Today I am very excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Scarecrow Queen. For any of you who don’t know, The Scarecrow Queen is the third instalment of Melinda Salisbury’s outstanding trilogy. I have been anticipating this book for so long after I marathon-read the first two books in the series in the summer, and so I was thrilled to get involved with the blog tour.
In case you haven’t heard about The Scarecrow Queen yet, here is the cover and blurb.
As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .
Explosive, rich and darkly addictive, this is the stunning conclusion to Mel Salisbury’s internationally best-selling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter.
Both Melinda and I have made vision boards for two characters in the books, Nia and Kirin, and then we’ve both written about the differences and similarities between them. It was such a fun thing to do, as I got to think creatively about two really interesting characters, and I loved seeing what Mel put together, as her images were truly beautiful ones.
Let’s start with the images for Kirin!
So, to kick off with, this was what Mel thought about the two vision boards:
“I love Jess’s imagery for Kirin, she’s picked up on his love of the outdoors, and also his blacksmithing. Aesthetically, this board is really pleasing, the balances of the colours are lovely, and really complimentary. I focused a lot on what Kirin became, and I think the two boards work really well together because of that blend of past and present.”
And this was what I had to say about them:
“When I first look at these, the first thing that strikes me is the difference in colour! My vision board has quite a lot of greens and browns, whereas Mel’s is very focused on metallics and bright pops of a fiery orange colour. The themes also contrast a lot; Mel’s image selection is centred round the fact that Kirin is a soldier, with images of swords and armour, while I tried to select pictures which indicated strength to me, like a strong tree and mountains. Ultimately, it has led to quite a different effect. Anvils, a link to both armour and Kirin’s apprenticeship at a blacksmith, is a common feature though!”
And now onto Nia.
Here’s what Mel had to say about the vision boards:
“Jess’s take on Nia is really beautiful – she is a fiery character and that’s reflected in the colours Jess has chosen. Again, our boards work well together, because Jess has focused on showing the nuances of Nia’s personality, and mine focusses more on her relationship with Kata, and the alchemists, and her connection to them through the Sal Salis, and her family’s business of salt.”
And these were my thoughts on comparing the two:
“There’s a sharp contrast between these two vision boards, both in the selection of images and the overall colour schemes. Mel’s images are very visually striking, and many of them have rather dark and rich feel to them for me. The colours are contrasting blacks and whites, with some distinctive golds and blues too. My board by comparison has a brighter colour scheme, with more reds, and even some green in there too, and a lot of the pictures involve floral imagery. However, both boards involve contrasting colours and images of light in a darkened place.”
I think everyone will agree with me when I say that Mel chose some truly gorgeous images! And I can assure you her skill at choosing pictures is nothing compared to her incredible writing skills.
When not working on her next novel Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies. She lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England.
The Scarecrow Queen is the highly anticipated and captivating finale in the internationally bestselling trilogy that began with The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Published by Scholastic 2 March 2017.
Thank you to Lorraine for my place on the tour – don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour!