Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
Also in this series: Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1)
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The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
I just finished reading Rosalyn Eves’ BLOOD ROSE REBELLION and whoa, what a story. For those of us who love historical fantasy, this is a must read. Recently, we had the chance to ask Rosalyn a few questions and she chose the one we really wanted answered!!! BLOOD ROSE REBELLION has a deliciously dark lore, which is based on Hungarian folk stories. Read on and see why Rosalyn chose this particular folklore.
Q. What lead you to explore Hungarian folklore?
Rosalyn: I lived in Hungary for about a year and a half, and I grew interested in Hungary’s rich—and often tragic—history. Despite that, I realized when I started to write Blood Rose Rebellion that I didn’t know very much about the accompanying folklore, so I ordered several folklore books and started reading.
I think what first decided me that I needed to include some of the folk stories was coming across the word lidércnyomás—one of the Hungarian words for night mare, or night terrors. In Hungarian folklore, the lidérc can take several forms, but one common form is that of a succubus (often revealed by its goose feet). The word lidércnyomás means literally the pressure of a lidérc weighing down on you. There was something both terrifying and evocative in that idea.
What I love about folklore in general is how it takes the mundane and prosaic and makes it magical by adding twists: speaking animals, feuds, actual magic, quests, and more. Folklore also tells us a lot about the culture that produces it, and I found Hungarian folklore to be no exception. For example, the lidérc. It’s a terrifying creature (hence the nightmares) and I read several stories of a lidérc draining away a lover’s life. But for all its terror, the lidérc has a kind of grotesque humor: the goose feet it sometimes bears, the fact that it often hatches from the egg of a black chicken or an egg that has been buried in manure. A perfect sort of nightmare for a somber people who still know how to laugh: one of their preeminent nineteenth-century poets (Petőfi Sándor, who also makes a brief cameo in my book) wrote, “I am Magyar. A somber soul, that’s me . . . But my face seems cheerful in times of woe,/Because I don’t want you to pity me.”
Some of the stories I read were gruesome: a jealous sister-in-law who murders her own children, a poor mother who slices flesh from her own legs to feed her children. Some were heroic—the swineherd who saves a princess from a twenty-four-headed dragon at the top of the World Tree. Some were humorous, like the peasant girl who tricks the devil and his wife and marries the king. But all of them spoke to a richly imaginative world, some of which I hope I captured in Blood Rose Rebellion.
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Many thanks to Rosalyn for answering our question and WOW, Hungarian folklore is very visceral, dark and for sure, imaginative! Be sure to enter the giveaway below and follow the blog tour to read reviews, more guest posts, interviews and chances to enter the giveaway!
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Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.
She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.
Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.
Her first novel, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, first in a YA historical fantasy trilogy, debuts Spring 2017 from Knopf/Random House.