Meet Stephanie Burgis and The Raven Throne

Article | Nov 2023

STEPHANIE BURGIS is the author of The Raven Heir. If you have yet to read this book we suggest you go straight to the library and get a copy to read!

In this interview with the author, Good Reading chats with Stephanie about the sequel, The Raven Throne.

 

The Raven Throne by Stephanie BurgisThe Raven Throne is the second book in your fantasy series. What’s new for the triplets since the last book?

In the months that have taken place since the ending of The Raven Heir, everything about the triplets’ lives has changed. Instead of living together in total isolation from the outside world, they’re now members of a very public royal family, living under the constant view of strangers and separated from each other within the royal court. Cordelia has become the Raven Queen, and her triplets have both been informed that their old dreams (for Giles – to become a bard – and for Rosalind – to become a knight) have to be forgotten. Their only permitted goal now is to become a “perfect” royal family, for their own safety.

 

What can you tell us about Giles and Rosalind’s quest?

Giles and Rosalind weren’t the chosen ones when it came to the Raven Crown – but when their powerful sister is cast into a magical sleep through an enemy enchantment, it’s up to them to figure out how to save her, their family, and their entire kingdom.

 

What does it mean to become the Raven Queen?

When Cordelia became the Raven Queen, she formed an indelible connection with the land itself. Now, she controls its magic – and she is both anchored and trapped by it.

 

Each of the siblings have a magical skill – if you could have one power, what would it be?

If I had one magical power, I’d most love to be able to fly!

 

The raven Heir by Stephanie BurgisWhat sparked the idea for the ancient spirits in this story?

In the Middle Ages, there was a common belief that the land could only thrive under its ‘rightful’ ruler, so if there were droughts, bad harvests, etc., that was a sign that it was ruled by the wrong person. When I first came up with The Raven Heir, I wanted to figure out what could ever make one person the ‘rightful’ king or queen. Why would they be chosen by the land itself? And how could that possibly work?

In real life, I’m a skeptic when it comes to monarchy – but in a fantasy setting, what made sense was to give the land itself a voice through the ancient spirits that embody its magic.

 

How does it feel saying goodbye to this series?

It feels really poignant! I love all three triplets so much, and I do miss writing about them now that The Raven Throne is finished – but I also feel like the end of this book was the right place to leave their story. I have great faith in their future adventures and happiness off-screen!

 

ABOUT STEPHANIE BURGIS

Stephanie Burgis author 2I come from a big, noisy, loving family, and I’m really close to my younger brothers, so it’s not a surprise that so many of my books are about families of one sort or another. I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan USA, hopelessly addicted to books – and luckily, my family visited the library every week. My dad read me both The Lord of the Rings and Pride and Prejudice when I was less than 10 years old, so I learned very early in my life to love fantasy adventures AND 19th-century romantic comedies!

Now I’m both American and British, which feels pretty magical to me. I was born American and still am, but I spent seven years living in Yorkshire, England (where A Most Improper Magick/Kat, Incorrigible is set) and now I live in Wales and have dual US/UK citizenship. I live with my husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, our two sons (known online as ‘Mr Darcy’ and ‘Mr X’) and our extremely vocal tabby cat, Pebbles.

Before I became a full-time writer, I won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Vienna, Austria, earned a Master’s degree in music history, and spent three years as a doctoral student researching late-eighteenth-century opera and politics in Vienna and Eszterháza – research which directly inspired my (wildly romantic and operatic) adult historical fantasy novel, Masks and Shadows! I also had a variety of different jobs, including teaching English to teenagers in Vienna, temping in a Senatorial office in Lansing, Michigan, and editing the website of an opera company in northern England.

Nowadays, I mostly write fun MG fantasy adventure novels and frothy, romantic historical fantasies for adults – and I’m having so much fun with all of them!

Visit Stephenie Burgis’ website

Author: Stephanie Burgis

Category: Children's, Teenage & educational

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN: 9781526614469

RRP: $16.99

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