Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Protector by Vanna Smythe

Seven Virtues and Protector

One of the previous guest posts I wrote as part of this blog tour has been on the topic of the seven deadly sins and their appearance in Protector (Anniversary of the Veil, Book One). Therefore, I feel it is only right I write another post on the seven virtues and how they balance out the sins in Protector.

Chastity: This one is most evident as concerns the order of Protectors of the Realm. As it has often been the case, the end result of mandatory chastity is not quite as virtuous as it is meant to be.

Temperance: None of the main characters truly exercise this virtue, but it would be much better if they did. For all concerned.

Charity: Both King Ardnan and Princess Issiyanna wish to make the realm a good place to live for all. The Priests also, in pursuit of their higher purpose, exercise charity towards those less fortunate.

Diligence: Performing one’s duty and doing it well is certainly one of the main themes of Protector. None, save perhaps First Captain of the Protectors, Entan, are guilty of not being diligent in this. Though, to be fair, his dereliction of duty comes from love and care.

Patience: Not prevalent at all. They all want what they want, and will take steps to get it. The main character, Protector Kiyarran, believes patient waiting will solve all his problems, but ultimately he just does not have enough patience to wait.

Kindness: Both Princess Issiyanna and Kiyarran are kind, just not always to each other. Though kindness saves the day in many situations throughout the book.

Humility: Despite being one of the strongest and most powerful Protectors in years and years, Kiyarran remains humble throughout the book. Humility certainly balances out his youthful pride and arrogance.

Kiyarran always wanted to be a Protector of the Realm. But unknown magic and forbidden love for Princess Issiyanna awaken inside him once his wish comes true. Now the Priesthood that rules the realm from the shadows see Kiyarran’s extraordinary skill as a threat.

Issiyanna is needed for a reaction on the other side of the Veil—a man-forged barrier separating the world in half. A Beacon and Answer gave up their lives to Don the Veil 1,000 years ago. Issiyanna is a Beacon needed to renew the Veil.

Issiyanna is abducted by a group of Keepers from across the Veil, and Kiyarran follows to save her.

Will he choose to bring her back, or run from all he knows to follow her across the Veil? Will Kiyarran fulfill his duty as a Protector, or allow his love for Issiyanna to guide his future path?
Magic, loyalty, childhood friendship, greed, and love all clash as Kiyarran is forced to make his decision.

The complete Blog Tour:

April 16 Guest post/giveaway
April 17 Guest post/Giveaway
April 20 Interview/giveaway
April 24 Guest post
April 25 review/interview Read Between The Lines
April 26 …review….
And a Little about Vanna herself!

Vanna Smythe is on a quest to become a (bestselling) fantasy author. Right now, it promises to be a dangerous quest, full of questionable, powerful magnates, laced with pitfalls of obligation, and dreams. So it is good that she does not mean to quest thus alone. To keep her company along the way, she has enlisted the help of an incredible cast of characters. For the moment, they are a confident boy who must learn many things anew, a girl who would like nothing more than to live in endless summer, four who wish things were different, and one who will do all to keep things the same.
As she travels with them, they are slowly reveling their world, and who they are, to her, challenging her to look beyond what is easy to see. These characters may be from a different time, a time long ago, a time that never was, but they could all be here today, forming a part of your inner circle of friends.
Trying to understand them better, her blog will feature an array of posts on the way of life in the Middle Ages. Vanna has lived in European cities, which have sprung from former medieval towns, for most of her life. She has visited many more such cities. Maybe this is why she feels such kinship with her cast of characters. She hopes you will grow to love them also.
Vanna also needs your help, because a story without a reader is like mist before the sun. You can find her here:
Twitter: @Vanna_Smythe

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