Immortal Hope -- Gareth Interview

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

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

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Interview with Gareth of Aletorp

Taken from Michelle's Book Blog during the Immortal Hope Blog Tour.

Name: Gareth of Aletorp
Profession: Knight Templar (European branch)
Age: 726 years old
Height: 6’0”
Hair: Sandy Blonde
Eyes: Soft Brown

Thank you, Gareth, for meeting with us before you head back to England and Raphael. I was wondering if you might provide a little more insight on the division between the two temples, the two commanding archangels?

Gareth: Of course, damsel. You have but to ask. And when one is as fair as yourself, ‘tis no difficult chore to converse. I serve Raphael, the European commander of the Knights Templar. Mikhail is commander of the North American forces. Our roles are similar, but the knights who serve Mikhail are older. (He smirks.) Soon they shall be fat and lazy.

Somehow, I can’t picture any of you fat and lazy. Do both branches serve the same purpose?

Gareth: Indeed. We are all sworn to guard the gates to Azazel’s realm and protect both mankind and the holy relics Azazel desires.

So why is it you are younger? And did I hear correctly that the curse doesn’t seem to affect the European faction as much?

Gareth: Aye, ‘tis true our health is better, but the reasons we do not know. We are younger because we joined the Order just prior to its eradication.

I see. Do you work well together then?

Gareth: (Chuckling) At times.

Othertimes not quite as much?

Gareth: Several of Mikhail’s knights – Merrick’s sworn brethren – resent myself and my brothers. Let us say only that at times it becomes tedious.

You and Anne are fairly close, right?

Gareth: We have become such, aye. ‘Tis my understanding that I somehow spurred both she and Merrick together. I shall miss her greatly upon my departure.

Spurred them together? I sense a story. Do tell.

Gareth: (shaking his head) The details were not shared with me. I suspect ‘tis told in IMMORTAL HOPE, Anne and Merrick’s biographies.

Okay okay, I was hoping for some secrets. Let’s talk for a minute about the archangels. Is it true that what we’ve been taught as a foundation of Christianity is not entirely true? That the archangels play different roles than documented?

Gareth: Over time, man has made a few, shall we say, adjustments to the truth. At the core, the archangels are the same, but they carry many aspects of simple man, and in some cases their roles are different. For instance, damsel, Raphael. He is cited as the Master of Healing. In truth, ‘tis Uriel who heals.”

Will we learn more about this in IMMORTAL HOPE then?

Gareth nods, and his grin flashes. “Indeed. You will learn far more than such, as well. There are many things that have been mistakenly recorded.

Oooh, that sounds fascinating. One last question and I’ll let you get back to packing.

Gareth: Ask, damsel. I am willingly at your service.

Any chance we’ll be reading about your seraph next?

Gareth: Ah, milady, only the mighty Gabriel knows the seraphs. Though perhaps… (a devilish grin lights his eyes) we might expedite Gabriel’s disclosure by investigating whether you might possess my mark? T’would only require the removal of your clothes.

(He doesn’t give me a chance to respond. Before I can stumble out a few words, he kisses my cheek, and strides to the door, where he stops to flash me a wink.) “Good day, milady.”

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