Blog Tour - Guest Post: FIRE LINES - by Cara Thurlbourn

I am so excited to be sharing this post with you today! Fire Lines sounds amazing, unique, and beautiful, and what Cara has to share is awesome. It makes me want to read the book more than ever.  

Over to you, Cara :) 

Five favourite things about Émi’s world – The Four Cities

 It’s so hard to choose only five things! If I really have to, though, my top five would be: 

1. The elephants. They’re absolutely incredible creatures, particularly when you start looking at the emotional bonds they form and the dynamics of their family groups. I was lucky enough to visit a sanctuary in India where we helped to bathe elephants who had been rescued from the tourism trade and it was an absolutely incredible experience – they are so powerful and yet gentle at the same time, and their eyes are truly soulful. They’re going to feature lots more later in the series, in book three particularly, so I can’t wait to get writing those bits! 

2. Magick. I’m a sucker for magic – I always have been. I feel like Fire Lines only just begins to hint at the extent of Émi’s powers, and also at the magical creatures that inhabit the rest of The Four Cities. So, I’m going to have lots of fun developing those. 

3. The landscapes. Whenever I watch films or TV shows, I just love the big cinematic landscape shots that give you a real feel for a place, and I tried to create that feeling when describing the world Émi is thrown into. My favourites are probably the view from the clifftops in Abilene, looking down at the lake with the silver bamboo towering up behind, and the view from Kole’s veranda in Tarynne with the watering hole and the plains stretching out towards the horizon. 

4. The good guys aren’t always good. There are blurred lines between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ throughout The Four Cities. Mahg is most definitely on the ‘bad’ side but many of the other characters do bad things for good reasons, or vice versa. This does make life a bit tricky for Émi though – it would be much simpler if she knew 100% who to trust. But then, what fun would that be?! 

5. The Island of Bones. Mahg’s Islands have only had brief mentions in Fire Lines but I’m really excited to delve into them properly later on in the series. Particularly the main island, The Island of Bones. It’s going to be gritty and gnarly, and quite scary. Much worse than Nhatu.

When your blood line awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom? Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets. But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally. Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed. Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?

Title: Fire Lines
Author: Cara Thurlbourn
Release Date: 26th September 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Bewick Press

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Cara Thurlbourn writes children’s and young adult fiction. 'Fire Lines' is her first novel and it’s a story she’s been planning since she was fifteen years old. Cara has a degree in English from the University of Nottingham and an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. She lives in a tiny village in Suffolk and has worked in academic and educational publishing for nearly ten years. Cara blogs about her author journey and in November 2016 she crowdfunded her first children’s book. 10% of its profits are donated to animal rehoming charities. Cara plans to write at least two more books in the Fire Lines series, as well as a young adult mystery series, and has lots more children’s stories waiting in the wings. You can sign up for Cara’s newsletter, for giveaways, updates and latest releases, here:

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  1. Thank you for pointing a new author (to me) in my direction! This sounds like a very cool story, hopefully I'll get the chance to read it. Great post, and I'm a new follower via Bloglovin!

    1. No problem! So glad you like the look of it :)
      Aww thank you! <3