WeWriWa 9/20/15 – Villains we love to hate – Isa Ansgar from Chalvaren Rising

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This week my snippet shows my villainess Isa in action, on the battlefield at Castle Elias, adding to her growing list of crimes against the elves and dragons in The Kingdom of Chalvaren.

     “Ligare Ignis Draco in Adferunt mortem. Bind the dragon. I want him bleeding and suffering before he dies!” Isa cried.
     A rigid black webbing studded with three-inch barbs shot from her fingertips.
     Mia gulped in air. What kind of magic was this? She shook her head and drew back, watching Isa manipulate matter out of thin air, watching Magnus’s father tortured and defeated.
     Razor-wire shot from Isa’s hands, encircling Garnet, biting through the ice which held him fast. As the black magic tore into his scales, the massive animal roared in pain. Mia’s belly spasmed and she broke free of Elissabet and Lucan and bolted forward to help.

Okay, Weekend Writing Warriors, what makes you hate a villain most?

Dragons, elf, nobility, female protagonist, Kingdom of Chalvaren, Fantasy, Romance, Love, Paula Millhouse, Boroughs Publishing Group, Magic, Wizard, Witch, Family
Chalvaren Rising is Live, and available in PRINT

With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.
It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin.
Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

I’ve been busy with promo the past two weeks, finishing up my blog tour, and telling the world about Chalvaren Rising. If you’re interested in your own copy, the links are listed below.


Published by Paula Millhouse

Author Paula Millhouse http://www.paulamillhouse.com Where Fantasy, Romance, and Suspense collide.

32 thoughts on “WeWriWa 9/20/15 – Villains we love to hate – Isa Ansgar from Chalvaren Rising

  1. Way to paint a scene, Paula! Very visual. 🙂

    What makes me hate a villain? Not just that they’re bad, and that they inflict pain and hurt others…but that they take some sense of pleasure in the act.

    Examples– Joffrey Baratheon, or Ramsay Snow/Bolton 🙂

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  2. Oh my, I just wanted to cry as I read that snippet. A villain who can inflict pain and seemingly enjoys it while feeling absolutely NO remorse makes me MAD. Great snippet that just yanks at our emotions.

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    1. Chelle, it’s good to hear this scene tore at your emotions. When I was writing this, and the following scenes, when Mia and the elves are trying to save the dragon Garnet I was reduced to tears several times. I’m glad that came across on the page. Thanks for commenting.


  3. I think the villains I hate most have it in them to do right, but they choose not to. And of course, not all villains are villains. They may be valiant, honorable people who happen to oppose the protagonist. Those kinds of villains are great, too.

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    1. It took me a while to understand the difference in an antagonist, who teaches our protagonist lessons, and a villain, Ed. Antagonists aren’t always villains. Villains overall are antagonists. And, I agree with you on the point that the worst villains could definitely choose to do better, but don’t. They really push my hot buttons. Like Isa Ansgar killing dragons.


      1. Redeeming features may make it easier to identify with a villain, but at the same time it’s a balancing act. You don’t want to go so far with reader identification that the bad guy rivals or eclipses the protag.

        The main thing that helped me with villains is the understanding that they’re the heroes of their own stories. They have solid, though perhaps twisted, reasons for what they do. Evil madmen, the stock villains of so much schlock TV and superhero movies, aren’t the best models, IMHO.


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