Renee Scattergood Interviews Alaric from Into the Shadow Wood

Thanks to Renee Scattergood for featuring me in her Friday Author Spotlight this week! As part of the spotlight, there is a never-before-seen interview with my character Alaric from Into the Shadow Wood. Be sure to check it out!


Author Spotlight: Into the Shadow Wood by Allison D. Reid

ISW Cover MedWelcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have Allison D. Reid returning with her new novella, Into the Shadow Wood. I was lucky enough to be able to read an early copy and it’s an amazing story. It had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put it down!

Alaric, where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

I was born in Tyroc Castle. Though I was not the son of the Sovereign, or even one of his lords, I was born into a nobility of sorts. I am the seventh generation of my family to serve as one of the Sovereign’s elite personal guard, called the Circle. I am also the last generation to bear that honor.

My childhood was spent preparing me for my entrance into the Circle, even when I wasn’t aware of it. Every activity was meant to build up my strength, endurance, skills, or character. All of my needs and desires were taken care of; I never went hungry, lacked clothing, or endured the labors of the field. I received a better education than most of the boys in Tyroc, too. But my purpose was also made very clear. My life belonged to the Sovereign, and my first duty was to defend him and his family. Their lives were valued above mine, and if necessary, I was to die protecting them. This was not a sacrifice, but an honor passed down from my father to me…

Read the rest of the interview on Renee Writes.

Gareth

Well, that’s it. My satchel is packed with all of my worldly possessions, which don’t amount to much, I’m afraid. A book of prayers, a medallion with the symbol of my order stamped upon it, a blank scroll, quill, and ink. I gave the last of my coins for a new robe, which should keep me warm and dry for my journey. There are other monks and priests who think that poverty vows are antiquated and unnecessary. But I have always taken mine seriously…along with a good many other things. Like Aviad, and the Tomes of Wisdom, and the writings of the Prophets. I suppose that is why I’m in such trouble now—why I’m being forced out of the Temple.

I am in good company though. My mentor, and a small group of others, have also been asked…no, forced…to disappear. They say our beliefs are dangerous. But we say to not believe in Aviad’s word is more dangerous yet. The old prophecies are coming true before right our eyes, only the leadership has been blinded by its own desires. It either cannot see, or does not want to. So we are set to leave ere the sun rises. But I do not go with any bitterness, or fear. This will be my first adventure into the very real world beyond these cloistered halls, and with Aviad as my guide, I am ready for it.

My only regret is that I must leave my students behind. I can only wonder at what they will be taught in our absence. Two in particular I am sad to part ways with; common girls named Morganne and Elowyn. Their mother wanted them taught to read and write—a service I was only too happy to provide. I found Morganne in particular to be a ready pupil, not only of her letters, but of the deeper lessons found within the Tomes. The Spirit is strong within her, and I sense that she is meant for more than a common life. Aviad placed it on my heart to give her the primer I received as a boy entering the Temple. I can only hope that it will continue to teach her in my stead, and that in these dark days, she and Elowyn will find peace within its worn pages.

I can hear my companions coming down the hall, which means it is finally time to leave. We shall make our way west, to join an order of like mind and purpose. Perhaps there we can yet do some good and learn more about these changes that are happening in the world. Whether Morganne, Elowyn and I cross paths again or not, we make the same journey of faith, in this life and to the one beyond.

Gareth
Humble Servant of the Order of Aviad

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