by Annabelle Jacobs
Firstly, thank you for having me on your blog today.
My latest release, Alliance, is the concluding book in my fantasy trilogy, Torsere, and I’d like to introduce you to the main characters of the series.
The first book, Capture, is all about the beginning of the relationship between Ryneq, King of Torsere, and Nykin, a dragon rider in the king’s army.
When I started writing this series, I sort of had a vague image in my head of what each character should look like. So naturally I googled endlessly until I found someone who fitted it.
As the king, I wanted Ryneq to be strong and commanding. But as he was thrust into leadership unexpectedly when his parents were killed, he also needs to have a slight air of vulnerability underneath it all. When I picture him in my head, I see someone tall and intense looking, with dark hair and eyes.
A little like this…..
Ryneq likes to rule by example, and leads his men into battle whenever possible. As a result, he’s taken by the enemy in Capture and is forced to sit back and let his people save him. Throughout Union and Alliance, he learns that his priorities need to change now he is king, and sometimes it’s better for his kingdom and his people, to step back and let others take the lead.
When I started writing Nykin, I wanted him to be the opposite of Ryneq—a little shy, naive maybe, but brave and loyal too. He’s young and doesn’t always think about the consequences of his actions. As he spends a lot of time in the air with his dragon, I pictured Nykin to be a little tanned and lean from all the riding.
A little like this….
Nykin has been a dragon rider for a little over a year, born with the fire tattoo, and bonded to his dragon, Fimor, as soon as he came of age. Like Ryneq, Nykin has lost his parents, so he relies heavily on his friends for support, and on Fimor most of all.
He and Fimor share a telepathic link, there are no secrets between them. At the end of the day, Fimor is his dragon and will do anything he can to keep Nykin safe, even if it goes against the king’s orders.
Alliance is out on November 17th, and from now through release day, you can buy book one, Capture, for only 99c from Dreamspinner Press.
King Ryneq and his dragon rider consort, Nykin, return to Torsere to defend the kingdom against the lowland armies already camped along Torsere’s borders. Seran wants the dragons, and with a new witch in his ranks, war is inevitable.
With the elves of Hervath now helping them, Ryneq has a chance at holding Seran at bay. But the witch is using old dark magic, and as Nykin and the dragon riders battle her deadly attack, unexpected betrayal forces Ryneq to make a difficult decision.
Faced with the prospect of losing his kingdom, Ryneq gambles on a plan that could ultimately save Torsere, if they can stay alive long enough to see it through. With Ryneq standing against Seran and his witch, time is of the essence, and Nykin must make a sacrifice to end the war. Only then will Ryneq and Nykin be able to start a life together.
About Annabelle Jacobs
Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.
An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.
Annabelle has graciously offered up an eBook copy of one book from the Torsere series to one lucky winner!! The giveaway starts now and ends November 22, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. To enter, just click the link below!
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Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of Alliance to see what she thought of it!