A squandering emperor. A handsome stranger. A reluctant heroine. And the ancient magic that will capsize a kingdom.
Seventeen-year-old Meadow Sircha watched her mother die from the wilting sickness. Tormented by the knowledge that the emperor failed to import the medicine that would have saved her, she speaks out at a gathering of villagers, inciting them to boycott his prized gladiator tournament.
But doing so comes at a steep cost.
Arrested as punishment for her impulsive tongue, Meadow finds herself caught up in the kind of danger she’s always tried to avoid. After a chance meeting with an enigmatic boy, she’s propelled on a perilous trek across the outer lands. But she soon unearths a staggering secret: one that will shift her world—and the kingdom—forever.
Filled with longing and heart, surprise and wonder, A SHIFTING OF STARS is perfect for fans of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, RED QUEEN and SHADOW AND BONE.
Q1 : Hey Kathy! It is such a pleasure to have you on the blog today! I’m very excited about A Shifting of Stars! Why don’t you tell us a little about it?
A1 : Thank you so much for having me! A SHIFTING OF STARS is the first book in my Of Stars trilogy. It is about a girl called Meadow, who lives in the poverty-stricken kingdom of Erraforge. When she speaks out against the emperor for not importing medicine that would have saved her mother’s life, Meadow is arrested. And she soon comes to realize that this one act of defiance will change the course of her life.
Q2 : Your debut release is a big deal! How does it feel to be a published author?
A2 : It’s exciting and nerve-wracking! There have been some lovely moments like getting to see the physical copy of A SHIFTING OF STARS for the first time and getting kind emails from readers who have enjoyed the book. There have also been moments of panic when I’ve thought to myself: “Did I correct that typo on page xyz?” (After it was too late to make any more changes.) Luckily, I had!
Q3 : What has been your favourite part about the whole publishing process?
A3 : The writing is my favourite part. There’s nothing I love more than sitting down to start a new scene, a new chapter, a new manuscript! Since I write in order, I really enjoy getting to a scene that I have been wanting to write for a while. I also love refining my work, so I really enjoyed working with my editor.
Q4 : Since this is the first in a series, when can we expect the next book in the universe?
A4 : I’m working on the second book at the moment. It has a tentative release date of 2020.
Q5 : Who is your favourite character in this story? Who was the most fun to write?
A5 : Meadow was my favourite character. That said, I had a lot of fun writing some of the supporting cast such as Gyzen, Carliss and Kalliope. It was tricky to create well-rounded supporting characters when they’re not in the spotlight all the time, but I really enjoyed the challenge of it.
Q6 : What’s your favourite fantasy release of 2019, apart from A Shifting of Stars, of course? What’s your most anticipated release from the second half of the year?
A6 : Oh, wow. It’s difficult to choose! My favourite fantasy release for 2019 (so far) would be a tie between SHADOW AND FLAME and THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE. And I’m really looking forward to SERPENT & DOVE later in the year. I’ve heard great things and the cover is amazing!
So, that’s it from Kathy! It was such a pleasure to have her on the blog!
I should not be here. I’m foreign to this village of broken rooftops and dull stone walls. I brush my fingers over a pillar. Its coldness burns my skin, makes me pause.
The words sing loud like a taunt as moonlight slithers across my shoulders. The parchment digs like thorns in my palm. I imagine its shape, every fiber and ink blot.
Something moves near my feet and I jump. It’s just a rat, one of hordes from the city. They’ve grown bolder during these past few seasons, always darting out of alleys and running by arches, desperate—like us—to fill their bellies.
As it squeaks away, nails tapping in rhythm, I inspect the darkened street before me. Lamplight glows from a crooked post, but the shadows are still and the windows are empty. A leaf-strewn house looms in the distance, enticing me over the cobblestone ground. That house is the reason I’ve ventured so late into this weary part of town. Beside me, buildings cringe with moss. Walkways glisten with dirty puddles. Teetering balconies slouch from walls with garments strung between casements like cobwebs.
But that smell.
I halt to sniff the air. It wafts from the dwelling ahead of me. It winds from beneath its splintered panes—the pungent scent of broth and ale.
I wish it were stew.
Kathy Kimbray is a YA author from Australia.
After graduating from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a degree in Media Arts and Production, she went on to complete postgraduate studies in education and spent many years as a primary school teacher.
Now a full-time novelist, Kathy is lucky to be able to tell stories every day.
Aside from writing, Kathy is an avid reader, dancer, language learner, musical theater enthusiast and fan of terrible reality TV. She lives with her husband in Sydney, and dreams of one day owning that elusive chateau in France.
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