In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.
Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?
“Aran Boat Song” by Darol Anger – This song is a very beautiful fiddle ballad. It’s completely instrumental, but it conveys a strength and a longing that I very much associate with Kieran’s people, the Ad-hene. This is the song I tended to put on repeat whenever I wrote a scene specifically between Emrys and Kieran.
“Fingers Never Bleed” by Yeasayer – I usually pick songs to put on my playlists for the mood they convey. This song by Yeasayer sounds both frantic and hopeless, a feeling I was trying to convey when Richard goes missing. Emrys is desperate to find him, but feels helpless without her magic. “Fingers Never Bleed” helped me convey a lot of her angst while I was writing those scenes.
“Idioteque” by Radiohead – Another sad, depressing song! This one is older, and one I listened to on repeat after I went through a really bad break up in college. It has a lot of the same properties as “Fingers Never Bleed”… a frantic beat accompanied by lyrics sung in a morbid minor key. It also contributed a lot to the scenes where Emrys was going through a lot of inner turmoil.
“Imagine the Fire” by Hans Zimmer – I actually listened to a lot of songs from the Dark Knight Rises soundtrack while drafting this book. Especially in the more climactic scenes toward the end. They encapsulate a sense of destruction and pandemonium that suits the novel’s antagonist quite well.
“Only You” by Ellie Goulding – This song goes out to the Chapter Twenty-Nine version of Princess Anabelle. I will not resort to spoilers, but I will say, I’m sorry I did that to you, Anabelle. You’re a tough cookie though. You’ll make it through.
“Burn” by Ellie Goulding – This is the theme song for the very, very last chapter of ALL THAT BURNS. It fits so well: tone, lyrics, title and all. And it the perfect note to leave Emrys and Richard’s story on.
Awesome playlist! Thanks Ryan!
Ryan Graudin grew up in Charleston and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009. She is the author of ALL THAT BURNS, All That Glows and The Walled City. She resides near Charleston with her husband and wolf-dog. You can find her online at www.ryangraudin.com.
Her work is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
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