Eleanor Herman’s new YA Fantasy novel, Legacy of Kings, is the first in a new series, and also the first book to ever incorporate the “Digital Oracle” via Twitter. According to Publishers Weekly, the Oracle is actually a “bot,” which is pre-programmed to respond to Twitter questions/comments posted to @HarlequinTeen, using the hashtag #asklegacyofkings.
With 100 potential responses, the Digital Oracle is essentially a literary Magic 8 Ball devised to increase reader engagement. Since the bot’s responses are written by Herman herself, the “premonitions” provide continuity between the text and social media. As the story incorporates elements of Greek Mythology and History, the Oracle aptly includes wisdom from well-known literary figures like Poseidon, Apollo and Athena.
Of course we didn’t want to miss out on the fun, and had to test the Digital Oracle ourselves. After entering the author’s Twitter giveaway for a signed, personalized Legacy of Kings “Royal Notebook,” we asked:
— AdBiblio (@adbiblio) September 11, 2015
And the Oracle replied:
— HarlequinTEEN (@HarlequinTEEN) September 11, 2015
We think this is a brilliant way to engage teens and reluctant readers, and we hope to see more partnerships with printed literature and highly-engaging social media campaigns in the future! Have you tried the Oracle yet? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Legacy of Kings was published on August 18, 2015. It is the first in a new series called Blood of Gods and Royals, and is available wherever fine books are sold.