Christina Farley introducesSilvern, book two in the Gilded series, and provides an exclusive excerpt. Silvern doesn’t release until September 23, but you can enter for your chance to win an advanced copy below.
It all began the day I went digging through the library at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea looking for Korean myths. I was teaching at an international school in Seoul and I wanted to inspire my students to fall in love with Korean literature.
I’ll never forget sitting on that cold, marble floor, the smell of books filling the air around me when I came across the story of Haemosu and Princess Yuhwa. It was a story full of magic, shape-shifting, battles, and unrequited love.
I was hooked.
But I wanted more.
What happened after Princess Yuhwa fell back to earth? What other challenges did these mythological creatures encounter? And more importantly, how could these Korean myths intertwine with our modern world?
My imagination kicked in and I went home that night and wrote the first chapter of Gilded. But Jae Hwa’s story didn’t end with that first book. There was a whole new world—a secret world—of the Guardians of Shinshi that Jae had yet to discover. And in the midst of this, she arouses the interest of the most dangerous Korean immortal: Kud, the god of darkness.
For Silvern, the sequel to Gilded, I wanted to bring my readers deeper into the mythological world of Korea. The Nine Dragons, gwishins, imoogi, and the god of the underworld are all players in the hunt for the White Tiger orb. Jae must embark on a dangerous quest into the heart of North Korea in order to foil Kud’s plan. Yet through these struggles, Jae realizes that while she has the power to save those she loves, she may destroy everything she has worked so hard to gain.
My love of fantasy began at a young age when my dad would read at my bedside each night. As a teen, I devoured J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Richard Adams’s Watership Down. Their worldbuilding was absolutely staggering, and because of it, those stories lingered with me long after I closed the book.
Books that inspire me today include Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy and Beth Revis’s Across the Universe series. Both of these not only create magical settings in a fresh new way, but challenge the reader to impact their world and be a part of that change.
Do dragons still roam the earth? Are there portals that connect us to other worlds? It’s these questions that pump my blood and kindle the love of stories within my veins. Books have the power to take you on adventures to new worlds. And can forever change you.
That’s my hope for readers of Silvern.
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