Immortal Hope -- Declan Interview

./Immortal Hope
TOR Romance
(January 3, 2012)

Mass Market Paperback
ISBN-10:  0765367580
ISBN-13:   978-0765367587

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Interview with Declan MacNeill

Taken from the Bookhounds Blog during the Immortal Hope Blog Tour.

Name: Declan MacNeill
Profession: Knight Templar
Age: Over 8 centuries old
Height: 5’11” and a smidge
Hair: shoulder-length auburn
Eyes: Bright Blue

Good afternoon, Declan. I’m so glad you’re feeling up to talking to us today. That’s quite a bandage on your arm.

Declan: Och, ‘tis naught but a hindrance. I canna lift a thing.

But that gives you time to hopefully run into your seraph. I understand you’ve been struggling with the darkness for quite some time now.

Declan: Aye, indeed, and mayhap such would be my blessing. We shall see. Should my seraph present the trial Anne gave Merrick, I canna say I ache for the pairing. (He winks, giving me a hint of his good humor.)

Aw, now you have to admit, Anne had reason to not be so willing.

Declan: ‘Tis true. Though if her faith were greater, she might have been more inclined to save us all the trial.

Great faith is what holds the Order together, isn’t it? I mean… you had to believe to sign on to this whole thing didn’t you?

Declan: I canna say ‘twas faith that brought me to the Templar. ‘Twas more lack of faith and the needing to find meaning.

Oh, that sounds curious. I don’t suppose you’ll shed some light on what you mean by that?

Declan: Nay. ‘Tis a subject best left in the past.

All right, I can accept that. We’ll learn more as the stories unfold. Are you still struggling with meaning?

Declan: My place, I know. ‘Tis the place of others that begins to concern me. With the seraphs coming, men fail. Oaths become trivialities. Natures are tested. We shall have to see what becomes of the Order. If the seraphs do not arrive quickly, I fear for the worst.

That’s a bit dark and contrary to your nature. Where’d that come from? You’re always the first to laugh, to find amusement in things around you

Declan: Dark times surround us, lass. Laughter is precious, but ‘tis best used in moderation. We canna make light of the truth when Azazel would cast us all in eternal evil.

Very true, and judging by the things Immortal Hope revealed, I guess we can count ourselves lucky that things haven’t already become worse. Can I ask you to speculate a moment and tell us who you think Gabriel would choose next?

A frown creases his brow, something that seems out of place on his open, friendly expression. He slowly shakes his head.

Declan: I canna say for certain. Merrick was chosen as the leader, ‘tis my presumption. ‘Twould then seem natural Caradoc would follow. He is next in command, and without those who lead us, we are naught.

Who would you pair him with?

Declan sighs before answering, “’Tis no one. He would have none of them. His heart… remains in the past.”

That’s enough to make my own heart hurt. Sounds like his path would be really difficult. Yours, on the other hand – who would fit your ideal pairing?

Declan: Ah, I fear that is not so easy to answer. ‘Tis complicated. I care naught for beauty or wit. ‘Twould be my fondest hope to be seen for the man, not the obligation.

You’re a softy – sounds like you’re holding out for love.

Declan: (His laugh returns, rich and hearty. It’s warm enough to thaw the frostiest heart.) Mayhap you could say such.

Unfortunately, while I’d love to dig deeper on that subject, we’re out of time. I’ll have to let you get back to protecting us from Azazel’s dark designs, and I need to dash off to my next interview. Thank you again, Declan. Best of luck to you.

Declan: And to you, lass. May you find the things you hold closest to your heart.

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