Sunday, October 23, 2016

Guest Post: Colors of Lady Dragon, Tela Du

I'm super excited to take part of my friend Kendra's blog tour today for her latest book! I read the first in this series (Water Princess, Fire Prince) and loved it, and I cannot wait to get into this second book. From all that I've seen, it promises to be just as amazing as the first.

But all my fangirling aside... I've invited Kendra over to talk some about the colors of Rizkaland and Lady Dragon, Tela Du. I found out a few years ago that I have a form of synesthesia (which is a blending of the senses) where I think in colors. And since that time, I've been fascinated with colors period, especially how they pertain to my favorite things and how other people see different colors. 

So, let's get started!

A bit about the book:

Book Description: 

Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you've lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent - the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber's face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she's not sure if he's more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she'd much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family - including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can't possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?

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Kendra's Guest Post

A couple years ago, Kiri wrote a post about how she thinks in colors and images, a post which I found very intriguing because I do pretty much the same thing. Not so much the images part, but very much the colors. I associate people with colors, ideas with colors, even days with colors. Sometimes I can't even quite put my finger on what that color is, but it's still a color. 

The strongest place where this comes into effect is literature - both the stories I read and the stories I write. After reading one book earlier this year, the best way I could describe it to my sister was, "This is a very yellow story. When it comes to my writing, I can quicker tell you the color of a particular character than what they look like. I can tell you the color of a scene, but not necessarily the description of the setting. Kinda frustrating sometimes.

And that's actually what I'm here to talk about - the colors that I associate with Lady Dragon, Tela Du.

First of all, the story as a whole is gold. A rich gold, with streaks of lemon yellow and brush strokes of red. A lot of this is because a good number of the notebooks I used to write LDTD were yellow or red, and a lot of it is because those are the colors I associate with family and sacrifice.

The book is divided into five parts, and each part also has a distinct color.

Part 1 is dark, black and dark gray, with a few glimpses of a some pastel yellow and green.

Part 2 is brighter, with emerald green, rich golds, and some lavender.

Part 3 is also green, but a darker green. And some darker purple.

Part 4 gets dark again, bringing back some black. There is some rich red and gold in this part too, though.

Part 5 has golds and whites, but then turns dark blue and even black for the climax.

And almost every character has their own character.

The titular characters are obvious - Amber, the Lady Dragon, is red and black, while Petra is puple.

Reuben is green, ranging from emerald green to hunter green. 

Granite is multiple shades of gray.

Ashna is pastel colors - pastel blue, pastel green, and pastel yellow. 

Noraeto is steel blue.

Summer is turquoise and brown.

Tyler is tan.

Alphego is white and gold.

Author Bio:
Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers. 


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Oh, and today is the last day of the tour that the first book of the series, Water Princess, Fire Prince, will be free on kindle


  1. Facinating. I'm still looking for a post on what you associate with most colours, Kendra,but this will do for now.
    I'm guessing that the colours you associate with characters relate to they're trait to some degree. For example you couldn't associate yellow with a really selfish person.
    And I was wondering, do you associate Clara with light blue?

  2. I find it interesting that of all the character colors, Reuben and Granite's colors shows up the most, even though it's primarily Petra and Amber's story.
    Anyway. I enjoyed reading this post!

  3. This is a fascinating and unique look at LDTD. I don't think in colors, but I can see how all of those colors fit all of those elements. Having read the book, some of it might border on spoilery. :)