Hello Spirit Animals (and their humans, if you’ve given them permission to read this),
I find Erdas pretty much the coolest place ever. I spent Wild Born debating which character was most like me (answer: Abeke, by a hair), then Hunted wondering how unexpected it was that I’d find a boar with such dignity, Blood Ties thinking how cool it would be to have a war elephant, Fire and Ice thinking about how even in fantasy worlds, family issues are still so important, and Against the Tide trying to predict the mole. (I got it wrong, btw.) I’m so excited to present Rise and Fall to you!
When I heard I got to write the second-to-last book, I was pumped, because in a series, all the most amazing plot stuff happens in that book (here’s looking at you, Harry Potter). And the events I get to write about in Rise and Fall didn’t disappoint. I hope you’ll agree.
The book also brought me to Nilo, which is my favorite continent in Erdas. The main reason is I’ve spent my last few years hanging out with and writing about great apes—bonobos and chimps and orangutans—and I find them totally fascinating. Imagine a creature who has emotions that are just as complex as yours, but who doesn’t try to hide them at all. (When they’re loving, they’re 100% loving, and when they’re angry, they’re 100% angry—one of the reasons Kovo is so scary!)
I’ve gotten to hang out with bonobo orphans in Congo, and orangutan babies in Indonesia. Here are some pics:
I’ve also been a big fan of the game (I’m Calvin Strifesight, with a penguin named Freya at my side), except that I can’t seem to make it past Drina. I find her deliciously evil, though, so it was with great pleasure that I brought her into Book 6.
Very excited to travel through Erdas with you.
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