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5 Things You Should Know About Tellus – Take Back the Skies

Take Back the Skies

5 Things You Should Know About the Tellus World

Today I have Lucy Saxon, author of Take Back the Skies, to tell us about the world in which Takes Back the Skies take place: Tellus!

1 – When the world began, or so the legend goes, the First Men were placed on Anglya by the gods. Ten men and ten women, from which everyone in Tellus is descended. It wasn’t until the invention of the first skyship that people began to discover land outside of Anglya and settle there. The rest of Tellus has moved on, but the Anglyans still hold the Ten Family Lines in high esteem.

2 – The storm barriers are said to have been formed by the gods; the Sea God and the Sky God were constantly fighting, creating the huge storms that ravaged Tellus. The Goddess grew angry at their warring, and formed the six countries of Tellus amongst their conflict, forcing them to keep their storms away and creating the storm barriers. None of the barriers have ever moved, though their intensity fluctuates.

3 – Tyrium is a bright purple element that, when burnt in solid form, releases enormous amounts of energy. It is the chemical that makes it possible for all of the more complex machines, such as skyships and mechas, to run without the need for huge furnace rooms and piles of fuel; small amounts of tyrium can burn for weeks. It’s mostly mined in Anglya, which is part of why they have held so much political power for so long. However, tyrium has been found in Kasem and Mericus, making Anglyan mining less vital.

4 – Skyships are the only form of international transport; the storms make the seas far too rough to sail. Skyships are mainly used for trading and goods transport, but the incredibly wealthy can own private skyships. Tickets on the few ships used to transport people are very expensive, so travel between countries for the average citizen is rare.

5 – Anglya, as the First Land, rules over every country of Tellus; though they each have their own separate monarchies, all of them ultimately answer to the Anglyan monarchs. However, as the countries have developed, they have begun to resent their Anglyan rule and strain against it, fighting for independence. This is the cause of the war Anglya is fighting during ‘Take Back the Skies’.

About Lucy Saxon

Lucy Saxon has always loved reading, but her love of writing began at the age of 12 when she first suffered from the neurological disorder ME (chronic fatigue syndrome). She found herself missing lengthy periods of school, giving her the opportunity to indulge in creative writing. TAKE BACK THE SKIES is her debut novel. It was inspired by a dream and Lucy submitted a version of it to the National Novel Writing Month’s online competition. Lucy can often be found attending comic and fantasy conventions and ALWAYS makes her own, very impressive costumes. She is on Twitter at @Lucy_Saxon.

About Take Back the Skies

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage and the life her high-ranking government official father planned for her, Cat Hunter does the unthinkable. She runs away from her homeland Tellus, disguises herself as a boy, and stows away on an air ship. She’s ready for life in a new land where the general population isn’t poverty stricken and at the mercy of the cruel officials. What she isn’t quite ready for is meeting Fox, a crew member aboard the Stormdancer— which turns out to be a smugglers’ ship. So begins an epic adventure that spans both land and sea.

This explosive debut starts a unique six-book series. Each novel will be set in a different land within the Tellus world, with repeating characters and related, nonlinear storylines that combine to create a one-of-a-kind, addictive reading experience.

Thank you so much Lucy and Bloomsbury for this awesome book and tour! Be sure to check out the other stops:

Monday, June 2Lili’s Reflections

Tuesday, June 3: Finding Bliss in Books

Wednesday, June 4: Head Stuck in a Book

Thursday, June 5On Starships and Dragonwings

Friday, June 6: Skye’s Scribblings

Monday, June 9: The Bookish Daydreamer

Tuesday, June 10Jessabella Reads

Wednesday, June 11: Hello Chelly

Thursday, June 12: That Artsy Reader Girl

Friday, June 13: The Windy Pages

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  1. I secretly love girls disguised as boy stories :D I’ve been hearing a lot about this book so I hope I get a chance to try this one out soon! SIX books is a lot, though. I don’t know if I’m prepared for that kind of commitment.

    Thanks for the guest post! It was fun to learn more about the series.
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  2. I didn’t know this was going to be a 6-book series! The world sounds interesting, so I hope it turns out to be good. :)
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  3. This world sounds so interesting. Sounds like the start of a good series!

  4. I’m totally going to be reading this any day now. Heck I feel like that is the way I feel about so many books “any day now” but this one for sure.
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