Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Tours virtual book tour for P.L. Stuart’s Epic Fantasy novel The Last of the Atalanteans! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character of the book, Prince Othrun!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, links to purchase a copy of The Last of the Atalanteans for yourself, and a chance to win a copy in our giveaway! Also, be sure to take a look at the schedule here or at the bottom of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
The Last of the Atalanteans by P.L. Stuart
Series: The Drowned Kingdom Saga #2
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Published: March 22, 2022
A painted mage. An unfaithful queen. A stolen throne. Three lords in disguise. Escaping Atalantyx’s destruction, Prince Othrun has forged alliances with Eltnish kings: former enemy Hert and King Wely, who has promised Othrun a kingdom of his own.
When Wely’s realm was stolen by Wely’s wife, a powerful mage, and Wely’s brother, a feared warlord, Othrun hatched a daring plan to restore the rightful king. The bold scheme involved Othrun entering Lynchun in disguise, risking his life and the life of those with him, to topple the usurpers. But for Othrun’s plot to succeed, he must entrust his Atalanteans into the uncertain hands of Hert—on the cusp of confronting his own political challenges to kingship, while tasked with protecting Othrun’s followers—even as Wely, a captive where he should be king, gambles both crown and the head upon which it sat on Othrun’s survival.
Othrun’s abilities, faith, and trust in his mysterious guardian spirit are soon to be tested. The mage Lysi continues to entangle herself in Othrun’s affairs, tempting him, challenging his beliefs, and threatening to bring his plans to ruin. But Othrun, Lord of the Last of the Atalanteans, does not intend to fail. He will be a king. Or die trying. Othrun will go to battle, and he will triumph against the odds. If not, all will be burned to ashes, consumed in the fires of his ambition. And so, the ancient war banner of Atalantean kings will fly. One last time. A kingdom has fallen. A legend will rise.
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What music do you listen to?
Prince Othrun: I have little time to listen to music, and other frivolous activities. I’m busy trying to conquer a continent, forge alliances, and stay alive, for I have enemy warlords and mages who want me dead.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
Prince Othrun: My great-sword Sure-Steel, my arming sword Biter, and my dagger Cutter. A great knight and a lord thinks of his personal defense, and defending his lands and subjects, first, last, and always.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
Prince Othrun: Sure-Steel, to defend myself from any threats. It’s an incredible weapon.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Prince Othrun: Heretics. Idolaters. Blasphemers. Those who do not worship the Single God. The True God. The God of Life, Love, and Light.
What do you do in your free time?
Prince Othrun: Why these inquiries about frivolous leisure activities? I told you I have no time to do trivial things such as listen to music and I have NO free time. I have a continent to conquer, and a destiny to fulfill!
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Prince Othrun: My duty as a lord, my lovely wife Aliaz whom I adore, my mission to be the greatest king the world has ever seen.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Prince Othrun: My Uncle Yedwol once told me, “All good kings are killers, all kings good killers? Do you know of any famous kings who didn’t kill anyone?” I do not lust for violence, but I realize I may have to kill a few people to achieve my goals. If it is the will of the Single God, so be it. People will have to die.
What do you carry in your bag?
Prince Othrun: I don’t carry a bag. I’m a great lord. Someone carries any belongings that I have for me. Are you daft, man?
What’s your favorite animal?
Prince Othrun: Hard to choose between a horse, a mammoth, and a dragon, but I chose a horse. Mammoths are extinct now, but I always wanted to ride one, like my hero the Purple Prince. I have taken a dragon as my symbol because of a dream. It is a powerful, fearsome beast, appropriate for my sigil.
What do you think about Lysi?
Prince Othrun: I try not to think about her, but I can’t help it. I am married, and love my wife. But something about Lysi…perhaps because she is a devious, conniving, intelligent, gorgeous, enchanting mage…
Do you have a favorite saying?
Prince Othrun: “Fools fall for tricks. Then fools fall.”
What is your favorite holiday?
Prince Othrun: The first day of the high summer festival in Atalantyx was always my favourite holiday. There were great fairs, tournaments, and it was always such a colourful and exciting time!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Prince Othrun: I wish I could resurrect my drowned home of Atalantyx and return there. Other than that, I am very curious about the land of the Anib….who seem to be the ancient forbearers of civilization in Arcemia.
What do you do to relax?
Prince Othrun: You try my patience with these questions about leisure and frivolity. The answer, as I’ve said before, is: NOTHING. I can’t afford to relax! You must be common-born, but even still you should understand a lord’s duties!
What is your favorite food?
Prince Othrun: Anything but venison. I had too much of that while visiting Norsoon, where it was served mostly rancid. Disgusting. I detest venison and have instructed my cooks not to prepare it for me ever again. I’ve never met a deer I liked on my plate.
What is your favorite season?
Prince Othrun: Autumn and spring. Not too hot, not too cold.
How would you define happiness?
Prince Othrun: Conquering the known world, and converting all those who do not worship in the light of the One God.
What are you passionate about?
Prince Othrun: I believe I just told you in the last question. Are you hard of hearing, man?
How do you feel about your government?
Prince Othrun: I AM my government, so of course I have the utmost faith in it.
If you could change one thing about Acremia, what would it be?
Prince Othrun: I’d have me rule it all, to bring order and godliness.
What’s your biggest secret?
Prince Othrun: An Angel appears to me. And also, my sword speaks to me…I guess that counts as two secrets? Now don’t you dare start thinking I’m mad for saying that! You’re sworn to secrecy about what I just told you, on pain of death!
What do you hate?
Prince Othrun: I repeat. Heretics. Idolaters. Blasphemers. Those who do not worship the Single God. The True God. The God of Life, Love, and Light. I wasn’t particularly fond of my brother either.
What’s your biggest fear?
Prince Othrun: That I will fail in my mission to rule it all.
What do you think your best quality is?
My faith in the Single God. Although, because of Lysi, and seeing these things happen that could be considered pagan magic at work, my faith has been a little shaky in the past little while.
How would you describe the world you live in?
The world is a lesser place with Atalantyx no longer in it, now that it’s sunk beneath the waves. We were the greatest civilization in the world. However, I will restore the glory of former Atalantyx. The continent of Acremia where I currently reside is a continent that has for centuries been ravaged by warlords competing for supremacy and mages channeling the mystic powers of the elements. I mean to eliminate that apostasy, and unite the continent under godly rule. MY rule. Once I become that ruler, the world will be a wonderful place indeed!
About the Author
P.L. Stuart was born in Toronto, Canada. He holds a university degree in English, specializing in Medieval Literature. P.L. is an assistant editor with Before We Go Blog blogging Team, headed by the awesome Beth Tabler.
The best-selling “A Drowned Kingdom”, chronicles flawed and bigoted Prince Othrun’s journey towards change, and his rise to power in a new world after the downfall of his homeland, which is based on Plato’s lost realm of Atlantis. “A Drowned Kingdom” is mentioned in the esteemed Kirkus Magazine’s 2021 Indie Issue among “Four Great Examples of the Genre” of fantasy, and won the 2022 Picky Bookworm Award for Best Indie Book Based on Mythology.
P.L.’s next novel, “The Last of the Atalanteans”, Book Two in the “The Drowned Kingdom Saga”, was published in March 2022.
P.L. is an avid supporter of fellow creatives and proud member of the greater writing community, which includes readers, writers, bloggers, editors, literary agents, and more. P.L. currently lives in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. P.L. is married, and he and his lovely wife Debbie have seven children, and one precocious grandchild between them. When not writing, or engaging in author-associated activities, P.L. is a voracious reader, and loves to read and review books, spends time with family, tries to get some exercise time, and watches Netflix.
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