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Katharine E. Wibell Author Interview

Katharine E. Wibell Author Interview

Giahem’s Talons finds the kingdom of Elysia invaded and Lluava trying to correct her past mistakes which led to the kingdoms demise. Now on the fourth book in your series, do you still plan the novels starting point or do the previous novels dictate where the story picks up?

The answer depends on the specific book in the series. The first novel was intended to be a stand-alone book. Yet, when I realized that this was going to be a four-book series, I developed the major plotlines of all three sequels at the same time. Though certain subplots and twists revealed themselves to me during the writing process, the end of each novel dictated where the next book would begin.

The emotional turmoil that Lluava feels throughout the story is palpable and deep. How were you able to capture and convey her complex emotions?

I always wanted to make Lluava a character in which her morals become more and more muddied as she navigates through a kingdom at war. Since I believe that war is devastating and destructive in more than just physical ways, my main character needed to have her innocence stripped slowly away. The decisions she must make have no good answer, and her hard choices cause the emotional turmoil which you referenced. The burden on her shoulders grows to monstrous proportions. In the end, Lluava is not the heroine that we would have wanted, but she is the one that the kingdom of Elysia needs in order to survive.

This novel is exceptionally well written. Is there a scene in the novel that stands out to you for being relatively difficult?

There is a battle along the walls of the capital in which Lluava and her followers struggle to reach sanctuary. This scene was harder than normal for me to write because I wanted to convey the sheer randomness and luck that goes hand in hand with the madness and chaos of war. I wanted the reader to glimpse some of the moments occurring simultaneously as Lluava is fighting her own opponents. There is no way for her to aid or save her comrades. Good people do not survive simply because they are good. Heroic acts do not always succeed. Friendly fire is not unusual. And the fear of death can undermine the best intentions. Although some of these topics are better represented later on in the book, the sheer pandemonium of this particular scene challenged both me and my style of writing.

What can readers expect in book five of The Incarn Saga?

Unfortunately, this is it. Giahem’s Talons is the final book in The Incarn Saga series. It was sad for me to say goodbye to all the characters that I had grown to love and care for, but it was time to let them go and live their lives beyond the final pages of the book. I am happy to announce that I am working on two very different series simultaneously. One will be a young adult adventure fantasy, while the other is a novella series for adults that deals with Norse mythology. I hope my readers, whatever their age, will be pleased with the new works that are being developed for them.

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Giahem's Talons (The Incarn Saga Book 4) by [Wibell, Katharine]

According to legend, when the world was young, Giahem, King of the Gods, realized that the pantheon was on the verge of self-destruction due to his own actions. To protect his favorite child, he hid the infant and gave her a false name in the hope that she would survive—a name that would forever be associated with the young goddess: Issaura.

Now, the capital has fallen to the Outlanders, the king has been overthrown, and the Raiders have entered the kingdom of Elysia in full force. Eighteen-year-old Lluava must flee in order to survive. After all the losses she has endured, the battles she has fought and won to no avail, she must face the worst fact of all: that she alone is responsible for the kingdom’s demise. Will she ever be able to rectify her wrongs?

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Giahem’s Talons

Giahem's Talons (The Incarn Saga Book 4) by [Wibell, Katharine]

Lluava is broken, embittered, and lost. She alone bears the responsibility for the fall of the kingdom, and she is more than aware of the fact that she alone can repair it. A young girl herself, she shoulders the weight of her wrongs and is now facing the most difficult task of her life. She has been stripped of her rank and barred from serving in the position she loves most. If she cannot fight, who is she? If she cannot defend, what is her worth? Will she be able to tackle her own demons and change the world as she knows it?

Lluava, a Theriomorph, is the main character of Katharine Wibell’s Giahem’s Talons. This is Wibell’s fourth installment of the Incarn Saga. Wibell has managed to carry over to this fourth book both the look and feel of an intense fantasy rooted in well-developed characters and a riveting plot. Lluava, though a young girl, carries the weight of hundred men on her shoulders and is a fantastic character in her own right. Nowhere else will readers find such a strong example of both femininity and power rolled into one main character.

I was touched by the addition of Odel to this book. His character serves to bring Lluava down to earth when she is beginning to falter. Her entire experience being ostracized and stripped of the right to battle has broken her spirit, but Odel’s appearance grounds her and makes her whole again.

I am intrigued by the idea of the Theriomorph. Lluava stands as a shining example of a race of people who are misunderstood and virtually alone in their characteristics and abilities. The Theriomorphs add a wonderfully rich element to Wibell’s work. As Lluava struggles to prove herself, she bears this additional weight, making her task all the more difficult.

Readers who enjoy fantasies will find everything they require from this genre within the pages of Wibell’s work. Though this is the fourth in a series, readers who have not familiarized themselves with books 1-3 will be able to pick up on page 1 and not feel lost. Wibell pulls together the four books easily and quickly and gives readers sufficient information to be able to read this book without having digested the first three. Giahem’s Talons: Book Four of the Incarn Saga is a compelling fantasy and not to be missed.

Pages: 306 | ASIN: B07Y2BSL2N

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