Monday, September 28, 2015

In a land where those with magic are esteemed and revered, Janir guards a secret that would send her to the headsman's block at a word. As one of the reviled Argetallams, she has the power to destroy enchantments and steal others' magic—an ability that has caused bloodshed for generations.
Raised as the illegitimate daughter of an influential lord, she was determined to turn her back on her heritage, but when her power manifests, leaving a nobleman dead, she has no choice but to flee her adoptive home. In exile with the help of a fearless young enchanter and an elf sworn to protect her, she finds herself entangled in a quest to hide an ancient artifact from the kingdom’s enemies.

But they are not the only ones after the relic and soon their paths cross with a rival from Janir's distant childhood. With no hope of help or rescue, the fate of nations will depend on a fifteen year old girl and her mastery of powers she doesn't understand.

Welcome Elizabeth Wheatley!

Five Favorites in Fantasy: Sworn Protectors

Originally, the plan was for Saoven, the elf warrior, to simply be Janir’s escort, but as the story

changed and evolved (as stories will do), he ended up swearing an oath to keep her safe. Loyalty and honor are two the things I truly prize in a character (ora person) and I am more or less a sucker for a good protector/bodyguard in books. It was probably a subconscious nagging on my part, to be honest.

Amon (The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima) Poor Amon. He’s definitely high on my list of favorites even though Ms. Chima apparently thought it was acceptable to create a sledgehammer of feels around him.

Vansen  (Shadowrise by Tad Williams) First, I will say that I LOVE THIS SERIES TO BITS. Second, I adore Vansen. He makes a promise in book 1 and spends the three subsequent GARGANTUAN volumes to keep it by protecting the prince of his country. If that’s not dedication, I don’t know what is.

Lucas (Windswept by Jadie Jones) 1,000 years of loyalty and pretty much all he gets for it is crap. Still, he keeps on keeping on, protecting his charge through bad and worse. Did I mention he’s cute?

Vin (The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson) Oh, Vin, my sweet baby. Though she never formally promises to protect Elend, she becomes his bodyguard in this book, shielding him from a level of nastiness that could only be found in a fantasy novel. Plus, the two of them are so adorable, I can barely handle it.

Kai (Beyond the Iron Gate by Alicia Michaels) If one is seeking the emotional equivalent of a hacksaw, I highly recommend this prequel novella to Ms. Michaels’ Fallada series. You’ll come to love Kai as much as I did, for better or worse, and then you’ll regret ever picking up the damn thing before going back and reading it again. You were warned.

About the Author

Wheatley Pictures33_s1-cropped Elisabeth Wheatley began what would be her first novel at eleven and hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, and/or hot guys in armor, she can be found wasting time on the internet, fangirling over her latest obsession, and pretending to be a functional citizen.

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