Title: Spell Breaker (The Chronicles of Eledon: Book 1)
Author: Joni Parker
After Lady Alexin (Alex) breaks the spell around Seaward Isle, the inhabitants can leave the island for the first time in a thousand years. At long last, the Elves and Dwarves can return home to Eledon, while the mortals are given the opportunity to stay or leave through a portal to the mortal world. Alex chooses to stay with her Elf family only to be involved in a mission to rid the Elf World of its most notorious criminal, Sawgrass. Alex must eliminate him before he implements his plan to kill her Water Elf family and take over Eledon.
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Born in Chicago, Illinois, Joni left with her family when she was eight and lived for four years in Japan. Upon return to the States, she and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Camelback High School and attended Arizona State University until she dropped out and joined the Navy. After three years as a Photographer’s Mate, she got out of the Navy, married a career sailor, and returned to college completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. She returned to the Navy as a commissioned officer and retired with over twenty-two years of service. While active duty, she was selected to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and attained a Master of Military Arts and Sciences degree. After her retirement, she traveled the country with her husband in a motorhome until he passed away. Joni returned to the workforce for another seven years and retired again to devote time to her writing. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.
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And now, it’s time for an exclusive character interview!
Today, we have an opportunity to meet Lady Alexin Dumwalt, the main character from the book “Spell Breaker” by Joni Parker. Lady Alexin, can you tell us how you met the author?
Yes, of course, but please call me Alex. I first met the author about ten years ago. She wasn’t an author back then but I pushed her into it. I thought she needed something to fill her life. Her husband had passed away and she was working full time. It kept her busy, but didn’t challenge her. So I stepped in. We’ve been on quite an adventure since then.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born on Seaward Isle and I’m sixteen years old. My half-brother Beren is four years older than I am. My parents were killed when I was four and I’ve lived in several foster homes.
I’m sorry to hear about your parents, Alex. You must have been devastated.
I was. I didn’t understand it in the beginning. I mean I was only four and the author decided to have this King attack my father, just so he could learn how to use a wizard in battle. My father didn’t deserve to die like that. Granted, he had an army and a large fortress, but he wasn’t an enemy of the King. Anyway, the wizard killed my parents using magic from the deepest darkest depths of the underworld. He also killed my grandfather and my uncles who’d come to help. I hated that wizard so much I swore that I’d kill him one day.
I can’t tell you. The author told me it’s classified for readers’ only.
Can you tell us about your role in “Spell Breaker?”
Sure. In the beginning, Lord Odin, he’s the leader of the Elves on Seaward Isle, wanted to test my ability to break the spell around the island. For a thousand years, the island had been surrounded by these powerful storms and I was the only one he hadn’t tested. To my surprise, it worked. I don’t know why or how, but the storms were gone. Unfortunately, it upset Zenon the Crowbeast, the guardian of the island. He was sent by Zeus to keep my Titan grandfather from leaving until Zeus arrived. By the way, he was a no-show. Even though my grandfather was dead, the Crowbeast decided I had to stay in his place. No way. And he lost. Once I got that straightened out, everyone could leave the island. The Elves took everyone to Eledon and arranged to have a portal made for the mortals to return home. But I decided to move in with my Water Elf grandmother and stick around. Before I got settled, my cousin, Prince Darin of the Water Elves, asked for my help to find his brother who was being held captive by Sawgrass, a criminal kingpin in the Elf world. I uncovered Sawgrass’s plan to destroy the entire Water Elf Kingdom and take over the rest of Eledon. I had no choice but to stop him.
And did you?
The ending is classified for readers only, by you know who.
What’s your favorite part of the book?
I got to rescue Sorienna. She’s the six year old daughter of one of the Council Elders who was being held hostage by Sawgrass in a coal mine. I couldn’t believe anyone would do that to a child. The Dwarves took care of her, but it was dark and cold in there. Thank the stars, she wasn’t hurt.
What part of the story was the hardest for you?
The sex scene. I was totally embarrassed. I’d never tried to seduce a man before and it was really awkward, but the author insisted it was part of the job. I had to convince Sawgrass that I wanted to be with him and needed to know his secrets. But I never got that far. I told the author that this scene wasn’t right for me, but she made me do it anyway. She thought it was funny.
Do you know if there’s a sequel to this book?
Yes, there is. The author’s already written the draft for the next book called “Blue Witch.” It’s bad enough that I’m called the Black Elf, now she wants to call me the Blue Witch. Okay, if that makes her happy. Anyway, I’m accused of treason falsely, of course. At least, the author knows me well enough to know that I would never do that. There are two more books in this series “The Chronicles of Eledon.” The third book is called “Gossamer” and “Noble Magic” is the last one. Then, maybe I’ll get a break for a while and take a vacation. That’d be great. I’d love to see London.
Thanks for this interview, Alex. I understand you don’t do a lot of these.
You’re right. I’m only doing this as a special favor to the author. Just don’t tell Olivia Richards. She keeps bugging me for an interview and I keep turning her down.