Today I want to give a big thank you to all the amazing Champions who reviewed Royal Magic. Royal Magic has had an amazing launch, and I’m honored and humbled by all the love and support it has received. So I hope you enjoy the final extra: the character interview with Benjimir and Gwendafyn! (And Tari and Arion tagged along, too.) Click here for the PDF!
Sadly I couldn’t include all the questions, but I did try to use comments from as many readers as possible. Some of the questions I didn’t choose were answered in either Red Rope of Fate or Royal Magic, and a few of the questions were a bit too spoiler-y for future books so I passed over them as well.
One topic that did surprise me, though, was the questions regarding Lorius, so I wanted to take a moment to address her. I had quite a few readers ask why Celrin left Fyn with Lorius when she was so bad, which sounds like you only saw Lorius through the scope of that final scene of hers in the book.
If you take a close look at Royal Magic, you’ll see it wasn’t like that at all. In multiple instances Gwendafyn said Lorius obviously loved her, and didn’t push her nearly as much until the last few years. She was stunned by Lorius’ scolding at her wedding and by her aunt taking her swords because Lorius had never gone that far before. Indeed, during a meal with the royal family Gwendafyn even thinks that Queen Luciee is far worse than Lorius.
Throughout the book Lorius’ antics grow stronger, meaner, and more controlling. As Gwendafyn marvels multiple times, Lorius was not always like this. (If you recall, Lorius encouraged Gwendafyn to be ruthless with Talon.) Lorius’ increase in those emotions was not random, but an indication of how she noticed Gwendafyn was changing, and of her own past. (As mentioned in the book, she was forced to rule in her brother’s place until Gwendafyn was old enough to become regent. Now who does that sound like? *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*)
If you missed the scenes and lines I mentioned above, why not go back and read the book again!
So I hope you all enjoy the character interview. Thanks again to all the fabulous Champions who reviewed, and have a lovely day!