Gemenicia #Blog Tour

Favourite Things about the Main Protagonist

To be honest, Gemenicia is a long novel so having one main character is not a very good idea as far as I’m concerned. As such the novel has three main characters, Arthur, Jo and Archie who themselves are very different from each other. I like them as a trio rather than as individuals.

Sir Arthur Pageon is a typical fantasy hero from the outset, decorated, rich, handsome and in possession of a flying ship. This glowing reputation could make him the perfect character which is exactly what I wish to avoid, as when one is perfect there is no room for improvement and no way for the character to develop. In reality Arthur is lonely, unfulfilled and disillusioned about how he really feels until he met Jo. His history is not a pleasant one, losing his father and sister as well as his mother dying in a DSS operation which destroyed his family home. Becoming a DSS Agent seems like the last thing he would do however he saw it as a way to get his sister back, since there’s no way he would be able to get anywhere near Harrha Island without all the scientific gadgetry that a secret agent has access to. I think it’s also a juxtapose that he is a renowned agent that everyone knows yet goes on secret missions, but the answer to that one is that being a member of the aristocracy means greater access to people and places, as well as influence over factors that a normal agent could never dream of.

The second tritagonist is Princess Josephine Olandine, youngest daughter of the current High King of the empire. She is a complicated character, one who seeks to impress her father who she feels only looks to her older sister and next in line to the throne Princess Alexandra. It’s this effort she puts in to proving herself that often puts her at odds with Arthur and Archie, however she and Arthur eventually fall in love over their past trauma of losing a mother and feeling like their father doesn’t think anything of them. Its adding an emotional background to the Princess and Knight dynamic, where this particular Princess is perfectly capable of taking care of herself as well as fulfilling her duty as royal eye candy. She is cautious about trusting Lilia, but beings to see her sister in law as just another tormented soul in need of some help, and accepts her fully like Lilia in turn accepts who she believes to be a stuck up, snobbish and pretentious royal brat. It is one person in particular that Jo will never truly trust come the end of the novel and that is Archie.
Archie is the third and final tritagonist, and more complicated and layered than any character that exists in the Alavonia series. She is an enigma, with control over the element of water but with a desire to be accepted as a normal person. As far as she is physically, it’s a bit of a nightmare to people that don’t know her. She can be best described as half mermaid half every other sea creature inside a human skin suit so she can walk among people, which took Arthur a few days to get over but after fear came curiosity. It was something that Archie as an outcast found to be an enormous weight taken off her shoulders, or tentacles as it were. She also describes herself as a transcendental super-being to Corky, who doesn’t think much of it as he doesn’t really care, as any normal person would. Her relationship with Arthur is at this point purely platonic, though it is viewed by Jo as being more, and this is what will cause a lot of serious trouble in Book Three.

Revolution, romance and technological wonders are all in a day’s work for the decorated hero of Alavonia, Sir Arthur Pageon.

An acclaimed explorer and inventor, Sir Arthur Pageon takes his unofficial role as defender of the realm of Avalonia very seriously. A fantastical world, Avalonia is home to the Discoucian Monarchy, as well as monstrous creatures and secretive academies for the highly gifted.

Upon returning from his most recent exploits aboard on his personal flying galleon The Nostradamus, Pageon is treated to a hero’s welcome and celebratory procession through the streets of Avalonia’s capital, Evermore. Little does Pageon know he’s being followed by a mysterious group known as the Purple Guard, whose devious leader is his estranged sister, Queen Lily Pageon of Harrha Island. Fiercely intelligent, Lily specialises in dastardly technological inventions with the aim of bringing down the Discoucian Monarchy so that she may reign as its dictator. However, the heir to the throne is one Princes Josephine Oladine, whose youth and royal position masks her role in the Discoucian Secret Service.

Joining forces, Princess Josephine and Sir Arthur’s adventures will take them across the whole of Avalonia — from the fog-bound shores of Karga, to the secret underground shanty town beneath the frozen prison of Icester, south to the verdant city of Proceur and from there to the affluent Starfall Academy — in their quest to foil Lily’s revolutionary plans.

Information about the Book
Title: Discoucia (Discoucia #1)
Author: Nicholas Lovelock
Release Date: 29th June 2017
Genre: YA Steampunk
Page Count: 345
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35502297-discoucia
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Discoucia-Victorianish-Fairytale-Nicholas-Lovelock/dp/1911525824

The second part of Arthur and Jo’s strange adventures throughout the land of Discoucia, and a time when Archie the Water Goddess has made the ultimate sacrifice to rid the world of her nemesis, Cordelia Paradise, the Fire Goddess.

However, things rarely go to plan and Arthur finds himself at war with Archie’s hidden agenda rather than the insane task that he has to help Archie complete.

Hidden around Discoucia in its sixteen major cities are sixteen gems that Archie must collect before a year is up. If she wins then Cordelia will disappear to another dimension and not return until she agrees to stop causing forest fires, volcanic eruptions and droughts.

Team Archie has Arthur and Jo, who both have the understanding that by collecting these gems a natural order can be brought back and maybe Jo’s father will get well again. Team Cordelia has Alicia May, who has a talent for becoming anyone and a deep malicious streak; and Iren, who has a fanatical hatred for Archie, which Archie herself doesn’t like to talk about.

Along the way they meet old friends and old enemies, as well as Archie having to perform miracles without the use of divine power. From the murky ruins of Tanalos to the haunted corridors of Ashin Dance Academy, the frozen caverns of Icester and the verdant streets of Proceur, the adventure will take them around Discoucia and beyond, unless Cordelia and Alicia May can stop them first…

Information about the Book
Title: Gemenicia (Discoucia #2)
Author: Nicholas Lovelock
Release Date: 30th May 2019
Genre: YA Steampunk
Page Count: 410
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45838201-gemenicia
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gemenicia-Farewell-Epics-Nicholas-Lovelock-ebook/dp/B07QN1VY8J

 

Nicholas Lovelock lives in a small village in Oxfordshire and has already published Discoucia, the first part of the Alavonia Series which spans multiple novels set to be released in the future. He enjoys riding around the countryside as well as illustrating his own works, as can be seen in his second novel Gemenicia. These Illustrations in stark black and white provide a glimpse into the world of Alavonia and how he sees it, as well as showcasing the different locations and characters that make up the Alavonia series universe.

He is a keen musician capable of playing the electric guitar as well as the acoustic and the piano, often trying to play like his musical heroes David Gilmour, Jimmy Page and Jeff Lynne. His coin collection has transformed from a hobby to a passion and obsession as he attempts to collect one of every issued coin in Great Britain. He is over halfway in that respect collecting such treasures as a 1675 Charles the Second Crown and an extremely rare Edward the Seventh Half Crown of 1905, and has begun metal detecting in an effort to tick some boxes in the Hammered Coinage section.

His love of Steampunk literature and cinema has been with him from a young age when he first saw the film ‘Wild Wild West’, sought out the original series and discovered a world of fantasy that he has painstakingly tried to pay homage to in his novels, to bring the wild west to an English setting and to create something that has never been done before.

History has always been a major passion of his as he makes many references in his literature, from characters whose personalities resemble those of eccentric historical characters or monarchs. The ability to change history through literature was one of the things that attracted him to become an author in the first place, to create similar timelines and put a unique spin on the mundane.


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