Behind the Wooden Door swept me away to a faraway land where two kingdoms were at war, and Princess Lanie’s life took a quick turn for the worse as she found herself fighting to save her world as things fell apart.
I loved escaping to a world with faraway lands, and a Princess who must watch as her kingdom goes to war with a neighboring kingdom. It was fast-paced and captivating, and I enjoyed Princess Lanie’s journey from sheltered princess to strong heroine. The love story had me turning the pages, anxiously awaiting for what was to come. It was easy to fall in love with hired assassin, Tristan, just as Lanie did as he fought to protect her kingdom. Without spoiling anything, Emily Godwin hit me in the stomach with a ton of mixed emotions, and at one point, I might or might not have cursed at the book. Any book that stirs the emotions in me is a good book. Emily Godwin did just that.
The entire story was character driven, which I enjoy, but I did crave a little more world building. The story felt like it took place long ago, but some of the phrases and character thoughts were modern. It pulled me away just a bit, but the plot made up for it. Be prepared for a wild ride with sword fights, bloodshed, and the wooden door I actually dreamed about both nights I spent reading.
I recommend this novel for those who love young adult princess stories, faraway kingdoms, hot soldiers, and twist and turns that hit you hard.
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1. What inspired you to write Behind the Wooden Door?
When I was fourteen, my boyfriend at the time was about to go into surgery to have his wisdom teeth cut out, and in my fourteen-year-old mind, I was convinced he was going to die. So, I wrote a three part poem to get rid of some of my emotion. About a year later, I came across the poems and thought “this would make such a great book.”
2. Without spoiling the ending, I have to say, it gave me all the feels. I had to stop reading to recollect myself. I love when a story does that. So, do you realize you’re kind of evil? What were your thoughts in five words or less while you wrote the novel?
I hope someone cries!
3. What was your favorite quote from the novel?
I have a lot of favorites honestly. Most have inside jokes between my sister Nikki and me. The one that sticks with me most though is – I wonder if by any chance dragons will make the sky as beautiful in the next world as they do in Rattonim.
4. Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Probably Lanie. I spent five years in her voice (I rewrote the book twice), and she was such a strong voice. It’s very easy for me to slip back into her voice at any time. I’ve actually written a few ‘deleted scenes’ since finishing Behind the Wooden Door. I did have a lot of fun with Hawk though!
5. Do you have any future plans for more stories of Lanie?
I’ve actually plotted two books for her. There were a lot of things left out of Behind the Wooden Door about certain characters. One in particular isn’t shown as he really is, and I often regret how people see him. Will I ever write or publish them? I’m not sure. It really depends on if the books are as good as I hope they will be!
Thanks so much to Emily for taking the time to answer my questions!
About the Author
Emily Godwin is a Young Adult author. She enjoys writing, painting, and sewing her own line of non-evil voodoo dolls. She’s a Slytherin, trying to disguise herself as a Hufflepuff, and wishes she could read herself into books. Her YA novels, Behind The Wooden Door & Mutilate My Heart, are available on Amazon now!
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