Hall of Night, the brilliant sequel to Hall of Pillars, by Emma Miles is published today, and to help celebrate that, I am delighted to share with you all a conversation I had with one of the star players in both books, Feather the Brownie. We recently caught up for a stroll in the countryside, and this is what he had to say.
You are known for your love of bread and honey, but what would your absolute favourite food be?
What could be better than bread and honey, my girl? They do make a lovely sweet in Ashgrove in the autumn. They slice up apple nice and thin, dip it in spices, then fry it in nut oil. That’s rather scrumptious. And then, of course, there’s chocolate which I discovered when visiting the mortal realm. It’s a shame we can’t import a bit of that from Astol!
You have visited many places on your travels, but which of these is your favourite?
I think the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen is the Silent Valley. The views were stunning. Forests, mountains, waterfalls. It was a rather scary place to be at the time though. But the best place? Our little cottage in Briarton, my home.
Is there anywhere that you haven’t visited yet that you would like to see?
Well Caelin’s tale got me quite intrigued about the land of the Horse Lords. I’ve never met a centaur. There are so many places to see though, especially when you can also sneak through into another realm. I hear the mortal realm is huge!
If you had a day free of danger, and didn’t have any chores to do, how would you spend the day?
It’s very hard for a brownie not to find chores to do! Mya and I do like to take walks and explore though – just as I’m doing right now! There are always new things to see and new friends to make. The wilds used to be terrifying for a little fellow like me, but I’ve come to love wandering the wilds. It’s much better with company though.
Do you have any hidden talents or party tricks you could share?
Well I can’t be showing you my magic now, my girl, it’s against all the brownie rules. I can stand in plain sight and not let you see me, I guess that’s a trick of sorts. I can make a piece of honeycomb disappear!
Ha ha. It was lovely to meet you, my girl, but it’s a long way back to Astol and the pass back to my Valley so I’d best be on my way. Safe travels to you.
If you haven’t already pre-ordered your copy of Hall of Night, you can buy it here.