5 Things About Josephine Angelini’s Parallel World
Today I’m thrilled to have Trial by Fire‘s Josephine Angelini on the blog to tell you all about her awesome parallel world. I really enjoyed reading Trial by Fire particularly because the parallel world had so many great little details and magic! Be sure to check out the bottom of the page for a giveaway of Trial by Fire!
- It’s run by witches: The idea for this world came to me when I was trying to think what the world would be like if fire was a source of fuel for the most powerful witches, rather than a way to kill them. And then I imagined what the Salem Witch Trial would have been like if those witches had been burned, rather than hanged. The result was that I saw woman rising off of the pyres that were meant to destroy them and taking over the whole continent.
- It’s run by women, who also happen to be witches: I remember when I was in college my dorm-mates and I would sit around talking about how men had totally messed up the world. The general consensus was that if women ran things the world would be a better place. There would be no such thing as war, no babies would ever starve to death, and people would be nicer to each other. I never said anything while my friends were off on one of these tangents, because I knew better. I have 6 older sisters. I know for a fact that women are better at waging war than any man could ever be. Women can make you suffer longer, harder, and in a psychological way that men simply aren’t vindictive enough to ever grasp. The world that I created is not some utopia where people go skipping off into the sunset because women run the place. Heck no. In my world, warrior magic, and fighting in general, have been taken to an entirely different level.
- There are only 13 walled cities in North America: Remember what I said about women being really good at war? Well, as a result, there are only thirteen cities left in my world. Thirteen cities run by thirteen covens are all that survived two huge calamities that decimated the population of North America—warmonger witches who went through a period of in-fighting that killed just about everyone, and something called the Woven.
- In my world, monsters are real: And I call them the Woven. One of the aspects of the magical system that I created is that witches can manipulate DNA. They can weave together all different types of animal’s genetic make-up in order to make creatures that suit their needs. In this world, the industrial revolution was not marked by the rise of machinery, but the rise of a class of creatures called the Woven, which were created by witches to build big, modern cities. Think giant insects meets beasts of burden with a bit of reptile throw in, and you’ll get a general idea of these monstrosities. But nature being what it is, some of the Woven escaped and started reproducing on their own. They attacked people, and they are the menace that has keeps the remaining population hiding behind the walls of the only 13 remaining cities. Go outside the walls, and you’re as good as dead…
- …Unless you’re an Outlander: Outlanders are the people who scrape by, barely surviving, outside the city walls. They are not allowed to build walled cities of their own, and they battle the Woven on a day-to-day basis. The Outlanders are a mix of different races, but they are predominantly Native American. They are a fierce people who have been persecuted by witches—their rights squashed, and their existence hanging by a thread. One of them also happens to be the love interest in my books. And probably the hottest guy I’ve ever dreamed up.
Trial by Fire Giveaway!
Thank you so much to MacKids for providing a copy of Trial by Fire for me to giveaway to one of you lovely people so you can anxiously wait for book two with me ;-). As per Macmillan’s policy, this will be a US and Canada only giveaway. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email and I will of course be checking entries so please don’t cheat!
Good luck and thank you so much to Josephine for stopping by!
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