Guess who forgot the stars?
Okay, okay. I’ll admit it. I didn’t finish my review on purpose. In my defense, I’m fictional, and I only exist when you read my books. But my story only progresses when Melinda writes more stories about me. So I need to stay on her good side.
But I promised you a review… and she promised to write more Curse Breaker books so... This is so hard!
I’ll give Melinda ⭐⭐⭐⭐ since I got page time, but I have to deduct a star because in most of the scenes starring me that you’ll see this year, I’m either a baby or the same age as my dad!
(He ages up or down accordingly so the age gap between us is maintained, and the same is true of my uncle.)
How can I be a baby or an adult in the books you’ll see this year?
Well, that’s where things get interesting. Pull up a chair and I’ll tell you.
Last week, I revealed the five books that are charging toward you in 2024. One of them is Rogue Rescue, which is book 4 of the Robin of Larkspur series. In that book, I’m a baby, and I can only say “hi!”
(That’s really why I took away one star.) I finally get rescued as the title implies.
When did I go missing?
That happened in Hunter’s Night, book 1 of the Robin of Larkspur series, and it’s set about 4.5 years before Curse Breaker Enchanted or as we characters like to say, 4.5 years BCBE.
So that explains why you’ll see me as a 9 month old toddler this year. How can you see me as a 21 year old adult?
Well, part of the Rogue Gods trilogy takes place in the future when I’m a fun-loving 21 year old mage in my own right! And I have magic! I use it too, but I might poke fun at it and other things but not in a disrespectful way or anything.
I’m still as amusing as I was when I was a kid. But my sense of humor grew along with me, so I might not take all the magical craziness as seriously as other characters in the book. In my defense, I grew up with a powerful mage as a father, and he can’t stay out of trouble even though he tried really hard to avoid it.
So I might not have the same sense of danger as other characters who didn’t grow up chasing monsters and dragons and enchanted trees. I might be an adult-sized version of my kid self. But I digress.
Why am I suddenly all grown up in those books?
That’s where things get interesting and a bit spoilery. So the next part of this email is rated S for spoilers. But you’re going to read it anyway because you want to know what happened.
In Hunter’s Night, the Wild Hunt kidnapped me and Rosalie (Robin’s daughter). In the sequel, her mom and my dad figured out what happened to us and joined forces. It’s not their fault it took a whole book for that.
In Hunter’s Night, they had other people to save because there was a lot of other things happening. Since those other things didn’t involve me, I’ll let you read about them in the book.
Onward to more spoilers! But they feature me, so I can spill them in this email. That’s the rule.
In Rogue Ranger, which is book 3 of the Robin of Larkspur series, Papa found me despite a lot of opposition from allies and enemies. But he got caught in the same spell I was caught in! (See what I mean? He can’t stay out of trouble even when he’s trying to save me.)
Why did the Wild Hunt kidnap me and Rosalie? Since that’s revealed in Hunter’s Night, I can tell you.
They have a summoning spell, and for some reason, they needed the son of a mage (me) and the daughter of a witch (Rosalie). What does the spell summon?
That’s a spoiler since you find out in Rogue Rescue, book 4 of the Robin of Larkspur series, and that book is coming this year.
I can tell you no child was hurt by this spell because it was interrupted pretty spectacularly, but you’ll have to read about that in Rogue Rescue to find out who interrupted it.
Or you can read the second half of Summon the Gods, book 2 of Rogue Gods trilogy to find out since characters from the past (Robin, my dad, my as a baby) collide with characters from the future (adult Rosalie and someone else).
Why doesn’t my adult self go back 20 years to that summoning?
Because I don’t do time travel. It’s just too weird, and I can’t want to wrap my mind around that. But don’t worry. I had a better reason in the book for not going on that adventure.
Demons attack Mount Eredren in book one of the Rogue Gods Trilogy, Gateway to Hell. Papa raised me to take care of my fellow humans. So I must save my neighbors and that means sending Rosalie and her time mage friend back to the summoning. Somehow the summoning back then and the demon invasion are related.
But I’ve got people to save right in front of me, so I wish them good luck and send them on their way. I don’t want to meet myself as a baby anyway. That’s a little to weird even for me.
And what would I say to Papa back then? Hi, I’m your son from the future? Eh I don’t think that would go over well.
No, Rosalie can have fun with that. I’ll stay home and deal with the demon invasion. It sounds like a lot more fun than dealing with all that time travel stuff.
I should also tell you that the Rogue Gods trilogy takes place partially on an alternate timeline, and that’s why I haven’t mentioned Papa. Somehow, he ended up on another timeline where there’s no demoan invasion, so he’s not around much.
That leaves me as Mount Eredren’s mage and protector. Its defense is in my hands, and I don’t want to disappoint him. So I can’t fail the people of Mount Eredren.
The Rogue Gods books are multi-point of view, and this is just one of the plotlines. I won’t spoil the other one.
Or maybe I will in a future email. I might forget I said I wouldn’t tell you what else happens. Find out next week if I do! And don’t forget to Follow the Kickstarter to get the Rogue Gods trilogy.
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