Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Blogtour: The Sorcerer's Guardian by Antonia Aquilante

Please welcome Antonia Aquilante with 

The Sorcerer's Guardian 

Hi, everyone, and thank you so much to My Fiction Nook for letting me visit today! I’m Antonia Aquilante here to talk with you about The Sorcerer’s Guardian, which is out from Dreamspinner Press today. The Sorcerer’s Guardian is the fourth book in the Chronicles of Tournai series, though it can be read as a stand-alone, as can the other books in the series. It’s the story of Savarin, a powerful sorcerer, and Loriot, captain of the royal guard, as they clash and get closer and ultimately fall in love while on a mission from the prince to solve the mystery of Tournai’s weakening magical protections.

For a large part of The Sorcerer’s Guardian, Loriot and Savarin are on the road alone together as Savarin works on figuring out Tournai’s magical protections and why they’re beginning to weaken. Forced proximity is such a fun trope to play with because it can really increase tension between our heroes and lead to all sorts of interesting situations. In The Sorcerer’s Guardian, Savarin has no desire for Loriot to accompany him on his journey, but the princes insist. Savarin is powerful and believes he can take care of himself—he’s been doing it for years after all. He’s also extremely independent and stubborn. And used to doing just as he pleases, especially when it comes to his work. He’s less than pleased when he can’t avoid Loriot as a travel companion.

For his part, Loriot is less than thrilled to be going with Savarin. He feels his place is with the royal family. He takes his duty to protect the princes and the rest of the royal family seriously. He also doesn’t want to leave his own family for so long, but duty compels him to go. Even as he wants to protect the royal family, he also must follow his prince’s orders. He is almost immediately frustrated by Savarin who won’t tell Loriot anything of his plans at first, which leaves Loriot at a loss for how to plan to protect him.

They can’t escape each other on their journey. For days on end, they’re alone together as they travel Tournai’s western border. Frustration and annoyance cause clashes between them, and attraction—which they’re both trying to ignore—simmers just under the surface. And then a dangerous storm comes. They arrive at an inn just as it’s beginning, where of course there’s only one room left. The storm will keep them trapped there for days, which pushes them together even more, increasing the tension until it all boils over. I hope you find it as much fun to read as I did to write.

About the book:


Savarin, the most powerful sorcerer in Tournai, has honed his Talent through years of study and made magic his life. Among the wealthy and noble circles he moves in, no one would suspect the handsome, refined, and arrogant sorcerer’s humble beginnings, which is how Savarin prefers it. Tournai’s princes task Savarin with studying and strengthening the spells that protect the principality from magical attack. They are complex, centuries old, and exactly the type of puzzle Savarin is eager to solve. To his annoyance, the princes insist Loriot accompanies him.

Loriot worked his way up the ranks of the royal guard to captain and takes pride in his service. He must obey the princes’ orders to protect Savarin, despite believing his skills would be best used elsewhere. And despite his wariness of magic. UnTalented himself, he has learned not only the benefits of magic but also its potential for harm—and how to counter it. Loriot and Savarin clash during their journey, but there’s another reason for the tension between them, and passion develops into feelings neither expected. But Savarin must still fortify Tournai’s magical barrier, and his only solution endangers both him and the royal family.

M/M Fantasy RomanceSeries: Chronicles of TournaiPublisher: Dreamspinner PressCover Artist: Anne CainRelease Date: November 28, 2016Length: Novel

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About the author:

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, she has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent - they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats which she shares with friends and family, and of course reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to ebooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the New Jersey Romance Writers, and the Rainbow Romance Writers.



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