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2014 Debut Authors Bash: Christina Farley - Guest Post + Giveaway


Title: Silvern (Gilded #2)
Author: Christina Farley
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Skyscape

The power to save. The power to destroy.

Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life in Seoul. Until the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. She escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it. But Kud is a stronger and more devious god than Jae ever imagined. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.


Korean Mythology in Relation to SILVERN
by Christina Farley

As a history buff, I’ve always been a fan of mythology in how it relates to cultures and history. So writing the Gilded series has been a fun extension of that love.

As you may remember, GILDED was based from the myth of Haemosu and Princess Yuhwa. In writing the sequel, SILVERN, I incorporated many new Korean mythological creatures that weren’t mentioned in GILDED. But the story itself delves from the myth of the Nine Dragons that guard the sacred Kuryong Falls and Kuryong Mountain in North Korea.

The Nine Dragons Myth

Kuryong Falls (Nine Dragons Waterfall) has a drop of 74 meters and is one of Korea's three most famous waterfalls. Legend says that nine dragons once inhabited Kuryong Lake, the pool at the foot of the falls. These dragons defended Kumgang Mountain against harm.

After reading the myth, I couldn’t help wonder why those dragons were there and what were they really guarding? If you wish to find out what I think they are guarding, then you’ll need to read SILVERN! This site has good pictures of Kuryong Falls: http://mynorthkorea.blogspot.com/2014/06/north-koreas-beauty-untouched-wilderness.html

Here are the new mythological creatures you’ll discover in SILVERN:

  1. Imoogi- These creatures are half-dragon and must wait a 1,000 years to become a real dragon. But there are also imoogi who decide to forgo dragon status and just hunt human souls and feed off them.

    Link: http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2012/08/imoogi-and-korean-dragons.html
  2. Gwishin: These are ghost of someone who died. Creepy!

    Link: http://fleurette20.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/url.jpg?w=558
  3. Bonghwang—A mythological bird and has appeared on the Korean royal emblem.

    Link: http://fleurette20.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/bonghwang/
  4. White Tiger: The White Tiger is one of the four guardians, the guardian of the winds. I’ll attach a pic for you.

Giveaway

  • Signed Copy of SILVERN
  • US ONLY (Sorry INT! :()
  • Giveaway Ends October 7, 2014
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