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Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.
Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell’s breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.
Zhen Ni, Skybright’s former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.
As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.
Hey Cindy! Your new cover is gorgeous! Thanks so much for being here today.We had some writing questions for you …
Are you a plotter or a panster, and what do those terms mean to you? Did you know where you were going with the story in your sequel, and what was the hardest part of writing the second book? What was the most satisfying, the most fun?
I am definitely a pantser as I don’t like to outline or plan too much for my novels. It’s funny in that I’m very organized in every other aspect of my life. As in, I was thinking about our ten year anniversary while we were celebrating our fifth! But with writing, I get really frou frou. I can’t say I’m a true pantser, as I know writers who sit down and know absolutely nothing about the book and simply let the muse lead them. For me, before I start a novel, I will have (ideally) brainstormed enough that I have 5 or 6 key scenes in mind. I don’t know where or how they fit, but I know they are part of the story. These scenes serve as markers while I write the novel.
I knew much of the main plot points for the sequel, as I had had an excellent brainstorming session with Delia Sherman, Holly Black, and Sarah Rees Brennan. (Sacrifice is dedicated to them!) I think one of the biggest challenges was that Sacrifice was told from a trio pov. I had thought at first it would just be dual pov, but after the first draft, I realized that we needed Kai Sen’s pov as well.
I love wrapping up a storyline and writing a great denouement. For me, those were the most satisfying parts of writing this novel!
Thanks so much Cindy! It’s always interesting to see how different authors like to work and I know we’re all going to love having three points of view in the story this time!!!
Are you curious to know more about the story now? I know I am. Here’s an excerpt from Cindy’s new novel:
Dressed in a black sleeveless tunic, he seemed taller than she remembered and definitely bigger. Kai Sen had been all wiry muscle when they had traveled together but thin, still boyish in some ways. His time in the monastery since had filled his frame, as if he’d finally grown into his adult physique. He had looked strong before; now he looked powerful. She watched while the flickering flame danced across his face. Kai Sen’s dark eyebrows were knitted together as his alert eyes swept the large bedchamber. Zhen Ni could see why Skybright had been drawn to him—he was handsome. He exuded masculinity. Assuming a girl appreciated that sort of thing: rough hands and deep voice, the odd metallic tang of sweat. She knew from their travels together that he even smelled different.
Zhen Ni wasn’t attracted to these things.
For a brief moment, she remembered the soft curve of Lan’s neck bent over her embroidery, smelled the rose perfume she used to dab at the hollow of Lan’s throat, the scent sweet and mellow when she would kiss the same spot hours later … Zhen Ni blinked the memories away and whispered, “What are you doing here?”
Giveaway Information: Contest ends October 14, 2016
- One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
- Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Serpentine and Sacrifice by Cindy Pon (INT)
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Other books in the series:
SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.
About the author:
Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent novel, Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and VOYA. The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Learn more about her books and art at http://cindypon.com.