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Blood Oath (Blood Oath #2)
by Amanda McCrina
Release Date: June 19, 2018
The aftermath of what happened in the capital has shaken Torien to the core. Battling self-doubt and bitterness, he must find his resolve as he is sent back to Tasso to quell a violent uprising on the Road.
But Torien will need more than resolve to navigate the deadly path before him. His troops are inexperienced and his new adjutant untrustworthy. A series of murder attempts leaves the whole camp on edge. As the threat of mutiny builds, the mission seems doomed before they even reach Tasso—and Torien is beginning to suspect it was meant that way. He and his men are being set up to fail.
With his best friend in the hands of the rebels, his commanding officer refusing to negotiate a peace treaty, and his own men ready to turn on him at any moment, Torien must decide once and for all how much he’s willing to sacrifice for an empire he no longer believes in.
1. What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?
I usually aim for a certain word count (I like ending on exact thousands), but I try not to beat myself up if I don’t meet my goal. When I’m in the middle of a WIP, though, I do try to write at least something every day.
2. What sort of research did you do for this book?
As with Blood Road, the first book of the duology, I was able to use a lot of the research I’d done for my academic writing on the Roman army—very convenient. Specific things I researched for this book, though, included venomous snakes, poisons, and Roman wedding customs.
3. What are you working on now? What’s next for the series?
I have a YA historical, set in Poland during WWII, out on submission with my agent. For now, with the Blood Oath duology complete,I’m stepping away from fantasy and focusing on historical fiction—but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any ideas for further stories set in Torien’s world.
4. How did you come up for the idea of your book?
The world and some of the plot dynamics were obviously inspired by ancient Rome, but I also really wanted to write a story about friendship across class and culture divides. At its heart, that’s what Blood Oath is about.
5. Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
I don’t watch a lot of TV, but lately I’ve enjoyed rewatching Friends, and The Big Bang Theory is always my guilty pleasure. I also haven’t seen a lot of movies recently, but I disliked The Last Jedi and really enjoyed Black Panther.
About the Author
Amanda McCrina has studied in Italy, taught English in Japan, and currently tutors Latin in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in History from the University of West Georgia, and is now pursuing her MA. She writes stories that incorporate her love of history, languages, and world travel. She drinks far too much coffee and dreams of one day having a winning fantasy-hockey season.
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