Welcome to THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY blog tour! In honor of Django Wexler’s new series, perfect for fans of Coraline, Inkheart, and The Books of Elsewhere, we’ve paired Django and fellow Penguin author Seth Fishman (The Well’s End) in a battle of wits! Each day for the next two weeks, Seth and Django will challenge each other to escape from popular story scenes in the most creative way. Follow along as the two try to outmatch each other and check out some cool interior art from THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY along the way!
Seth to Django: Alice opens The Gunslinger, meets the man in black, and follows him across the desert. A) How’d she track Flagg down? B) Whose power would Alice have after?
I have to say, tracking someone across the desert is probably not Alice’s strong suit! She’s more of a city girl. But I think the Swarm would probably do well in the desert. I can just see it running up a sand dune and then rolling down the other side, leaving little three-toed tracks. Alice certainly isn’t as trigger-happy as Roland, either, and is (let’s be honest) probably a bit smarter. So probably the answer to A) is “with help” — she has a talent for getting people (or things) to work with her, or helping them out in exchange for favors.
As for what power she’d gain, that’s a really interesting question. A Gunslinger actually seems like the sort of creature she might come across in the depths of the Library! Every creature can be either summoned to fight, or used to grant yourself a power; the gunslinger’s power would presumably have something to do with shooting. Maybe it would summon magical guns and gift Alice the accuracy to use them? That would be pretty effective! Of course, getting Roland to agree to this might be a serious problem…
Here’s that cool interior art from the book we teased you about:
The Forbidden Library Synopsis:
Alice always thought fairy tales had happy endings. That–along with everything else–changed the day she met her first fairy
When Alice’s father goes down in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her uncle Geryon–an uncle she’s never heard of and knows nothing about. He lives in an enormous manor with a massive library that is off-limits to Alice. But then she meets a talking cat. And even for a rule-follower, when a talking cat sneaks you into a forbidden library and introduces you to an arrogant boy who dares you to open a book, it’s hard to resist. Especially if you’re a reader to begin with. Soon Alice finds herself INSIDE the book, and the only way out is to defeat the creature imprisoned within.
It seems her uncle is more than he says he is. But then so is Alice.
About Django Wexler: Django Wexler is the author of The Thousand Names. He lives near Seattle, Washington.
The Well’s End Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish’s small town of Fenton, Colorado is known for three things: being home to the world’s tallest sycamore tree, the national chicken-thigh-eating contest and one of the ritziest boarding schools in the country, Westbrook Academy. But when emergency sirens start blaring and Westbrook is put on lockdown, quarantined and surrounded by soldiers who shoot first and ask questions later, Mia realizes she’s only just beginning to discover what makes Fenton special.
And the answer is behind the wall of the Cave, aka Fenton Electronics, of which her father is the Director. Mia’s dad has always been secretive about his work, allowing only that he’s working for the government. But unless Mia’s willing to let the whole town succumb to a strange illness that ages people years in a matter of hours, the end result death, she’s got to break quarantine, escape the school grounds and outsmart armed soldiers to uncover the truth.
About Seth Fishman: Seth Fishman is a native of Midland, Texas (think Friday Night Lights), and a graduate of Princeton University and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He spends his days as a literary agent at The Gernert Company and his nights (and mornings) writing. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. This is his first novel (that’s not in a drawer).
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