Sea of Strangers (The Ryogan Chronicles #2)
by Erica Cameron
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Know your enemy if you want to survive…
The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.
Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—breaking the spell that holds her brother captive and jeopardizing her deepening relationship with Tessen, the boy who has been by turns her rival and refuge since her brother disappeared. Immortality itself might be her only answer, but if that’s where Khya has to go, she can’t ask Tessen or her friends to follow.
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Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.
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- What is on your nightstand?
A Roku remote, bookmarks, a water bottle, headphones, cold medicine, wrist and thumb braces, trail mix, a copy of Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare, a stack of coasters with pictures of Greece, and some chapstick.
- What author would you totally fan?
Tamora Pierce. And I already have absolutely made a foolish fool of myself in front of her more than once. There’s something about the combination of favorite author with first childhood favorite that turns me into a giddy, ridiculous mess, and all I could do was babble-gush all over her. I am a huge fan of many other authors, but I don’t know that I would ever make quite the same mess of myself that I did the first several times I met Tamora Pierce.
- What makes you cringe?
The racism, sexism, gender bias, ableism, and casual ignorance of everyday conversation, especially when I’m at work and am literally not allowed to respond in any way that calls it out. It’s one of the many downsides of retail/customer service work.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Somewhere in between! Each book is different, but the processes for each of them tend to fall in the middle of the plotter/pantser spectrum. Especially for the first draft of the first book in a series, I tend to go more toward the pantser side. Later books require a little more planning because they have to not only make sense within themselves, but also carry through the storylines of whatever came before. Either way, though, I’m definitely in the middle. I don’t know everything when I start writing a book, but I don’t know nothing, either.
- Is there a word you love to use?
You know, I’m not sure! I think it would be really interesting to run all of my books through an analysis and see how many words appear in everything I have written, because I am sure there is a short list of words I naturally fall back on without thinking.
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