Antony Soehner’s Prince Theo saga is just getting started on our end, but has lots of adventure yet to come! Take a peek inside the first installment, The Prince, and then learn a bit more about the author and his project. Follow the tour for even more! And best of luck in the giveaway.
Destiny will always test the greatest of leaders.
Theo never imagined life outside the king’s castle. But when the queen’s funeral reveals the king’s true colors, Theo must rely on his sister, her allies, and his friends to get him to safety. With the help of mercenaries and the native tribes of the plains, Theo must learn to face his destiny and open his mind to the diverse world he’s been thrown into.
Read an excerpt:
BOOM! Another burst of lightning hit the canyon wall and a giant boulder crashed on top of the water-wolves pulling the boats. Unable to avoid the obstacle, Nat’an whipped the reins downwards and slammed them into the platform of the boat. The river swelled beneath the pontoon, lifting the entire boat over the boulder in the middle of the stream. Once they were clear, the water formed into a wave that propelled the river fleet further down the canyon. Nat’an stood back up and gave his reins another whip. As the water arched, the wolves appeared again and continued pulling the boats. They increased the distance between themselves and the smoking figure of the masked man. He continued to volley bolt after bolt but only caught the water or canyon walls behind them. Nat’an turned and looked over his shoulder with a smile. “I think we can lose him up here—” The pontoon lurched in the air and came crashing back into the river. Theo dropped his harpoon, lost his footing, and slipped off the back end of the platform into the river. “Theo!” Oli screamed as he dove for the prince, missing his hand as he went overboard. “Rhan!” Nat’an called out. Without more than a glance between each other, Rhan threw herself overboard after Theo. Oli watched as a giant eagle made of blue flame amassed under her just before she hit the water and lifted her above the river. She leaned off the side of the eagle’s back and reached down for Theo who was flapping his arms over the river.
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Describe your book in one sentence or fewer than 25 words.
The Prince is a multi-layered High-Fantasy Adventure about a young prince who discovers the fantastic world around him as he escapes his abusive tyrant father.
Which character was your favorite to write?
One of my favorite characters is Jeb. He’s a witty, smooth-talking bard with a plethora of well-traveled knowledge. Although he’s a halfling, his presence in a room feels like he’s ten feet tall! I love his whimsical way of life and his unbroken loyalty to those closest to him.
What was one of your favorite scenes?
In the seventeenth chapter, “Man in the Mask,” there’s a moment between Cheif Ta’goda and his daughter, Rhan, as their home is being attacked by the king’s soldiers. It’s a single line within their short-lived argument amidst the chaos of war, but when Ta’goda begs her to run, I always get goosebumps.
Will we see these characters again?
As the saga continues, there are going to be a handful of characters that reprise their roles in Theo’s adventure. Currently, I’m working on book four and there are lots of new characters to come for readers, but I wouldn’t forget any faces that feel “left behind” in book one.
Why should we read your book?
“The Prince” is a fascinating story in my opinion because it diverts from the Euro-centric fantasy tropes and brings American cultures into the fantasy realm. The heavy Native American influence was a big proponent in my story and is something I’m very proud to have in my book. I think it’s high time other cultures, traditions, and values get their chance in the spotlight.
On what are you currently working?
Currently, I am writing the fourth book and editing the second book of the “Prince Theo Saga.”
What does your upcoming release schedule look like?
Hopefully, if this summer goes well for book one, number two titled “The Admiral,” should be coming sometime in April of 2023!
What is the best writing advice you ever received?
Puke it out! Get your words and thoughts out of your head. It might be gross and ugly but there’s time to clean everything up later. Just get it all out of your system first!
What book and/or author changed your life?
Armada by Ernest Cline. It’s a standalone modern SciFi about earth fending off an extraterrestrial invasion using video games. It changed my life because it was the first book I read that assured me I could write great stories with heavy endings and there were people who would read them. The book does not have a happy ending and I have always loved when authors give a tragic ending to their story. (Of Mice and Men is probably a close runner-up.)
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Maybe it’s a touch controversial, but I would take the money and purchase church properties. With the intent and purpose being to turn them into homeless shelters, soup kitchens/food banks, and community resource locations.
Geek by heart, author by trade.
Raised on a healthy diet of geek and pop culture, Antony has come to share his love and appreciation for role-playing games, geek culture, and fantasy adventure. If it’s random comic book facts, Star Wars trivia, or just the measly obscure movie reference, Antony is there!
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