Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Takht Kabaddi by Sarah Remy, author of Across the Long Sea

Across the Long Sea

Across the Long SeaTitle: Across the Long Sea
Author: Sarah Remy
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Format: Ebook/Paperback

The gripping follow-up to Stonehill Downs

As the most valuable asset in the kingdom of Wilhaiim, Malachi Doyle has many responsibilities—protector, assassin, detective, and King Renault's right-hand man. And until he met Avani in the cursed village of Stonehill Downs, he believed he was the last of his kind: a magus who can communicate with the dead.

But Wilhaiim is left vulnerable when Mal and his page, Liam, are kidnapped and ferried across the Long Sea to a warring kingdom in search of its own magus. To make matters worse, a springtime plague is rapidly spreading, and beneath the earth the sidhe are preparing for war. With Mal missing and presumed dead, Avani reluctantly takes his place as Wilhaiim's magus. But her powers are unreliable and untested, her many allies are treacherous, and she is certain Mal is alive. Will she be able to keep Wilhaiim—and herself—safe?  

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Earlier this week The Huffington Post ran a story on <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/burka-avenger-pakistan_5602f2a8e4b08820d91b548a”>Burka Avenger</a>, Pakistan’s beloved locally produced cartoon. The television show, animated and produced by the Islamabad-based animation studio, Unicorn Black, features the country’s first female hero: Jiya. Jiya, a librarian by day and a crime fighter by night, has quickly captured  an increasingly vocal audience - so much so that the series’ fourth season will also air in India and Afghanistan. Burka Avenger has also inspired Pakistan’s first foray into television inspired merchandizing.

Why do I find Burka Avenger so fascinating? It’s not just that Jiya tackles such important local issues as the educational divide (female literacy in Pakistan is estimated at a dismal 12 percent) and ethnic tolerance, but that she does so using "Takht Kabaddi", a fictional martial art that incorporates books and pens, quite literally using education to fight intolerance.

Since 2013 <a href=”http://www.burkaavenger.com”>Burka Avenger</a> has won the International Gender Equity Prize, a Peabody Award, and an International Emmy, among other awards. It is fast becoming one a huge influence in a culture where children’s programming is extremely limited. Burka Avenger is teaching an all-important message: young women in any culture are just as capable Peter Parker or Bucky Barnes of battling iniquity and meeting personal challenges head on.

I don’t write comic books or produce cartoons, but I do tell stories, and like Jiya, I use words as my weapon against stereotype. I write fantasy wherein the female characters are just as powerful as their male counterparts, if not more so. I build rich and varying cultures into my worlds and sometimes, with a wave of my pen, I turn gender identity head over heels. I write epic fantasy for diverse readers, and I hope to both educate and entertain as I do.

You can find me at www.sarahremy.com. My newest fantasy novel, Across the Long Sea, is just now out from Harper Impulse. And while you’re about it, take twenty minutes to watch at least the first episode of Unicorn Black’s <a href=https://youtu.be/XahbqLdCVhE>Burka Avenger</a>. You’ll be glad you did.


 In 1994 Sarah Remy earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Pomona College in California. Since then she’s been employed as a receptionist at a high-powered brokerage firm, managed a boutique bookstore, read television scripts for a small production company, and, more recently, worked playground duty at the local elementary school. When she’s not taking the service industry by storm, she’s writing fantasy and science fiction. Sarah likes her fantasy worlds gritty, her characters diverse and fallible, and she doesn’t believe every protagonist deserves a happy ending. Before joining the Harper Voyager family, she published with EDGE, Reuts, and Madison Place Press. Sarah lives in Washington State with plenty of animals and people, both. In her limited spare time she rides horses, rehabs her old home, and supervises a chaotic household. She can talk to you endlessly about Sherlock Holmes, World of Warcraft, and backyard chicken husbandry, and she’s been a member of one of Robin Hobb’s longest-running online fan clubs since 2002. Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahremywrites, and on Tumblr at huntpeck.

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