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Kya Wolf Author Interview

Serenity follows an embattled prisoner of war who is haunted by a hidden magical past. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The story has been with me since I was a young teenager. Many characters have a base from some beloved kids show characters that I developed backstories to back in the 90’s. Slowly, over the last 20 or so years, they blossomed into their own unique characters. What started as a simple story soon evolved into something more complex. Mental illness came into play, and the project took on a whole new meaning to me personally. I no longer wanted to just share my world and story but my message. That we can all rise above our mental illness. That we can all be happy no matter what. That we call all Stand tall, Stand Strong, and LIVE!

Kain Raingel is an intriguing character that I loved following. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

At its core, I wanted to show that no matter what you live through, you can always find a way to be happy and to find peace. Kain has lived through some horrific times at such a young age. All he wants is to be left alone but in the end, he finds something more to hold on to. I also wanted to share that you don’t have to be alone in your internal struggles. Having a support team can be beneficial to the healing process. Seeking help isn’t weakness but strength and we shouldn’t shame ourselves or accepting help and support.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

When mental illness became a major role I pulled from my own personal experiences to truly show what it is like to live with a mental illness. I also heavily researched what I didn’t know so I could portray it correctly. Living and battling mental illness can be a silent battle that no one would know about unless they know and understand the signs or live with it themselves. Many of those with mental illness battle in silence in fear of not being understood or looked down upon. One important theme in this book is that mental illness is real and it can be debilitating. Kain is a seasoned warrior but feels helpless at times because of his PTSD and anxiety.

What can readers expect in the next book in The Blood Moon Prince series?

The story will continue from where Serenity left off. The relationship between the main character and their love interest goes through some growing pains as everyone adjusts to what happens at the end of Serenity. Readers will begin to dive a bit deeper into the hidden magical past of Kain and of course a new foe arises. Readers can expect more magic, more suspense, and of course more action.

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Serenity (The Blood Moon Prince) follows Kain Raingel, a war-torn surviving prisoner of war, who not only lives with the memories of the past year of his life but is also haunted by a hidden magical past.

Through newfound love, Kain begins to heal and learns how to live again. When his new companions are taken hostage, he must find the strength within himself to face the man who tortured him, risk losing his memory, or allow everyone to die. Serenity (The Blood Moon Prince) strives to bring light to mental illness and shows that through love and support, anyone can overcome anything. It strives to show that even though one may feel broken inside, they are worth something and deserve to find happiness. The awareness of mental illness in today’s youth has become more apparent. Today’s youth struggle with socialization, mental illness, and accepting themselves. Serenity (The Blood Moon Prince) brings relatable topics in a fantasy setting with a new world, fun characters, and magic.

Serenity

Serenity (the Blood Moon Prince) by Kya Wolf follows Kain Raingel who is a battle-tested prisoner of war and has survived what seemed to be a lifetime of torture. However, he is haunted not only by his mysterious magical past but also the memories of the previous years of his existence. Just when Kain begins to heal and learns how to love again, his new companions are taken hostage. Now he must find the strength to confront the villain who tormented him while also risking his memories, otherwise, the people he holds dear will perish.

Author Kya Wolf’s writing will transport readers to a new realm that is filled with fascinating characters and intriguing magic. The author’s writing style will captivate readers and immerse them in this enchanting story with her vivid descriptions.

The characters are well developed and I began to relate to Kain’s character the most. The author flawlessly integrates mental health issues in the novel. They feel authentic and seems like it’s coming from a place of understanding. All of this is delivered within a riveting fantasy novel that never forgets to entertain the reader.

The story moves at a steady pace, allowing the reader to fully grasp the plot. The magic portrayed in the story steadily builds along with the level of intrigue. The magical fights in this book were some of my favorite scenes in the story and I wanted more of them. They were kinetic and simply fun to read.

The grounded but engaging dialogue between characters helps the story move along and provides just enough information to the reader. The author does an excellent job of showing the reader rather then telling and her descriptive prowess delivers some breathtaking scenes that readers will enjoy.

Serenity is an action filled young adult fantasy story with a unique voice and a heartfelt approach to mental health. I look forward to reading the next book in this series as this truly does feel like just the beginning to something that is sure to be an epic fantasy adventure.

Pages: 263 | ASIN: B095JDWZTT

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