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Friday, February 10, 2012

Kathryne Kennedy Guest Post & Giveaway


Welcome to a celebration of all things Elven! To celebrate the release of The Lord of Illusion, Kathryne Kennedy’s latest edition to her Elven Lords Series, the brilliant minds of Sourcebooks have created this truly magical and utterly amazing blog hop filled with fun facts and lovely prizes!

It is an honour to have been selected as one of the seven bloggers that gets to take you on magical journey to the mythical realms created by Kathryne Kennedy. Not only will you be introduced the mythical Elven realm of Bladehame you can also enter to win the corresponding prizes. The Grand Prize is battle worthy Sword letter opened plus a signed set of


Lan'dor holds the silver scepter with power over metal, and the sword at his hip fairly hums with magical resonance. His palace is made of the stuff; silver spires and towers and boxy rooms. The male court is more muscular than most, and their swords are not ceremonial, but crafted for serious use. The women are also unusually robust, and if they do not carry a short sword, then a long dagger can be found hanging from their girdles. The great hall has a sharp smell of metal that even the courtier’s perfume cannot cover, and in the winter the engraved metal floors can be unbearably cold, so shoes and boots have thick soles.

Excerpts featuring Bladehame, from The Elven Lords Series by Kathryne Kennedy:

The land:

The old man narrowed his eyes, eyes that held the same silver sparkles as the captain’s. Not surprising, as the best soldiers hailed from Bladehame, where the elven lord Lan’dor ruled with his power over metal, and turned the north central part of England into a land of mines and forges. And warriors skilled in battle with enchanted weapons.

The dragons:

She had heard the dragons of the six other sovereignties had different powers associated with their elven lords: the black dragon of Firehame could breathe fire; the blue dragon of Dewhame, lightning; the green dragon of Verdanthame could breathe a mist that grew tangled briars and enormous trees. The silver dragon of Bladehame spat molten metal, the brown dragon of Terrahame emitted a roar that cracked the earth, and the violet dragon of Stonehame could turn anything to stone with his breath.


Elven Realm Blogger Hop Schedule

2/6 “Dewhame”—hosted by Star-Crossed Romance 2/7 “Firehame”—hosted by Books Like Breathing 2/8 “Dreamhame”—hosted by SOS Aloha           2/9 “Stonehame”—hosted by Book Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf                                                                     2/11 “Terrahame”—hosted by Debbie’s Book Bag 

2/12 “Verdanthame”—hosted by Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

2/13 Elven Realm Blogger Hop Grand Prize Announcement—hosted by the Sourcebooks Buzz Blog


The Giveaway:



Grand Prize: Sword Letter Opener + signed copies of all three books in The Elven Lords Series


Runner-up Prize: All three books in The Elven Lords Series

The Rules:

To enter please leave a valid email address and your answer the following question:

The dragons found in the Elven Lord series are very intriguing— they can speak and often give surprising advice! Which of those dragons, described above, would you like to have a conversation with?

Winner will be selected on February 22nd.

US & Canada only.


xiaopandaTW said...

I think I would like to chat with the black dragon from Firehame (Ador, I think . . ) the most because for some reason I've always been curious about why exactly the dragon took an interest in Dominic. The two have an interesting bond, but is the dragon furthering his own agenda or does he just honestly like Dominic? And hopefully, even though I may be asking a rude question, he won't burn me to a crisp. ^_^


Mindy said...

I'd want to chat with the blue dragon of Dewhame. I've always loved thunderstorms with all the lightning.

Mindy :)

Allison Macias said...

I would want to talk to the Dragon of Verdanthame. Maybe we could have a nice enlightening visit under a huge tree!

Diana Leigh said...

I would choose the Black Dragon of Firehame. The ability to breathe fire is amazing! I'd ask him how he prevents his own throat from being burned.


Jean P said...

It would be interesting to talk to violet dragon of Stonehame, and how he feels about turning things into stone and if he has any regrets about anything that was turned.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

catslady said...

Although they're all very fascinating, I think I would pick the green dragon of Verdanthame who could breathe a mist that grew tangled briars and enormous trees. This is such an original idea and I would love to see that happen and of course hear Kathryne's voice as to how this comes about in her story.


traveler said...

I would enjoy a conversation with the Violet Dragon of Stonehame. Since he does possess this special ability how does he make his decisions upon what he turns to stone. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

The Green dragon of verdanthame would be captivating to speak to. Any dragon that can create mist is worth knowing. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

shadow_kohler said...

Only one? All of them are so cool! ;D I like the green dragon. I wonder if i asked nicely, if he would breathe the mist and help me create an awesome tree house! lol ;D How cool would that be? Thanks!

Carol L. said...

There all very unique in their abilities but I don't know I'd want to chance being with them :) But if I had to choose it would be the blue dragon from Dewhame.I love rain and thunder storms and so I 'd have a conversation about what it feels like to bring lightening forth .
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

glittergirl said...

I would love to have a conversation with the silver dragon of Bladehame who spats molten metal. The things he could create and the riches that could be generated by such a talant. The conversations we could have, wow. Thanks for the giveaway and the blog hop has been a great taste of the series!
glittergirl54 at ymail dot com

Chelsea B. said...

They all sound very intriguing! But I pick Verdanthame, because that would be something very neat to see :-)


Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hello everyone! It's great to be here today! Thanks so much for having me here ladies of Royal Reviews!

Hi xiaopanda! Nice choice! As far as your question goes, I think it's a little bit of both...but even I don't understand the way a dragon's mind works. :}

Hi Mindy! I'm a fan of thunderstorms as well...so powerful!

Hi Allison! What a wonderful thought!

Hi Diana! Ador was born of fire, and it's a part of his being. He doesn't have skin and bone equivalent to any animal on earth. It would be interesting to study the composition of his tissue, but I don't think I'd want to be the one to hold him down and try. :}

Hi Jean! Great choice and interesting thought! He is, by the elven lords standards, the weakest of the dragons...because he fell in love with a human woman. So, yes, I imagine he has some regrets.

Hi Catslady! Yes, I think I would enjoy writing that adventure some day! Lovely to hear from you again!

Hi traveler! Good to meet you, and wonderful observation!

Hi petite! LOVED your answer!

Hi shadow! Very cool! What a fun idea!

Hi Carol! I would love to hear that conversation! It would be fascinating.

Hi glittergirl! So very glad to hear that! I think I'm having even more fun than you ladies!

Hi Chelsea! Another vote for Verdanthame! I love all the nature girls here.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Hrmm... being a dragon lover can I say all of them? Yeah I cannot pick just one that I would want to talk too..

Raonaid @ gmail dot com

Alyssa said...

So far, reading The Lord of Illusion, I would want to meet the dragon of Dreamhame. I don't want to put any spoilers out there, but he seems the most compassionate, and I really like his mist ability. Though given the chance, I would LOVE to talk to any dragon as long as it doesn't try to eat me!

Magen Weller said...

It would be so hard to just pick one, b ut if I had to, it would be The Blue Dragon of Dewhame, I would love to ask him for a ride during a thunderstorm, I know it sounds dangerous, but I think thats part of the alure, besides, how awesome would it be to be so close to the storm, to be in the clouds, and see the lightening in the clouds before it meets the earth. Can you tell Thunderstorms are one of my fave things in all the world :-P


Lexi said...

The blue dragon of Dewhame! We would chat, talk about our love of thunderstorms and hundreds of other little things. We would become very close and the Blue dragon of Dewhame would become a protector and would enable me to travel the land to help those in need. A truly heroic purpose that would be affected in no way by the dragon matching the color of my eyes perfectly =)
Fun question!

eyesofblueice (at) gmail (dot) com

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Raonaid! Yes, you can pick them all! :}

LOL, Alyssa! So glad to hear you're loving Grimor'ee! And they don't really eat humans...they prefer beef. ;}

Hi Magen! Yes, I can tell! You do love to live dangerously. :}

Hi Lexi! You paint a wonderful picture!

Julie W said...

That's definitely a hard question, but I think I would go with the blue dragon of Dewhame, lightning, because I could duck and weave and try to avoid being struck!! LOL Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm dying to read these books :D

jwitt33 at live dot com

bn100 said...

The green dragon because it'd be like talking in a forest.


Julianne said...

Oh that would have to be the violet dragon. And maybe if I was lucky I could fly with the dragon. Do I need to comment on every stop to be elegible for the grand prize?
Thank you.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Pat Cochran said...

I think the internet ate my first comment!

Let's try again:

I think I would select the Firehame
black dragon but I would be sure to
stay out of the "firing line!"

Pat Cochran

Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

So great to hear, Julie! Enjoyed your creative answer. :}

Hi bn100! Nice choice!

Hi Julianne! No, but the more comments you make, the better chance you have of winning. Good luck!

LOL, Pat! Nice answer!

A big thank you to all the ladies who commented today. I sure enjoyed reading your fun answers! And thanks again to the ladies at Royal Reviews for hosting me. It was such a pleasure to be here today! Big hugs to all, Kathryne

Pam S (pams00) said...

Kathryne's series sounds wonderful I have ready and fell in love with the world from the glimpse I received in book one. I am dying to read the others.

I would pick the green dragon of Verdanthame I think although honestly they all sound very intriguing. The ability to grow trees sounds neat.

pams00 @ aol.com

booklover0226 said...

I would like to chat with the brown dragon. If the brown dragon's roar can crack the earth, what happens to ear drums??

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Betty Hamilton said...

I would choose the blue dragon of Dewhame who breathes lightning. Lightening is extremely fast and aimed at a specific area. I believe the conversation would be similar.
bettysunflower at hotmail dot com

Renee said...

Like most, I think it would have to be the blue one with the lightning, as long as I was not the victim. I love to watch a good lightening storm. All of that power unleashed reminds me of a good alpha male!

Heather said...

I'd be having tea with the green dragon. Breathing mist and having the ability to grow huge trees, and environmentalists dream.

heatherdpear at hotmail dot com

Linda McDonald said...

I would want to talk with the blue dragon of Dewhame. I love storms and we rarely get lightning/thunder where I live. So, I'd love to hang out with the blue dragon for while. :)


Elf2060 said...

Of course I would want to talk to the dragon who is my favorite color...blue! The fact that he can create lightning is also a bonus because of course one needs light to read (-:

aharlib said...

Loving dragons the way I do, I would love to talk to all of them, but having to pick one, the Dragon of Verdanthame has the most intriguing power - creating a plethora of plants! A dragon that can create life from breath - how godlike and wondrous is that!

I would be so thankful to win a copy of LORD OF ILLUSIONS especially - to complete the terrific trilogy.

Thanks so much!
Amy, life long lover of SF & F in NYC.

Carol M said...

The green dragon of Verdanthame, of course. I love green! lol

Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

I think I would chat with the Violet Dragon but I just wouldn't get tooo close, lol I bet the violet dragon would have awesome stories about the things she turned to stone.

brandyzbooks at yahoo dot com

Blodeuedd said...

I am checking out the other blog hops :) I always liked the sound of this realm in the books. But then i always liked warriors.

And I must say that all the dragons sound too scary for me ;)

Rachel V said...

I would like to speak with the green dragon of Verdanthame. Green is my favorite color and the mist he breathes grows briars and very large trees is really cool. Thanks for the tour. Look forward to reading these books.

Rachel V
pefrw at yahoo dot com

lag123 said...

I think the blue dragon of Dewhame would be the one I would like to have a conversation with.

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Maureen said...

I would like to talk very quietly with the brown dragon of Terrahame since nothing fatal should come out of his mouth.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

winnie said...

I'd like to have a conversation with the violet dragon just to see the beautiful creature in person and also see what it can do.


Na said...

I would want a conversation with Verdanthame. I'd like to see his power put to work. Stonehame scares me too much - I don't want to turn into stone!