Q & A with Verden ap Hollis, Lord of the Hunt

Monday, January 20, 2014

Paper Bindings | Q & A with Verden ap Hollis, Lord of the Hunt

Character Interview with Verden ap Hollis, Lord of the Hunt

Today I sat in on Shona's interview with Verden, Lord of the Hunt, the second most powerful man in Annwyn.

(Shona) First of all welcome, and a reminder that as negotiated with Taryn there will be no deals and/or trickery to occur during this meeting.
(Verden) I don’t usually give out information so freely, so consider yourself fortunate that I’m doing this for her and not extracting a price. You get five questions as agreed and the list of banned topics remains.

(Shona) Okay. Shall we start at the beginning? From what I’ve heard you assumed power under less than favorable circumstances. Can you tell us exactly how you came to be Lord of the Hunt?

(Verden) The circumstances around my ascension to Lord of the Hunt were no more dubious than any fairy’s rise to power. The previous Lord of the Hunt was growing careless, some would say he was becoming dangerous, so I exploited and amplified his faults while at the same time taking out my competitor. When I first arrived at Court I never planned to become Lord of the Hunt.

(Shona) Something like that doesn’t happen by accident, surely you spend many years plotting how to take power?
(Verden) No, becoming Hunter wasn’t my initial intention. However coming from the farms Court wasn’t a friendly place, as I settled there and gathered a little backing among the Lords—I wouldn’t call it friendship—I made it my mission to take down those who had been most cruel to me. Rising to power myself was a side effect of that. Of course when the opportunity arose to become Lord of the Hunt I took it. Who would refuse that role?

(Shona) I’m guessing no fairy.
(Verden) Did you want me to answer that?

(Shona) No. Right…Why did you decide to help Taryn?
(Verden) She reminded me what it was like to be new at Court and to not know anyone. When I arrived I had no help, I didn’t want her to suffer the way I had. I think it was a gamble that paid off in more ways than one. If I hadn’t helped her, then the Queen may have gotten further with her plan to ensure Felan is never King.

(Shona) The succession to the throne is the hot topic in Annwyn at the moment. I’m guessing you back Felan, but is that because of deals that have been made or would you have supported him anyway as the rightful heir?
(Verden) [pause] Yes. But not just because he is the Prince. I believe he will be a better ruler and I think his ideals about how the Court should operate are noble and kinder than the alternative. However because of the way the Court currently is he would never accept my help or trust me freely so deals must be made. I hope that by the time I return to Annwyn things will be different.

(Shona) If you could do one thing differently in your life what would it be?
(Verden) I would’ve gone home sooner so I could see my mother one last time. While at Court I forgot about the importance of family. It was Taryn who reminded me that there is more to life than power and the next deal. Humans would do well to remember that too as they become more fairy in their goals.


She Wasn’t Cut Out for His World...

The realm of the fairies might be unbelievably beautiful, but its people are notoriously treacherous. Raised among mortals, Taryn hoped to avoid her fairy heritage her whole life. But now she must cross over to Annwyn and appeal to the King to pardon her exiled parents, or they're sure to die. And to get to the King, she'll first have to face the Lord of the Hunt...

He Can't Imagine Life Without Her...

Verden, Lord of the Hunt, is sworn to serve to King. But the moment he sees Taryn, the attraction is instant and devastating. How can he not help the beautiful, brave young woman who refuses to bend to the will of the court? Yet the power in Annwyn is shifting, its magic failing. No matter how much he may love Taryn, the Hunter knows that abandoning his duty could bring down the mortal world forever...

Praise for the works of Shona Husk:
“Romantic and intriguing.” —Publishers Weekly
“Enthralling.” —Booklist
“A great fairy-tale feel...dark, fresh, and tantalizing.” —Anna's Book Blog


A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally. She is the author of the Shadowlands Series and the Annwyn Series. You can find out more information about Shona and her edgy romances at http://www.shonahusk.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @ShonaHusk.

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  1. Oh my, Verden sounds like quite a man! :D I had not heard of this series at all, but I'm definitely interested in checking it out after reading this. Thanks for the interview! So fun.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. Hehehe. :) I've read the author's goblin series, and loved it. So I had to try this one, even though I am very particular about my faeries books. But it was pretty good. Unique enough, yet still fits into what my views about faeries are.

      (Her other series The Goblin King's prequel novella is available for free if you are interested in getting a sample of the author's writing style. Though the interview above does do a great job of that too. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summons-shona-husk/1104036258?ean=9781402269097 I believe it's free on amazon and itunes too.)

      Thank you for stopping by Wendy.


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