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Thursday, October 16, 2014

WIZARD OF ENDS by Vanessa Finaughty

Welcome to Vanessa Finaughty and her Wizard of Ends series! Check out the special offer below!

What's the difference between a wizard and a sorcerer, in your story's world?
All magic users channel energy from the surroundings, and wizards and sorcerers can both manipulate reality with the power of their minds. However, wizards also specialise in magical objects, and sorcerers are able to conjure magical creatures and follow magic to its root in order to undo it.

Is wizardry vs. sorcery chosen, or innate? How do magic-users learn their craft?
Some people are born with the ability to tap into the magical energy surrounding all things, but no one knows why some have this ability and others don't. Usually, they learn by trial and error in much the same way a new baby explores her world and what she can and can't do. However, most do get some guidance, either by a family member who has the same ability or by a formal teacher.

What do ordinary people think of magic users?
Pretty much the same as they think of non-magic users, except brawlers and bandits are wary of and far less likely to start trouble with a magic user.

There must be more advantages to being a magic user than not getting robbed. Your hero, Lashlor, is entrusted with the safety of the queen after all. How does he go about protecting her?
Having magic can make life easier, for sure, but magic users are just average people in this world. At first, Lashlor uses his wits, and bow and arrow - he doesn't believe a person should use magic when there is another way, and, since he's confident of his archery skills, he chooses to use them instead of magic. This is how him being called a fake wizard started, since most others don't share his religious beliefs in this regard. I can't say any more without including spoilers.

To tie this into your book -- so Lashlor is an archer and occasional magic-user, charged with keeping the queen safe on her journey. What's going to be the most difficult part of that job? 
To Lashlor, the most difficult part of keeping the queen safe is resisting the urge to use magic, especially since the queen and Guards of Ends keep insisting he do so. Using magic would be so much easier, but his past experiences and belief that he will be punished in the afterlife stop him from taking the easy way out. The queen is also quite wilful and doesn't always take his advice, which makes it harder.

Wizard of Ends, Book 1
When Lashlor Leaflin offers to escort Queen Narraki Dragonsbane to the Jeltar Woods, he’s unwittingly caught up in a magical adventure of the type he would rather not have.

The sorceress Assassa believes the Land of Ends to be rightfully hers, but King Lanaran refuses to hand over his crown. In retaliation, the sorceress conjures creatures of darkness to hunt the queen and end her life. Lashlor helps where he can, but it isn’t easy when the Guards of Ends who protect the queen believe him to be false.

A confrontation with Assassa will be the death of him, Lashlor is certain. However, the king insists on his help and it soon becomes apparent that he may have no choice.

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Wizard of Ends, Book 2
Escorted by soldiers of Ends, Lashlor sets out to find an old flame, Rune Arcana, the only person who can help to remove the curse placed on the Queen of Ends. Lashlor believes that Rune currently resides in the Mountains of Eclador – a place from which no one has returned in all of recorded history. She could refuse his request. She could be dead. Lashlor and his companions could meet the same fate.

If they do not brave the mountains, however, Queen Narraki will remain in the form of a rabid creature of darkness… forever.

Forever is a long time, and King Lanaran fears the Wizard of Ends will not return. Ignoring Lashlor’s advice not to meddle with the curse, the king employs other magic users to attempt to undo the dark magic.

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1 comment:

Vanessa Finaughty said...

Thanks for a fun interview!

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