Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Character Guest Post: A Legacy of Light by Daniel Arenson

Today From the Shadows welcomes a character from A Legacy of Light, a new fantasy novel by Daniel Arenson.  Erry is a young woman from Requiem, a land where people can shapeshift into dragons.  She's here to tell us a little about the book.
Hello, From the Shadows!

First of all, you should know that this isn't my story.

A Legacy of Light is about heroes.  It's about great princes, kings, and emperors who can turn into dragons.  They lead armies.  They fight in wars.  They battle for the throne of Requiem, an ancient kingdom of dragon magic.

I'm nobody.

I'm just Erry.  That's it.  Not Queen Erry the First, not even the Dreaded Outlaw Erry.  Hell, I don't even have a real last name.

So why am I the one writing this blog post?

Well, what did you expect?  Those kings, queens, and emperors to visit From the Shadows?  They're too busy fighting their wars.  But me... well, I've always been from the shadows myself.

I was born on the boardwalk of a small, seaside town.  My father was a sailor from a foreign land; I never met him.  My mother died years ago in the wars, back when I was only a child.  Since then, I've been alone here on the docks.

Well, alone aside from animals.  Stray cats are great company when you're an orphaned, homeless, bastard girl.

Life hasn't always been easy.  I eat fresh fish when I can catch them.  When I can't, I eat what dead fish are swept ashore, pick through trash, or steal.  I've stolen from many houses in this town, and I've only been caught twice.

Sometimes people try to help me.  Men, mostly.  They'll give me a meal or a roof for the night, but they always want something in return.  They always want me.  So I always run... back to the docks, back to my stray animals, back to scrounging for scraps.

But it's not all bad.  I have my freedom.  I'm wild.  I can run around and howl at the moon, roll in the sand, or just sit on the beach at night, watching the stars and waves.  I mostly roam around at night.  Night is when the docks are mine, and I can imagine that I'm queen of the sea.  Nobody wants to see a ragged, filthy urchin in the daylight anyway!

If you read A Legacy of Light, you won't read a lot about me.  As I said, this is not my story.  You'll learn about those kings, outlaws, and heroes.  You'll read about all the great things they do, things greater than anything I've done.

But I'll be there too, between the pages, popping up in a scene here or there.  And let me tell you, those are the best damn scenes in the book.  Honest to goodness, and may I choke on a fish bone if I'm lying.

I like this blog.  I've always liked the shadows.  But now dawn rises, so I'll run off to my hiding spots -- I'm not telling where they are! -- to sleep and dream of distant adventures.  I hope we meet in the shadows again... or between the pages of a book.

A Legacy of Light (The Dragon War #1) by Daniel Arenson.

"We live in a time of darkness. Requiem lies cloaked in shadows. Tonight we say: We will fight. We will keep our light blazing."

The people of Requiem, an ancient kingdom, can grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. For years, Requiem's holy stars have blessed the kingdom with light and magic. But now a darkness falls.

General Cadigus, traitor to the crown, has captured the throne. Bloodthirsty and cruel, he rules with an iron fist. He crushes his own people under his heel. He burns all foreign lands. The noble kingdom of Requiem fades; a dark empire rises.

In the wilderness, a small light kindles. Rebellion brews. The rebels are haggard, outnumbered, and desperate. They hide in forests and ruins. They fight for the memory of Old Requiem, for a legacy of light.

The Resistance is small, but its cry is loud: "The tyrant must fall."

Release Date: March 29, 2013

Thank you Erry for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Daniel Arenson and his books, please visit his website and don't miss his previous author and character interviews here at From the Shadows.

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