Interview with Pedro Urvi, Author of The Traitor’s Son
04 Feb 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, The Traitor’s Son?
The Traitor’s Son is the first book in my brand new The Ranger Path Series. It is a teen-young adult epic fantasy adventure. It tells the story of Lasgol, a fifteen-year-old boy that has endured a hard childhood and lives, cornered and hated, in a small village in the North. He is the son of the traitor, the man who betrayed the kingdom and tried to kill the King. Yet he refuses to believe that his father is guilty, despite all the evidence, even though the King himself was a witness to the betrayal.
Lasgol is determined to clear his father’s name, and to do this he has only one option: the School of Rangers, a secret place where the respected and feared defenders of the lands of the kingdom are trained for four years. Going there is insane, hate and death await him. But as the son of a Ranger, he is entitled to attend.
At the Camp he will find himself involved in political intrigues, treachery and fights. He will encounter hatred and fearsome enemies, but also a handful of friends, novices as much out of place as he is himself, determined to do whatever is necessary to pass the first year… without dying in the process.
It is a book full of fantasy, action, adventure, mystery, magic, and a pinch of romance. If you like epic fantasy with a youngster as main character and an epic coming of age story, you will love this series.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
It was the late great David Gemmell who inspired me to become an author. I started writing when he passed away. I loved all his books and I wanted to emulate the master, crazy me. That is how I started, and I fell in love with it. I love the worldbuilding, the epic and heroic story creation, the magic, the mystery and, of course, the characters.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Very difficult question, I love so many of them. If I must choose a top 5, for me, they would be:
Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien.
Dragonlance Chronicles, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
Legend, David Gemmell.
Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson.
Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
Bear in mind that there is a lot of sentimental attachment in this selection because of the time and place in my life when I first read them.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Most likely Brandon Sanderson. I love his work and I have learned a lot from him. I would probably ask him what his secret is to create such intricate and amazing magic systems.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Creating an epic story, amazing worlds and characters in my mind and seeing how, little by little, they become real and alive in my pages. Telling a great heroic story.
What is a typical day like for you?
I spend half of my time daydreaming about the story I am working on and the other half of the day daydreaming about the story I want to write next. Then I remind myself that I need to put the words down and edit the ones I have already written.
What scene in The Traitor’s Son was your favorite to write?
I have two. The first scene when the main character and the story is introduced, and the tone of the book is set. Then the climax, when finally, everything makes sense and the plot is resolved by the protagonists.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Follow your dreams. Work hard at them. Never give up. You will succeed.
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