longbow and trains writers instead of warriors, knowing full well that the pen is mightier than the sword. Chains of Gwyndorr was a gold medallist in the 2017 Illumination Book Awards.
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Calling all book readers! Join us as we celebrate Joan Campbell’s release of Heirs of Tirragyl, book two in The Poison Tree Path Chronicles, on October 14th from 10AM to 12PM EST (4PM South Africa Time, 9AM CDT, and 6AM PST).
Grab your favorite drink and snack and be prepared for a fun time of chatting with the author, games, and giveaways.
Special guests Morgan Busse and Jill Williamson will also be sharing their books and joining in the fun.