Expected publication: April 2nd 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.
Why I’m waiting…
- Illegal magic!
- Women’s military
- Disguise as a boy!
- character with prosthetic legs!
- living metal that reacts to emotions
Meet the characters!
Thank you very much to Revna & Linne for taking time out of their busy schedule to join me here today! So first, a little bit about each of you, please just state your names and a little bit about yourselves.
Revna Roshena. Well, um. My mother is a factory worker. She cooks, twelve hours a day. My father works at a factory too – worked, I mean. He smithed living metal before he was arrested. He made my legs. I have a sister, too: Lyfa. She’s four, and she’s already smarter than me.
Linne Alexei Zolonov. I have a father. That’s it. And I used to have friends, before they deserted me for being a girl. Before they ran off to join secret intelligence units like utter bastards. Now I have me, and I guess that’s for the best.
It’s so nice to meet you both. What would you say are some of your talents or skills?
I guess my biggest skill is metal. Living metal, of course. I was put on the assembly line at my factory because I know how to calm it down after it’s been smithed and riveted together. Living metal doesn’t naturally take well to the assembly process, but it takes to me. I used to think I’d be a smith like my father. I guess I should be glad I can get a job in the factory at all.Of course, I can also use the Weave, but, well. I can’t really talk about that.
Linne, same question, what do you think are some of your talents or skills?
A lot of people have told me that I’m really good at being a little shit. Does that count? I don’t know. I guess…I’m good at fighting things. I’m good at being a soldier and I’m good at arguing,and no, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. You just have to know when to do one and when to do the other.
Now we are going to dig a little deeper. The next few questions are just to try to get to know you a little better. Linne, if you could spend the day with someone you admire, living, dead or imaginary, whom would it be and why?
Nadia Noreva, the woman who united the Union of the North. She dressed as a man and went to war,and she got all sorts of accolades for it. She must have been a sight. One day, I’ll be like her.
Interesting. Now Revna, If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
I’d go for a walk in the Green district. That’s where the apple orchards are, and apples are my favorite. They’re crisp, and they remind me of early autumn days, before it starts to snow but after the leave shave turned. Tammin’s such an ugly factory town, it’s also nice to have somewhere to walk to.
Sounds beautiful. Linne, what is the worst thing you have ever done to someone and why?
I never told my father where I went. I stole his cigarette case and pretended I was going to an all-girls’ school, but instead I boarded the train south. If I’d died, he’d never have known about it.I didn’t think about it much at the time. He would never have let me join the war. But it was a pretty shit thing to do. Then again, there are plenty of things my father never told me, so maybe this is fair play.
He must have been so worried about you! Revna, what impression do you make on people when they first meet you? What about after they have known you awhile?
People notice my legs before they notice anything else. There’s a perverse joy, sometimes, in making them uncomfortable about it. Most of the time I just wish they’d stop staring, though. They do,eventually. The people I make friends with, anyway. I don’t like to open up too much around new acquaintances, but the people I’ve known the longest value my stubbornness, my refusal to give up. Sometimes they mistake that for optimism, and sometimes it is optimism. I’m not always sure myself.
Well I thank you so much for being here today. I know how hard it is to open up. Linne, How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
For a start, I’d like to go back to my old regiment. My real one. I wasn’t trained to be part of some experimental flight unit. I’m only here because my Colonel didn’t know what else to do with me. He was too afraid of my father to send me home, and too angry with me to keep me.Maybe the other women on the base will prove to be something. Maybe not. I guess I’ll have to stick it out and see.
Well, I wish you all the luck! Last question, Revna, what would you like your tombstone to say if you were able to choose?
Revna Roshena. She flew.
*wiping away a tear* That is very beautiful and poetic. I again thank you both for taking the time to be here today and I greatly send my thanks to Claire Bartlett for allowing me to borrow you both for this interview!
I hope you all enjoyed getting to meet Revna & Linne!
About Claire Bartlett and where to find her…
Claire is a US citizen currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has an enchanted forest apartment but too few cats. We Rule the Night is her first novel; follow her journey on her website at https://authorclaire.com/ or check out her twitter or instagram @bartlebett.