When a seemingly harmless dispute between youths within the tribe ends in tragedy at their Rites of Passage, the Snowy Barrens Tribe finds themselves divided and without compromise. Three splinter groups result: the Tribe of the Wolf, the Tribe of the Bear, and the Tribe of the Owl. With the threat of possible monsters overshadowing them and the loss of their strength in numbers, how will they survive?
The first in a three part/three generation tale, this YA tribal dark fantasy will whisk you away to a different world and a different time, where you get to be a part of the adventure that shaped a people and their ways.
The author, Chantal Boudreau, is here today for an interview!
If you had to fill in the blanks, what would you say? The Blood is Strong is like [BLANK] meets [BLANK]. (For example, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is like Harry Potter meets Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman)
The Blood is Strong is like Elfquest (Wendy Pini) meets Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel) with a YA spin … only without any elves.
Who is your favorite character from this book?
That’s really hard to say, but I’d have to go with the South Witch, Fawn. She’s the focal point of the story, in a way. She ties everything together and provides an unbiased point of view because she comes into the story as an outsider. I also love her altruistic nature and the fact that she’s a pacifist. I am pretty fond of Lariat and Earth-Breather as well, but that might be because of their close association with Fawn.
Was there a specific scene you really enjoyed writing?
Many of them, some tragic, some heart-warming. The rites of passage scenes had a lot of action to them, as does Alder’s clash with a Black Talon scout. I love writing action scenes or ones high on emotion.
Was there one that was particularly difficult for you?
There are two scenes involving the deaths of fairly important characters. Both of these scenes were difficult to write. I won’t hesitate to kill a favoured character if it’s important to the plot, but that doesn’t make it any less difficult.
What kind of readers do you think would enjoy your books?
This trilogy seems to span generations. I’ve had positive feedback from readers in their teens to ones in their seventies, but I think the greatest appeal would be to the YA crowd, since the stories involve events surrounding rites of passage for the youths of the tribe.
There you have it! Chantal’s most recent fantasy release. Check it out and find her at the links below!