Happy #birthday, King Bewilliam, who was officially “born” on Dec. 14, 2011 with the publication of The Lost King.
No way would we limit celebrating the monarch’s birthday to one day, so today you can treat yourself to The King’s Redress, Book Three of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam at a bargain price, $1.99 (£.99 in the UK).
So grab yourself a copy for your Kindle, pour yourself a fresh ale, enter King Bewilliam’s enthralling medieval world and join the party.
Guests have arrived from many distant realms. Here’s Chavali, from a different world entirely. Heroine of Harbinger by Lee French and Erik Kort, Chavali is adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen, pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs – lots of stairs – she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past.
Intrigued, King Bewilliam found himself asking some probing questions of his guest on matters close to his heart: trust and loyalty.
KBW: How do you determine who is telling you the truth and who is trying to deceive you?
Chavali: Anyone can do this. It is a skill that needs practice. I have been able to cheat to learn the skill, of course, because I can pair the thoughts I pull from their minds with the things they do: face, hands, body. After a while, it becomes second-nature. Some people are still difficult to read, even after doing this for ten years, but not many.
KBW: When someone you trusted is revealed to be disloyal, how do you feel? How do you respond?
Chavali: I have not had this happen to me in a meaningful way. When you do not truly trust anyone, you cannot be truly hurt by betrayal. It is possible that I consider my mother to have betrayed me, in a fashion. It was more of a rejection than anything else, and not one she saw that way. There is something particularly upsetting about having a loved one suddenly become afraid to touch you.
KBW: What is your biggest fear?
Chavali: Why? Do you mean to try to use it against me? This is not a topic I consider acceptable for discussion. I did not agree to answer any and every question thrown at me.
KBW: When you need to collect your thoughts and “regroup,” where do you go?
Chavali: Privacy. However, I grew up in a wagon caravan, where everyone was always in everyone else’s business, and we slept many to a bed, in a pile, without our own rooms. Yes, that means what it sounds like it does. Also, no one was allowed to wander away from the wagon ring at night. For safety reasons. Monsters come in many shapes, and a surprisingly large number of them have two arms and two legs. As such, my idea of ‘privacy’ is different from yours. I mean a situation where I am not pestered, have no significant distractions, and am not in someone else’s thoughts.
KBW: Have you learned from past experiences anything that you can use in the present? If not, why not?
Chavali: Of course. Life is not a single thing, it is a journey. Stagnation is death, whether it is in the mind or body. Stand still, refuse to learn, become entrenched, close your mind – these are all dangerous. Change keeps us sane and shows us ways through…ah, I do not know the word in your tongue. It means the bad things that happen.
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