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About the Author
Morgan Gauthier was born to a pair of book-loving parents who fanned the flames of her obsession with reading and writing. Raised on a healthy diet of The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Star Wars and even Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.
Morgan says she was bitten by the “Writing Bug” at eleven years old. Over the years she has filled countless notebooks with stories of her own and is extremely grateful her husband, Brad, isn’t bothered by her piles of paper scattered throughout the house.
Morgan and her husband live in East Tennessee with their three children: Remi, Archer, and Roux, along with their three rescue dogs, Potter, Skye, and Bubba.
Where to find the author and her book:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21380481.Morgan_Gauthier
Amazon Book Page : https://geni.us/wolves-of-adalore
It’s Q & A Time!
#1 What is your book about?
My book is a young adult epic fantasy that follows three siblings, Niabi, Crispin, and Salome, and their fight for the White Throne of Northwind. Niabi killed their father (and the rest of their siblings) to take the throne for herself. Crispin and Salome escaped as young children with their guardian, Zophar. After twelve years of hiding, Crispin and Salome visited by Harbona, the Immortal Seer, and he reveals one of them is the Hunter, charged to avenge the blood of the innocent. They are sent on a journey to gather allies, resources and an army to challenge their sister and to claim their home.
#2 What inspired you to write your book?
I have always been an avid reader, and as I was growing up, I realized I was reading fantasies that focused on male main characters, leaving the female characters to fit in either the “damsel in distress” trope or “love interest” trope. I didn’t identify with either and decided I wanted to write about a strong female who started off not believing in herself and watch her grow into the heroine I needed. Thus, Wolves of Adalore (and the Mark of the Hunter Trilogy) was born!
Once I reached my twenties, I began to toy with the question of “what makes a villain a villain?”. Villains aren’t evil in their perspective and I wanted to dive into the morally grey areas that some authors brush over. Sometimes the line between good and evil is blurred and I wanted to include that in my series with a female villain.
#3 If you have a business related to the book, tell us about it.
I have artwork of Salome, Niabi, Crispin, and Adonijah (the four main characters) that can be purchased in the form of postcards and bookmarks.
#4 What is a typical day like for you?
Well, apart from being a published author, I am also a wife and a mother to three beautiful children (all under the age of 4). My days consist of taking care of my children, running the household errands, reading as much as I can, and writing/promoting my work in every second I can spare. It’s a lot of work, but I was taught from a young age that if I really wanted something, I needed to give it my all and I could make it happen.
#5 What do you most enjoy about what you do?
I love storytelling and being creative! I love it so much I got a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. Being able to put thoughts floating around my head all day onto paper is an awesome feeling, especially when people read my work and enjoy it too!
#6 What are some favourite books you’d recommend to your readers?
Ahhhhh this question is a tough one. I love reading. I have a room filled with books (I definitely don’t have a book buying problem haha!). But if I had to choose a few books I always recommend, I would say the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo, Daughter of the Pirate King duology, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, and anything Agatha Christie related (my favorites are Death on the Nile and And Then There Were None).
#7 What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Another good question. I would say people would be surprised to learn that although I write with my right hand, my left hand is my dominant hand. In kindergarten I had a teacher who made me switch from writing with my left hand to my right hand because “left-handed people are crafty and mischievous”. I have been trying to train myself now as an adult to write with both hands just to spite her.
#8 What’s next for you?
Currently, I am writing the second book in the Mark of the Hunter Trilogy (The Red Maiden) and hopefully (fingers crossed) I will have it published in April 2022. 🙂
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Wolves of Adalore – Book Review
Mark of the Hunter – Book 1
Published April 12, 2021
Genre: Fantasy Fiction/ Adventure Fiction
Niabi killed for it once and is prepared to kill again.
Crispin wants it and is determined to have his revenge.
Salome wants nothing to do with it but has to fight for it.
After years of people insisting she must be cursed due to her discolored left eye, Salome starts to believe they might be right. But when Harbona the Seer unexpectedly visits her, he reveals not only has the Year of the Hunter begun, but Salome’s distorted eye is in actuality the Mark of the Hunter, and she is charged to avenge the blood of the innocent.
With the Immortal Seer, their axe-wielding guardian, and a dangerous bounty hunter known as the Wanderer in their company, Salome and her brother, Crispin, embark on a journey to defeat their sister and reclaim the White Throne.
Morgan’s writing style was quite easy to read. I became committed to the story in the first few pages already. The storyline was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Due to the number of different characters though, I sometimes had a problem remembering who was who and why they were important and felt like I needed a notepad to write it down but I still enjoyed the base storyline.
This story kept me guessing almost all the time. I wasn’t able to guess what would happen next with most of the story. The world that Morgan created was fascinating and reminiscent of the real world but with its own quirks. I’m not really sure who the protagonist was because there were so many stories. There seemed to be multiple protagonists which meant that I didn’t really get to relate to any one person that stood out. I think Salome is supposed to be the protagonist but her story gets a little drowned out by all the others. I do understand though that the author is setting the story up so that you know why each person is important in the end.
I have to admit, I was lost as to who was talking at some points because the dialogue marks were a little confusing at times and didn’t always inform the reader who was talking. But the actual dialogue was not difficult to understand. The characters were interesting. I loved Salome’s fighting skills and I loved the dynamic between her and Adonijah. Crispin seems lost but I think that is the point and I am obviously intrigued to know what is going to happen to him. I really enjoyed all the strong female characters and women that kick-ass.
This is book 1 in the Mark of the Hunter series. The story doesn’t come to a close in book one, so you will have to read the next book to know the outcome. Waiting is the worst!
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