I was completely spell bound by Amy’s debut, ‘A Girl Called Owl,’ so I was thrilled to discover that we would be going back to Owl’s world in the much anticipated sequel, ‘Owl and the Lost Boy.’ Locked in a seemingly eternal summer, Owl is feeling suffocated by the never-ending heat. She knows they must find a way to bring Autumn to her world and the key to restoring the natural order is to find Alberic who has mysteriously disappeared. But dark forces are at work in the magical world, there are those who would stop at nothing to stay in control. Can Owl and her best friends find a way to break the battle between the elements before it is too late? Mesmerising storytelling at it’s very best, Amy has delivered a truly stunning sequel that completely swept me away. She seamlessly weaves together the contemporary and magical worlds creating this totally believable place where the elements are at war. The characterisation is sublime as we see Owl and Alberic both realise where their destinies lie as they struggle to make sense of their positions within the fae and the real world. Completely enchanting, I absolutely loved this wonderfully atmospheric and compelling tale.
To celebrate the release of, ‘Owl and the Lost Boy,’ I have a special guest post from Amy…
Returning to Owl’s World – Amy Wilson
Every time I write a book I feel like I’ve forgotten how to do it. I get such a buzz from the rough, unplanned drafting of the first three chapters, and then it’s on to wondering what we’re doing and where we’re going, and how does the magic work, and why.
Returning to Owl’s world was in some ways almost more of a first for me, being my first sequel. And though the characters had never left me, it had been five years since I first drafted A Girl Called Owl, three years since it had been published.
I knew the story I wanted to tell, because ever since I finished writing A Girl Called Owl, the plight of Alberic, living in the fae court with a very troubled father – the autumnal Earl of October – had remained with me. I wanted to sort him out, with Owl’s help, and of course with her friend Mallory’s help too.
Having worked out some of the logistics of their adventure, I found myself in an eternal summer with Owl. It was a nightmare for both of us, and for the world, and for most of my characters. But the writing of it was not. I tend to learn things the hard way – by getting things wrong first – and of course there was much editing to do, but perhaps five books in I have learned some things. I have learned that if I keep going, the story will too. And that if I’ve done a plan, I won’t get too lost along the way. That world of fae, of seasons, of nature that is alluring and dangerous and of characters who fight with all they have and get things wrong and find their way, was welcoming, and familiar. Owl is still my girl, together we got there.
Thank you to Amy for this really intriguing guest post, if you haven’t had a chance to read, ‘A Girl Called Owl,’ you can buy it online or from any good bookshop.
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