Ariessy of Midgard follows a young woman who finds her world turned upside down by a series of events that will challenge her like never before. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
I think all kids feel like they don’t belong or fit in at a certain point in their teens. It feels as though you’re not in control of anything, and I wanted to portray that in Ariessy’s life.
Ariessy is an intriguing and well-developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character’s development?
I used to be a host mother to some wonderful foreign teenagers who were studying here in the UK, and each of them made up a part of Ariessy’s character. It isn’t easy to adjust to a new country, with a different language, social expectations, food, traditions etc. Ariessy finds out there’s a good reason why she feels the way she does, which in some ways comes as a relief, but it’s also tough for her to adjust to a whole new way of seeing herself and the world. I think every teenager finds it difficult to accept restrictions, even when they’re put in place for their own protection, and it takes some time for Ariessy to adjust, so her development could only go so far in book one. We see her transform completely in book two.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Self-acceptance, Belonging, Respect and responsibility for the natural world, and accepting our limits. Ariessy fights as hard as she can, she saves a life and avenges her attacker, but she needs a bit of help to get to the finish line. We all need someone to help us walk that extra mile sometimes, and that’s okay.
What is the next book that you are working on, and when will it be available?
My next book is the follow up to this one. It’s titled Ariessy of Odinstone, and I’m hoping to publish it early next year.
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Ariessy was just shy of her 18th birthday and navigating life with more challenges than the average teenager. She was a Seiva, a race of magical beings who existed to protect Mother Earth, working at a school to help young Seivar harness their sorcery, and also dealing with the anguish of seeing her father grow sicker each day with no explanation why. Suddenly, the death of an old family friend sets off a series of events that turns Essy’s life even more on its head as she’s forced to face truths about her family and the people in her community she thought she could trust. For Essy, nothing was ever going to be the same again.
In Ariessy of Midgard, L.B. Arthur weaves an enchanting tale of various ancient races, living their lives on Earth and existing secretly alongside humans. The Seivar and the Verrulfa both serve different purposes, with the former protecting the Earth and non-humans and the later protecting humans from the Seivar. At the start of the book, it seems like the story might be a little similar to Harry Potter, albeit from a teacher’s point of view, but it quickly turns into a fantastic combination of magic and mythology. The beauty of the Welsh countryside provides a captivating setting for the intrigue of Norse legends as Essy’s preconceptions are challenged and changed with an alarming quickness. Arthur captures the essence of a late teen exceptionally well, presenting Ariessy as a young woman who regularly straddles the line between a child’s emotional maturity and an adult’s responsibilities. She still sees her family, and her own interests, as a number one priority despite learning about her place and obligations in a much larger world.
There is an alluring romantic aspect woven throughout this novel as well, but it’s not the central point of the novel and so feels uncritical. Ariessy’s is an emotive and engaging character who is headstrong and intelligent, but ultimately needs to be saved. But even with this I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the story and had a hard time putting it down. The blend of existing mythology and the magic system created by Arthur make for an riveting story.
Ariessy of Midgard is an emotional fantasy adventure story that expertly hits all the right notes for young adult fantasy fans looking for an easy story with a unique blend of Norse mythology to get lost in.
Pages: 290 | ASIN: B08YR7TKCZ
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Two Races — One Law — Zero Tolerance
On the verge of losing her father to a mysterious illness, seventeen-year-old Seiva Ariessy Taylor must take drastic measures to cure him.
When the authorities question her, matters take a turn for the worse and the Veurrulfar — a shapeshifting race from Nidavellir — reveal a long-held secret that changes her life for ever.
Ariessy must learn who she can trust before it’s too late.
Is freedom worth dying for — or can her secret save her?
Set in South Wales, United Kingdom. Ariessy of Midgard is an emotional urban fantasy adventure with hidden magic, mythical creatures, and a fantastic combination of mystery and mythology that will keep you turning pages.
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