Having seven sons is a honor above no other. Which is why she is a disappointment. The only girl of seven children, she brought shame to her family. Who knew something like this could be turned into a book, but Rachel Rossano has done just that with her book, Seventh Born. Read on to learn more about the book and enter the giveaway.
In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.
Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.
In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.
Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.
Rachel Rossano lives with her husband and three children in the northeastern part of the United States. Homeschooled through high school, she began writing her early teens. She didn’t become serious about pursuing a career as an author until after she had graduated from college and happily married. Then the children came.
Now she spends her days being a wife, mother, teacher, and household manager. Her evenings and free moments are devoted to her other loves, writing and book cover design. Drawing on a lifelong fascination with reading and history, she spends hours creating historical feeling fantasy worlds and populating them with characters who live and breathe on the page.
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To all my beautiful people,
Yes, it is finally I. As you know, one of the things I admired about Rachel’s book, The Seventh Born, is that she balanced having a large cast very well. She had two very different but equally intriguing main characters that alternated points of view during the book.
When I was offered the opportunity to be a part of Rachel’s blog tour, I agreed to do a guest post and that was the question that I asked her. How did it work out for Rachel to work with two different characters and attempt to balance them. The following is what she shared with me.
By Rachel Rossano
In Seventh Born, I had almost too many characters to choose from when it came to telling my story. I chose my pair of narrators for numerous purposes. The main reason, though, was because they balance each other.
Hadrian Aleron, my hero, is a mature young man. Loved and cherished from birth, he has always known his destiny. As a seventh son of a seventh son born under an aging Sept Son, his rise to the role of the next Sept Son seems almost inevitable.
In contrast, Zezilia Ilar was the disappointment. Her parents hoped for a seventh born son. A seventh born daughter could do nothing for them socially or politically. Considering this, her destiny was to marry young, produce sons, preferably seven of them.
On a spiritual level, they are far apart. Hadrian has been a faithful follower of the Almighty like his father and mother before him. They are in the minority in Pratinus, where the official religion is a type of goddess worship. Zezilia and her family are followers of the state religion.
The final reason I choose these two was the way they play off each other and eventually work well together. He needs her innocence and clear sight while she needs his maturity and knowledge for the challenges ahead.
For those of you interested, check out the following blog tour listing where you can find other articles about Seventh Born and its characters and making, as well as participate in a giveaway!
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory post
Just A Glimpse – Guest Post
Faith, Loyalty, Adventure Blog – Book Review
Rachel John Writes – Book Review
Annie Louise Twitchell – Book Review
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Character Spotlight
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Character Spotlight
Romantic Typewriter Gardens – Guest Post
The World of the Blue Bells Chronicles – Book Review
Rebekah Lyn Books – Book Spotlight
Frances Hoelsema – Book Spotlight
Hunting for Truth – Book Review and Guest Post
Reading On The Edge – Book Spotlight
Ember’s Reviews – Book Review
With a Joyful Noise – Character Spotlight
Views from the Window Friend – Book Review
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway winner
I hope that some of you support Rachel and take the chance to read this book and the interesting things that others have to say about it. It really is worth the time to read, and the characters will steal your sanity clean away. (I read ARC copies of the entire trilogy in less than a week.)
Your unaffectionate supernova,