Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for John Palladino’s epic grimdark fantasy novel The Trials of Ashmount! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character of the book, Demri!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, links to purchase a copy of The Trials of Ashmount 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 top of the post and follow along to see the stops from our other awesome hosts!
The Trials of Ashmount by John Palladino
Published: June 1, 2022
Series: Tragedy of Cedain #1
Genre: Grimdark/Epic/Military Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Cedain is destined to collapse.
Across a world rife with blood, betrayal, and brutality, five people wade through unexpected tragedies.
An egotistical student, a fleeing refugee, a nomadic warrior, a fallen noble, and a criminal in hiding navigate the sinister dealings of politicians, two sudden wars, and nefarious lies that surface at Ashmount—a university dedicated to teaching the five branches of magic.
Survival means adapting or dying.
Universal Link: http://mybook.to/TheTrialsofAshmount
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is D-Demri Slarn. I’m sure you’ve notice, b-b-but I have a b-bit of a stutter.
What music do you listen to?
Who has t-time for music when you’re on the run? Music makes it hard to hear.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
C-C-Caius—fucking Cs, my p-p-power, and something you really don’t need c-concern yourself with.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
I’d t-take a p-person. No, you may not ask who.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
What do you do in your free time?
Hide from those who p-pursue me.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Often I d-don’t want to get out of b-bed. I do, however, have to get out of b-b-bed.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
*shrugs* I make my own advice.
What do you carry in your bag?
What’s your favorite animal?
This is a lousy d-discussion. Animals? You want to t-talk about animals? The only animal I know is D-D-Doram Quandis. And he’s not an animal you’d like to meet.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
I d-don’t care about anyone other than C-C-Caius. Maybe one other person…
Do you have favorite saying?
What is your favorite holiday?
I haven’t thought about celebrating anything in d-decades.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
Wherever D-Doram Quandis is. To k-kill him.
What do you do to relax?
I haven’t relaxed in d-d-decades. You really d-don’t understand what I’ve b-been through, d-do you?
What is your favorite food?
I’m not p-picky. When you’re on the run, you eat what you c-c-can get.
What is your favorite season?
Summer. The c-cold makes old wounds ache.
How would you define happiness?
What are you passionate about?
How do you feel about your government?
The government is a b-bunch of c-corrupt pricks who listen to the wrong p-people—the Magicai.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
D-D-Doram Quandis wouldn’t exist.
What’s your biggest secret?
You t-tell me yours first.
What do you hate?
D-Doram Quandis. I feel like I’m repeating myself a b-bit much here. D-Do you not listen?
What’s your biggest fear?
I’m not sure I experience fear anymore, though it’d b-b-be rather humiliating if D-Doram k-killed me.
What do you think your best quality is?
My skill as a Magicus. Or p-perhaps, my memory. I don’t forget.
How would you describe the world you live in?
It’s shit. Are we d-d-done here?
About the Author
You’ve stumbled upon somebody who takes nothing seriously, not even author bios. It’d be a good guess to say John Palladino was born in 1988, lives in Avoca, New York, has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and enjoys hibernating at home while writing. He might also lie and say he enjoys pets, long walks on the beach, and his hobbies include happiness and scuba diving. You’d see right through those lies, however, and notice he prefers the simpler things in life—reading, video games, and making ill-timed jokes. John also dislikes taking care of anything that excretes substances.
Author Website: https://johnpalladino.com/
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