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Sean P Valiente
Sean P Valiente Author Interview

The Lightning Knight follows a young noble who is reluctantly tasked with training a boy that is destined to save the world. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

The story sort of found itself in a way. I love the idea of the classic hero’s journey, but wanted to have a twist on it. I found having Oliver in the role of mentor, and the story from his perspective was super interesting. Beyond that, I loved the idea of having the mentor not really knowing much more than the person he was training. It really makes it seem real and lived in, versus the cookie-cutter this is the hero and you know what his deal is.

Oliver is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?

I really wanted to capture the essence of what it was like to be a teenager – the extreme emotions, the big thoughts and ideas with the lack of experience and maturity, and all of that. He really starts out a bit naïve to how the world works, and his sheltered wealthy life hasn’t done him any favors with what’s really going on in the world. He teeters on the line of extreme emotions, particularly confidence and lack thereof. I wanted someone who really could exemplify the goodness of being a teenager, and the angst and confusion as well.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Some major themes were haves vs have nots, identity, choice, prejudice, and love. The story really tries to touch upon a bunch of different things but ultimately at the end of the day, it’s about adversity and how you handle everything life throws at you, good or bad.

This is book one in The Knights of Nine series. What can readers expect in book two?

Book two will follow a different character to begin with until they meet Oliver and continue his journey. We’ll get to see a different part of the world, and even a different culture or three.

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Magic isn’t real. Not anymore and not like it used to be. Or so I thought…

16-year-old Oliver Quartermain doesn’t believe in magic anymore. But who cares? He has it all: he comes from a rich and noble family and doesn’t have a care in the world. But how quickly that can all change.

In the space of a few moments, Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he is tasked with protecting and saving the very magic he never believed in. But that’s not even the half of it. The only way to save magic is by training a young boy named Po Pondarion, who is destined to save the world.

Not only does Oliver have to train the young and totally clueless Po, but he also has to battle an evil secret organization bent on destroying them, all while deciphering the secrets of a Magical Codex. Oliver enlists the help of his unlikely best friends, Roc and Yokel, as well as the Knight Angels, secretive vigilantes he’s only recently met, to help him train Po and save the world. That should be simple, right?

Will this merry band of misfits be able to train the young Po in time for him to learn the secrets of magic and save its very existence forever?

The Lightning Knight is a gripping epic fantasy that will have you on the edge of your seat, eagerly flipping to the next page. Let yourself become emersed in this rich and magical world and join Oliver and Po on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Lightning Knight

The Lightning Knight (The Knights of Nine Book 1) by [Sean P Valiente]

The Lightning Knight (Knights Of Nine) by Sean P. Valiente is the first volume in an epic fantasy series about Oliver Quartermain a 16-year old who doesn’t believe in magic and descends from a rich, noble family with a self-centered attitude until a sudden turn of events puts him in a position to protect the magic in his world. He has to protect this magic by training a young boy, Po Pondarion who is destined to save the world by defeating an evil secret organization who seeks to destroy magic. Oliver seeks the help of his best friends Roc and Yokel, and the Knight Angels to help him prepare Po for this epic battle.

Author Sean Valiente has created a compelling narrative set in a classical setting. The story feels predictable at first, but after a few sudden and unexpected twists I was completely immersed in a story that was unpredictable yet still felt familiar. The book is filled with action and each scene is richly atmospheric. Since I’m interested in character development, I am pleased with how the author slowly evolves Oliver from a self-centered teenager into a responsible person with the task of protector and mentor to Po.

This book explores themes of loyalty, unity and teamwork in some interesting ways. Roc, Yokel, and the Knight Angels were all intriguing characters that I really want more of. The Lightning Knight is divided into two parts with the first part giving you a view into the main character’s head while the second part is in the third-person perspective that gives readers a better perspective of the story as a whole.

The Lightning Knight is a spellbinding coming of age fantasy novel that will delight sword and sorcery fans and anyone looking for a character driven adventure that is relentlessly moving forward.

Pages: 456 | ASIN: B08QL2DM9T

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