Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Escapist Book Co. virtual book tour for Emma L. Adams’ Epic Fantasy novel The Lost Sentinel! Today, I am excited to help kickoff the tour by sharing an interview with the main character from the book, Zelle!
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 The Lost Sentinel 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!
The Lost Sentinel by Emma L. Adams
Series: Relics of Power
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Intended Age Group: Adult
Published: January 11, 2022
Publisher: Self Published
They say the country of Zeuten no longer has any need for heroes.
Quests have been completed, the great Powers have withdrawn from the world, and the Sentinels who guard the last Relics are largely forgotten. Unlike their neighbours in the country of Aestin, whose Invokers wield the magic of the deities in exchange for glory and prestige, they leave the gods alone, and the gods extend the same courtesy to them.
When Zeuten’s last Sentinel disappears, Zelle, her granddaughter, intends to track her down. Instead she runs into an Aestinian stranger with no memories of his past, who claims to be looking for a long-lost Relic hidden in the mountains by the first Sentinels. To Zelle, the rumours of lost Relics are just stories told to trick gullible travellers, but the hordes of enemies on the stranger’s tail suggest otherwise. Armed with nothing but her grandmother’s sentient (and temperamental) magical staff, Zelle finds herself tasked with keeping them both alive.
Between monstrous beasts, magical storms, and an enthusiastic but inept aspiring assassin and her dragon sidekick, Zelle has her work cut out if she wants to survive long enough to save her grandmother and prevent the destruction of a nation.
Maybe Zeuten is in need of a few heroes after all…
One Does Not Simply Walk Into the Realm of the Gods • Don’t Forget to Read the Terms and Conditions Before Picking Up Your Grandmother’s Magical Staff • Sometimes the Dragon Trains You Instead
Universal Link: https://books2read.com/TheLostSentinel
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Author Direct (Paperback): https://www.emmaladams.com/products/the-lost-sentinel
The Broken Binding (signed bookplate edition): https://www.thebrokenbinding.co.uk/product-page/the-lost-sentinel-emma-l-adams
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m Zelle Carnelian, I work in a shop selling junk – erm, rare priceless artefacts – to tourists in Zeuten’s capital city of Saudenne, and… (sighs) I’m the granddaughter of the current Sentinel.
What music do you listen to?
I prefer silence, personally, but I’m partial to string instruments. Not when my sister plays them, however – she can’t carry a tune to save her life.
What are 3 items you can’t live without?
A book, a quill and ink, and (currently) my grandmother’s magical staff. Trust me, the latter is on a temporary loan and neither of us is happy about it.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you’d like to have with you?
A book, certainly.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When certain family members of mine decide that I need to drop everything and come to attend to their whims.
What do you do in your free time?
Reading, hiking, and visiting my grandmother to prevent her from going off on dangerous adventures when the mood takes her.
What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
The smell of the sea breeze rolling in off the coast.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t bother the gods, and they won’t bother you in return.” (From my late Aunt Adaine)
What do you carry in your bag?
A book… yes, so what? Reading material is absolutely essential. I also usually carry supplies for a long journey, and a pack of Relics and Ruins cards for entertainment. You never know what you might need.
What’s your favorite animal?
I like owls. They have more sense than some humans I could mention.
What do you think about [other MC(s)]?
I think Rien is foolhardy and bound to meet an early grave. As for Evita… I think she needs to sort out some of her life choices, but her heart is in the right place.
Do you have favorite saying?
“Adventures belong between the pages of books and nowhere else.”
What is your favorite holiday?
I enjoy the summer carnival season when every street is adorned with ribbons and the smell of freshly baked tarts mingles with the sea air.
If you could go anywhere in [the book’s world], where would you go and why?
I’ve sometimes dreamt of visiting Aestin across the ocean, but they’re a little too fond of venerating their deities over there.
What do you do to relax?
Read a book… honestly, there’s nothing better.
What is your favorite food?
I like the pastries from Saudenne’s markets, freshly baked and straight from the oven.
What is your favorite season?
I like autumn, when the air is crisp and bracing but winter snows are a long way off.
How would you define happiness?
A good book.
What are you passionate about?
How do you feel about your government?
I think the Crown Prince is a fool, but he’s not the worst we could have. For instance, we could be ruled by families of magic users with an Emperor as a mere figurehead, like in Aestin.
If you could change one thing about [the book’s world], what would it be?
I’d remove the gods. Meddlesome creatures, they are.
What’s your biggest secret?
Well… part of me secretly wants to know what’s hidden in the Sanctum of the Sentinel’s outpost, despite the other dangers that lurk within.
What do you hate?
Liars, cheats, and tyrants.
What’s your biggest fear?
Magic. Anyone sensible fears it.
What do you think your best quality is?
I’m loyal and dependable and good at keeping track of information. With a family like mine, I have to be.
How would you describe the world you live in?
Entirely too unpredictable.
About the Author
Emma L. Adams spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy novels. She has a BA in English Literature with Creative Writing from Lancaster University, where she spent three years exploring the Lake District and penning strange fantastical adventures.
Now, Emma lives in the middle of England and is the international bestselling author of over 50 novels including the world-hopping Alliance series, the urban fantasy Changeling Chronicles series, and the fantasy adventure Relics of Power trilogy. When she’s not immersed in her own fictional universes, Emma can be found with her head in a book, playing video games, or wandering around the world in search of adventure.
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