Today we are participating in a book launch. This is a well-written book, but aimed at a specific audience, so look for my review in this space on Sunday if you wish to know more.
A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past. The Hunter of Voramis – a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether?
Blade of the Destroyer:dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature.
Author Interview with Andy Peloquin:
I only give five star reviews to books that are special in some way. What have you put in your book that’s going to knock people’s socks off?
That’s a tough one to answer! I’d say that this book delivers a double punch:
- A rockin’ story, filled with demons, murder, mayhem, assassins, intrigue, betrayal. Does it get better?
- A real look at humanity. It’s not just a good story, but it looks at the character and delves into the psyche of what makes people do what they do. It’s a look at the darker side of human nature, something we all find fascinating and a bit terrifying at the same time.
Tell me about a supporting character you like (or hate) a lot.
I’d have to say the Beggar Priest “Father Reverentus” was an interesting character to write. He’s facing a tough choice: either kill the Hunter (like he has been commanded to), or help him out (in order to achieve the desired outcome). He is angry at the Hunter’s actions yet resigned to needing his help. It was a unique situation that I found a heck of a lot of fun to write.
Are any of your settings related to real places you have been?
Absolutely! There are these beautiful gardens in Upper Voramis called “Maiden’s Fields”. The gardens are sort of like a botanical preserve, but with “Snowblossom” trees–my fantasy version of Japanese cherry blossom trees. Growing up in Japan, I marveled at the beauty and delicacy of the sakura trees every year.
What genre are your books?
This current novel is dark fantasy/grimdark/Gothic, and that’s the genre where I’ll be writing for the next few years. My first novel, however, (In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent) is a mix of fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and metaphysical. (Note: To all interested, I’m giving it away free on my website).
What draws you to this genre?
I love fantasy as a genre. It’s so freeing, and I can pretty much do whatever I want with the worlds I’m creating.
Dark fantasy is particularly appealing, as it allows me to write “darker” stories. Instead of happy endings, neat stories, and happiness, I get to put my characters through whatever personal hell I want. It makes for much more intriguing stories, in my opinion, and much more complete characters.
What would your hero do if he/she woke up sitting at MacDonald’s with a double cheeseburger with Coke and fries on the table?
He’d probably be pretty freaked out. The weird world around him is too bright, too colorful, and too fast-paced for him. Most of his work takes place in the night, after dark.
However, I’m sure he’d try the food. He doesn’t have much to worry about–he’s half-demon, after all!
What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
I want to finish this series, and I want to leave something as a legacy for my family. If they can think about me and say, “He was an author”, I will count myself happy. As it is, right now it’s “He’s a great guy who works a day job and writes on the side”. I want “author” to be the thing my family thinks of me first and foremost.
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book/dp/1515038955/