Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
The story I am highlighting this weekend felt like the kind of dramatic Historical Fiction I’d find myself warming towards reading after I learnt a bit more about the setting, timescape & overall scope of the novel itself. I love reading about hidden periods of History – wherein I can step through the portal of time and tuck close to a place and a timeline of reference I am unfamiliar with until a book arrives on my path to either read or listen to on audiobook.
In this instance, as this takes place during a period of time in Korean History I am unfamiliar with as I do not oft find Korean stories to read – it reminded me about how thankful I was to have discovered Susan Spann’s Hiro Hattori Novels – as she takes me into 16th Century Japan. Whenever I find a Historical novelist who has the ability and the intuitive instincts to transport us so wholly intrinsically connected to their chosen era in time – the blessings I feel as a reader know no bounds.
The tricky bit was sorting out how to entertain the ‘idea’ of the story within ‘Promise Season’ without having the chance to read it first – as this is a story with hidden layers within it and it has an interesting plot as well – especially if you consider it is known as a darker romance with a heap of mystery involved. I wanted to seek out a way through this interview and conversation with Ms Evie a way of seeing the novel’s heart even prior to having read it myself. I started to do some research online but in that process of sorting out more information on behalf of ‘Promise Season’ and the series in which it is attached – I found myself organically generating the questions which are part of this interview.
This conversation is a prime example why I love having the chance to interview authors – it allows for interpersonal responses and a close & personal interlude of joy as we get to hear from the author exactly what inspired her story and how she went about creating it. These kinds of conversations open the door for introspective thoughtfulness as well as a proper contemplation about the themes and characters within ‘Promise Season’ as we start to prepare for the next two installments of this series.
Likewise, with such a small tour route – I am truly thankful and full of gratitude to having secured this interview! I am hopeful as you read over the author’s responses, you’ll find what I did within the threads of the conversation – a keen reason to seek out this novel and read the events as they unfold first hand! May this become one title you might consider adding to your own #mustread list!
Subtitle: A Slave. A Spy. A Promise. | Promise Series Book One
by Lee Evie
A slave. A spy. A promise.
Joseon Dynasty, Korea: A humid summer storm rages across the Pavilion, the greatest entertainment house in the sprawling city of Hanyang. Within its stifling walls a gisaeng slave girl hides a fugitive in her bed, unexpectedly saving the life of a young man who is not all he seems.
Immediately Seorin is thrust into a razor-edged world of conspiracy and spies, doomed rebellion and murky intrigue. For the first time in years, she glimpses an opportunity for change.
Yet it is not her freedom Seorin so desperately desires, but something far more precious. She will risk anything, even death, to gain it.
A dark and romantic historical adventure set in old Korea.
Places to find the book:
Published by Interstice Press
on 1st December, 2019
The Promise series:
Promise Season (book one) | *released!
Promise Thief (book two) | *forthcoming release!
Promise Dream (book three) | *2021 release!
Published by: Interstice Press
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Available Formats: Trade paperback and Ebook