Published by Bloomsbury Australia on May 7, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
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From the moment Alina touches London's hottest fae superstar, breaking one of the laws founded to protect all of her kind, her fate – and the fae – close in.
Below ground, the fae High Queen plots to claim the city as her own and places her pawns, ready for the battle to come. A battle she cannot lose, but for one small problem – Alina. There are four ancient keepers powerful enough to keep the queen in her prison. Three are dead. One remains … And to fight back, Alina risks sacrificing everything she has come to love.
This New Adult urban fantasy is packed with action and suspense and will have you yearning for more forbidden fae romance.
There are two things that caught my eye with City of Fae – the fact that it is a new adult urban fantasy and it’s setting in the London underground. The cover looks completely breath-taking as well!
Q&A with Pippa DeCosta, Author of City of Fae
1. London ruled by a fae underground city – what an awesome concept! How did you come up with the idea behind City of Fae?
I’ve always wanted to write about the fae, but I didn’t want to go over the same mythos that’s been done so many times already. I had to somehow put a slight spin on it, so I asked myself how to shake things up a bit. The answer? Take the fae out of their ‘natural habitat’ and put them in the city, walking among us. But that still wasn’t enough. I needed more to make City of Fae really stand out. The underground idea came to me while I was spending a few days in London. I’m a country gal, so travelling on the London Underground feels unnatural at the best of times (fun though!) and it was while travelling back from sightseeing on the tube that the idea really started to sink its claws in. What if there’s something else under London? Something hidden, yet so close, just below our feet. There are miles and miles of forgotten tunnels under London, the perfect place to hide a race of beautifully deadly fae, and other lethal creatures.
2. Alina sounds like a really spunky, inquisitive, kick-ass character. Which characters inspired Alina as a character?
Alina is really unique. I can’t say too much without revealing spoilers, but she’s feisty enough to not let anything or anyone stand in her way, and yet she’s also incredibly vulnerable.
3. What is your favourite scene in the book (without spoilers)?
Gosh, there are so many. I had a lot of fun writing the scene in Reign’s Kensington apartment. There’s so much going on between the two main characters. Humor, sexual tension, frustration, exhaustion and the lies! Mix all together and you get a fabulous scene overflowing with conflict. There’s also a scene at Victoria Docks, where some truths are revealed, but I can’t talk about that without revealing a major plot spoiler!
4. You’ve written paranormal, urban fantasy and sci-fi books. How did the writing process differ between genres, was it difficult to switch?
I write what I love. I grew up watching Buffy, Highlander, and Farscape, to name just a few. I’ve always adored fantasy and science fiction. I’m a total geek at heart. Start talking to me about Warcraft or Star Wars (is anyone else super excited for the new Star Wars movie?!) and you won’t be able to shut me up again. I blame my teacher in primary school who had the class listen to Jeff Wayne’s musical version of ‘War of the Worlds’, during lesson time. I haven’t been the same since.
So, no it wasn’t difficult to switch between genres. My style and voice remain consistent no matter the genre I write. I love sci-fi and fantasy equally, and have no problem devouring research for the worlds. It’s true what they say; write what you love. The readers can tell.
5. I’ve heard you like gaming too – what games or gaming characters represent your books?
Ooh, good question. I’ve already mentioned World of Warcraft. I haven’t played it for a while, writing commitments have gotten in the way, but Warcraft still calls to me. My level 85 night elf rogue needs some TLC to get her to level 100. She was my first ever character, and while I’ve rolled loads of other characters since her, she’s the one I always go back to. There’s definitely some night elf rogue traits in Reign, from City of Fae! Once I start playing Warcraft though, I can’t stop, and those deadlines don’t meet themselves.
I really enjoyed Mass Effect, and Fable, and Halo (new Halo coming soon!) oh gosh, there are so many. Inspiration for my books comes from anywhere and everywhere, and gaming definitely adds to the huge backlog of utterly useless facts floating around my imagination. I’m sure bits of all the games I’ve played end up in my books in some form or another.
About the Author
orn in Tonbridge, Kent in 1979, Pippa’s family moved to the South West of England where she grew up amongst the dramatic moorland and sweeping coastlands of Devon & Cornwall. With a family history brimming with intrigue, complete with Gypsy angst on one side and Jewish survivors on another, she has the ability to draw from a patchwork of ancestry and use it as the inspiration for her writing. Happily married and the Mother of two little girls, she resides on the Devon & Cornwall border.
Follow the worldwide blog tour below:
- 11th May – Jeann @ http://www.happyindulgencebooks.com
- 12th May – Chelsea, www.booknerdigans.com
- 13th May – Jenny @ Wondrous Reads
- 14th May – Katie @ KitKats Can Read
- 18th May – Sarah @ http://allthingsuf.com/
- 19th May – Jenny @ http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com/
Thanks to Bloomsbury for organising this author interview and tour!