I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour for A Shadow Crown that is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was really excited to also be able to interview the author for this book!
How would you describe A Shadow Crown in one sentence?
Action-packed adventure filled with magical allies, enemies, and characters who may be both.
Can you introduce us to the main character(s) of A Shadow Crown?
A Shadow Crown has the same group of main characters as A Broken Blade. Keera is our POV character as she makes moves against the king with her newfound friends Riven, Syrra, Nikolai, and now the king’s own son, Killian. Each of them has their own strengths, their own skill sets, and definitely their own motivations which makes for a wild ride.
Do you know from the beginning how your books will end or do you let your characters decide their journey?
I have known the overall arc of the story since I began and have always known where the main characters would end up by the end of the series. But this book is where we get to meet and know a lot more of the side characters of this world, and there were quite a few that kept surprising me. One I had to even make into a bigger character moving forward because they were just so fun to write.
Do you have a favorite scene, moment, or quote from the book?
The scene that I remember most is Chapter 21 which is a flashback of Keera completing an assignment as Blade. It was a hard chapter to write and is definitely a hard chapter to read—I went back and forth on whether or not to include it so many times, but eventually realized that it’s important for readers to see the stakes of what Keera has done.
My favorite quote is one of Keera’s: A blade is a weapon that must be wielded. The king no longer wields me.
What is something readers will find in A Shadow Crown that they may not realize based on the
One of the main themes I was trying to weave into this story was the need for community connection for true healing to take place. That seed is planted in A Broken Blade, but in this book we get to see just how differently life in the Faeland is and how the loss of magic has impacted the Elverin so completely. Keera has started healing on her own, but through this book she really learns the importance of leaning on others for support and that true community is built to provide that.
What’s something you hope readers will take away from A Shadow Crown?
I hope they leave with a deeper understanding of Keera and how sharp the sting of cultural erosion can be. And I also hope the ending leaves them craving the next book.
What are three books you would recommend if someone enjoyed A Shadow Crown?
I think my readers would like the A. K. Mulford’s Five Crown of Okrith series. I also think the Sailor Moon manga would go over really well.
ABOUT THE BOOK
TITLE: A Shadow Crown
AUTHOR: Melissa Blair
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2023
The highly anticipated second installment of the fantasy saga that took BookTok by storm sees Keera navigate political scheming, backstabbing, and her own grief as she moves against the cruel king that holds her kingdom hostage.
To the kingdom, Keera is the king’s Blade, his most feared and trusted spy and assassin. But in the shadows, she works with Prince Killian and his Shadow—the dark, brooding Fae, Riven, who sets her blood on fire. Together, they plot to topple the crown that sits upon the king’s head.
A secret can only survive as long as its conspirators, and when nothing is as it seems, all are in danger. Keera swore she would never open her heart again after a loss she barely survived. But she will soon find she has more to lose than she ever imagined . . .
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melissa (she/her/kwe) is an Anishinaabekwe of mixed ancestry living in Turtle Island. She splits her time between Treaty 9 in Northern Ontario and the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg in Ottawa, Canada. She has a graduate degree in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, loves movies, and hates spoons. Melissa has a BookTok account where she discusses her favorite kinds of books including Indigenous and queer fiction, feminist literature, and non-fiction. A Broken Blade is her first novel.