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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.
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.
Who is your favorite villain?
I have a great list of villains that I have always loved. I was the kind of kid who rooted for them instead of the protagonist. Characters like Darth Vader and the Malfoys come to mind a lot when I think about who I loved when I was younger. But if I had to pick my most favorite, it would have to be El Indio from the Clint Eastwood western, “For a Few Dollars More.”
Right off the bat, Indio is staged as an unstable outlaw that must be stopped. You don’t know much about him in the beginning but as the film creeps along at its own steady pace, his nefarious and psychotic deeds of villainy are revealed. At the beginning of the film, he escapes prison with the help of his gang and then kills his cellmate in cold blood. After escaping, he captures the man who put him in jail along with their wife and child. It's a brutal scene to introduce a horrible villain as he kills the man’s family off-screen to psychologically torture him. Then as the story goes on, you get glimpses into his dark past that ties in with the protagonist bounty hunter, Douglas Mortimer.
What I love about this sick, twisted villain is that not only is he crafty, smart, and well-written, but there are no redeemable qualities to him. He only works in his best interests and doesn’t abide by morals. I love to hate him all the way to his deserved demise. Gian Maria Volonté nails the role in such a classic film opposite Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef. I highly suggest this specific film to anyone seeking to write dark characters that make readers or viewers squirm.
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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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