Yes, we’ve finally come to the end of Bookania. There will not be any more until the next time. And I don’t know when the next time will be. Instead I’m showing you the other thing Kendra had been working on: the cover for Lady Dragon, Tela Du, Book 2 of The Rizkaland Legends. The book I’ve been beta reading, the twisty book. I believe I’ve mentioned it before. It’s good. Well what I’ve read so far has been and I’m pretty certain it will continue.
~About the book~
Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?
Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.
The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?
Well it seems that Rizkaland does ask it. And that matters are even more twisted than hinted at there. At three fifths through the book I have no idea how it’s going to play out. But I’m sure she couldn’t do it without Reuben. She needs his optimism to balance her and his love to calm her down. Even when he’s the cause of the annoyance. Besides it would have been awkward if he hadn’t been there. How could she explain that she went to a fantasy world without him, when he’s the one who reads books about them?
And now we have another picture Kendra has a huge collection of pictures for the series.
Let’s see what she has to say about this one.
I got to do a mini interview with Kendra, Petra and Amber. This was the question I put to them: If you could change one thing in your past what would it be?
Kendra: I’m not really sure. While there are a lot of things in my life that I regret, I’m not sure what elements I could change that wouldn’t take away the things I don’t regret. Maybe my dad not losing his job so many times… or no. I made a small business mistake in the early days of my publication that has cost me very dearly financially, and I wish very much that I could go back and fix it.
Petra: Not have my sisters disappear and everyone else forget about them. And Reuben’s brother, while I’m at it.
Amber: When you live six thousand years, you gain many regrets. There is no one thing that I wish I could change … but in six thousand years, you also learn that it’s pointless to worry over those changes. Instead you must learn to make the best of them for a better tomorrow.
Or a worse tomorrow. Amber’s view of better isn’t the same as mine. What’s better for her isn’t always good for other people. She is an extremely interesting nuanced villain. And slightly insane. Also very dangerous. Among many other things, she has the ability to turn people into statues of ice. And it’s summer time so they melt. But if that isn’t quick enough she can always turn into a dragon and use fire. Yes, the Lady Dragon.
Isn’t it lovely? All purple and red and amber. Or is the background gold? I’m not completely certain myself. I think amber is a slightly darker, richer colour. On the other hand Amber’s colour is red. And Petra’s is purple as you can see below.
Actually that’s Kendra and it’s more of a blue. But Petra and Amber both look a bit like that, so it will work well enough. Except in my mind Petra looks like this pin. But she should have glasses. Reuben has glasses too. And so do I, despite the lack of them in my picture.
And just in case you were still unaware of exactly who Kendra is, we have this lovely bit of writing:
Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.
From what I understand the giraffes are in general, no bigger than the nutcrackers.
Lady Dragon, Tela Du will be coming in out in October I believe. That’s two months. Which might sound like a while to wait but it will go very quickly.
Also read the snippet below and the first chapter here.
The cover design was done by Kendra’s cousin Benjamin Ingalls
“We shall see if your words are true,” said Laura, taking a step backward. The Hall rumbled, and from the floor where the Doorkeeper had stood rose a red table. Its top opened to reveal two knives, one with a blade of jade, the other of jasper.
“These are the only weapons that can pierce the immortality that shields your parents,” Laura explained. “Step forth and take them up.”
Amber let go of Granite’s hand as they both instinctively stepped to opposite sides of the table, and did as Laura bid. Amber took the jade knife, Granite, the jasper.
“But before they can claim your parents lives, they must taste your blood, that your bond may be formed,” Laura continued.
Amber gave a small gasp and glanced at Laura in a slight panic. “Blood magic? But you forbid my experimentation with this foul art!”
“Experimentation, yes, but this is no experiment,” Laura answered, her voice suddenly heavy.
This is a very interesting snippet. It’s actually from back thousands of years before when Amber was once good. Now she is immortal and is going to be killed. There’s a connection there. I’m looking forward to finding out exactly how it ties together.