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D.A. Adams Book Tour Stops With An Interview for WPR

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I’ve been trying my damnedest to get you guys to start reading this series, so, I’ll just keep trying.

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I had a chance to talk to the D.A. Adams for the upcoming release of “Between Dark and Light”, his fourth book in the Brotherhood of Dwarves series. If you want an idea of the series, I’ve you know, reviewed the books. I will not rest until more of you are reading this! Until then, check out this great interview and I really hope you give these books a try. Come one, it’s about Dwarves and how awesome they can be as main characters.


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WPR: Kwarck, I always knew there was something about that guy, but being able to summon an Elven army? Did I miss something?

Adams: Haha, no, you didn’t miss anything. I purposefully kept him fairly mysterious until this point to provide something of a surprise. In book four, the scope of his abilities begins to take focus. He’s much more than just an old hermit living on a farm. Since he’s half-elf, he can’t be one of the elders officially, but he has the same powers as they do. In this world, the elves are connected cognitively, able to communicate telepathically and sense each other, even at great distances. This ability is what allows him to live alone on the plains yet still communicate with them and plan for this war. It also has allowed him to perceive Roskin from an early age and maybe plant a seed or two in his mind to get him out of the dwarven kingdom.

WPR: At first, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Crushaw, but after the events of book 3 (Fall of Dorkhun) , and him finding his “resting place” I felt bad for him. How much life is there in his old bones to lead an Elven army of all things?

Adams: I think Crushaw has one or two more battles in him. While his physical prowess has diminished somewhat, his mind is still keen and his will still iron. The elves need his leadership, his ruthless desire to win, his cunning. They are a broken people, driven from their ancestral lands deep into the forest. Physically, they have the skills to be great warriors, but they lack the internal resolve to make it happen. He gives it to them. The moment when he meets them and takes command of the army is one of my favorite scenes in Between Dark and Light.

WPR: Roskin sure seems to have created quite a chain of events, all because he just wanted a statue in the beginning to have some fame. Is this in any way some kind of reflection for you? Or are you wishing you’d adventured a little more and possible started a war because of your actions?

Adams: I believe there is an element of me in Roskin. I left rural Tennessee as a teenager to go to college with big dreams of adventure and fame. Much of my journey became more about learning humility and maturity than finding success, so yes, I’m certain that Roskin’s quest is slightly autobiographical in that regard, but I don’t see him as me. I’m no hero. However, there’s more to why Roskin went in search of that statue, and there’s much more to what he actually finds on his journey.

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WPR: Who is this Dark One and the ancient evil that is creeping onto the scene? Seriously, don’t the Kiredurks have it hard enough right now, how can they possibly survive?

Adams: The Dark One is the antithesis of Kwarck. While the hermit lives alone to gain strength and wisdom from the land, Lorac seeks to twist and bend nature to his will. He’s an elf who went mad and was driven from his home. Living alone and isolated has made him that much more insane. His one ambition is to make his way back to the forest and take revenge on the elders for banishing him. I don’t want to give away any more for fear of spoiling what happens in the book.

WPR: Are we going to be seeing Roskin’s mother in this book?

Adams: Yes, she is part of the elven army and will become more of a central figure in book five as she becomes a leader for them. She has a pretty cool fight with Crushaw, too.

Are some of the elves that are coming to help from the freed slave army Crushaw and Roskin created as they carved their way back home through the Orc Lands in the previous books?

Adams: Yes, Crushaw makes those elves officers in the army because he knows them and has already trained them to a degree.

Will the Ogres be making a return, especially Vishghu?

Adams: The ogres are there in this book, but mostly in the peripheral. They will become much more prominent in book five as the war unfolds, and Vishghu will play a major role in that book.

WPR: What is the length of this book, is it going to be a quick read like the others have been? I’ve loved the length of the books so far, it makes re-reading a heck of a lot easier.

Adams: This one is slightly longer but should still be a fairly quick read. It has much of the same pacing as the
others and dances from scene to scene without much drag. It’s only longer because there were so many plot points that come to a head at the same time. This one, however, seems to be more intense than the others for that same reason. There’s a lot going on, and all of it is integral to the overall arc of the series, especially Leinjar returning home. To me, that’s the crucial scene of the entire series.

WPR: How will Roskin be in this book after how Fall of Dorkhun left him and that aftermath? He’s trying to raise an army in the Ghaldeon lands, that can’t be an easy task.

Adams: Roskin is becoming a leader in this one, but he has one more major obstacle to overcome before he can fully grow into the person he needs to be. He goes through a horrible ordeal in this book, probably the worst yet, and he has to find the inner strength to meet this challenge. Raising a Ghaldeon army becomes much more difficult than he imagined.

WPR: I look forward to another exciting book, and I hope to see more books where Dwarves take the center stage. Speaking of stage, if the Brotherhood of Dwarves had the opportunity, would you rather see it as a TV Show (HBO, of course) or a Movie?

Adams: Personally, I think it would make a great TV series. It could work well in either format, but the way the chapters unfold, each one is like a short story and could adapt easily into an episode. I hope one day to see it brought to life, and I’ll be okay with either a movie or a TV series, as long as it’s done right.

Thanks again to D.A. Adams for taking the time to answer my questions, and FOR THE LOVE OF CROM, start reading the books!

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