Sunday, August 19, 2007

Scion of the Dark Moon by Kingsley Montgomery

Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name?

Bryn Tabral is the hero’s name in Scion of the Dark Moon.

Why did you pick that name?

“Bryn” sounded fairly harmless and kind, and the main character starts out as a naïve young nobleman. “Tabral” sounded somewhat aristocratic, strong, yet not menacing.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Bryn has long straight raven hair that falls to his shoulders and intelligent steel gray eyes that have a way of seeing past facades. His skin is white with a tinge of bronze that comes from spending a fair amount of time outdoors. His face is typical of his race, with aquiline features and thin lips, and his stature is tall and slender. He carries himself with the confident and energetic stride of a man who is comfortable with his ability to take care of himself. He is considered handsome by most.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

Bryn’s eyes are magnetic, and his emotions play out in their depths for those canny enough to notice. Other than that, he is of typical Arani noble stock.

Who does he love? Why?

Bryn loves two women, or at least thinks he does. One is Alyssa, a noble Arani sorceress apprentice with the Crown Robes. He loves her because she is intelligent, kind-hearted, and intensely loyal. The other is Yeva, an Ulari commoner and thief by circumstance. Bryn is attracted to her unbridled independence and fierce emotions, as well as her physical charms, which she uses to her advantage without regard for station or protocol. This is alluring to Bryn.

Does this person love him?

Both Alyssa and Yeva become enamored of Bryn, and this causes complications for them all.Tell us about his family.

Are they important to him?

Bryn is adopted. His adopted family is very important to him, and he is intensely loyal and loving to his adopted parents, and adores his little sister Vela. His older brother by adoption, Feran, on the other hand, despises Bryn and Bryn returns the feeling. Bryn does not know his birth parents. Though not a relative, his closest friend is his tutor, Nibiru, a hulking black man from the far South. Nibiru is also Bryn’s bodyguard and is in the employ of Bryn’s adopted father, Lord Earlen Tabral of Falcon Vale, though Nibiru’s past is a mystery.

Where is he from?

Bryn’s birthplace is unknown. He was raised as an orphan by Lord Earlen Tabral of Falcon Vale, a rural barony in the kingdom of Aralan . Falcon Vale is a collection of rural villages and a handful of border keeps situated in the Drakespire Mountains , on the fringes of the nation.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Very much so. Falcon Vale is a rural barony and Bryn is the second son of the baron. He therefore does not have the responsibility of his older brother who will one day inherit the barony, nor does he have to deal with the daily intrigue of court life in the more settled parts of the kingdom. Therefore, Bryn is allowed much freedom. He hunts, practices archery, and helps out in judging disputes within the barony. Thanks to his tutor, Nibiru, he is also an accomplished swordsman, literate, and generally better educated than most folks in his barony, including the gentry.

What does he want out of life?

Though this changes significantly as the plot progresses, in the beginning Bryn simply wants to be happy with his life and his lot in it. He is content but restless. He knows there is something important he should be doing, but knows not what it is. Though he is aware Feran, his older brother, will inherit the barony one day, he fears what effect his callous brother will have on the people of Falcon Vale.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

His biggest secret is his uncanny sixth sense, which allows him to “see” things that others cannot, sometimes manifesting in dreams. This also gives him a strong connection with his canid Stalker, bordering on telepathy. (Canids are large intelligent wolf-like quadrupeds.)

Did you write more than one story about him?

Yes, Scion of the Dark Moon is only the first book in a trilogy.

How would he describe you?

He would see me as I am, as opposed to what I appear to be.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Guilt and responsibility weigh heavily on Bryn, which causes him to suffer internally more than most, especially when tragedy strikes those he loves.

Please provide your website link.

My book Web site is

What is the link to buy your book?

Scion of the Dark Moon can be bought on my Web site at, via

Kingsley Montgomery
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