July 25, 2013

A.K. Morgen's Top Ten Novel Heroes - Fade Summary

I'm a sucker for a great character. I'm an even bigger sucker if that character just so happens to fill the role of hero. My criteria for fitting that "hero" title isn't always traditional, but I think the characters there are deserving of it for a variety of different reasons. There is always a place in my heart for men with an unwavering sense of loyalty, strength, honor, passion, mystery, or just plain old charm.

As a result, I've collected quite a rag-tag crew of favorite heroes over the years. But when it comes to my top ten, there's just no contest! Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Rhage from Lover Eternal – He's this massive warrior who turns into a terrifying beast, but all he thinks about is Mary. He makes me melt in about 2.5 seconds flat. Every. Single. Time.

  1. Roland (The Gunslinger) from Wizard and Glass – He's like John Wayne on crack through most of The Dark Tower series, but in Wizard and Glass, we get to see his humanity in this big way. His entire life is so messed up, but he never forgets his only love, Susan. Le sigh.

  1. Axel from Journey to the Center of the Earth – All Axel wanted to do was stay at home and marry his love, but his uncle dragged him halfway around the world, and then proceeded to put him through one crazy adventure after another. Shen all is said and done though, Axel stills go home to marry Grauben. The best part? He's still the same, humble guy he was at the beginning.

  1. Candide from Candide – When Candide falls for Cunegonde, his life quickly unravels. He's thrown from one disaster to another, which would give anyone pause, but Candide's love for Cunegonde never fails. Voltaire meant this satirical account to point out the ridiculousness of eternal optimism, he told a pretty adorable love story, too.

  1. Toto from The Oz series – Yes, Toto. Even though the magic of Oz imbued this little guy, allowing him to speak, he made it through half the original series without ever saying a word. No matter what kind of crazy situations his little mistress got them into, he still trotted along without complaint, protecting her whenever necessary. He may not be the traditional hero, but you have to admit, he's pretty awesome for a dog.

  1. Igor from Goblins in the Castle – This sweet guy was so loyal to his master, he remained hidden away to guard Toad-in-a-Cage Castle for years. Even though he forgot why he was even there or what he guarded against, he stayed. Not even torture kept Igor down for long. I just love him.

  1. Patch from Hush, Hush – Ah, Patch. My fake boyfriend. Patch wants nothing more than to become human, but he gives it all up for one special girl, and he does it with a suggestive quip on the tip of his tongue. Through it all, he's pretty dang mysterious too. My husband tells everyone he's my husband-approved boyfriend. What's not to love?

  1. Carmine from Sempre – Carmine and Haven endure all sorts of horrific situations, interference, and life or death moments, but they never stop loving one another. I cannot read this book without curling into a ball and crying my eyes out, but I adore the story and Carmine so much! Swoon.

  1. Rain from the Tairen Soul series – This Fae king is a total bad-ass, excuse the language. He destroys an entire race, climbs back from the depths of self loathing, and saves his soul mate and the world from some pretty scary mages. And he does it dressed in leather and strapped with weaponry. Rawr.

  1. Garion from the Belgariad series – Through the series, we watch Garion grow up, fall in love with his future queen, whip kings and kingdoms into order, and then go to some pretty amazing lengths to keep his family safe. Despite living in a make-believe world, he's such a realistic, humble guy. Who doesn't love a farmboy that goes on to do great things?

About the Author:

A.K. Morgen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, three dogs, and demonic cat. She has a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and Law, and grand plans to save the world some day. When she’s not writing, she spends her time teaching her niece and nephews how to cause mischief. You can also find her dancing in the grocery store, building a spork army, and fundraising for nonprofits close to her heart.

You can learn more about Ayden at http://akmorgen.com or by following her on Twitter, GoodReads, or Facebook.

FADE – The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book One –

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance


What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?

When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.

When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don't understand what's happening to them or why, and they're running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.

Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.

FADE is available from Curiosity Quills Press at Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Charlotte! :)