The Story Behind the Story of “Knight’s Curse”

by Karen Duvall, author of Knight’s Curse (Luna Books, September 2011)

Like many writers, I invent the stories I’d like to read. I’ve been a fan of urban fantasy since before it was a genre, and I enjoy fantastic tales that push the imagination. When I created the concept for KNIGHT’S CURSE, I started with my main character, Chalice, whose name came to me suddenly one morning the moment I woke up.

I knew then that she was special, strong yet vulnerable, so I gave her a unique mythology to launch her on her story journey. I have her descended from an order of knights who fought in the crusade wars and based it on the real Order of the Hatchet, which was made up of women left behind to defend their village. However, the Hatchet Knights in Chalice’s story are fiction. The real knights didn’t mate with their guardian angels to produce exceptional offspring like Chalice’s ancestors had.

In traditional mythology, half-angels are murderous creatures called Nephilim, but the Hatchet Knights in my series are just the opposite. They’re crusaders who defend the innocent. In KNIGHT’S CURSE, Chalice is half-angel born with super human senses and she starts out thinking of herself as a freak. She’s an orphan and has no clue what her background is or if she has any family left at all. Her skills make her a valuable asset so she’s kidnapped and bonded to a gargoyle as a way to force her into a life of thievery for a nefarious group of greedy sorcerers.

Chalice has lived a sheltered life and when she discovers who she really is, it takes her time to accept and learn how to deal with the magical and dangerous life she’s thrust into. She makes friends and enemies, meets her fallen angel father for the first time, and falls in love with an immortal warrior named Aydin, who suffers with the same gargoyle curse. They both desire freedom and will face consequences that test their bravery and their love.

What would you do if you had a chance to meet your guardian angel?

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4 Responses to The Story Behind the Story of “Knight’s Curse”

  1. HI Karen. Like the premise of this book – and the cover rocks. Good luck with it and thanks for the post.

    Linda
    http://www.lindathomas-sundstron(dot)com

  2. What a novel idea, to get to meet and converse with our guardian angel! The book looks very intriguing, can’t wait to read it.

  3. Karen, I love the idea of a female knight in the first place because that’s not seen much. Love the cover and the premise of the series. Now I just need time to download and read it. :)

    In terms of your question, if I were to meet my guardian angel I would probably be unable to speak for several minutes. First I’d be pinching myself for seeing something I didn’t believe existed, and then I’d be wondering about all the times I’d been protected and how to possibly, ever thank this other-world being.

    If you see my guardian angel around, please tell her if I’m struck dumb it’s not because I’m ungrateful. :)

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