Epic Historical Fantasy
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I loved the narration in this audiobook. What was the collaboration like with narrator Kristen James to bring your book to life?
I’ve always had a great collaboration with Kristen James, the narrator of all of my audiobooks in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings series. Whenever we’re ready to do an audiobook, I send her a list of the most important characters along with their traits and background. For the new characters introduced in Amulet’s Rapture, Kristen provided me an audio example of the voice she would use for each of them. For the most part, her voice inflections of characters are spot on and I give her free rein on the dramatic interpretation of the book. She enjoys narrating some of the villainous or quirky characters such as Decimus (Catrin’s Roman master), Myrddin (Merlin-like Druid), Rhan (Sorceress), and Marrock (Catrin’s half-brother).
Were there any challenges or unique opportunities that were presented when creating your audiobook?
There are devoted fans of audiobooks that I might not reach with an e-book or printed book. It is always a thrill to hear Kristen’s narrative interpretation of my books. She brings the characters to life on the page. One of the biggest challenges of producing an audiobook for an epic historical fantasy is finding a narrator with a wide range of voices for the myriad of characters from different regions in the ancient world. Kristen has done a fantastic job for creating distinctive voices, both male and female. For characters from Britannia who only speak Celtic, Kristen narrates their dialogue with a Gaelic accent. The Roman characters have various British accents while the other Celtic characters who can speak Latin have a US accent. One of the new characters in Amulet’s Rapture is Negasi, an Ethiopian gladiator who befriends Catrin, speaks with an African accent.
What is one scene from the audiobook that stands out to you as different from the way it’s presented in the book?
This is a hard question to answer. There were several scenes that Kristen brings to life with her narration. One of the scenes that gives hints on how the series will unfold is provided in Chapter 8 entitled, “Rhan’s Baby.” This is a surrealistic scene in which Rhan—a sorceress who cast a curse that Catrin’s father would be be slain and overthrown by his son, Marrock— levitates between life and death after giving birth to her daughter. Rhan envisions her curse, which has been etched on a dagger blade, melting and transforming into another curse, foretelling Marrock will meet the safe fate as his father at the hands of Catrin. Kristen captures the dreamlike scene as though it is actually happening to Rhan. There are other similar scenes in which fantasy and reality weave together to drive the story.
Blood stains her Celtic home and kingdom.
The warrior Druid princess will do anything to retake her kingdom.
Although Catrin is the rightful heir to the Celtic throne in Britannia, she is lucky to be alive. After witnessing the slaughter of her family at the hands of her half-brother, who was aided by the Romans, she is enslaved by a Roman commander. He disguises her as a boy in the Roman Legion with the belief that she is an oracle of Apollo and can foretell his future. The sole bright spot in her miserable new life is her forbidden lover Marcellus, the great-grandson of the famed Roman General Mark Antony.
But Marcellus has been wounded and his memories of Catrin and their secret marriage were erased by a dark Druidess. Though Marcellus reunites with Catrin in Gaul and becomes her ally as she struggles to survive the brutality of her Roman master, he questions the legitimacy of their marriage and hesitates to help her escape and retake her kingdom. If their forbidden love and alliance are discovered, her dreams of returning to her Celtic home with Marcellus will be shattered.
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