Thursday, September 7, 2017

Blog Tour: An Arrow Against The Wind (Guest Post)


An
Arrow Against the Wind
The
Bow of Hart Saga: Book 2


by
P.H. Solomon


Genre:
Epic Fantasy




Haunted
by his past. Hunted in the present. Buffeted like an arrow in the
wind.



The
hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions.
They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, but they are
still pursued. In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in
Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both
his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu's reach stretches among
Athson's companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes
to entrap them all. With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart,
long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he
falter like an arrow against the wind?




"An
Arrow Against the Wind is a wonderful follow-up to The Bow of
Destiny." - Bookwraiths

"We
have read more than a couple great books this year, and An Arrow
Against the Wind is surely among them." - Fantasia Reviews







Guest Post

Of Withlings and Dualism: The Basis of Conflict in The Bow of Hart Saga



The Bow of Destiny depicts conflict between good and evil as is common in epic fantasy. But what is not specifically in the series to this point is the basis of the conflict. While my prequel short story, What Is Needed, shows something of the conflict in the demise of most of the mystic order of Withlings, the conflict is much older. But to better grasp this history for the book, an understanding of Withlings is necessary which introduces basic viewpoints of characters - including those who hold greater power in the world of Denaria.

Withlings are mystics who worship and serve the deity of Eloch. By the practice of their faith, Withlings are able to perform miracles such as healing, move from place to place or utter very accurate prophecies. These are but a few examples of Withlings' abilities but these are not dependent upon their inherent powers but those of Eloch. The frequent saying among Withlings is, "What is needed is given." This means that they trust Eloch implicitly to provide what they need at any moment which can include miraculous actions. Often, Withlings will speak - or not - based on their sense of what Eloch wants them to do.

So, Withlings must practice mystical ability to "be with" Eloch in order to know what they must do. Withlings consider this a form of "listening" and it becomes the basis of their life. Sometimes, they may know much but be withheld from taking any action, something very hard to do and a reason they practice mystic discipline.

To Withlings, there is only Eloch as the true deity and it seems to be so. However, there is also the dragon Magdronu. What does not come into this series are the details of how Magdronu came into conflict with Eloch and how he got the worst end of that conflict to be cursed into the form of a dragon.

Magdronu takes actions that are often typical for an "evil" character. However, he considers himself to be a dualistic counter-point to Eloch, a co-equal deity who has been kept from his natural prime position in the world as light and dark ebbs and grows. So to Magdronu, his conflict with Eloch arises from being withheld from taking his true place and that everything is out of balance as a consequence. To Magdronu, he must rise at some point and he seems "evil" but this is really just his nature and is no less valid than "good" on the part of Eloch.

So while Magdronu sees himself kept out of the balance of nature, he is stuck in a position of being cursed and unable to gain his prime position. Thus Magdronu must find a way to rise through the force of his will and the use of his magic. To this end, Magdronu sees Withlings as a force that thwarts him and he has tried to wipe them out as a way to gain influence.

But the question remains, how is Eloch able to hinder Magdronu so thoroughly? Thus we end up with a dwindling order of mystics, a prophecy against Magdronu, a mythic bow and someone intended to possess and use the Bow of Hart. Such is the background for the main character, Athson, who must discover his destiny.

Want to discover more about The Bow of Destiny? Here's a list of other interviews and appearances I've made both on blogs and internet radio shows.

Internet Radio Shows:

Beyond the Cover on Rave Waves

The Magic Happens

Speculative Fiction Cantina

Also here are a few recent blog appearances:

The Thursday Interview

Bookwraiths: Tuesday Teaser

And one of my favorites on C. S. Boyack's Lisa Burton Radio (which is actually a great blog series).



The
Bow of Destiny


The
Bow of Hart Saga: Book 1





Haunted
by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.


Athson
has seen things that aren't there and suffered fits since being
tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the
wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into
his possession, he's not sure it's real. But the trolls that soon
pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what's worse, these
raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu,
who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson
is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic
Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn't always sure what's real and who
his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face
not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons
behind his tragic past.









Free
Prequel short stories to The Bow of Hart Saga:



Trading
Knives
 - KoboiBooks & Barnes
& Noble
Smashwords and on Amazon




What
Is Needed
 - Barnes
& Noble
, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords & Amazon




P.
H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly
dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs
these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as
the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd
as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica
not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports
and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a
wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working
regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first
novel-length title with more soon to come.





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