Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for Rachanee Lumayno’s YA Fantasy novel Heir of Magic and Mischance! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character from the book, Adalynn!
You can find our Q&A below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, and links to purchase a copy of Heir of Magic and Mischance for yourself! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the top of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
Heir of Magic and Mischance by Rachanee Lumayno
Series: Kingdom Legacy
Genre: YA Fantasy
Intended Age Group: 10+
Published: April 25, 2023
Publisher: Miss Lana Press (Self Published)
Adalynn Taethen wants nothing more than to serve her beloved home, the kingdom of Rothschan, in their famed military. But when a disastrous meeting destroys her dream, it also uncovers long-dormant family secrets and newfound magical powers for Adalynn.
With Enlar, a fellow fledgling magician, she decides to travel to Calia, to learn more about her magic. And maybe, even, her family.
But Calia is Rothschan’s sworn enemy, and those who use magic are even more hated and feared by Adalynn’s people.
Now she must master her magic before it destroys her — and before an insane official, bent on revenge, destroys all Adalynn holds dear.
Heir of Magic and Mischance is the third book in the Kingdom Legacy series.
Oops I Did It Again • Do You Believe in Magic • Revenge Party
Universal Link: https://books2read.com/kingdomlegacy3
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heir-of-magic-and-mischance-rachanee-lumayno/1142547272
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello, my name is Adalynn Taethen of Rothschan.
What music do you listen to?
I wish I could play an instrument, but we couldn’t really afford that kind of thing growing up. Neither of my parents play instruments, either, although sometimes my mom would sing under her breath while doing chores around the house. I’d occasionally catch the sounds of musicians playing, perhaps at a party at the palace, or during a holiday event, but those are few and far between. I enjoyed it, but I never grew up listening to any kind of music regularly.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
Food, water, and shelter. Hmm. That was awfully practical of me, wasn’t it?
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
Can it be two things? My parents.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When my mom frets—which lately, seems to be quite often. I understand she’s worried about our family, about me, about my safety … but I wish there was something I could say or do that would just put her at ease, once and for all. Her constant worrying wears me down sometimes.
What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy reading, and studying. I like learning about new things, even beyond what our teachers discussed in school. Since my parents didn’t like the idea of me working in a stranger’s home as a maid or similar, and I didn’t have many close friends, I spent a lot of time in the Rothschan library.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
I spend a lot of time either with my parents or by myself, but I don’t mind. There’s a lot of things in the area to study and explore, and I enjoy having that solitude to do so. And I’ll confess to a bit of daydreaming while I’m at it.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
I tend to think there’s only one or two paths I can choose in regards to most things. But my father, being the wise and practical man he is, reminds me that there’s always a third, or fourth, or limitless options beyond what I think I know, as long as I am open to exploring them.
What do you carry in your bag?
I’m a practical sort. So food and water, a bit of money, and a book—usually whatever I’m studying at the moment.
What’s your favorite animal?
I never had any pets growing up, and while I learned how to ride, my family could hardly afford to own a horse. But I do like horses, particularly my friend Enlar’s horse King.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
Enlar is a great friend, if a bit mysterious. He’s tight-lipped about his life in Bomora, yet surprisingly open in other ways. He’s very loyal and protective of his friends, something which I appreciate. I didn’t have too many friends growing up, and it’s nice to have someone like him in my life.
Do you have a favorite saying?
Hmm… not really. My parents were never really one to spout platitudes at me or each other. More effective on me was just that silent LOOK from one of them—either of approval or disappointment or judgment.
What is your favorite holiday?
Rothschan doesn’t celebrate a lot of holidays, unlike some of the other kingdoms in the Gifted Lands who seem to hold festivals for practically anything. But we do have two of note: Kingdom Day, and Family Day. They’re just what they sound like—Kingdom Day celebrates our fine kingdom, with special praise and honor given to our rulers. But I prefer Family Day, in which the country “closes” so we can all celebrate privately with our families at home. It’s a lovely way to remember and honor our ancestors and give thanks for our current family members, and even honor the ones to come.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but I’m excited to explore more of the Gifted Lands. I’d be interested in going to Shonn and seeing how magic works there, or even going to Annlyn in the south. There’s also rumors of a seventh kingdom way out east, but not much is known about it.
What do you do to relax?
Take a nice, hot bath.
What is your favorite food?
My mother makes an excellent raisin spice cake. In fact, she made one for me for my birthday recently.
What is your favorite season?
I love the fall. Rothschan isn’t a very colorful place, and the colors of the turning leaves add a bit of brightness in our very gray area.
How would you define happiness?
Happiness is knowing who you are, and what your place is in the world. Even if you’re not there yet, as long as you’re working toward it, you’ll be happy.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about learning, and about my friends and family. I also want to do right by Rothschan. It may have its flaws, but it’s my home kingdom, and I want it to be a safe place that its citizens are proud to call home. It’s a shame that recent events have shaken that faith I’ve always had in my home country.
How do you feel about your government?
I always thought that Rothschan’s government was infallible, or close to it. No place is perfect, but at least I knew my place in our society and what was expected of me. But certain things have happened that make me think otherwise. And now I want to see how other rulers lead their kingdoms, to see what (if any) the best way to rule is.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
I wish traveling didn’t take so long! If you’re going to have magic and create spells, a fast travel spell would be the first thing I would create!
What’s your biggest secret?
My biggest secret is that I can do magic. My parents can’t, and my ability was completely unexpected.
What do you hate?
I hate being unprepared for things, or being caught by surprise.
What’s your biggest fear?
I do worry about something happening to my parents, and not being able to help them. Growing up, it was just the three of us, so we’re very close and I’m rather protective of them.
What do you think your best quality is?
I understand the value of hard work and have a strong moral code. While I do tend to see things in black and white, I’m open to learning new things and seeing the world from different angles.
How would you describe the world you live in?
My life in Rothschan has been sparse, but neat and orderly. We didn’t have much growing up, and that instilled a strong sense of love and devotion to my family. I’m also fascinated by the wider world beyond Rothschan, and how different everyone is from the people in my home kingdom, but also how welcoming they can be.
About the Author
Rachanee Lumayno is an actress, voiceover artist, screenwriter, avid gamer, and amateur dodgeball player. She grew up in Michigan, where she spent way too much of her free time reading fantasy novels. She still spends too much of her free time reading fantasy, although now she writes them as novels, narrates them as audiobooks, and creates them as improv for various roleplaying campaigns too. Heir of Magic and Mischance is her third novel, and the third book in the Kingdom Legacy series. She is also a staff writer for the webcomics The Glove and Criminal King. You can find her online at www.rachanee.net or on Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube (@rachaneelumayno).
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