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.
Seven Deadly Sins and Protector
Since the church as an institution plays a big role in Protector, this is a great topic. So, here goes...
Lust: This is something that my main character, Protector Kiyarran, struggles with for much of the story. Though, to be completely fair, his lust is borne entirely out of love. However, lust borne of prohibition has been known to lead to dire occurrences and sad situations, but I don’t want to give too much away.
Gluttony: Kiyarran is always hungry. It has led him to stealing food from the kitchens at the castle and lusting after the serving maids.
Greed: The greed for power and control is one of the main threads in Protector, primarily as concerns the Head Priest Rhaldan and his desire to keep the status quo, and the Priesthood in control, at all cost.
Sloth: This one will come through later in the story, though former Catalysts have been known to waste away their vast potential and skill due to this sin.
Wrath: King Ardnan is a very angry man. He will risk much once his wrath spills over.
Envy: Kiyarran envies those who can still enjoy the blissful ignorance, after he learns the true purpose and role of Protectors of the Realm.
Pride: Kiyarran is quite arrogant and proud of his skills and abilities in the beginning. Also, the Priests, and especially Head Priest Rhaldan are very sure of their superiority, and that it is justified. Because of this conviction Rhaldan will make choices and perform actions not in keeping with his highest purpose of striving towards peace and harmony in the realm. Comeuppance for all the prideful will ensue by the end of the story.
About the Author:
Vanna Smythe is the author of Protector, the first book in the Anniversary of the Veil fantasy series. She has been writing creatively since her early teens, though one could say her creative writing efforts started long before that. While still in kindergarten, she once tore up a library book to make alphabet soup, and has been fascinated with what words can do, the pictures and worlds they can create, ever since. Book two of the Anniversary of the Veil series, Decision Maker, is due out in Autumn, 2012.
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