Hey everyone! So, today, I am welcoming A.M. Manay, author of the paranormal November Snow Series as well as new YA fantasy release Hexborn. Below you will find an interview about her newest book. She's a fantastic writer, so definitely check it out!
So, what is Hexborn about?
Hexborn is the story of a young woman named Shiloh. She is a gifted wizard, but she has a medical condition that has rendered her an outcast. Behind the fun of wizards and knights and battles for the kingdom, Hexborn is about an outsider who works to become an insider. She must then begin to come to terms with what that means in a fundamentally unjust society.
Tell us a little more about that society.
Shiloh’s country, Bryn, is an absolute monarchy with a noble class determined to keep magical ability from spreading to the peasantry. They have draconian laws governing the lives of any commoners born with magical ability, forcing them into service to the church or to the king and forbidding most of them from having children.
I understand that there are two point-of-view characters in Hexborn. I assume one is Shiloh. Who is the other?
The second point-of-view character is Silas Hatch, a notorious wizard who works as King Rischar’s fixer. He is willing to do anything to preserve the stability of the kingdom. Over the course of the book, you slowly discover why that is the case. At the beginning of Hexborn, Silas is the one who brings Shiloh to court, though he harbors a number of suspicions about her.
What were some of your inspirations when creating Hexborn?
The political situation in Hexborn was largely inspired by the Tudor dynasty in England. You will see quite a few similarities between Rischar and Henry VIII. There are a number of connections to the English Reformation with respect to religious conflict in the series.
You do intend to continue the story of Hexborn?
Indeed. The sequel is about two thirds completed.