Poison by Bridget Zinn

Hopefully you’ve heard about Poison by Bridget Zinn by now. It released on March 12 from Hyperion.  But even if you haven’t heard about it, you’re going to now.

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Kyra is a Master Poisoner who suddenly finds herself in the position of having to kill her best friend, the princess. Unfortunately she botches the job and now she’s on the run from the law. Luckily she’s armed with her wits and…a trusty tracking pig named Rosie.  Oh my god, look at that tracking pig. I want a tracking pig.

Actually, the tracking pig is key. I was the lucky editor who won this book at auction when I worked at Hyperion. When Bridget’s agent, Michael Stearns, pitched the book to me over the phone, Rosie was front and center. There’s a good reason for that. This isn’t your average fantasy novel. It’s loaded with charm and humor and delightful little quirks. The pig seems like the perfect emissary for all the personality in this novel.

It’s funny how much Rosie reveals about Kyra. She’s got an important skill, but she’s still just a pig. She grunts and eats and can be a pain in the butt, just like any pet, but she’s useful and she’s cute. Kyra loses patience with her from time to time, and she doesn’t fully appreciate her at first, but her relationship with Rosie develops as any other relationship would.

So, with that I’d like to propose a little contest. It’s a fun one. Write me a haiku about a pig. It doesn’t have to even be about a tracking pig. Just give me seventeen syllables that capture a pig’s “pigginess.” The winner gets a copy of the book! Send your submission here with the subject Pig Haiku. Deadline is Tax Day!

Learn more about Bridget Zinn here, and read more about Poison on goodreads.

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