Hello and welcome to the RED TEAM for Fall 2016 YA Scavenger Hunt!! I’m so excited you’re here and playing along! Today I have the pleasure of hosting the extremely talented Livia Blackburne, author of MIDNIGHT THIEF, DAUGHTER OF DUSK, and more!!
If this is your first stop on the YA Scavenger Hunt, you’ll want to read the rules here or if you know what’s going on then you’ll already know that somewhere on this page I’ve hidden a secret number for the RED TEAM and it will be in RED. After you’ll collected all the authors on the red team’s numbers, add them up, and enter it here. If you’re looking for my exclusive content (the secret Maribelle chapter!!!!), you’ll have to keep looking!! To sweeten the deal and increase your chances of winning something, I’m also hosting a giveaway of a set of my books at the very bottom of this post!!
So without further ado, let me introduce Livia Blackburne!
Livia Blackburne wrote her first novel while she was a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on the neuroscience of reading acquisition in children. Upon graduation, she switched to writing full time. She still blogs about the intersection of literature and neuroscience.
And here’s a little bit about DAUGHTER OF DUSK, the second novel in THE MIDNIGHT THIEF world:
After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.
Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.
As tensions rise within Forge’s Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?
In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents.
Sounds awesome, huh! Go RED TEAM!
Now for the deleted chapter she’s chosen to share!!
The journey to Edlan was more tedious than strenuous. The diplomatic caravan was large, and everyone moved at the pace of the riderless servants bringing up the rear. It was easy travel though. The road was well maintained, and teams of servants took care of the meal preparation and camp setup. At night, the Council members and their staff stayed at inns while everyone else made camp nearby. Kyra found time during the travel to tell Malikel of the newDemon Riders clan, though she had to gloss over details about why she’d in the forests. The Defense Minister agreed that this was was troubling news, but without any information beyond Leyus’s cryptic comments, there was not much they could do.
They traveled north through forest for three days. By day four, the road started to slope upward, and on the sixth day, the Aerin mountains came into view—tall, jagged peaks that stretched as far as Kyra could see. They were mostly covered with snow, though gray rock occasionally showed through on the shearer cliffs
“Quite a sight, aren’t they?” said Tristam. She hadn’t seen much of him during the trip, since he’d walked with the Red Shields. Mingling between traveling groups wasn’t forbidden, but it was rare enough that doing so often would have raised eyebrows. Now that they were almost there though, the caravan’s orderly lines were fraying.
Kyra smiled, embarrassed to be caught gaping. “Edlan’s at the base of that?”
“Where the mountains meet the ocean.”
“Have you been to Edlan before?”
“Once,” he said. “A few years ago I accompanied my father on a similar trip. The Council doesn’t encourage young nobles to visit Edlan on their own.”
Tristam took some time to consider. “We’re not at war with Edlan, but we’re never completely at peace with them either. Don’t let the pomp and ceremony of the next few days fool you. We’ll smile at each other, even help each other as a gesture of goodwill. But behind the honeyed words, we’re still trying to get an advantage on the other. The Council worries that if high ranking noblemen from Forge visit the city too often, they may be more vulnerable to influence from Edlan officials.”
“Is Edlan’s Council like ours?”
“They don’t have a Council. They have a Duke, Symon of Edlan. He has his advisers, but they have very little power to overrule his decisions, whereas every decision made in Forge has to pass a two thirds vote.”
“Does that affect the common people?” Asked Kyra.
“Edlan does have its problems. The winters are hard here, and it’s hardest on the poor.”
The ocean itself appeared the seventh day, and Kyra found it just as awe-inspiring. The Aerins came all the way up against the rough waters, and tall cliffs lined the narrow beaches from which the choppy waters stretched to the horizens. A walled city was nestled just in front of the mountains at the base of the foothills.
As they marched closer, the caravan started preparing for arrival. Heralds with trumpets moved to the front, Council members shed their traveling cloaks and replaced them with silks and furs, and mounted knights slowed and fell into parade formation.
Edlan had walls the height of three men and a gate of solid iron that was currently thrown open. Trumpets greeted their entry, and Kyra looked up to see musicians on the walls. The caravan entered the city at a stately pace. After the impressive sight of the mountains and the ocean, the city itself was disappointing. Run down houses (brick, rather than wood like Forge) lined cobblestone streets . The air smelled of wood and coal, and there was also a damp salty feeling to everything to the cold air that cut into Kyra’s bones. The common folk of Edlan lined the streets to watch the caravan roll past. They looked well enough, but Kyra sawa the occasional soldier in their midst. The alleyways also looked cluttered, as if lean-to’s and other street detritus had been hastily pushed in off the streets.
The caravan weaved through the outer roads, finally entering into a Palace compound built of slate gray stone that matched the cliffs. There was bustle and chatter as Edlan staff mingled with the visitors, taking their horses and pointing them to guest quarters. Talk abounded of a diplomatic ball that night. Kyra was standing to the side, having just handed her bags over to a porter whom she hoped wasn’t an enterprising thief in disguise, when a man entered the courtyard whom Kyra guessed immediately to be Duke Symon. He was tall and reed thin, with greying hair. His velvet tunic, a dark Edlan blue, was richly embroidered with silver thread, and three attendents hurried behind him. There was something familiar about that man, but Kyra couldn’t quite place it.
Malikel beckoned to her from across the courtyard.
“Our work starts this afternoon,” he said. “The Edlan Defense minister would like to speak to you about the Demon Riders.”
An official dressed also in Edlan blue, was standing at Malikel’s side, as was Tristam. “This is Lord Alvred,” Malikel said. “Alvred, this is Kyra and Tristam, two under my command who’ve had close contact with the Demon Riders”
Kyra guessed that Alvred had been a formidible soldier in his youth. He was a large man whose hefty limbs gave the impression that they used to be heavily muscled, though now they had softened from a less physically challenging position. In the last war with Edlan twenty years ago, he and Malikel would have been archenemies. In times of peace, they maintained a respectful if careful relationship. Alvred looked at Kyra, peering down at her and squinting at her clothing. Kyra crossed her arms in front of her dusty travel tunic. Finally, the official gestured that they should follow him.
Lord Alvred led them back to the gate, where he summoned a carriage. “We’ve been having raids in our outer farmland,” he said as they rolled back out of the city. The countryside was foggy and covered with green stretches of what Alvred told Kyra was winter rye. Between plots of rye were unplanted fields dotted with sheep who looked a lot warmer than Kyra felt inside the carriage. Kyra spotted the site of the Demon Rider attack as soon as it came into view. The signs were obvious — broken fences, dirt kicked up, a general jumpiness in the movements of the farmhands. She exchanged a glance with Tristam. It definitely looked familiar. The carriage slowed, and the four of them climbed out.
“How many raids have there been?” asked Tristam, looking around the field. The farm itself was nothing out of the ordinary, ne large barn with a smaller farmhouse next to it. Sheep pens, some with broken fences, lined the barn.
“Just a few, but it’s the same pattern each time,” said Alvred. “Men and women, riding giant wildcats. Really brutal, intelligent, beasts.”
A round faced young woman came out of the farmhouse and stood waiting short distance away. She was only a few years older than Kyra, with wide eyes that gave an impression of honesty.
Alvred motioned for her to come closer. “This is Rillie. She witnessed the attacks.”
“Good,” said Malikel. “I’m sorry to make you recall these moments again, Rillie, but anything you can tell us will help us against the invaders.”
The girl’s braids bounced when she nodded. “It was in the morning. I was weeding the fields when I heard people shouting. I turned, and there were… the riders, milord. Three of them, on their beasts. They were rounding up the sheep. One of the shepherds, he was in the way, and he —” she broke off. She took a few deep breath and continued. “He lived, though he probably won’t have the use of his arm again. I’ve never seen anything like those beasts before. They weren’t natural. Their eyes, even, the way they looked at you.” As she talked, the five of them walked toward the sheep pens. Farmhands skirted around the four of them as they toured the area. Kyra caught the fear in their expressions, the skittishness of recent trauma.
She snuck a glance at Tristam. His shoulders were tense and his lips were pressed tightly together. His friend Jack had been killed in circumstances very similar to this one.
Kyra laid a hand on his elbow. “You all right?” she asked softly.
He gave a curt nod and kept his eyes on Rillie. There was a layer of sweat on his forehead despite the cold.
Kyra hadn’t been there when Jack had died, though she’d been close by when the demon riders had killed Martin, a pleasant young red shield under Tristam’s command. Kyra could remember his screams, and she still grieved him. But she didn’t feel the residual horror that she saw etched in every aspect of Tristam’s posture, and she wondered what that meant. The girl’s descriptions about the Demon Riders felt familiar to Kyra, and there was something comforting about that familiarity even as another part of her was properly shocked at Rillie’s tale. Rillie’s voice shook as she spoke, and Kyra certainly didn’t wish her harm. But how hard would she works to keep her safe, when doing so meant betraying her own blood? How important was blood anyways?
“Wait, Rillie,” Tristam’s voice interrupted her thoughts. “Tell me again what the attackers looked like.”
“They were painted, Sir. The riders had patterns painted all over their faces. Stripes, circles in blacks and browns.”
Kyra and Tristam exchanged a look.
“The attackers around Forge never painted themselves,” said Tristam.
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I’m looking forward to all the bonus content and bonus features
Me too!! I’m hunting now. Not to win, but just to see what’s out there!
I can’t wait to read your books
Thank you!! I’m partial to them. Obvs. 😉
I am really excited to know new authors and also catch those amazing exclusive contents 🙂
There are some really cool pinterest boards and fan casts too!
I just started the hunt, but i’m excited for the exclusive content!.
I’m through 14 of the pages so far and everything has been SOOOOOOO good!!! ENJOY!!
I’m looking forward to discovering new authors and books
I already have! Faye Bird’s book looks really interesting!! 😉
I can’t wait to discover new authors! This is my favorite part of the YASH!
Oh, good! It sounds like you’re a returning hunter! May your scavenging be successful!
Agreed!!! That and the new books they have out!
This is very cool. I get to know new authors!
Really excited about all the bonus content and how neat it is seeing Pinterest boards that have authors inspirations for their books.
I’m excited to learn about all of the new books authors have coming out.
I like all the excerpts!
Have you found mine yet? It’s a fun one!!
I just barely started. There have been so many good “peeks” so far. Like Roseblood! So excited for that!!!
Good luck and keep hunting!!
Sara Larson’s bonus scene so far.
OOOO!!!! I love Sara! I’ll have to go check that out!
I love finding new authors to add to my to-read list and reading never before published scenes. Thanks for participating in the hunt!
I totally agree! I love to see the behind-the-scenes stuff!
I love learning about the authors
So far I’m most excited for my second life by faye bird and finding hope by colleen nelson
Totally! Faye was a new find for me too!
I’m excited to find new Authors & new Reads! <3
The scary thing about this hunt is the list of books that are going to make my “to read” list even longer! But it’s a good kind of scary 😉 So excited!
anything that gets me excited
My favorite was probably Aprilynne Pike 🙂
Excited to find new authors! I love YA! 🙂
I love getting to read the bonus/deleted scenes of books. It’s always cool to see how they add into the stories.
Anything related to YA gets me excited, so I’m going to have a blast!
I’m excited to find new reads and read about bonus contents from other books! 😀
I loved how each author ive visited so far has a personal giveaway! Argh! So much to win!
Im excited for all the new authors that I will get to know throughout the hunt- authors that I wouldn’t have experienced if the hunt didn’t exist! Thanks for being part of the hunt!
Actually, I know it’s weird, but I don’t really like the extra excerpts and stuff as I like to be totally surprised when I start a new book. I just need and want the barest summary of a good idea to get me interested . 😀
Love reading all the bonus content!!! Thanks for the giveaway
Love reading content from new to me authors!
My favourite exclusive content so far has been on Colleen’s website, the excerpt for Selene Castrovilla’s book. It seems so different than most typical YA books!
I’m excited to see Colleen Houck’s bonus material!
Madeline Dyers’ contest was pretty cool!
I’m excited to see bonus scenes!
Bonus content, of course!
I am excited to add some more great books to my TBR!
I look forward to reading some of the really cool books that I have found from this YA Hunt!
I like the excerpts!
Im exited for new author I might not know about yet 🙂
Bonus chapters has been the best that I’ve seen so far but I’ve only been to three so far.
It’s actually my 3rd stop, but I’m really excited to read bonus material from authors I haven’t read to see what I like so I can find another great author to read!
Love this hunt! Hopefully it will continue for many more years 🙂
I am most looking forward to not only reading bonus material from my favorite authors, but also getting to find new books that I haven’t heard of.
I love the sneak peek for Cyn Balog and Cylin Busby’s upcoming books. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
I love to discover new books and new authors!
I was unwittingly captivated by the Shadow Fall content :). I say unwittingly because I try to save reading for last. What actually happened: eyes scrolled down the page…we all know how that goes (just one more chapter!). I starting skimming and realized how fantastic it was, and halted all hunt progress because I just couldn’t NOT read it. Take my money lol
Kay Honeyman had some really funny recipes… I loved it! 😀
I love finding new books to put on my TBR! That’s what brings me back year after year!
I’ve seen a lot of cool bonus content already (and I’m only a few stops in!) so it’s hard for me to choose!
Colleen Nelson’s exclusive content so far – how intriguing!
the best thing is meeting a lot of authors. a lot that I have not meet or read their books. I am excited to find that there are a lot of authors who are into fairy tale retelling.
I’m excited to discover new authors!
Im super excited for everything!! I love getting to learn about new authors and their works! And the exclusives are awesome! The whole experience just gets me excited 🙂
I enjoy seeing fan casting for book characters
Deleted chapters are the ones i’m excited for. I’ve only just started the hunt for fingers crossed for more.
Hi Becky! Thank you so much for the chance to win this awesome giveaway. This is my first time doing the hunt but it’s been so much fun and has helped me discover so many amazing books and authors! My TBR list has tripled! Lol
My favourite exclusive content so far has been Faye Bird’s fantasy casting for her book My Second Life. I love seeing who the author envisions as their characters <3
I’m a big fan of fairytale retellings, and so far I liked the sneak peek at Shonna Slayton’s “Spindle.” 🙂
I too am just a huge fan of fairy retellings and I love getting free books. I use them as giveaways at my teen programs.
Christine A Pogon
I’m so eager to see Colleen Houck’s bonus content!
I’m really excited to see all the exclusive content and to learn about all the great authors and books. I just wish it wasn’t such a rush and I had more time to take it all in.
There has been so many great looking new books that ive added to goodreads and a few ive bought. Its so awesome that the authors come together to share with all of us. Thank you!
I’m excited to see what extra content or information the authors are going to be giving out. Also the opportunity to get to know new authors I haven’t read yet.
The bonus chapter of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash!!
I’m looking forward to reading all the bonus content.
Jessica Brody ‘ s exclusive content so far, thank you for the chance!
This is one of my first stops, but there are so many books to be excited about this year! There are some new authors I am excited to learn more about!
What has struck me is the sheer variety of stories and settings, everything from ordinary high schools to ancient tribes to fantasy kingdoms to dystopian futures to outer space.
I find it fascinating how many authors have playlists for their books. I can never listen to something specific while I’m writing – just general ambiance background music.
I’m definitely excited to see some more contests!
so hard to pick a fav exclusive content! I’ve just been enjoying all of it. Anything that gives me more insight into the book and characters I really enjoy!
I just love the hunts – the challenge of getting to all the authors’ pages and finding new-to-me authors!
thanks for participating in this!!!
I’m really excited to see some of the content that shows the “behind the scenes” thinking that writers go through.
I’ve seen a lot of cool exclusives so its so hard for me to choose
The deleted scenes
I’ve only just started the hunt with the red team. So far I’ve enjoyed Colleen Nelson’s Finding Hope content.
This is my first stop on YASH. I love finding out about new authors/books that I didn’t know about and keeping tabs on what my favorite authors are working on now 🙂 The exclusive content is always such a FUN bonus!!
Kirstie @ Upside-Down Books
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! This is only my second stop (it’s going to be a long night of visiting blogs XD) but I’m super excited to see all the shiny books and add them to my ridiculously huge TBR!!
EVERYTHING! I love YASH and I love getting to check so much content and new books that weren’t on my TBR! EEK!
I’m looking forward to all bonus content 🙂
I’m looking forward to deleted and exclusive scenes.
I’ve just started the hunt, but I love Livia Blackburne’s Midnight Thief series so I was super excited to see a deleted chapter! Definitely one of my favorite things so far!
I love content that is related to the book. Colleen Nelson had really cool info from Shonna Slayton’s research for her novel.
Just starting out, but liked Shonna Slayton’s Hanging Out Victorian Style.
Thanks for being part of this giveaway! Two things have been my favorite parts so far: 1. I just read Jeff Garvin’s Symptoms of Being Human (he’s on the Orange Team) and his exclusive content was showing the different iterations the first chapter of the book went through before he got to the final version that ended up in the book. I literally finished the book a day before I did the hunt so that was really fun and totally unexpected! and 2. Just getting to know a bunch of new YA authors and getting excited about authors I might not have found otherwise.
I don’t have a favorite. I enjoy playlist and excerpts
I particularly like when authors do their dream casts. It’s fun to see how the authors imagine their characters would look, and you can see if you would have guessed the same person.
I loved the RoseBlood playlist!
I love all the snipets of deleted scenes or exclusive looks at books. Love the yahunt.