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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Canuck Week - Guest Author Lesley Livingston!

At the first Indigo Teen Read Awards in September of 2010, Lesley Livingston's Darklight (Wondrous Strange, #2), was nominated for Best Canadian Read. It's not surprising that Lesley was nominated; her talent and Canadian spirit have earned her fans at home and around the world. Earlier this year, the third and final book in Lesley's nominated series hit store shelves:

HarperCollins Publishers / January 25, 2011 / Hardcover

"I don't love Sonny Flannery."

That's the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn't know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that's hidden deep underneath New York City.
But Kelley's not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she's got to find out who's after his magick—and how to use her own. She's got to uncover who's recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She's got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she's got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he's around Kelley.

Not only has Lesley lived most of her life in Toronto, but one her favourite trilogies uses the great city as a backdrop. Read below to find out which author loves Toronto as much as Lesley and then enter BOTH of the giveaways we have going on!

(Giveaway 1: We are giving away a copy of Lesley's Tempestuous ! Giveaway 2: The contest to win 1 of 5 SIGNED chapter samplers of Lesley's Once Every Never ends tonight at 11:59pm!)

My favorite Canadian author when I was growing up was Guy Gavriel Kay. He's a bestselling fantasy writer and has penned many wonderful books over the years but, when I was a teen, his Fionavar Tapestry trilogy -- THE SUMMER TREE, THE WANDERING FIRE, and THE DARKEST ROAD -- were among my most treasured reads.

They are high fantasy adventure and take place in a world that is a medieval parallel to our own and ruled by magic, but the cool thing is that the main characters are a bunch of college students from Toronto, who are transported to Fionavar by a mysterious figure who turns out to be a Mage, in the hopes that they can help solve a mystical crisis. The story draws on a whole host of mythological tropes, including a healthy dose of Arthurian legend, and is one of the most entertaining series I've ever read. I still haul out my battered copies every couple of years and dive into them again!

I moved to Toronto after I had read the trilogy and it was great fun to wander around the University of Toronto campus, picking out all the landmarks from the first chapter of THE SUMMER TREE. Guy was a huge influence on my own desire to be a storyteller and his books continue to be an inspiration to me.



  1. Oh, Lesley! I almost did my post on the Fionavar Tapestry books because they were THE books I read over and over as a teen (I decided my boot story could not be missed, so insteand picked, my younger favourites: The Chronicles of Narnia for my Canuck Week post).

    Weren't they the best books? I loved the local connection, too and that was the main reason I picked them up in the first place.

    Great post!

  2. Wow, cool! Those books sound amazing. I just may have to pick them up at some point. I'm not a Torontonian, but I live close enough that I've been there tons of times... it's so cool to read about places you've been in novels. Especially to find Ontario as a setting in books... it seems pretty rare!

  3. I've only read Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay and the chance to meet him one year for since the novel was nominated for the White Pine Award...

    I've never heard of his Fionavar Tapestry trilogy but they do sound like they would be a cool read! And what's even cooler is how they feature characters from Toronto!!


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