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Of the Divine by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Of The Divine
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes





Henna is one of the most powerful sorcerers in the Order of Napthol, and her runes ’s runes tell her that the future of Kavet is balanced on the edge of the knife. The treaties between Kavet and the dragon-like race known as the Osei have become intolerable. The time has come for the royal house to magically challenge Osei dominion. Prince Verte, Henna' lover, is to serve as the nexus for the powerful but dangerous spell, with Naples--an untested young sorcerer from the Order of Napthol--a volatile but critical support to its creation.

Amid these plans, Dahlia Indathrone’s arrival in the city shouldn’t matter. She has no magic and no royal lineage, and yet, Henna immediately knows Dahlia is important. She just can’t see why. 

As their lives intertwine, the four will learn that they are pawns in a larger game, one played by the forces of the Abyss and of the Numen—the infernal and the divine. 

A game no mortal can ever hope to win.



The pride of Osei abruptly turned and dove. Serpentine bodies large enough to lift ships from the sea plummeted. They changed shape so close to the ground that the wind from their wings smacked the plaza like a hand, rattling or knocking over the light carts and tables the early morning merchants set up to display their wares. Henna squinted her eyes against the grit that smacked her face as the Osei landed with enough force to shatter their bodies had they been human.

People in the plaza scattered, scrambling away to hide in the shelter of surrounding buildings, but Henna couldn’t make her muscles move as the Osei queen looked around speculatively.

The creature had skin like liquid silver and eyes like barbed steel. As she crossed the plaza directly toward Henna’s frozen form, Henna recognized her. She was the only Osei queen who ever left her own territory to visit another Osei House.

The Queen of the First House, the Royal House of the Osei, was standing in the Kavet marketplace.

Henna felt all the blood drain from her face. Maybe farther. Was she bleeding onto the cobbles? Into the core of the earth?

“You know us,” the queen said. “That is convenient. You will inform the rulers of this land that we require their immediate presence.”


Guest Post

What made you choose to write a fantasy novel?
I can think of two key reasons I chose to write fantasy: one, because I love to build worlds, and two, because I needed a break from the world I already had.

Of course I love getting to know my characters and discovering their stories, but one of my favorite aspects of writing is the ability to develop the grand and miniscule parts of the world. Whenever I wrote a new novel, I always ended up doing more research and writing more detail about the world, magical systems, and cultures than I actually needed for the story-- much of my editing always involved paring away extra scenes and blocks of information I included purely for my own curiosity.

When I started Mancer in 2006 specifically, I had been publishing sci-fi/urban fantasy young adult novels for about eight years. I was struggling with the book I was working on, the fourth book of the Kiesha’ra Series, and decided I needed a break from Nyeusigrube, the world I had worked in since the summer after fifth grade. Unfortunately, Nyeusigrube is our world. To get away, I needed to go somewhere completely new.

So I went to Kavet, a small, somewhat isolated nation in a backwater area of Castra (a world I had played with for years, but hadn’t to date ever finished a novel in). I created a new city, entirely new characters, and new cultures, where I could play with creatures and types of magic there was no room left for in Nyeusigrube. I’ll admit, yes, dragons were a big draw-- dragons! Except for a brief reference at the end of Disappearing Isle, the possible next book in Nyeusigrube if I ever get to publishing it, dragons don’t exist in the world of the Den of Shadows series. But in Castra there are three (or four, depending on which scholar you ask) different breeds.

So, I suppose that’s the best summary of what drew me to fantasy: DRAGONS. And a generous dash of love (obsession?) for world-building.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote her first novel, In the Forests of the Night, when she was 13 years old. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, all ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults. She has also published the five-volume series The Kiesha’ra: Hawksong, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror List Selection; Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry; and Wyvernhail.

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Amelia Atwater-Rhodes will be awarding a limited edition print copy of the book *U.S. only* to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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