Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours, I have the chance today to share with you a guest post by Zara Quentin, author of Airwoman, a fantastic fantasy novel taking place in a world of wonder, of travel, of dragons!
The sheer scope of the main character Jade’s world, limited though it is for her at first, is amazing. It feels like, in this day and age of technology and extensive exploration, that our perception of discoveries has changed and we don’t get the same sense of wonder that humanity might have one hundred years ago.
In Airwoman, Jade finds herself confronted with the murder of her father, magic that should only belong to Dragon Gods, and portals that lead to new worlds. Adventure far beyond her expectations seems on the horizon and I think that, in addition to the dash of romance promised, a thrill will be had as Jade tries to uncover the truth of what is happening in her world and to her and her family.
For Zara’s guest post today, I asked her: what destinations in our world did she think that Jade might like to visit? Take a look, not only at the info links for Airwoman, but where on Earth Jade might visit. Have you been to any of these places? Would you like to visit any of them?
Author: Zara Quentin
Pub. Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Zara Quentin
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
A father murdered by magic. A daughter’s cosmic quest for clues could make her the next victim…
Jade Gariq dreams of a new calling. While she wishes she could join the elite force that protects her home world from interdimensional threats, she’s stuck working for the family business. But everything changes when her father is found dead with traces of magic on him… magic that should only belong to the mythical Dragon-Gods…
To uncover the mystery behind her father’s murder, Jade must follow the clues to an uncharted world. Beyond the portal, treacherous jungles, surprising betrayals, and a killer bent on tying up loose ends stand in her way of the truth. It’ll take every ounce of Jade’s cunning to solve her father’s death, but can she avoid his fate?
Airwoman is a high-flying YA fantasy novel set in a stunning new Dragonverse. If you like fascinating worlds, memorable characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventure.
Buy Airwoman today to let your imagination take flight!
For a free preview of Airwoman, find it at: http://www.zaraquentin.com/
Jade Gariq dreams of visiting the far-flung worlds of the Dragonverse. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of five places that Jade might like to visit, if she were to come to Earth for a few days. I have to say, it was difficult to come up with this list—there are so many amazing places to visit in our world, but I had to narrow it down to a few, based on Jade’s experience of life. Here it is…
- North Island, New Zealand
In Airwoman, Jade’s good friend and secret crush (Axel) gives her a gift. It’s a pikorua, a Maori pendant with a single twist, which symbolizes two people destined to come back together. Jade would like to visit the North Island of New Zealand, to experience the culture and stories of the people who made the pendant that she treasures so much.
- Australian outback
Jade wants to see a kangaroo—an animal that cannot go backwards, only forwards. She wants to see if it really exists, and if it looks like the pendant that her older brother, Basalt (who is no longer alive at the beginning of Airwoman) gave her shortly before he died. For Jade, her kangaroo pendant encapsulates her memory of her brother, who once gave her some advice about always moving forward, never backwards. So, Jade wants to go to the Australian outback to see if she can see some of these strange kangaroos with her own eyes.
- New York City
In the world of the Dragonverse, according to Jade’s uncle Zorman, the people of Taraqa are good at discovering and adapting the inventions of people’s living in other worlds (rather than being particularly inventive themselves). The Earthens are known as a particularly inventive people and Zorman has a great deal of admiration for them. New York City, with its tall skyscrapers that give the city its iconic skyline, is a symbol of modernity, technology and invention. I think Jade would like to go there. For the same reason, and for a different cultural experience, she might visit Hong Kong, Beijing or Tokyo.
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jade is a Taraqan, and the Taraqans are a winged people. As such, Jade has never ridden a bicycle before. I think she’d be fascinated to experience a city where people mainly ride their bikes to get around. She’d find the way humans get around efficiently without wings to be interesting. I think she’d also give it a try!
Taraqa is not a democracy. It is ruled by a Lord Protector, who is assisted by a hand-picked Council of Advisors. Jade would be interested to learn about democracy and visit the Agora in Athens—the birthplace of democracy. For similar reason, she might also visit Westminster in London or Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Are there any other places you think Jade should visit? Let me know in the comments!
About the Author
Zara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia.
She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination.
After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.
Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.
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