Given to the Sea
by Mindy McGinnis
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 11th 2017
by Putnam's Childrens
Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.
Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.
Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.
Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.
The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.
Tell us a little about yourself and GIVEN TO THE SEA:
I write across genres and this is my first fantasy. GIVEN TO THE SEA is set on an island country that is believed to be the only land that exists. It’s discovered that the seas are rising and aren’t going to stop. Panic ensues.
Describe your main character in 6 words.
There are 4 characters that share equal page time, so that would be hard. Across all 6 though I can definitely apply two: Determination & Desperation.
What scene was your favorite to write?
Anything with Dara, the female half of the Indiri twin. She spins insults faster than I can type them.
Tell us what comes to mind when you think about the release of GIVEN TO THE SEA.
I’m eager to see how fans react to my first fantasy.
If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be? And why?
Someone willing to commit murder for me, because that would be useful.
ABOUT MINDY McGINNIS...
Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely.
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