Title: Crier’s War
Author: Nina Varela
Release Date: October 1, 2019
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the Crier’s War book tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. While I don’t have a review up here for the book, I will in the future. Today though I have a guest post to share from Nina Varela herself and I’m so excited to share it with you. I loved her response to my question and found it so open, honest and moving. I had such an emotional response to her words and it makes me love her and this book even more than I already did.
After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.
Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.
Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.
Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.
What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
I hope it’s fun. I hope it makes them feel seen. I feel strange asking for anything more than that. Like, yes, take away hope, take away a desire to change things for the better, but really, at the end of the day—I just want people to enjoy it. I want it to feel like an escape, maybe, into this world where things are simpler in a lot of ways and -phobias and -isms don’t exist and teenage girls can change everything and change it fast. I wrote it to be escapist in that way, which is kind of strange as obviously it’s not a particularly lighthearted book, but I think fantasy conflict is often very cathartic. It was for me. Like, projecting my fears and anger and everything into a story about androids and first love. Setting up this world that has all these problems and all this suffering and then saying, Don’t worry though, Crier and Ayla are going to make things better. I didn’t write it to be realistic, I wrote it for teenagers—especially queer teenagers—living in today’s world, wanting to just get lost somewhere else for a bit, wanting to maybe get found. I hope I wrote that well.
Nina Varela is a nationally awarded writer of screenplays and short fiction. She was born in New Orleans and raised on a hippie commune in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent most of her childhood playing in the Eno River, building faerie houses from moss and bark, and running barefoot through the woods. These days, Nina lives in Los Angeles with her writing partner and their tiny, ill-behaved dog. She tends to write stories about hard-won love and young people toppling the monarchy/patriarchy/whatever-archy. On a related note, she’s queer. On a less related note, she has strong feelings about hushpuppies and loves a good jambalaya. CRIER’S WAR is her first novel.
You can find Nina at any given coffee shop in the greater Los Angeles area, or at www.ninavarela.com.
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