Welcome to our stop on THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN tour for Chelsea Pitcher. I'm thrilled that Rock Star Tours let me join in, I can't say enough wonderful things about this author and her novels and I want to spread the word about them every chance I get!
Chelsea has been kind enough to provide us with an AWESOME guest post, all about fantastic faeries and while you're here don't forget to enter the giveaway for one of two signed copies!
About The Book
A FAERIE REVOLUTION . . .
After risking her life in the mortal world, the faerie princess Elora returns home to incite a revolution. Allied with the Bright Queen, Elora rallies her people for a battle aimed at overthrowing her mother, the Dark Queen. While some question their ability to win, Elora senses victory, knowing she has a secret weapon: Taylor, the human boy she loves, and a motley crew of his school friends, each armed with a skill that can turn the tide of the coming battle.
A MORTAL SACRIFICE . . .
But then Elora's supporters in the Dark Court turn on her, believing she has forsaken them in favor of humans. When the Dark Queen kidnaps two of her human friends, Elora must mount a daring rescue mission to free them before her mother offers them up as a sacrifice.
Fantastic Faeries: 5 Things Most People Don't Know (with excerpts!)
1. There was a time when the faerie courts didn’t exist. In the beginning, all faeries were wild, and governed themselves. But in the Middle Ages, when human expansion became a threat to the faeries’ existence, the dark faeries rose up to stop them:
After a moment of heavy silence, Kylie began putting the pieces together in that careful way of hers. “So after humanity started poisoning the faeries, and took over their lands, the dark faeries decided to fight back. Okay. Where do the bright faeries come in?”
“How did you put it?” Taylor mused, looking at me. His gaze flickered to my back, where dark wings unfurled like shadows. I turned away. “All faeries believe the earth is to be protected, because the earth is like their body,” he said. “But while the dark faeries are willing to protect the earth by any means necessary, the bright faeries believe humans are part of the earth, and fall under their protection.”
2. Faeries believe it is against nature to take unwilling lives. They can only kill someone if that person tries to harm them first, or if both parties agree to go into battle. (Or if a mortal wanders willingly into the ocean, seeking the kiss of a water nymph.)
3. Because faeries can’t lie, they can’t tell fables about things that didn’t occur. Still, they’ve found a way around this, as Elora explains here:
“Surely, we can tell stories of things that have come to pass. But ‘fairy tales,’ as you call them, or stories that we have made up to entertain children, cannot simply be spoken, for speaking them would be a lie. Therefore, we must use glamour to illustrate what we are saying, and in this way, we are no longer lying. We are merely describing that which dances before our eyes.”
4. Many legends agree that faeries have an aversion to iron. In the Middle Ages, people hung iron on their doors, horses, and clothing to keep faeries away. Following this logic, all faeries would be vegetarians, because their bodies wouldn’t be able to process the iron in meat!
5. Sure, faeries can’t lie, but they still use their words to deceive. See if you can spot Taylor’s mistake here, when he asks Maya de Lyre (a faerie attendant to the Queen) about a missing classmate:
Maya de Lyre frowned, her hair flickering like I’d struck a nerve. Slowly, that light trickled back into her.
“Ah, so you’ve met him?” I asked. “Brad, I mean. The asshole of Unity High.”
“The Queen told me to take him home.”
“And you already did?” Vertigo washed over me. Something about her wording felt familiar, like it had been rehearsed. “How long was I asleep? Or is he, like, tied up somewhere, waiting to be transported?”
She laughed. “Don’t worry so much, darling. The path to the mortal world can be treacherous, or it can be swift. If you travel to the sea of the Undulari, there are merfolk who will carry a mortal through the waterways without harming him in the slightest.”
“So he really is gone.” I should’ve felt relieved, but cold dread was settling over me. Pressing into me. If Brad was gone, I was definitely the offering the Seelie Queen had wanted. She wasn’t changing her mind, calling Brad back, and releasing me. She wanted me for some nefarious purpose, and even her closest confidants didn’t know why.
Thanks so much for reading (and thank you to Amber for having me!!!) I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
About The Author
Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for wicked faerie tales. She began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light. She is the author of THE S-WORD (Simon and Schuster), THE LAST CHANGELING (Flux), and THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN (Flux 2015).
2 winners will receive a signed finished copy of THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN, US/Canada Only.
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