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Hi, everyone, and thank you so much to Open Skye Book Reviews 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.
Loriot and Savarin know each other before the beginning of The Sorcerer’s Guardian through their work for Tournai’s royal family. Loriot is captain of the royal guard, and Savarin often does work for the royal family, using his magical Talent. At times their work has intersected with assignments from the princes and they’ve had to work together for the good of Tournai and the royal family. Most of their work in the past has been separate tasks that utilize their separate talents, with them only coordinating their actions and sharing information between them.
Despite that history, Loriot and Savarin have never spent any significant amount of time alone together, nor have they had to work quite so closely together. They respect each other’s skills and experience, though Loriot has been wary of the power Savarin wields, but meshing their abilities while alone together on the road for weeks on end presents its own set of difficulties. Savarin is arrogant about his abilities and used to getting his own way, to structuring the way he works to suit only himself, and Loriot’s presence, and his instructions from the princes to keep Savarin safe while he does his work, changes everything. Loriot, for his part, is used to being in control and in command in his position as royal guard captain. Their early days on the road together are filled with tension and clashes.
Through all their work together, Loriot and Savarin have never really had contact on a personal level. They don’t really know anything about each other outside their roles as guard captain and sorcerer, and outside what is said around court, which both Loriot and Savarin move on the periphery of. Well, they each also noticed that the other is attractive—in fact, they noticed that from the first moment they saw each other. But neither of them ever intended to do anything about it. All that is about to change.
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.
The Sorcerer’s Guardian
by Antonia Aquilante
M/M Fantasy Romance
Series: Chronicles of Tournai
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: November 28, 2016
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.