Blog Tour Stop: Caprion’s Wings by T.L. Shreffler
Caprion’s Wings, a freshly released novella of The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, has been a pleasure to read. I love any kind of fantasy, and this one has had everything I look for: interesting world, characters that I can relate to, and a fast, engaging pace.
By the age of nineteen, all Harpies know how to fly—except Caprion. He has yet pass the test of the Singing and gain his wings. His family has disowned him in shame and people are beginning to talk. Now an evil voice haunts his dreams, taunting him, drawing out his worst fears—that he will remain wingless forever.
Caprion decides to find the root of this insidious voice, no matter what it takes. He journeys to the secret prisons of the Harpy underground, where he meets a young slave named Moss. In those sunless, decrepit cells, a forbidden friendship is formed. Can Caprion and Moss find the source of the voice? And can Caprion save Moss from a terrible fate?
Join young Caprion as he journeys down, down into the earth, finding his wings and forging a friendship that will change him forever.
Caprion’s struggle is heartbreaking. The passion he puts into singing to find his wings is palpable, so is his determination. It is all met with failure and the hate and disapproval of those supposed to care and protect him: his family. Caught between a mother who blames herself, a big brother who hates and abuses him, and a younger sister and close friend who want to help him but lack the means, Caprion has to follow the monsters in his dreams to achieve his goals.
Descending into darkness to find the evil blocking him from reaching his star, Caprion forges a friendship with a young girl of the Sixth Race, who he names Moss. Bound by a spell protected promise and a mutual desire to chase their dreams, Caprion and Moss will face the unknown together. In his quest, the young Harpy will discover the blurry lines, light not always meaning righteousness and kindness.
The world building has kept me engaged, along with the fast pace of the story. The Harpies’ remote island and empty city, the dungeons where they keep their prisoners, they all come alive as you read through the pages, along with the rituals, the songs, and spells surrounding the world T.L. Shreffler creates.
This was my first book by this author, but it has definitely hooked me. Stay tuned for the reviews of The Cat’s Eye Chronicles series
Now join me in welcoming T.L. Shreffler to my blog!
The Unnatural Advice Column
I just made a new best friend, but she’s one of the Sixth Race and the entire island hates her! What do I do? Got a witch in the attic? Ghoul in your chimney? Ghost in the pipes? Just ask Unnatural Advice – we’ll drive a stake through your problem!
I was wandering around this dark underground prison when I met my new bestie, Moss. She was a prisoner but I rescued her. Only problem is… the entire island thinks she’s a dangerous demonic assassin! Now they think I’m a traitor. How do I convince them she’s really not a bad person? (PS. She’s only 13! Can you believe that? They locked her up in a small dirty cell!)
Trying to do the right thing, -A Troubled Caprion
Sounds like you have a noble heart and b@lls of steel! By any chance, did you meet Batman down in those dungeons? Cuz that sounds like his type of place. I bet those dungeons are connected to the batcave. You should have a look.
But I digress! Here are some thoughts on how to win your people over and accept Moss as a real person:
1) Throw a big party! Invite all the hip Harpies around the island. Offer lots of alcohol and get everyone drunk, then make sure they’re all dancing. Then introduce them to Moss! Once they see how much fun she is, they’ll want to hang out with her all the time!
2) Change her appearance. Assassins can be scary, so try dressing her up in a cute little bear outfit. I love bear outfits. Wouldn’t that be adorable? If she looks harmless, she’ll seem more approachable.
3) Start a movement. Post fliers. Hand out pamphlets. Talk about how the Sixth Race isn’t all bad! Write a book about it. Start a TV show. In my experience, most people believe what they hear on TV.
4) Give up. As a last ditch option, you might want to give up and move away from the island. Sounds like you and Moss are really close and your friends and family aren’t that great. If you can’t take all the tension, then remove yourself from it. I’m sure Moss will be much happier away from all those haters!
Just remember, Caprion, you’re doing the right thing! No one deserves to be locked up in a tiny dirty cell, especially a child. Props to you for standing up for the right thing, despite what your people might think. In the end, you have to be true to yourself!