Hello everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Heir to the Sky! I’m very excited for this book, so it’s amazing that I get to host the author, Amanda Sun on my blog today! There’s a lot in this post, so make sure you check it all out! There’s a guest post from a character in the book, a giveaway, and the rest of the tour schedule. In case you haven’t heard about this book before, here’s some information about it:
Heir to the Sky
Author: Amanda Sun
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Pub Date: April 26, 216
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.
When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.
Doesn’t it sound amazing?! Without further ado, I’ll turn the mic over to Amanda–or, should I say, Griffin 😉
Top 10 Most Dangerous Monsters, According to Griffin
10. Dream Catchers – these camouflaged snakes hide up high in dying trees where they usually prey on songbirds and squirrels. They use their antennae to spark dreams of red blossoms into their victims’ minds to lull them into a relaxed state—works for birds at least. Have been known to go after bigger prey like humans and even baby dragons. That doesn’t usually end well, though.
9. Basilisks – the standard mountain ones are okay, but avoid the ones in the swamps. Pesky and persistent, they can follow you for days. Their downfall? They’re also incredibly stupid; I’ve seen them run right off cliffs in a frenzy. Their scales make excellent armor. They’re lightweight and incredibly tough. Too bad they also disintegrate after a few months.
8. Griffins – my namesake, although I don’t want to talk about why. The first monster I ever hunted, griffins are grand and daunting. They look majestic when they’re circling in the sky. Much less magical when their hungry beak bursts through your window.
7. Karus – Giant wolves with fierce sharp teeth, these guys hunt in packs and can weigh up to 200 pounds. Better to beat them at their own game and take them down with other monster hunters. If not, take to the trees–with all that body weight, they’re shoddy climbers.
6. Chimera – It’s got multiple heads and they all want to eat you for lunch. On top of that, its tail, a living snake, lunges with fangs full of deadly venom. Good thing is it’s slow on its feet, so if you can split up with your group while running, it’ll get mixed messages through the different heads and stumble.
5. Leviathans – particularly Dark ones, which live in the oceans. These sea serpents usually snack on whole schools of fish in one go, but even a drop of blood in the water will alert their sonars to hunt bigger prey. Avoid dark waters or you might be lunch.
4. Behemoths – These beasts are half the size of Storm Dragons and roam the Fire Plains, among other places. Their hides are so tough even poisoned arrows and daggers can’t get through. Best weapon to defend yourself? A spear made from the behemoth’s own jagged fang.
3. Hazus – Think flying, angry chicken with a razor sharp beak. These things soar near the southern mountain range, and a single plume is taller than a human. Best to avoid by draping yourself in a karu fur–they hate fighting those vicious packs.
2. Dragons – Whether Storm, Oak or Eastern Red Wing, these things are a nasty bunch. Avoid, run, and take cover. Poison arrows are a must. Look them in the eye, and it’s over.
1. Phoenix – if it still exists, that is. Kali thinks it’s benevolent, but I’m not so sure. I never meant a monster that didn’t think humans were just a snack to-go. A fiery, winged beast with a sharp beak and claws? Kali better be right, and if not, then I hope they’re either extinct or just a myth. I can’t think of anything more dangerous than a creature that ripped the earth in two and flung the floating continents into the sky.
Alex here–I don’t know about you, but this world sounds pretty terrifying! As much as I love dragons and phoenixes, I don’t think I’d stand a chance against them. If you want to learn more about these monsters and see our heroes go face to face with them, check out Heir to the Sky! You won’t regret it!
There’s a giveaway going on along with the tour for 3 finished copies of Heir to the Sky! (US only)