Check out an interview with the author... The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson (Interview & #Giveaway) @The_FFBC

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The Crow Rider
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 352 Pages
July 7, 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire


Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her. 

But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from. 

As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be. 

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For those new to the Storm Crow duology, what should they know?

Book one is very character focused, with a slower pace meant to reflect the MC’s struggle with depression. Book two continues that struggle, but transfers the focus to a worldwide political struggle and war, so it’s much more fast-paced and action-packed!

Did you face different challenges in writing book two, THE CROW RIDER, than you faced writing the first book?

Oh definitely. I’d set a lot of rules, timelines, and worldbuilding down in book 1 that I had to abide by in book 2, which not only limited a lot of what I could do, but required a lot of fact checking to make sure I was staying consistent with myself. I also went back and forth on a lot of endings for different characters, ensuring they were both satisfying and fitting for those character’s arcs.

What do you think the pros and cons of writing a dulogy versus a trilogy or longer series are?

With longer series, you get to go a lot bigger and deeper on the worldbuilding, which is my favorite part of writing. But the downside is you have to keep your character arcs and plot points fresh and engaging, and that’s harder to do the more real estate you have to fill. Plus, publishing a trilogy can take 3-4 years. That’s a long time to spend in one world.

Which character do you most relate to and why?

That’s tough! There’s pieces of me in all my characters. I relate to Thia’s desire for everyone to just be friends, Kiva’s caustic sarcasm, and Caylus’s love of baking, tea, and quiet places to read books.

When you reach for a book to read, what genre do you grab and what are some of your favorites in that genre?

Fantasy for sure. THE TETHERED MAGE by Melissa Caruso and NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo are two of my recent favorites.

What’s one of your hobbies or something we might not know about you?

I love baking bread! I find kneading and shaping dough super relaxing, not to mention getting to eat all the bread.

Pre-Order Campaign

If people who pre-order The Crow Rider submit their receipts, they can choose a bonus scene from either Kiva or Ericen's POV, and be entered to win a TSC bookmark + character cards. Open US and CAN only. 

Also, if they order The Storm Crow (hardcover OR paperback) or The Crow Rider from Kaylyn’s local indie store, Keplers Books, before July 7th they can get a signed, personalized copy. Readers need to say in the order comments if they wanted it personalized through.

Other Books in the Series

The Storm Crow
(The Storm Crow, #1)
By Kalyn Josephson
YA Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 400 Pages
July 9, 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire


"Clashing kingdoms, thrilling action, and an imperfect heroine make this book a must-read."―ADRIENNE YOUNG, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back

Eragon meets And I Darken in this thrilling new fantasy debut that follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people.

Thia was born to be a crow rider.

In her kingdom of Rhodaire, magical elemental crows are what keeps the city running. For her entire life Thia has known she will hatch a crow, train, and become a rider―a warrior.

But when the Illucian empire invades in a calculated attack, they kill all the crows and destroy the eggs in a horrible fire that also robs Thia of her mother and mentor.

When her sister, Caliza, becomes the new queen of Rhodaire, she is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the Illucian heir in an effort to save her people. Prince Ericen is rude and cruel and Thia can't imagine traveling into the heart of an enemy city after so much has been taken from her.

But before she leaves, she finds a crow egg in the rubble of the rookery. Deep in the heart of Ilucia she must hatch the last crow, hold her own against the crown prince, and ignite a rebellion to take back what is hers.

"Dragon fans should get ready for their next favorite creature. I loved this."―JESSICA CLUESS, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning

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About the Author

Kalyn Josephson currently works as a Technical Writer in the tech industry, which leaves room for too many bad puns about technically being a writer. Though she grew up in San Luis Obispo, California, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Biology and a degree in English (Creative Writing). Currently, she lives in the Bay Area with four awesome friends (because it’s the Bay Area and she’d like to be able to retire one day) and two black cats (who are more like a tiny dragon and an ever tinier owl). THE STORM CROW is her debut novel.

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

Win (1) a (signed) copy of THE STORM CROW and a (signed) copy of THE CROW RIDER by Kaylyn Josephson (INT)
Ends July 7, 2020

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