03 November 2014

Blog Tour (Giveaway): Endsinger (The Lotus War #3) by Jay Kristoff

I'm really happy to be a part of the blog tour for ENDSINGER (The Lotus War #3) by Jay Kristoff! Today, we have an interview with Jay, and people, this is your chance to win an ARC of ENDSINGER (US only)!

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Endsinger (The Lotus War #3) by Jay Kristoff.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult/Steampunk/Fantasy.
Publication: November 25st 2014.
The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium. With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear. With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the KagĂ© rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers. But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies. When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away. Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes. Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light. And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.

There is nothing a mother won't do to keep her children by her side.


I’m so thrilled to have Jay Kristoff, author of the amazing Lotus War series published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, here with us today! Endsinger, the third book in the series comes out this November.

Jay, thanks so much for being here today!

Endsinger is the third book in the Lotus War series--did you already know how the story was going to play out when you started writing the series or did you plan the story with each book?

Well, I didn’t even know the series would BE a series when I started out. When I began writing STORMDANCER, I was only just starting to try and break into publishing. I thought it’d be kind of arrogant to plan a trilogy when I didn’t even have an agent yet, so the original version of STORMDANCER was a standalone novel, and Yukiko died at the end of it. :P

After I got an agent, I was reliably informed series were easier to sell than one-shots, so I rewrote the ending and expanded the world and mythology a little more, so I’d have somewhere to go in books 2 & 3. Three years later, here we are!

If you had to describe Endsinger in three words, what would they be?

Bring your tissues.

You’ve probably been asked this before, but, are any of your characters based on people you know in real life?

Not overtly based, no. It’s not like you could point at Yukiko and say “Ok, that’s my sister” or whatever (that’d be a good way to have my sister stop talking to me, I think). But there are characteristics of people I know that are reflected in characters I write. I think you get the best characters that way – grounding them in what you know and what you’ve lived, and then just playing with the levels.

Where did your inspiration for Buruu come from?

Well, I had this pet griffon when I was a kid . . . ☺

I joke. I think there’s a lot of me in Buruu. If there was one character that I’d put most of myself into, I’d say it’d be him. He’s big and gruff and kinda scary looking, but underneath, he’s a bit of a puppy dog. He shares a lot of my world views, in terms of what humanity has done to the world we live in, and he can be very black and white about things, same as me. And you know, I speak in all caps all the time, so . . .

Can you share one of your favorite quotes from a book or movie with us?

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
― AndrĂ© Gide, Autumn Leaves

So let’s play a little “This or That”:

Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires. But good Stephen King style vampires. Not sparkly sexy ones.

Star Wars, Star Trek, or Battlestar Galactica?

BSG for sure. Just ignore the last half of the fourth series, because man they screwed that pooch good. D:

Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones?

I’ll let you know when (if) Thrones ever finishes! Good endings are hard to do well.

Print or E-Books?

Print. I like looking at my bookshelves. And you can’t sign a kindle. Plus, I stare at a computer all day now, so reading from one during downtime seems like a good way to go blind. ☺

Thanks again for joining us today, Jay!

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Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press & Tor UK. Part 3, ENDSINGER, will be released in November 2014. He's also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi... thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015. Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13520 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell. He does not believe in happy endings.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm thrilled that The Lotus War was able to gain enough momentum to become a trilogy! I know authors never start out expecting a series, but I bet they secretly hope for them. Hehe! I prefer eBooks because of the instant gratification factor, however print editions are a must for my favs. Great Q&A! :)

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.