When I saw that the gals at Cuddlebuggery were doing the Last List Blog Hop to help promote books written by Egmont authors since Egmont recently closed its doors, I automatically wanted to join the hop and help them. Today, I’m introducing a book written by an Egmont author that is a retelling of The Brave Little Tailor, VALIANT by Sarah McGuire! Read on for a guest post and make sure you enter the giveaway for an ARC of VALIANT!
Saville despises the velvets and silks that her father prizes far more than he’s ever loved her. Yet when he’s struck ill she’ll do anything to survive – even dressing as a boy and begging a commission to sew for the king.
But piecing together a fine coat is far simpler than unknotting court gossip about an army of giants, led by a man who cannot be defeated, marching toward Reggen to seize the throne. Saville knows giants are just stories, and no man is immortal.
Then she meets them, two scouts as tall as trees. After she tricks them into leaving, tales of the daring tailor’s triumph quickly spin into impossible feats of giant-slaying. And stories won’t deter the Duke and his larger-than-life army.
Now only a courageous and clever tailor girl can see beyond the rumors to save the kingdom again.
Things to Remember When You’re Facing A Giant
Note: This guest post is divided into two sets: one for the giant stories Sarah had to read for research and the other about the giants she wrote about, who are a little different.
1) Never, ever face them directly. Hellooo height difference! If you make a giant angry, you can end up as a smear on the bottom of his shoe. So none of this running up to them and attacking them directly. (Unless you’re David vs. Goliath– an interesting anomaly in giant stories.)
2) Trick them! They may be big, but they ARE stupid. Giants will believe almost anything you say– so use that to your advantage.
3) Be sure to carry new cheese in your pocket. If you have to, you can convince the giants that you, a shrimpy human, can squeeze water from a stone. (See #2 above, re: stupid giants.)
4) Giants eat people, steal princess, and generally cause trouble. So really, do whatever you can to defeat them.
However, when you talk about the uten of Belmor, the giants in VALIANT, this is what Saville learns:
1) Face them! Charge them, if necessary. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll actually do what you tell them to do.
2) Don’t shout. They’re wary of human voices. And they have good hearing– really good hearing. They can hear your heart beating.
3) Carry new cheese in your pocket. These giants aren’t stupid, but they will believe that a tiny tailor can squeeze water from a stone. (It’s up to you to figure out why they would believe you.)
4) Some giants do eat people, but they aren’t the ones who want to steal the princess.
5) Go for the heart: when you talk to giants, when you listen to them, and when you’re fighting an army of them. It’s all about the heart.
6) If you’re ever fortunate enough to ever hear a giant singing, listen! You’ll never hear anything half so fierce or so lovely.
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