Lexi: We recently celebrated our guest’s RITA win for THE PAGES OF THE MIND! And now we get to have her back to talk about her newest release in the series, welcome Jeffe Kennedy!
Thanks, Lexi! You gals have been with me from the beginning, so it’s super fun to celebrate that career milestone with you. 😊
Lexi: The wine has been chilled, we’ll do white since it’s still summery out, and the book has been read. THE SHIFT OF THE TIDE is as fabulous as the previous books! And we get to see a lot more of the dragon, Kiraka! Were you excited to reveal more of Kiraka’s character?
Oh yes – love that white wine in hot weather! We have a lot of summer left here, for sure. And yay! Thrilled that you liked the book! Kiraka is an interesting character, isn’t she? She was fun to write and I was excited to get back to her. She’s cagey though. I might have to write her story at some point, to get into her head.
Lexi: Don’t worry, dear readers, there is so much more than dragon’s and finding answers to the magic. There’s romance! I loved that one of Ursula’s Hawks, Marskal, is the love interest for our lovely shifter. The honor, the sheer stubbornness, and the strength he has is such a signature for being a Hawk. What would you say was the toughest thing for Marskal to let go of?
Oh, I love that analysis of the basic requirements for being one of the Hawks! It’s true that not only must they be very good at their profession and fighting skills, but they must possess endurance and the ability to persevere in the face of obstacles. I think the first thing that Marskal had to let go of the secret that he’s been in love with Zynda from afar. He considered her out of his reach and had been determined never to reveal his feelings—maybe even to the point of not really acknowledging them to himself. He was reconciled to indulging his fascination with her by observing her habits when she wouldn’t notice, but then he’s put into the position, again and again, of revealing himself. Once he does, he’s unflinching about it—and he’s willing to give up everything else for the possibility of being with her.
Lexi: Dragons, romance, and Deyrr…oh my! In the beginning, Zynda is swimming in dolphin form and encounters a shark that had the zombie-like stink of Deyrr. This is a big story arc. I don’t want to give anything away, but once I got to the end I was excited to realize we will get more from the Uncharted Realms! What is your favorite characteristic of the Deyrr?
Ooh, “favorite” feels like the wrong word. The arcane and twisted practice of the Deyrr death magic is fascinating, however, because it’s the mirror side of the life-giving magic that the Tala and others enjoy. It’s the dark side of shapeshifting—and also links into the infant mortality the Tala suffer.
And yes! The story continues in The Arrows of the Heart, and I’m pretty sure one more after that. At least. But those two should tie up this arc.
Lexi: So much to love and so much to look forward to. Which, in my opinion, makes a five wine book! Cheers to the release of THE SHIFT OF THE TIDE! Till next time, Jeffe!
Yay for five wines!!! Can’t wait to read the review. 😊