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~The World of Rowan Blaize: Character Profiles~ by JONATHAN KIERAN
The realm of ancient sorcerer Rowan Blaize is one in which otherwise hidden worlds collide with (or dwell alongside) our own mortal sphere. Rowan’s existence is played-out across landscapes and dreamscapes that encompass “worlds within worlds,” providing the observant traveler ample opportunity to encounter creatures of dazzling magical qualities. Some of these beings are friendly, others are belligerent, and still others have a hard time deciding among the various options. From one universe to the next, certain things never change. Enjoy meeting the main characters of Rowan’s adventurous story in the profiles below and remember: wherever the world and whomever the wayfarer … only enchantment is immortal.
Character Name: Talthagar
*IMDb Dream-Portrayal By: Sam Worthington
Nature/Occupation: Mortal warrior. Swordsman. Spy for Sye, King of Corydia.
Background: Talthagar was the son of a Lady-in-Waiting in the court of Queen Scilde, first wife of the Corydian King, Sye. Talthagar’s father was one of the King’s most valiant warriors. Taking up the example of his father, Talthagar showed unparalleled gifts as a swordsman and rose at a relatively young age to great favor in the eyes of the aging monarch. He also demonstrated exceptional skill as a spy for the royal court, moving between Kelnia (in the North) and Corydia to form ties with the Kelnian resistance movement known as the “Kashizma”.
Significant Traits: Talthagar is a ruggedly handsome man of great physical strength and mental resolve, as befitting an individual of his dangerous professional stature. No less redoubtable is his behemoth black stallion, Skull, from whom the warrior is seldom parted and with whom he enjoys an almost symbiotic relationship. Talthagar is a loner, which is probably one of the reasons he is such a capable woodsman and tracker, in addition to his other qualities. Deadpan in terms of humor and impatient in terms of disposition, the great Corydian hero is nevertheless a man of pure heart and unbreakable courage … even in the face of sorcery he can scarcely begin to combat or comprehend.
Unique Powers/Abilities: Swordfighting. Tracking. Horsemanship. Espionage. Bravery in the face of wicked witches.
Classic Quote: “If I’m out of line, you gotta tell a guy like me.”
Featured In: Book Two (Rowan Blaize and the Starbane Exile)
*If I am ever fortunate enough to see Rowan’s adventures adapted for film or for the stage, this is the actor (or creature) I can most readily visualize playing the character in a given profile.
Escape the Imminent Collapse of Civilization, Friends, if only for a few hours. A sweeping modern fairy-tale is born with the Rowan Blaize series of books …
Book One = The magical cornerstone – a lavishly illustrated epic narrative poem … a genuine “spell” for the young and young-at-heart to treasure for a lifetime, telling the story of sorcerer Rowan Blaize’s battle to regain his magic powers. (Think Beowulf-meets-Dr.Seuss or an epic story-in-verse of a scope similar to Tolkien’s soon-to-be-released The Fall of Arthur, only contemporary.)
Book Two = The rip-roaring novel that continues the adventures of Rowan Blaize and introduces the three hilarious witches of the Ancient City, along with its dysfunctional werewolves, wraiths, ghosts, vampires, dryads, banshees and a beauty pageant brat that might just destroy the world.
Book Three = The next novel that finds Rowan trapped by a spell in another world, caught between a faery-squashing sorceress who’ll stop at nothing to conquer the kingdom … and a feisty teenage prince who’s determined to get it back.
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