C is for Cade Peregrine (Songkeeper Blogtour + Giveaway)


Greetings, Roadlings!

I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour celebrating the one-year book-birthday of Songkeeper by Gillian Bronte Adams!

#ExploreLeira is an A-to-Z blog series making the rounds through the blogosphere, focusing on different characters, places, etc. in the land of Leira within the Songkeeper Chronicles, and it’s going to be loads of fun! 🙂

(If you’re not familiar with this series, you can read my review for book 1, Orphan’s Song, and book 2, Songkeeper.)

Today, I’m super pleased to have Gillian herself over for a guest post about Cade!

Cade happens to be my favorite character in the Songkeeper Chronicles, and although he’s not a general reader favorite, I maintain he’s misunderstood and is a fascinating character, and fairly epic, to boot. 😉 I hope you’ll enjoy this post’s insight into his character.

And now, I give you Gillian Bronte Adams and her guest post on Cade Peregrine! 🙂

Thanks, Deborah, for hosting me here and helping me celebrate the (almost) one year book birthday for Songkeeper! It is the second book in the Songkeeper Chronicles, which tells the story of a girl who can hear the song that created the world. If this is your first encounter with the blog tour, we are continuing a series of alphabet posts looking at the world and characters and magical creatures of the Songkeeper Chronicles (you can follow the tour at gillianbronteadams.com) and we have an awesome giveaway that you can enter below!

Today, we’re looking at the letter C.


C is for Cade Peregrine

A tall boy stood before him, clad in a ragged white blouse and tattered breeches, with a fine leather vest on top and a sword belted at his side. His arms were folded across his chest, and his chin lowered so that his eyes seemed to look straight through Ky. Cade, the leader of the Underground.

– Orphan’s Song

Ah, Cade. In another tale on another day, Cade Peregrine could have been the hero of the Underground, instead of Ky. He is a young man rooted in conviction, strengthened by pride, and determined to uphold the legacy of resistance left by his father and the outlaws of Kerby.

“It is insane. For now.” Cade’s eyes glittered in the firelight. “Now, it’s just a dream, but one day it will be a reality. Even now, every dagger we steal, every purse, every coin is a step toward breaking the soldiers’ hold on Kerby. And when we’re ready, we’ll fall upon them and drive them from the city. Then we’ll be free again.”

Orphan’s Song

It was Cade who first saw the desperate need of the children of Kerby who were left orphaned and abandoned when their parents were taken by the Khelari. He realized that their best chance of survival came if they banded together, so he decided to form the Underground. In a cavern below the city, down tunnels where outlaws once roamed, the children found a new home. In the assigned brother and sister pairs, they found both the family they had lost and mentors to teach them how to survive life on the streets. And in Cade, they found someone to look up to and aspire to. A hero, like the legends of old.

Cade is a warrior, trained in the art of the sword by his late blacksmith father. He is a boy of the streets, versed in the skills required to disappear without a trace into a crowd. He is a born leader, capable of managing, organizing, and caring for the orphans of the city. He is a skilled orator, capable of drawing a crowd in so that they hang upon his every word and are swayed to his way of thinking.

“And what is all this?” Cade turned a circle with his hands spread wide then moved toward the digging, forcing Ky to fall into place behind. “Digging your way out, are you? Like rats in a hole.”

By now all activity in the tunnel had ceased, and Cade’s voice grew to fill the silence. He always had been good at speech-making and crowd-wielding. The runners hearkened to his words like starving men begging for bread.

“Running isn’t the Underground way. Out on the streets, it may be every man for himself because that’s what we have to do to survive, but not here—not in our stronghold. Here we stand and fight together. Here we are free. We cannot run away and leave our home behind!”


He is stubborn and accustomed to getting his way, so it is no surprise that he frequently butts head with Ky—one of the main characters in the Songkeeper Chronicles. Both are convinced of their own rightness and ready to fight for that conviction. Both are willing to sacrifice for those that they care about. It is ironic that the two are more alike than either of them would care to admit. If they could just learn to work together, they would be an unstoppable force.

“It was your half-baked idea to leave Kerby behind. Now what? You have a plan for where we should go and how to get there? Or do you intend to walk thirty runners across the Nordlands in search of refuge with barely enough supplies to last another four days and half our number falling to the white fever already? How far do you think we would get? These are the things a leader has to think about, Ky.” He released his grip so suddenly that Ky wound up sitting on the ground. “So stop whining and think.”


Not going to lie, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for Cade. He means well, but he so often gets the short end of the stick. In the Songkeeper Chronicles, we typically only see Cade from Ky’s perspective, so it’s usually a slightly unbalanced view. Admittedly, Cade can be a bit over-bearing at times, and he occasionally has control issues, but Ky isn’t always completely fair in his assessment.

Cade is the sort of secondary character who has a story that is just begging to be told. As in, there is a file, quite literally, sitting on my desktop begging me to write it. Maybe one day we’ll get to hear a bit from his point of view …

But for now, you can read about him in the Songkeeper Chronicles! Check out the links below for a place to purchase the books.


Amazon: Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper

Barnes and Nobles: Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper


And before you leave, don’t forget to enter the giveaway! One lucky winner will take home a copy of Orphan’s Song, Songkeeper, and a gorgeous handmade mug. Two lucky winners will take home copies of Songkeeper! Enter through the Rafflecopter below and be sure to visit www.gillianbronteadams.com to continue following the blog tour. You can earn new entries for each post that you visit along the way. Winners will be announced after April 15th.

Follow this link to enter –> ***a Rafflecopter giveaway***

About the Author

Gillian Bronte AdamsGILLIAN BRONTE ADAMS is a sword-wielding, horse-riding, coffee-loving speculative fiction author from the great state of Texas. During the day, she manages the equestrian program at a youth camp. But at night, she kicks off her boots and spurs, pulls out her trusty laptop, and transforms into a novelist. She is the author of Orphan’s Song, book one of the Songkeeper Chronicles, and Out of Darkness Rising. Visit Gillian online at her blog, Twitter, or Facebook page.

About Songkeeper

SONGKEEPER-FRONT-COVERWar ravages Leira and the Song has fallen silent.

Freed from the hold of a slave ship, Birdie, the young Songkeeper, and Ky, a street-wise thief, emerge to a world at war. Hordes of dark soldiers march across Leira, shadowed by whispers of plague and massacres, prompting Ky to return to his besieged home city in hopes of leading his fellow runners to safety.

Desperate to end the fighting, Birdie embarks on a dangerous mission into the heart of the Takhran’s fortress. Legend speaks of a mythical spring buried within and the Songkeeper who will one day unleash it to achieve victory. Everyone believes Birdie is the one, but the elusive nature of the Song and rumors of other gifted individuals lead her to doubt her role. Unleashing the spring could defeat the Takhran once and for all, but can she truly be the Songkeeper when the Song no longer answers her call?

(Eep, I so want some of Cade’s point-of-view someday! Ahem. 😀 )

So what do you think, readers? Is this your first time “meeting” Cade or have you read Orphan’s Song and/or Songkeeper? What do you think of him? Are you as excited for the third book (whenever it may happen) as I am? And are you looking forward to exploring Leira in this fun A-Z blog tour? Tell me all! 🙂

21 thoughts on “C is for Cade Peregrine (Songkeeper Blogtour + Giveaway)

  1. I’ve always been a bit torn about Cade. On the one hand, I wanted to hit him a lot for his stubbornness and insulting ways. On the other hand, I admire him as a leader and protector, especially his care for Aliyah (anyone who’s read Songkeeper is free to get mad at me for bringing that up again). He’s a great character.

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    • That’s fair enough. XD Your thoughts are fairly spot-on. 😉 I admit I liked him more than you but you have some great points! 😀 (And aaaah do not bring up these thiiiings! Ahem. XD) Yes he is! Thanks ever so much for dropping by and giving your two cents! ^_^


  2. Now I desperately want to reread Orphan’s Song! It’s been too, too long since I first read it. And I MUST get my hands on a copy of Songkeeper.

    I remember liking Cade quite a lot! Yes, he was stubborn and strong willed, but I knew there was more to him than that. I would LOVE some POVs from him sometime! 😀

    I’m loving this A-Z tour. It’s so fun!

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    • It’s making me want to re-read both books toooo!! *flails* I’ll definitely have to do so whenever the final book comes out! 😀 (And yes you muuust! So many feel though. O_O Better wait till you can move straight into book 3 because cliffhangerrrr! XD)

      Cade is definitely stubborn and strongwilled, yes. XD Some of his POV would be SO COOL though! And I’m glad you liked him at least as far as you remember! 🙂

      YES it’s fun indeed! 😀 *frolics*


  3. Having been a while since I read Orphan’s Song, and considering that I haven’t gotten the chance yet to read Songkeeper, my impression of Cade is a little faded. But I do find him a fascinating character with multi-faceted motivations. I don’t always agree with his methods, but I do see a desire to help this family he’s built.

    Thanks for a fun post!

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    • Fair enough! I think he’s a bit more heroic in the first book, before he and Ky get to butting heads quite so much. XD But there’s also so much happening in Songkeeper… I hope you get to it sometime! 🙂 I don’t always agree either, but I do see where he’s coming from and find him fascinating too. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts! 🙂


    • :O YOU WOULD LOVE THESE, MADELINE! So yes, you do! XD Thanks very much! And I do love Cade… I hope you’ll like him if you read them. 🙂 (He reminds me a little of Peter from Peter Pan in Scarlet, and of Kaz, a liiiittle, and of some other characters I like a lot. :D)

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    • A lot of the time he sort of doesn’t get along with one of the heroes, Ky, and Cade gets a liiittle more antagonistic-seeming and self-absorbed in the second book particularly. 🙂 So he’s something of an anti-hero at times, and I don’t necessarily like when he’s occasionally not-so-nice to Ky and when they don’t get along, because I love Ky too!! But I still like Cade a lot and feel more sympathetic to him than I’ve heard a lot of people feel. XD It’s very much a case of two characters who think different things clashing, and since Ky’s the hero, we mostly root for his side of things, but I think Cade deserves some love too and I just find him deep and interesting. 🙂 But I can definitely see why some people might not love him as much as I do! Anyway, Gillian’s characters are all so deep and real and PEOPLE-like that they’re fascinating to think about. Thanks for your comment! What a delight that this is your first time meeting Cade, and I hope you’ll get to read the books sometime! ^_^

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