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Title: Avery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1)
Author: Charlotte McConaghy
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The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.
For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava’s plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.
Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .
In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?
Avery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds.
Now Available: THORNE (The Chronicles of Kaya #2)
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Guest Post from Charlotte McConaghy:
Favorite Literary Characters
Thank you for having me on the blog today! It’s a pleasure to be here. In celebration of my novel Avery and this tour, I thought I’d talk about my favorite literary characters.
- Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou is everything I wish I could be – bitingly smart, funny, brave and selfless, but most of all resilient. She takes on some pretty crazy stuff and she does it with aplomb.
- Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
You can’t really have Karou without Akiva, and vice versa. This is one of the most gorgeous love stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, and it works so well because the characters are complex, flawed, full of strengths and the perfect compliments to each other.
- Darrow from Red Rising by Pierce Brown
If I could marry a fictional character, it would be Darrow. Honestly, he’s just the best. The strength he finds throughout the novel is inspiring, and I always love a character who can outsmart his enemies and seek revenge with a smile on his face. He’s an underdog with more courage than every one of his so called ‘betters’.
- Froi from Froi of The Exiles by Melina Marchetta
It’s pretty amazing to be able to take a character from her first novel – a small, scruffy thief who doesn’t speak English and who is defined by the violence of his actions – and turn him into a young man with enough courage and integrityto step up and change a nation. Froi’s transformation over the course of the series is dazzling, and such a wonder to read.
- Jane from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
One of the best characters in classical literature, Jane Eyre sings on the page because she is neither beautiful nor privileged, but rather smart and soulful and full of yearning. It’s this yearning, I think, that makes her so engaging, and the quick wits that allow her to keep up with the intensely intimidating Mr. Rochester.
- Jake Marlow from The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
Writing a character who happens to be over two hundred years old is no easy feat, but Duncan manages to imbue Jake with a far superior intelligence than anyone else in the book – the result of his abnormally long life filled with reading and education. Jake’s intelligence is incredible, his poetic narration both confronting and poignant. He’s a deep thinker, and he makes you think more deeply as you read.
- Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
This chick can – and will – do anything. She’s super tough, kickass and completely selfless. We need more amazing female heroines like Katsa.
- KatnissEverdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Also why I chose Katniss – I love powerful female leads in books, who aren’t driven by men or love, but by their own needs and desires.
- ‘A’ from Everyday by David Levithan
A is an example of the farthest reaches of human kindness. He is the most generous, compassionate, selfless character I have ever encountered in a book, and this sounds like it could be saccharine, but it isn’t – it’s intensely moving, and a reminder of how we should be treating each other.
10. Ava from Avery by me!
Ava is the protagonist of my novel – she’s resilient, determined and secretly very sweet – but to believe me you’ll just have to read the book and decide for yourselves!
About the Author:
Charlotte started writing her children’s fantasy series ‘The Strangers of Paragor’ as a teenager and has since gone on to publish five novels. After a Masters degree in Screenwriting she wrote ‘Avery’, the first in her adult fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and has just released a new dystopian sci-fi novel called ‘Fury – Book One of The Cure’, published by Momentum.
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