Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for Thiago Abdalla’s Epic Fantasy novel A Shade of Madness! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character of the book, Adrian Pell!
You can find our interview below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, and links to purchase a copy of A Shade of Madness for yourself! 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!
A Shade of Madness by Thiago Abdalla
Series: The Ashes of Avarin #2
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Published: January 24, 2023
Publisher: The Alterian Press (Self Published)
Avarin tumbles into madness through the shattered ruin of a centuries-old peace.
As griffin riders clash against airships above and hordes of madmen below, Lynn finds herself surrounded by enemies. Ones that will test the limits of her faith. To defeat them, she must risk everything… including her sanity.
Adrian has lost the Legion, but new magics on foreign shores might be the answer he needs to rebuild his army. His return to the Domain will bring vengeance, and the hope that he will finally prove himself to his father.
Nasha’s curse has taken on a new, terrifying shape. She dreads it could be just what the dead goddess needs to escape from Her prison within the Silent Earth. Will she be strong enough to resist, or will Nasha’s curse give rise to the monster she fears to become?
Madness is spreading and it cares not for the borders of men.
A Shade of Madness is the second book in the Ashes of Avarin series, picking up straight after the exciting conclusion of A Touch of Light.
Not Your Typical Fantasy Creature • We Need to Talk, Dad • You’re Making Me Feel Feelings
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
They should know who I am. I’m Adrian Pell, the Light of the Legion.
What music do you listen to?
I will listen to music when I’ve had my revenge.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
Only one. It was my wife to be, and they took her from me.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
What is your biggest pet peeve?
My father not trusting me.
What do you do in your free time?
There is no free time right now.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
The promise of vengeance.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
To have faith in myself, if nothing else.
What do you carry in your bag?
My sword is enough. Others will carry whatever I need for me.
What’s your favorite animal?
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
I hate the Sentinels and the clans are savages.
Do you have favorite saying?
The Light stands in no shadow.
What is your favorite holiday?
I don’t have one.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
Back to Khet with Myrra before our fathers ruined everything.
What do you do to relax?
I can’t rest until I do what must be done.
What is your favorite food?
I eat as fast as I can.
What is your favorite season?
Whichever one rains the less.
How would you define happiness?
Proving Myrra worthy and having the Seraph bring her back.
What are you passionate about?
I think I’ve made that clear.
How do you feel about your government?
I am the government.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
I would burn Dakhra to the ground.
What’s your biggest secret?
I see things other people don’t.
What do you hate?
What’s your biggest fear?
To prove my father right and not be good enough. To never be accepted or recognized for who I am.
What do you think your best quality is?
I never give up. I will prove myself and those I love worthy.
How would you describe the world you live in?
Unfair. Deluded. In need of saving.
About the Author
Thiago was born in Brazil but grew up in the fantasy worlds from the stories he kept in his mind. He has inhabited everywhere from Middle-Earth and Azeroth to the planes of Dominaria, Ravnica and Tarkir. No matter the medium, what kept him coming back was always his love for story.
He could never wait for the next world to dive into, so, after being (indirectly) urged on by the (printed) words of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence, Patrick Rothfuss, N. K. Jemisin and many, many others, decided to create his own.