Wednesday 13 January 2016

Blog Tour: Judged - Liz de Jager

I've been a huge fan of Liz de Jager's Blackheart Legacy series since I read the first book, Banished, a couple of years ago so I was both excited to read the final book in the trilogy, Judged, and sad that the series has come to an end. I have been friends with Liz since her book blogging days and it's been so much fun watching her journey to published author with a whole trilogy under her belt! I'll be posting my review of Judged later on today but I'll tell you right now that Liz ends the series on an incredible high and I'm already looking forward to whatever she writes next!

About Judged:

Kit's job description includes solving crimes - the supernatural kind . . .

Glow, a fae-created drug, is rapidly going viral and the suppliers have to be shut down. Teaming up with Aiden and Dante, Kit follows leads across London, tracking down dealers. They stir up trouble, making themselves a target for the gang they're trying to stop.

In the Otherwhere, Thorn stumbles across a secret that could destroy both the human and Fae worlds. The Veil that separates our human world from the fae realms is weakening and the goddess is dying. And if she dies and the Veil fails, madness and chaos will wreak unstoppable havoc upon both lands.

Thorn turns to the only person he knows who'll be able to help him: Kit. Torn between working the Glow case and her loyalty for the young prince, Kit is propelled headlong into a world of danger. She faces enemies from both the Otherwhere and our world. And as the stakes are raised, the consequence of failure for both Kit and Thorn, and two realms, could be devastating.

Blackhart Legacy:
(links will take you to my reviews)

Interview with Liz:

Anyway, I'm thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour to celebrate the release of Judged and I was lucky enough to get to ask Liz some questions about how she feels now that the trilogy is finished.

How does it feel to finish the trilogy? Are you relieved it's done or sad to say goodbye?

Liz: It feels strange – sad but good at the same time. I’ve spent several years with these characters so they feel very much alive to me. I’d be in a situation and I’d think to myself: how would Kit react or how would Thorn react or Aiden or even Dante. It’s a little bit weird. And I’d think something and be all: no, that’s definitely not how Kit would do something. Writers are crazy. So, it’s going to be odd letting go of them in that respect. But it feels good too as it means it’s a fully standalone trilogy readers can pick up and fall into.

Had you planned the ending of the trilogy from the beginning or was it something you figured out on the way? Were there major changes that you hadn't seen coming?

Liz: I knew partially how the book would end and I knew the set pieces and how the dominoes ought to fall to get there but honestly, knowing how something should go and doing your utmost to stick to it…that’s hard. The biggest challenge for me was to be logical about things. I couldn’t do hand-waving and go: because I said so, about something. Judged was an insane book to write. I wrote it twice from scratch because I had completely gone off tangent on the first book I’d handed in. I’d learned a big lesson then, mostly to listen to your editor.

Who is your favourite character in the series?

Liz: Kit, of course. She is 100% my creation and she is so gutsy and strong and yet she’s flawed and damaged. She’s so used to living in this very muscular world that when it comes to her being a girl, she struggles a little. I love that in her. She is totally my favourite character and I feel ridiculously protective of her.

Do you think you'll ever write about the world or any of the characters again in the future?

Liz: I would love to. The world is vast and there are so many opportunities for these characters to run around in and create messes that need cleaning up. But as of yet, there are no plans to fall back into the Blackhart world.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions Liz! I really hope we do get to see more of Kit and her friends at some point but I'm looking forward to reading whatever you come up with next :o)

About the Liz de Jager:

While writing her debut novel, Liz de Jager fostered her love of YA and genre fiction by developing the popular My Favourite Books review blog. This ran for seven years and enabled her to gain a unique insight into the publishing industry. She grew up in South Africa and now lives and works in the UK. She lives in London with her husband Mark.

Contact Liz online via her Website / Twitter / Tumblr / Facebook

Don't forget to check back later today to read my review of Judged!

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