Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for L.L. Stephens’ Epic Fantasy novel Sordaneon! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character from the book!
You can find our Q&A below, along with all of the info about the book, the author, and links to purchase a copy of Sordaneon 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!
Sordaneon by L.L. Stephens
Series: The Triempery Revelations
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Publisher: Forest Path Books
A fallen world is littered with the corpses of broken god-machines, and a sheltered angry youth is destined to reawaken their power. But to embody a god, Dorilian Sordaneon must first learn to be human.
Dorilian is blood-bound to the Rill, a quasi-living artifact that spans continents and empowers a privileged few to reap the riches of an entire civilization. Unfortunately, decades after seizing control of the remaining god-machines, those privileged few aren’t willing to give up their power—even if it means destroying the human bloodline to which the Rill is tethered.
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Publisher Direct: https://forestpathbooks.com/catalogue/sordaneon/
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Dorilian: His Thrice Royal Grace, Dorilian Derlon Amynas Valyoran Sordaneon ê Nemenor, Hierarch of Sordan and Sansordan, Prince of Caerdon, Bas of Kheshazen and Harad-Rebir, Archon of Katalderan and Warden of Tussah. Godborn. Bound to the Rill.
I’m descended from a god and I’m not completely human. I advertise the former and downplay the latter. It’s best to blend in—though I’m not good at doing that.
What music do you listen to?
Dorilian: Whatever I want to. String instruments can be pleasing. The Esseran king plays an oddly large instrument called a piano. I… actually like the melodies he plays.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
Dorilian: Water. Food. A weapon.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
Dorilian: A message cylinder. I could—and would—send for help.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Dorilian: People who speak to me out of turn. As if they expect me to listen to anything they have to say.
What do you do in your free time?
Dorilian: Weapons practice. I have enemies who want to kill me and I’m determined to make that difficult.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Dorilian: A good cook. Few things are more invigorating than a good breakfast.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Dorilian: “Don’t underestimate that man.” My grandfather Sebbord said that about Marc Frederick.
What do you carry in your bag?
Dorilian: I don’t have a bag. If I did, it would carry food and a flask of Tutto’s restorative.
What’s your favorite animal?
Dorilian: Horses. I enjoy riding them—and racing them.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
Dorilian: Marc Frederick Stauberg-Randolph is Essera’s king—and my enemy. At least, that is what I grew up thinking of him. When I met him, he surprised me. He’s not really a barbarian: he’s something else.
His daughter Emyli is afraid of me, though I have never done her wrong. Her son Stefan is frightened also, though he has reason; I don’t think he and I can ever be friendly, even for necessity’s sake.
Marenthro is up to something; someday I will figure out what.
Do you have favorite saying?
Dorilian: Secrets sheathe swords.
What is your favorite holiday?
Dorilian: The Illumination. It’s a three-day celebration of the Coming of the Gods Amynas and Leur to Sordan island. A feast, a play, a night of wild dance, and the return of the sun in the morning to reaffirm the birth of the Three.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
Dorilian: I would go into the Rill sanctum at Sordan, the heart of the Entity. I am not allowed to enter, not anywhere near, and I really want to see it, touch it, and know the god from whom I am descended.
What do you do to relax?
Dorilian: Read philosophy or poetry. Sometimes I hunt or ride my horses.
What is your favorite food?
Dorilian: Sweet knots. Sweet bread knots glazed with sugar or honey.
What is your favorite season?
Dorilian: It used to be summer until I got married in that season. Spring now because it reminds me of happier times.
How would you define happiness?
Dorilian: Knowledge of love—and freedom from fear.
What are you passionate about?
Dorilian: Sordan. And the Rill. Living—I’m rather fond of being alive.
How do you feel about your government?
Dorilian: You mean my father? The weakling who allows Sordan to be occupied by Essera? Or do you mean Essera’s king, whose power we must obey? I despise them both.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
Dorilian: I would ensure that the barbarian Khelds had never come into this World. But for them, Essera would not have a lowborn king upon its throne. A Sordaneon would be sitting there.
What’s your biggest secret?
Dorilian: That I experience the Rill. It is a tingle within my flesh; a power I can potentially tap once I have reached adulthood. I keep this knowledge hidden because many would seek to exploit that connection in ways that terrify and could destroy me.
What do you hate?
Dorilian: Hypocrisy. Stupidity. Dishonesty. And any combination of these.
What’s your biggest fear?
Dorilian: That I attempt to command the Rill—and fail.
What do you think your best quality is?
Dorilian: Integrity. If I tell you something, believe it.
How would you describe the world you live in?
About the Author
L.L. Stephens has been writing science fiction and fantasy full time for several years. Published works include a debut novel in the deep dark past, short stories under various pen names, articles in medical journals, and pamphlets for everything from local politicians to a major international airport.
The Triempery series, which includes Sordaneon, The Kheld King and The Second Stone (April 2023) is a six-book series and life work. For excerpts from existing or upcoming books, lore, maps, and other related content, visit the L.L. Stephens website or L.L.’s giveaway-happy social media.
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