This kind of cover if definitely one of my favorite.
The Prince (Prince Theo Saga Book 1) by Antony Soehner released in April in the General/Epic Fantasy genre.
Destiny will always test the greatest of leaders.
Theo never imagined life outside the king’s castle. But when the queen’s funeral reveals the king’s true colors, Theo must rely on his sister, her allies, and his friends to get him to safety. With the help of mercenaries and the native tribes of the plains, Theo must learn to face his destiny and open his mind to the diverse world he’s been thrown into.
Another burst of lightning hit the canyon wall and a giant boulder crashed on top of the water-wolves pulling the boats. Unable to avoid the obstacle, Nat’an whipped the reins downwards and slammed them into the platform of the boat.
The river swelled beneath the pontoon, lifting the entire boat over the boulder in the middle of the stream. Once they were clear, the water formed into a wave that propelled the river fleet further down the canyon.
Nat’an stood back up and gave his reins another whip. As the water arched, the wolves appeared again and continued pulling the boats.
They increased the distance between themselves and the smoking figure of the masked man. He continued to volley bolt after bolt but only caught the water or canyon walls behind them.
Nat’an turned and looked over his shoulder with a smile. “I think we can lose him up here—”
The pontoon lurched in the air and came crashing back into the river. Theo dropped his harpoon, lost his footing, and slipped off the back end of the platform into the river.
“Theo!” Oli screamed as he dove for the prince, missing his hand as he went overboard.
“Rhan!” Nat’an called out.
Without more than a glance between each other, Rhan threw herself overboard after Theo.
Oli watched as a giant eagle made of blue flame amassed under her just before she hit the water and lifted her above the river. She leaned off the side of the eagle’s back and reached down for Theo who was flapping his arms over the river.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Geek by heart, author by trade.
Raised on a healthy diet of geek and pop culture, Antony has come to share his love and appreciation for role-playing games, geek culture, and fantasy adventure. If it’s random comic book facts, Star Wars trivia, or just the measly obscure movie reference, Antony is there!
Can you tell us more about the other people in this story? Your secondary characters?
There are a good handful of secondary characters who help Theo, the main character, through his journey. But when I think about all of them and scroll through the growing excel sheet I keep, there are four who come to mind.
Oli is Theo’s oldest friend and is the unsuspecting hero of the first act. Without Oli, Theo doesn’t survive the onslaught of horrific events set forth by the King. He’s a soldier who is forced to learn that disobeying his training sometimes means learning hard truths about the world. Before his heroics become survival, Oli must make one final sacrifice in order to pledge himself to Prince Theo’s aid. Oli is the type of friend everyone should have in their life and I hope readers can find his situation relatable.
Jeb is introduced at the beginning of the second act. Along with his companion and partner in crime, Nila, the two add a new element to Theo’s life. Jeb is a smooth-talking bard who is full of well-traveled knowledge. He’s not quite the father figure Theo should be looking for but I feel Jeb has that Streetwise Uncle vibe about him. He’s not there to teach Theo right and wrong. He’s too mischievous. But when the time comes for a lesson in life, Jeb is the one who has the proper words for Theo in his time of need.
Chief Ta’goda is one of my favorite characters that arrive in the second half of the story. He is the leader and Chief of the Woya, a tribe of native orcs who roam the plains along Theo’s father’s borders. Ta’goda is the father figure Theo has been searching for. Like Jeb, he is a fountain of traveled knowledge about the world Theo knows very little about. But unlike Jeb, Ta’goda bears a similar responsibility to Theo as a leader of his people. Ta’goda is not afraid to face challenges and wishes nothing but to usher his people through a peaceful existence.
Rhan is the daughter of Cheif Ta’goda and probably has the most relatable experiences when it comes to being around Theo. Unlike the other three who are there to support and protect the Prince, Rhan simply relates to him. She shares the same anxieties and hopes for her own future as Theo does for himself. She knows what it’s like to be the child of the leader and in her own way, helps Theo see his own humanity within the overwhelming responsibilities they will one day uphold.
I hope readers will be able to love and relate to these characters as much as I do. I can’t wait to hear about my characters from other’s perspectives.
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