Tynan Tierney, Kruor um Beir of Cai Terenmare

A major theme in The Solas Beir Trilogy is the multi-faceted nature of evil. Sometimes people have bad intentions and cause harm. Sometimes people mean well, and end up hurting someone. But does it really matter to your victim what your intentions were? Maybe. Maybe not. What if you’ve made a terrible mistake and hurt someone? Can you be forgiven? Can you be redeemed? These are questions explored throughout this young adult series, and I’ll leave it to you, the reader, to come up with the answers.

Tynan Tierney is the Kruor um Beir of Cai Terenmare, the King of Blood and Shadows. As such he has authority and power over all those who serve the Darkness. The Kruorumbrae are nasty, shape-shifting creatures with a craving for the blood and life force of humans and those in the Light. They relish invoking fear.

Tierney’s primary drive is to steal the throne of the Solas Beir and rule over Cai Terenmare. Although Tierney was not always aligned with the Darkness, he has become a monster lacking a social conscience or a sense of moral responsibility. In essence, he is a sociopath. A sociopath has a grandiose sense of self, believing that he or she is superior to others, and has no compassion for others. A person with this personality has no regard for personal boundaries and believes that the end always justifies the means. A sociopath lets nothing stand in the way of his or her goals, and does notshow remorse. A sociopath does not care how his or her actions affect others. This kind of person may be oblivious to the destruction he or she causes, or may even blame the victim.Make no mistake—Tynan Tierney may appear to be charming, but he is actually manipulative and cunning, and has no problem lying.

One thing that makes Tierney so dangerous is that he is narcissistic and reacts violently to criticism. Like other types of sociopaths, a narcissist has an exaggerated sense of self and may see him or herself as above normal life responsibilities or the law. However, this kind of person cannot tolerate criticism; instead they crave praise. Because they strive to present themselves in the most positive manner possible, even lying about personal achievements, a narcissistic sociopathmay appear very charming.

Tierney uses his charisma to recruit others to his cause, using followers as instruments for the completion of his own mission.Not all of Tierney’s followers are evil. Lucia, the woman who assassinated David’s father, had good intentions, but harmedothers because she thought she was serving the greater good. But aligning with a sociopath rarely ends well, a lesson Lucia will soon learn.
Melissa Eskue Ousley

The Book - The Rabbit and the Raven
Darkness is beguiling…and power always comes with a price.
Adopted by loving parents, David Corbin had no idea his life was a lie. Then he met a girl. Abby Brown freed David from the spell keeping him from the truth, that he was the lost heir to the throne in a magical realm.
Even though he got the girl and gained a kingdom, David had no clue about the unfathomable power he would inherit, nor did he realize how much he would have to sacrifice to keep the throne.

If there is any hope of winning the war against the deadly Kruorumbrae, David and Abby will have to journey to the outer edges of the realm to secure the loyalty of the four Oracles. Along the way, they will learn just how seductive darkness can be.
Read an excerpt
Out of the shadows of the labyrinth, a massive beast emerged. He was bigger than Calder had been, but while Calder had been a hairless, muscled brute, this feline creature was lean, muscled in a way that was beautiful and terrible at the same time. He had the look of a sophisticated and efficient killer—covered in thick, shiny fur with black-on-black stripes. He approached Abby with a menacing deliberateness, bearing long, primeval fangs.

“Hello, Rabbit,” the creature said as he circled her slowly. “I’ve been waiting for you.”Abby could feel the beast’s hot breath on her skin. Don’t show fear, she thought, planting her feet in a fighting stance and drawing herself up to look taller, brawnier. Look him straight in the eye. If you’re going to die, at least have a little dignity about it. She stared into his eyes and spoke his name: “Tierney.”The creature stared back, eyeing Abby’s clenched jaw and defensive stance, and then he smiled apologetically. “Oh, I’m so sorry,” Tierney said. “I forget this face can be, shall we say, rather off-putting. Allow me to present a more pleasing visage.” His form changed, melting away like smoke, leaving black ashes lingering in the air. In the creature’s place stood a handsome young man with dark eyes—nothing like the beast he had just been. 
Don’t be fooled by the illusion, Abby told herself. He’s the same monster he was before—it’s just a mask. She stood her ground, infusing her voice with authority. “On the contrary. You know that face is off-putting. That’s why you wore it.”To her surprise, Tierney started laughing—not a mean, condescending laugh, but one of genuine, unguarded amusement. It wasn’t quite the response Abby had expected.“Well, now,” he chuckled, “you are a surprisingly perceptive one. Do you know why I’m here?”“I assume it’s to get to the Solas Beir by killing me,” Abby said.“Oh, come now, Rabbit, I’m hurt. I have absolutely no such plans. None at all,” Tierney replied.“I have trouble believing that—your reputation precedes you,” she said.“Well, dear Rabbit, a reputation is really quite subjective, don’t you think? And you must concede thatyour sources may be a bit biased when it comes to me.” He began circling her again, looking her up and down. “Actually, I’m here because I heard a very interesting story about you. And I must say, I think there’s more to you than I was originally led to believe. I heard that an ordinary human girl rescued the Lightbearer by killing a Blood Shadow—and not just any Blood Shadow, mind you, but one of the strongest among us. And I wondered to myself, an ordinary human girl? How can that be?” 
Abby noticed that Tierney used the term “Lightbearer” rather than David’s formal title of Solas Beir. She didn’t think it was an accident. In fact, she was certain that Tynan Tierney never said or did anything that wasn’t calculated. “What is it you want, exactly?” she demanded, putting her hands on her hips.“Only to see if the story was true. I can see now that you’ve been underestimated. Clearly, you are no ordinary human girl. You are turning out to be much more interesting than I thought you would be, pretty little c’aislingaer,” he said.Abby glared at him. “Thanks, but you can’t fool me into falling for flattery.”Suddenly Tierney stepped close to Abby, his arms pulling her to him, his breath on her neck as he whispered in her ear. “No, indeed I cannot. For I have met many a fool, and you are not one.”He was so warm, and his touch made her skin tingle, much to her chagrin. She fought to show no response, reminding herself to keep her guard up.He continued, his lips almost grazing her skin as he talked. “What I want, Abigail, is to show you the truth—to help you see my side of the story so you can decide for yourself if my so-called reputation is deserved.” He pulled away suddenly, his head cocked to one side as if he had heard something.Abby heard nothing. 
Tierney turned back, his dark eyes on her. “Your boyfriend is coming. Better not let him catch you fraternizing with the enemy. Until we meet again, little Rabbit.” Taking her hand, he held it to his lips, kissing it with a disarming tenderness. Then he was gone—not in some magic puff of smoke, but simply not there anymore.Abby heard the crack of a twig breaking as someone approached. Rather than feeling a sense of relief, she felt oddly guilty, like she had been caught in the act of doing something wrong. She had just survived what should have been a lethal encounter with a monster, but instead of being frightened of Tierney, she found herself attracted to him. And that terrified her.

The author - Melissa Eskue Ousley

Melissa Eskue Ousley lives in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with her family and their Kelpie, Gryphon. When she’s not writing, Melissa can be found hiking, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, or walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.
Before she became a writer, she had a number of educational jobs, ranging from a summer spent scraping road kill off a molten desert highway, to years spent conducting research with an amazing team of educators at the University of Arizona. Her interests in psychology, culture, and mythology have influenced her writing of The Solas Beir Trilogy.
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Unknown said...

Thanks for hosting me! Much appreciation. :)

Maria Grazia said...

Pleasure, Melissa. Thanks for your lovely piece and for a great giveaway :-)

Unknown said...

Even with your warnings, I'm still looking forward to seeing more of Tierney. Great post Melissa!