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Garkain follows a young woman who goes to Australia to uncover her past and finds a supernatural world she never thought existed. What was the inspiration for the setup to this exciting story?
My own adoption, in a way. Amelia’s beginning is the same as mine. I was adopted as a baby from a hospital in Houston, with an Australian heritage. The rest however, is quite different. As an adopted child though, I think we all have these questions of where we come from, why we were given up. I took those questions and constructed a truly fantastic tale for Amelia, letting my own imagination run wild. I’ve always loved the Paranormal and Young Adult genre, but grew tired of the usual things you’d find. I wanted to give readers a truly unique experience. To frame the story in an intelligent way, and bring vampires and werewolves into a new age.
Amelia is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?
A desire to showcase the central character as more relatable to the strong young women of today. Empower her to make her own choices, live by her own rules, and stray from the stereotypical submissive female lead, who’s at the mercy of a vampire. She defies the role she’s expected to play in the Legacy, which I think was the most fun part to write. She’s strong-willed, and sometimes stubborn, while remaining completely relatable and feminine at the same time.
I enjoyed the lore that you’ve created in your world. What were some new ideas you wanted to introduce into the vampire/werewolf mythology?
“We’re not who you think we are.” I wanted to explore what vampires culture would be like in present times. How it might have changed over the centuries. The characters in the story are completely believable, as if the Colony really could exist. Maybe it does . . .
This is book one in The Uluru Legacy Series. What can readers expect in book two?
I’m so very excited to share the next book, with so many questions left at the end of Garkain. I’m anticipating releasing it for preorder around the time Garkain is released to the public.
The second book takes a deeper look inside the Colony itself. The questions readers have from the first book will be answered, as new questions come to light, and a new danger makes itself known. We explore more about he central characters introduced in the first book, delving deeper into their true motives and plans for Amelia and Roan. And of course we see the relationship grow between them as well. New discoveries are made, and new relationships made as well. What I can promise, are plenty of surprises. So, stay tuned!
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Garkain is the first book of the Uluru Legacy by author Anna J. Walner. She introduces us to a world where vampires and werewolves live in secret societies. Set in Perth, Australia, we follow one tribe of Garkain, the vampires, and another of Larougo, the lycanthropes or werewolves. Amelia is unique because she is the first to have both Garkain and Larougo blood. She was abandoned at a hospital when she was born, and at age 25 she’ll try to find out the truth about where she comes from. In the process she’ll reconnect with her Garkain mother and the rest of her lost family, get to know all that there is about the Uluru Colony, the Garkain tribe to which she belongs. Having lived in the United States all her life, Amelia will travel to Australia to have the opportunity to meet her real family for the first time, only to soon have to make a very hard decision, to go through the Unbinding ritual to finally become Garkain, leaving her mortality behind, or to go back to her normal life in the States as a human. She has the chance of becoming the bridge that will unite the Garkain and the Larougo, natural enemies, and gaining new gifts from both to possibly strengthen the genes of the future Garkain and Larougo generations to come.
Garkain is a story about family and love, with some political background between the Garkain and the Larougo that adds a layer of tension to this emotional novel. I enjoyed following Amelia’s journey as she realized who she really was and got to know, for the first time, how it felt to have a real family to support her and stand by her. I liked her character a lot and loved reading about her relationship with Roan, one of the Larougo. They had a lot of chemistry and seemed to be a great support for one another, despite coming from very different families. This is a great introduction to the Uluru Legacy, which promises to be entertaining. We get to learn about how the Garkain and Larougo work and organize, their rules and the gifts that they have, all of it created with imaginative flare. The story deals with themes such as family and romance, and leaves hints of possible political fights among the Garkain and Larougo for future books of the series, which left me intrigued, wanting to find out more about what’s going on and what role Amelia is going to have to play in all of this.
I’m eager to see how Amelia’s and Roan’s relationship will develop in the next books, and what decisions they will make as significant and powerful members of the Garkain and Larougo families. Garkain by Anna J. Walner is a riveting dive into a fantastical world that is rich in supernatural lore. This thrilling fantasy novel is ideal for the fans of the paranormal and supernatural genres, especially those who have developed a love for vampires and werewolves.
Pages: 228 | ASIN: B08R2DDMG1
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