Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Spotlight - The Twins of Devonshire and the Curse of the Widow by Dan O'Brien

Welcome to the seventh day of The Twins of Devonshire and the Curse of the Widow blog tour. It will run until August 17th and will feature excerpts and new author interviews each day. But first, here is the obligatory blurb about the novel to settle you into this strange world:

A plague has covered the land, a single word on the lips of the frightened masses: the Widow. Washing a wave of terror over the countryside and then disappearing like a thief in the night, the Widow holds a kingdom in the palm of her hand. The eyes of Chaos have settled on Prima Terra and heroes must rise. Xeno Lobo, enigmatic and cryptic, hunts the Widow, seeking an object taken from him years before. Will he be able to stem the tide of violence and horror that sweeps the land?

A few questions for the author:

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series: 

This series actually started out as a space opera I wrote and published in high school. A sequel was written with this short novella as the epilogue. I had a lousy contract and the series fell apart. Years later, I decided to put it out as a digital novella.

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike? 

I rarely make comparisons, as that sets up a strong desire to look for another book in what you are currently reading. It is a breezy fantasy adventure that has some magical elements to it, as well as a quiet hero and a cold villain. I will let the reader decide.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I am a practitioner of Wing Chun and an avid fitness enthusiast, but I am otherwise ordinary. 

Here be an excerpt for your enjoyment:

Xeno sat upon his brown steed, the white mane whipping in the cold breeze that had sprung up a few miles outside of the castle. Uthen followed closely behind him, his posture relaxed. His dark eyes were fixed on the distance. 

“How much farther until we reach Sel’verene?” called Xeno back to Uthen, who looked out upon the road distantly. 

Uthen shifted his glance to Xeno, the glaze disappearing for a moment. Realizing that he was being addressed, he pushed his steed forward alongside Xeno.

“At least another night’s ride. It lays along the farthest border of Me’lein, abreast the mountains where the Tower of Darkness is hidden,” replied Uthen. Xeno nodded and continued to look ahead without response. “Why do you seek out the Widow?”

“She has taken something from me, something very dear to me,” replied Xeno without looking back. 

“A trinket does not warrant such a journey, especially one that brings you against the will of one of the Towers of Darkness, and the wrath of the Widow.”

“What she has taken was valuable to me, valuable in a way that nothing else will suffice except to end what began a long time ago in a place far from this land.” Xeno could feel a coldness grip his heart, a somber feeling that claimed his emotions. 

“I am sorry for your loss, but…”

“But nothing, Uthen, I do not wish to speak of such things. I appreciate your companionship, but I will not be candid about my past, or the events surrounding Karian,” spoke Xeno irritably. 

Uthen nodded, not wanting to push him any farther. “Do we hope to purchase supplies in Sel’verene?”

“That would be the plan, but I imagine that Sel’verene would be a very dark place being so close to the Tower. I doubt we will find much guidance there.”

“Yes, I imagine so,” replied Uthen with a sigh and then gazed back into the distance again. The clouds there were aggravated and grey. 

“A storm approaches.”

“I see that,” replied Xeno.

“Do we ride through?”

“You said it is a night’s ride, correct?”

“At the very most an entire night,” spoke Uthen, looking off into the distance.

“Then we ride through until we reach Sel’verene.”

“Then what?”

“Then we rest another night and leave at dawn for the Tower. Pray that the gods are with us,” replied Xeno. 

Uthen nodded again, a habit that was beginning to form as he did not know what to say to a man who could best him in combat. Something he had never been faced with until now.

Bio: A psychologist, author, editor, philosopher, martial artist, and skeptic, he has published several novels and currently has many in print, including: The End of the World PlaylistBittenThe JourneyThe Ocean and the HourglassThe Path of the FallenThe Portent, and Cerulean Dreams. Follow him on Twitter (@AuthorDanOBrien) or visit his blog He recently started a consultation business. You can find more information about it here:

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