Last year, I got the chance to host Danielle on the blog and read her amazing debut novel, STOLEN SONGBIRD. I had a lot of fun with her book and getting to know Danielle, and this year she’s back with the second book in the series, HIDDEN HUNTRESS, to tell you a little bit about one of her characters. I love when my favorite character in any book, movie or TV series is one of the supporting characters, and that was exactly the case with Danielle’s Malediction Trilogy. I hope you come to love Marc as I do, but first, a little bit about the book:
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.
Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.
To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…
Description taken from Goodreads.
For people who don’t know you, could you tell them a little bit about yourself and who you are to Tristan and Cécile?
It is a pleasure to meet your acquaintance. I am Lord Marc de Biron, Comte de Courville, which is a city on the southern tip of the Isle of Light. I am the holder of the labyrinth key, nephew to the Duchesse de Feltre, and first cousin and companion of His Royal Highness, Prince Tristan de Montigny. As for Cécile, I think she would not take offense to me referring to her as a dear friend.
And if you don’t mind me asking, is your face okay? What happened?
I would not refer to it as okay, as I believe it causes great offense to those who look upon it, but if your question is in reference to my own personal comfort, rest assured, it causes me little physical pain. I was born this way. The iron poisoning that stole our ancestors’ immortality continues to take its due in wild and unpredictable ways.
How do you feel personally, now that Cécile is gone? Do you think that Tristan made the right choice?
Tristan is my leader and my friend, and regardless of my feelings, I will not speak against his actions. He made his choices, and there will be consequences for all involved. And while it gives me great relief to know that Cécile is free of Trollus, I have no confidence that her freedom will last. Our King does not easily concede defeat, and only a fool would believe we’d seen the end of his machinations.
How is Tristan doing? The twins?
Tristan’s alive, but that’s all I know. His father keeps in contained with iron in a pit dug in the depths of his dungeons, and I cannot imagine that he thrives. The twins have been relegated to the mines as punishment for their involvement in Cécile’s escape.
How would you say the future is looking? Do you think that the King and Roland will have their way for good?
Our future is grim. Tristan was the only troll with the power and mettle to challenge Thibault’s rule, and he burned all of his alliances to save Cécile. As for Roland, think not that his desires are aligned with the King’s, for all he takes pleasure in is slaughter and chaos. The iron has thoroughly poisoned his mind, and he feels no empathy, cares only for his own bloody desires. Anaïs was correct in her belief he should be put down. Roland cannot be saved, and keeping him alive puts everyone at risk.
It certainly can’t be rewarding to stay with Tristan. Why do you? What drives you?
My cousin can be a challenge at times, but he is a true and loyal friend. This revolution began as an idea between the two of us – the belief that we could change our world for the better. Though that dream now seems in tatters, I refuse to give up hope that we might yet succeed.
Do you think there is anything Cécile could do to change the circumstances of Trollus and Tristan?
If the Duchesse’s foretelling is to be believed, Cécile will be the one to break the curse, which would certainly improve the lot of those living in Trollus. As to whether it would be good for the world, I cannot say.
How would you describe Cécile and Tristan?
I believe they make each other better. They are perfect foils.
Do you think you’ll ever be able to fall in love again?
Is there anything you’d like readers to know? Or possibly any message you would want to get to Cécile on the outside?
I’d warn her to be careful what promises she makes to a troll, for they are more binding than she believes.
Thanks so much to Marc for answering my questions, and to Danielle for creating the world in which he lives. :D Be sure to check out my review of Hidden Huntress and follow Danielle on her social media to keep up with all things Malediction Trilogy!