We had such a great time Tuesday night getting to attend Kathryn Purdie’s launch party for her latest novel in the Burning Glass series, Crystal Blade! I absolutely love these books, and Crystal Blade is my favorite book in the trilogy thus far (check out my full review here), so it was such a great experience to get to attend this event.
First of all, Kathryn wore this gorgeous Russian gown, which was absolutely stunning and so much fun!
Kathryn spoke about how difficult it can be to write a second book. I found her honesty not only refreshing but absolutely inspiring. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to write a second novel when you have ARCs for book one circulating and are just starting to see reader feedback for the first time. Kathryn ended up re-writing her entire book after turning in her original draft, and she did it in a very, VERY short period of time. After completing that draft, she had to trim over 50,000 words off to complete this phenomenal novel.
Kathryn certainly overcame all of the pressure and obstacles she faced, because she created a book that is truly wonderful. All the work she put into this second book certainly paid off. She really hits her stride in this novel. It is so well-written. I was absolutely glued to it from beginning to end!
One of the things that helped her get through some of those challenges while she was writing Crystal Blade was the incredible community of writers we have here in Utah. Sara B. Larson, author of Defy and Dark Breaks the Dawn, and Emily King, author of The Hundredth Queen, were particularly supportive and helpful for Kathryn as were her wonderful father and family.
We truly have a special community here, whether you’re a writer, blogger, or reader, everyone is so supportive and welcoming. It’s such a special book community to belong to, and I feel so lucky to be part of it. Kathryn is definitely a pillar in our community here, so it was an absolute pleasure to get to celebrate the launch of this beautiful book with her.
Enter the Giveaway
One winner will receive:
- 1 hardcover copy of Burning Glass
- 1 hardcover copy of Crystal Blade
- A swag pack including character art, bookmarks, and full-cover book plate map!
- U.S. only due to shipping expenses.
- This giveaway ends 08/26/2017.
Have you started reading the Burning Glass series yet? What are some of your favorite YA fantasy series?