Duty versus love is the one battle warrior Kae doesn’t know how to fight.
Kae has trained his entire life to become an elite Protector of the Realm. But when he earns that honor he finds himself protecting something far greater: the Veil separating two worlds. On one side of the Veil lie untold stores of magic. On the Realm’s side, magic is all but obliterated, and Kae is one of the few who can use it. The priests who secretly rule the Realm will do everything they can to control his growing magical abilities. He’s willing to pay the price, even though it comes between him and Issa, the princess he loves.
But the Veil has weakened over a thousand years and powers on both sides will stop at nothing to keep it intact. Strangers from the other side have kidnapped Issa to take her across the Veil and sacrifice her to strengthen it. Kae is the only one who can find her. If he goes after Issa, he loses everything he’s worked so hard for. But if he chooses duty over love, Issa will die.
Genre – Fantasy
Rating – PG13
We have an interview today with Vanna
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would most certainly go into the past. I love the Middle Ages for some reason, though I would also love to travel back in time to the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece.
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
I’ve limited myself to writers here. This is my list: Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, George RR Martin, Jane Austen and J.R.R. Tolkien.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The Hobbit I can’t wait to go see that!
Favorite places to travel?
Italy and France.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
Spring. I love watching nature wake up after the long winter slumber.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I think there’s a part of me in everyone of my characters. Though some are more like me than the others.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Keep learning your craft and never stop believing that you can succeed.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
My story has love and hate, duty and honor, lies and deceit, happiness and sorrow, and more, all wrapped up in a single package.
Thank you Vanna.
I look forward to finishing your book. I received it the other day, I will post a review on this blog and on Amazon/Goodreads when I've finished. Sounds like you have a winner on your hands!
Vanna has offered a guest post for us
Symbols of Love, Friendship and Life in Protector – White Roses, Wind and Rivers
by Vanna Smythe
All books contain symbols, which are the things that really create that emotional connection between the reader and the story. I have woven several such symbols into the story of my Anniversary of the Veil series, the most important ones being those for Love, Friendship and Life. And they are…
Love Symbolized by White Roses
My two main characters, Kae and Issa, have been best friends for years, but once Kae finally becomes a fully pledged Protector he finds himself falling deeply in love with Issa. White winter roses, Issa’s favorite flower, symbolize this love. White winter roses are also the flowers Kae’s long dead father would make out of cloth in the dead of winter and leave for Kae’s mother to find.
Friendship Symbolized by Wind
Throughout the story of Protector and the rest of the Anniversary of the Veil Series, the theme of strong friendship between Issa and Kae is one of the most prevalent ones. This deep friendship they share is symbolized by wind. Strong gusts of wind blow off the Taiel Sea that borders the capital city. The gusts are so strong that you can lean right into them when standing on the edge of a cliff and you will not fall.
Kae and Issa did this as children, playing on the cliffs that line the shore of the Taiel Sea. Issa is forever afraid that the wind will fail, that the gust will not be strong enough to prevent them from falling into the raging waves. But the wind never fails, just as their friendship is stronger than anything else.
Life Symbolized by the River
In the world of Protector, the energy of life, the Life Force, flows through all living beings, yet the flow is stronger in some than in others. This flow is like a river, raging in some, barely a stream in others. The ones in whom the flow is strong can manipulate the Life Force, use it to perform a sort of magic that allows them to be in two places at once, feel other people’s emotions, even read their thoughts.
The flow of the Life Force can also be released from certain people, its flow channeled to right a wrong in the world.
Thanks again Vanna.