Hi everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye. Evelyn was gracious enough to stop by a quick Q&A about her magic system, gemina bonds and what to expect with this series! I loved her answers and don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the bottom of the post!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Question 1: What was the cultural inspiration behind the world in Circle of Shadows?
Evelyn: Growing up, I was always enthralled by stories about ninjas, and I thought it would be fun to put my own spin on ninja lore. The main character would be a girl, and the ninjas would not only be warriors in the shadows, but they’d also have magic. The kingdom in Circle of Shadows is a fictional one called Kichona, but the roots of inspiration came from Japan, which is especially evident in the Kichonan landscape and food. Their belief in multiple gods was inspired by Japanese kami and Greek mythology, but I’d say that was more a brainstorming jumping-off point, since the Kichonan religion is its own unique fictional one.
Question 2: Animal traits and being able to use them (running, jumping, sight, etc) play a big part in Circle of Shadows magic system. What animal would you want to be able to cast magical charms for and use their abilities?
Evelyn: Did you know that certain moths can communicate ultrasonically? No other animals around them can detect it. In Circle of Shadows, the characters sometimes cast moth spells on themselves so they can still talk to each other while being stealthy. I think that would be a really cool spell to be able to cast in real life. You could talk to your friends during movies and stuff like that, and no one else would ever know!
Question 3: Can you briefly explain what a gemina bond is and why it’s so special? Who is YOUR gemina?
Evelyn: The warriors in Circle of Shadows are called taigas, and they’re essentially magic-wielding ninjas. They’re born as ordinary humans, but the moon goddess blesses some babies and gives them the ability to wield magic. It’s a great honor, and the parents send their babies to the Society of Taigas to be schooled in fighting and magical arts.
When taigas are young, they live in the nursery and are given basic education like we what would learn in school, plus the fundamentals in magic. But when taigas turn 7, they officially become apprentices. There’s a ceremony to induct them into the apprentice ranks, and the moon goddess picks a partner (a gemina) for each apprentice.
The goddess then gives each pair a gemina bond, which is a mental connection that allows the taigas to share their emotions with their gemina. This is handy in battle, for example, because a gemina who’s sneaking through a building can send a spike of panic through her bond to her partner outside, to let him know they’re about to be ambushed. The shared emotional connection also means that geminas know each other very well, and they’re super loyal to each other because of it.
My gemina is my husband, Tom. We are ferociously dedicated and would do anything for each other, which is pretty much how the geminas in Circle of Shadows are. The only difference is, in the book, geminas are not allowed to have romantic relationships with each other. For that reason, I’m glad I’m not actually a taiga!
Question 5: Is Circle of Shadows part of a series? If so, how many books?
Evelyn: Yes, it is! It’s a duology, and I’m working on the sequel right now. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m so happy to get to spend more time with Sora, Daemon, and their mischievous, dangerous crew.
About the Book:
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pub. Date: January 22nd, 2018 Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.
As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.
Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart.
Evelyn Skye is the author of New York Times bestsellers THE CROWN’S GAME and THE CROWN’S FATE. Her new series, CIRCLE OF SHADOWS, will be published on January 22, 2019.
Evelyn has a B.A. in Russian literature & history from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win.
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One winner will receive a hardcover of the book along with the designed tote bag by Evie Seo!
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