About the Book
Book: The Eternity Gate
Author: Katherine Briggs
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 12, 2023
Destroy the key. Save her people and herself.
The Eternity Gate is found, and kings and monsters battle over its legends of treasure. But rumors whisper that someone stole the gate’s ancient key.
Seyo, handmaiden to the princess, keeps three secrets. First, she’s gifted in fire, not light, and may as well be cursed. Second, she translates a prophecy warning that the gate does not offer treasure but judgment. Third, Jorai, the scorned prince and Seyo’s confidant, entrusts her with the key and disappears.
Surrounded by war, Seyo and her companions embark on a journey to seek help from a faraway empire and find Jorai, unaware of the trap awaiting them. But what should Seyo do with the key? Who can survive judgment, especially someone as flawed as her? Will hiding the key—or destroying it—save her people or ensure their defeat?
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About the Author
Katherine Briggs crafted her first monster story at age three. Since graduating from crayons to laptop, she continues to devour and weave fantasy tales while enjoying oolong or chai tea. Katherine, her coadventurer husband, and rescue dog reside outside Houston, where she classically educates amazing middle school students, teaches ESL to adults, and studies other languages.
More from Katherine
Journey. Friendship. Choices. Do these three words resonate with—even haunt—you too?
As I mature, I see my life and those of others’ as a journey. Aren’t you glad that, through Jesus, it’s leading somewhere amazing, and that the twists and turns have a purpose?
Believing thought leaders look at trends in current culture and diagnose that we’ve forgotten how to be a friend. What ingredients make a strong friendship? A listening ear? Sacrifice? Loyalty? Speaking truth in love? Encouragement? Are you honored to participate in an “unlikely friendship,” meaning someone who is different from you?
I’m sure you’ve faced many choices, even those of the impossible variety. Are you facing such a choice right now? Can you remember a past impossible choice and the light, albeit hard to see, that was always shining through?
Seyo, the main character in my debut YA fantasy The Eternity Gate, can relate. Even though she hides that she inherited the wrong gifting, her enemy’s gifting, she embarks on a journey across dangerous lands to save her country, despite feeling unworthy. She travels with friends and makes some surprising new ones. Along the way, she’s faced with unfathomable choices that will determine the fate of her home. Choices much too big for her shoulders, but that’s because she, like us, has Someone far more powerful helping her.
I encourage you to grab a tasty, warm drink. Since it’s autumn, I suggest The Republic of Tea’s pumpkin spice latte, and you can click here to grab the recipe. Sit back, relax, and remember:
- What part of your journey has made you stronger?
- Is there a friend you can reach out to with an encouraging word?
- Small actions change the world. Don’t give up.
Sip your cozy drink and please enjoy Seyo’s journey. I hope The Eternity Gate invites you into a grand adventure.
Interview with Katherine
- What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
One of my best friends is from South Korea. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit her hometown, and the beautiful culture and nature amazed me. Strangers were so kind, and I couldn’t get over the verdant, rolling hills and mountains, all surrounded by sea. I ended up lightly incorporating aspects of her gorgeous world into The Eternity Gate.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
This is always fun but challenging for me! I make sure the main characters, countries, and created vocabulary start with different letters of the alphabet. For main characters, I usually have a “feeling” for the type of sound I want the name to have. I practice saying different sound combinations until I come up with something I like, which I then tweak.
- What was your hardest scene to write?
The scene that challenged me most in The Eternity Gate lies at little before the three-quarters mark. It is a daring expression of grace that was difficult to capture, but well worth the growth and effort required.
- If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I was given the gift of hearing many books read aloud, and I was encouraged to write for fun and take wonderful writing classes, such as the One Year Adventure Novel high school writing curriculum and the Young Writers Workshop. Those things are so important for developing writers. Something I would have done differently was to practice putting my inner perfectionist aside. I’ve learned that it is best for me to draft the story freely and then put on my editing “hat” later. I’m still trying to separate these two aspects of writing. It’s a process!
- If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook? Wow, there are so many amazing people to invite. Today I would invite C.S. Lewis over to talk about story creation and theology. Since I don’t think he ever visited Texas, we would have to treat him to barbeque!
Bliss, Books & Jewels, September 21 (Author Interview)
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 21
Texas Book-aholic, September 22
Through the Fire Blogs, September 23 (Author Interview)
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 24
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 25
Artistic Nobody, September 26 (Author Interview)
Madi’s Musings, September 26
The Book Club Network, September 27
Guild Master, September 28 (Author Interview)
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 29
Blogging With Carol, September 30
Labor Not in Vain, October 1
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, October 2 (Author Interview)
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 3
Simple Harvest Reads, October 4 (Guest Review from Mindy)
To celebrate her tour, Katherine is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card and one hardcover copy of The Eternity Gate!!
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