Today is my stop on the book tour for Blood, Fire & Mercy by Christina Davis. This tour is hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. The first book in this trilogy was a lot of fun, so I’m glad the sequel is here. Today I’m going to tell you about the book and I have an author interview. Keep on reading to find out more!
Blood, Fire & Mercy (Da’Valia Trilogy #2) by Christina Davis
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing Date: November 10, 2021
18-year-old thief Neva Roberts has been living on the run since absconding with the Eye, piece of the greatest weapon ever created. But she’s running from more than a cold-hearted ruler. She has exiled herself to a barren land, trying to forget the pain she caused.
When Trinizhi’s squad of assassins catches up with Neva, her life on the run comes to an abrupt end, and the ultimate betrayal is unveiled. Only one person — Astiand — knew where she was hiding.
With the help of Emiliand and a new Djinn friend, Neva will return to her homeland for the job of a lifetime. If she can overcome dragon wardens, escape a prison island, and double-cross Trinizhi, Neva might just start forgiving herself…
What does a typical writing day look like for you? Are there any special rituals or do you just sit down and write?
Great question. I do most of my writing with my writing partners, caffeine, and sugary treats. Before the pandemic, I’d meet my friends at coffee shops. Now we meet via video or outside somewhere. We chat, do a writing sprint, chat, and do another sprint. It’s more fun than writing alone, and knowing that someone else is expecting me to show up helps with consistency.
When I start writing, I’ll usually orient myself by going over the previous scene to make sure the flow of the story isn’t interrupted. And I always set a timer.
When you wrote Blood, Fire & Mercy was the process any different than writing Born at Dawn? If so, what was different about it?
Oh, yes. With Born at Dawn, I selected elements of the story out of a hat to start. With Blood, Fire & Mercy, I’d already invented much of the world and the characters. They’d already made promises and mistakes in the first book, and I didn’t want to just forget about those.
Now that Neva had made certain decisions in Born at Dawn, I had to ask myself how those decisions would have changed her and what her new reality would be like. Throughout writing Blood, Fire & Mercy, I would remind myself to stay true to the characters and the story.
Describe Blood, Fire & Mercy in five words or less.
Impossible heist and high stakes.
What is your favorite quote from Blood, Fire & Mercy?
“One might argue that the decisions we make when we’re afraid are the decisions that count the most.” – Ballard Tavish
If you could be a character in your Da’Valia Trilogy what kind of character would you be?
That’s a hard question! It would be a ton of fun to be Da’Valian, but Mari is my favorite new character, and her abilities have a lot of appeal – flying and possession. I think I’d have to go with Djinn.
During the tour there are a lot of amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers participating. If you want to see reviews or different posts, click here for the full tour schedule.
About the Author
Christina Davis was raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a California girl at heart. She spent much of her childhood in and out of hospitals and embraced reading as an escape. After being home-schooled through high school, she graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University and attended NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute before embarking on a decade-long career in journalism. She enjoys chocolate, cosplay, coffee, and board games, but not necessarily in that order. She now lives in beautiful Monterey County with her husband and daughter.
I always love learning more about the authors that write books I enjoy. Blood, Fire & Mercy is a book I’ll be reading really soon. If you had a magical ability what would yours be? I’d love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments!