Today, we are thrilled to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Kingdom of Ash & Briars by Hannah West. We think this new YA fantasy sounds just dreamy, and we think you’ll agree.
Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular and wholly original debut.
Bristal, a sixteen-year-old kitchen maid, lands in a fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera. Bristal joins the ranks of Brack and Tamarice without knowing that one of them has a dark secret . . . Tamarice is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm’s nobility and take charge herself. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard Nissera against black elicromancy. There are cursed princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle—all with the hope of preserving peace.
And now, here’s an introduction from Hannah and her fantasy dream cast for Kingdom of Ash & Briars:
Casting characters with familiar faces can make physical descriptions and even mannerisms easier to write. Sometimes I choose celebrities. Other times I just search through senior portrait photography on Pinterest and try to find a rando who fits my character better than any celebrity I can think of. But the KOAAB cast is pretty star-studded and fun!
Bristal actually takes on several appearances throughout the course of the novel – it would be interesting to see how a handful of different actors would establish common Bristal-esque mannerisms or expressions. I would also love to see the nuance these actors would bring to the KOAAB version of some familiar fairytale characters.
That seems like a pretty dreamy cast of characters to picture while reading, no?
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Be sure to tune in to all of the stops on the Kingdom of Ash & Briars tour for more fantastic content & to learn more about the world Hannah created!