Tara West

YA paranormal/fantasy and New Adult author

Heroes and Villains blog hop


306058_10152246040880476_703387183_nWelcome to my stop on the Heroes and Villains blog hop. Read below to see how you can win a free signed copy of my YA fantasy, Curse of the Ice Dragon. A few months ago I talked about my villain, Madhea, an evil goddess from Curse of the Ice Dragon.  You can read about Madhea here.

For this blog post, I wanted to focus on one of the heroes in my book, Alec. Though he’s plagued with illness and not able to hunt or defend himself like his brother, The Mighty Hunter, Marcus, Alec is a hero to me because he’s never afraid to stand up to his tyrannical father. Despite their father’s best efforts to make Markus a monster, Alec serves as Marcus’s moral compass, teaching his brother right from wrong, knowing their father will beat him for it. To me, a true hero isn’t measured by physical abilities and strength, but the strength of heart and willingness to stand up for what he/she believes is right.

Curse of the Ice Dragon scene fCurseoftheIceDragon_web,jpgrom chapter one:

“I wish I never had such skill. I wish I was more like you.” Tossing the blade aside, Markus turned toward Alec.

                Eyes narrowing, Alec’s gaze intensified. “Do you wish for every breath to be a struggle? To be weak and infirm, and hardly a man even at nine and ten winters!”

                “You are the strongest man I know, Alec. It takes strength and courage to stand up to our father. And your kindness to me…” His voice quavered as he dropped his gaze. “I do not understand.”

                “You are my brother.” Alec gripped Markus by both shoulders, looking up into his face with a pained expression. “What is there to understand?”

                Markus shrugged and swallowed the lump in his throat that seemed to originate from a hollow pit in his belly. “He beats you, even for my mistakes. A lesser man would despise me.”

                “You have good in you, brother, despite our father’s best efforts to make you a monster.”

                “I do not stand up to him as you do. I do not defend you as I ought.”

                “You might be as strong as an ox, but you are a lad still. Your time will come, brother.” Alec’s voice cracked before he coughed into his hand for several interminable seconds.

                Finally, Alec righted his posture and looked at Markus with a glazed-over expression. “On the night you were born, I made a promise to the Goddess that I would teach you compassion. A promise I will give my last dying breath to uphold. This is why I scold you when you kill more than you can eat. A kind hunter respects those animals he kills and does not take their lives unnecessarily.”

                Markus turned back to his kill. Picking up the knife, he cut through the meat of the rabbit before ripping open the ribcage with the tip of his blade. “Aye Brother, but when I see an easy target, I cannot stop the blood that pumps through my veins, driving me to kill the beast. It is a feeling I cannot explain.”

                With a hand on Markus’ back, Alec breathed at barely a whisper. “You must not surrender to your impulses.”

                Repressing the urge to laugh at his brother’s request, Markus pulled down the animal’s innards before ripping them free of its body. A smile crossed his face as the gutting was finally finished. All that was left were meat and bones for the stew.

                “I cannot help it.” He shrugged before tossing the organs in the bucket.

                Alec stood speechless behind him, leaving nothing between them but the wheezy sound of his strained breathing and the odor of fresh blood.

                Finally, he cleared his throat. “Killing comes too easily to you, Markus. It would seem your gift is more of a curse.”


Do you have a favorite fantasy or sci-fi hero? Leave your answer in the comments below and one random winner will be chosen to receive a free signed copy of Curse of the Ice Dragon

THANKS for stopping by! 🙂 Tara                                              

Blog Hop Participants — Visit them to win other prizes!

  1. Nyki Blatchley
  2. Martin Bolton
  3. Mike Cooley
  4. Karin Cox
  5. Joanne Hall
  6. Jolea M Harrison
  7. Tinney Sue Heath
  8. “K. Scott Lewis
  9. Paula Lofting
  10. Liz Long
  11. Peter Lukes
  12. Mark McClelland
  13. M. Edward McNally
  14. Sue Millard
  15. Rhiannon Douglas
  16. Ginger Myrick
  17. David Pilling
  18. Kim Rendfeld
  19. Terry L Smith
  20. Tara West
  21. Keith Yatsuhashi

Author: tarawestauthor

A former Texas high school teacher, Tara enjoyed coaching her writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise her baby girl, Tara now works from home as a cover artist. In her spare time, Tara loves to read, exercise and spend time with her family and friends. She contributes the cover art for her own novels and has designed covers for over 500 other books. She’d love for you to visit her at www.tarawest.com where you can check out her Whispers series and sample her artwork.

15 thoughts on “Heroes and Villains blog hop

  1. I have so many. Among those are Markus from Curse of the Ice Dragon by Tara West and Damian from Damian’s Oracle and Deck from the Witchling series by Lizzy Ford.

    • Sheri, I’m so far behind in Lizzy Ford’s books. I need to catch up. TY on the kudos for Markus. He sure does do a lot of growing up. 😉

      • I’m impressed with the growing up he’s already shown. I can’t wait to see his advancements in the next book.

  2. Where do we put are entry?

  3. My favorite hero is my family because they will do anything for me

  4. I think Frodo Baggins comes close, because he is such an unlikely hero. Like Alec from Curse of the Ice Dragon, he is at first seemingly physically unfit for the task – he’s only a little hobbit. But it is his strength of character and courage and grit that make him the hero. Great post, Tara. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Love your article! That’s a great kind of hero.

    My favorite hero? Wow, that’s a tough one for me. So many choices. I think I will have to pick Sam from Lord of Light by Zelanzy. He stands against the Gods even though he could have joined them. Gotta love a hero that brings down Heaven.

  6. Harry Harrison’s ‘Bill the Galactic Hero’

  7. Froddo from lord of the rings would have to be my fav of all time.

  8. Congrats, Hannah, for winning a signed copy of Ice Dragon. I let my kiddo read your responses and she picked yours as her favorite! Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. 🙂

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