Welcome to another day of Story Empire’s Something Wicked Blog Tour. My guest today is P.H. Solomon who is extremely adept at writing epic fantasy. You can find the complete tour schedule here.
October is all about creatures, and trust me, P.H.’s books are loaded with them, including all manner of diverse and fascinating characters. I’ve read his complete Bow of Hart saga, and it’s a winner. I hope you enjoy his post today as he shares information about various characters and creatures who populate the saga.
Thanks to Mae for hosting me today. It’s been a lot of fun so far on the Something Wicked Book Tour with the rest of the authors at Story Empire. Please make sure to share this post and visit the other stops this week and share those.
The Bane is a character that never speaks, but effects The Bow of Hart Saga throughout the entire series. Conjured near the beginning of The Bow of Destiny by Corgren for specific activity to instigate action out of Athson, the Bane is a creature of magic, born of Magdronu’s will and frightens even the most fearless of people.
Makwi is a dauntless character, a dwarf champion never out of sorts, but when he, Ralda and Athson are confronted by the creature, they flee in panic. The Bane is seemingly impervious to attacks but wields fear and physical weapons mercilessly. It is a fearsome adversary whose touch can freeze the will of almost anyone. Every character is repelled and struggle with this presence. Here’s how Limbreth, a bold person herself, reacts to her first contact with the Bane in An Arrow Against the Wind:
Limbreth lay beneath her blanket. She grunted to herself. She’d hardly thought of Athson all day. The weather race had taken all of her attention. She sighed in weariness. Sleep overtook her without further thought.
The touch of a cold hand drew Limbreth out of the depths of slumber. Her watch already? But her eyes only fluttered open and shut. Hastra said nothing. That touch—it was far colder than the weather. It crept deep into her sluggish thoughts and along her spine.
Limbreth groaned and turned her head. Her eyes flared wide at the sight of a black hand. It grasped her arm. Her jaw worked, but she uttered not a sound. Her heart slammed in her throat, and her chest heaved. The Bane dragged her toward the door where Gweld squatted.
The figure of the Bane swallowed all the light in the small space even though the fire still burned well. Limbreth found some strength and flopped as the Bane pulled her to the door’s threshold and then ducked out.
Limbreth’s lungs strained to utter any noise. It was a spell! She fought for a sound and croaked a whimper. The Bane pulled her right arm out the door.
Why wouldn’t Gweld do anything?
Limbreth fumbled with her free hand and snagged the rock edge of the doorway. The Bane yanked at her arm. Her breath came in gasps but made no viable sound.
She drew the deepest of breaths and mustered all her strength, which passed her lips in a feeble whisper: “Help.” Not enough to wake anyone. You’re on your own. Gweld never moved.
The Bane yanked her torso into the blizzard outside. Her hand grasped the doorway fast and her left arm locked in pain. A groan escaped her lips.
You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens, but Limbreth clearly reacts with an unfamiliar emotion for her. The fear lingers Limbreth and she struggles with it until a confrontation in The White Arrow. Looking for some fear factor, well the series is rife with it and the Bane reaches throughout with it’s appalling touch.
About An Arrow Against the Wind is Book 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga:
Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Tossed like an arrow in the wind.
Athson discovered the unexpected during the search for The Bow of Hart. Yet the prophesied weapon remains hidden. Mysteries discovered during the quest draw him deeper into the peril. The flames of vengeance surge in his thoughts with new revelations. Can he escape the traps of his enemies? The dragon’s reach endangers even Athson’s companions in unexpected ways. His enemy wants the bow but his mentor claims it must be used according to prophesy. With each turn of the search for the bow, long-hidden secrets surface and Athson must find the bow or risk losing those dear to him. When the dragon gains an upper hand with the abduction of Limbreth, Athson is torn between destiny and desire. But Athson seeks his own path. Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?
Find An Arrow Against the Wind, book 2 of The Bow of Hart Saga on Amazon in e-book, audio and coming soon to print.
About the author
P. H. Solomon loves reading and writing fantasy of all kinds, especially epic fantasy. If a book has dragons, elves, dwarves, wizards, magic or mythical creatures, it’s in his reading zone. He lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. His first novel, The Bow of Destiny was named 2016 Book of the Year by Fantasia Reviews and is the first book of The Bow of Hart Saga. The sequel novel, An Arrow Against the Wind, was released in April of 2017. The third book of the series, The White Arrow, was released during October of 2017. P. H. Solomon also authored the award-winning short story, The Black Bag, which won best published short story at SCWC 2012. P. H. is also a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
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If you enjoy epic fantasy, you’re sure to love this series. I’ve read all three books and was glued to the pages through each. They all make wonderful candidates for your TBR.
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