The World of Rowan Blaize Character Profiles by Jonathan Kieran: Meet … ILYSSA

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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: Ilyssa

*IMDb Dream-Portrayal By: Sosie Bacon

When it comes to playing the determined, no-nonsense teenaged runaway, Ilyssa, from 'Rowan Blaize and the Starbane Exile,' I have a feeling that Miss Sosie could bring home the BACON and fry it up in a pan!

When it comes to playing the determined, no-nonsense teenaged runaway, Ilyssa, from ‘Rowan Blaize and the Starbane Exile,’ I have a feeling that Miss Sosie could bring home the BACON and fry it up in a pan!

Nature/Occupation: Mortal girl. Runaway. Probable future Queen of Kelnia?

Age: 14-15

Background: Ilyssa is the daughter of an apothecary in the mountainside Kelnian city of Pyr Mida. Occupied by the forces of evil sorceress-queen, Oblixta, and used as a military garrison, Pyr Mida is ruled by a repulsive Prefect who conscripts young ladies to serve his every wretched need. Like others before her, Ilyssa is “chosen” and her parents are willing to give her up rather than escape or face execution. Ilyssa, being a determined lass, decides to run by nightfall into the wintry death that awaits upon the cruel mountain above her city … but fortunes can change quickly when magic is in the air.

Significant Traits: Auburn-haired and quite beautiful, young Ilyssa proves that a wry sense of humor and a modicum of rebelliousness can take a girl far in any world.

Unique Powers/Abilities: Of all the things that can be said about Ilyssa, being a “good sport” and being able to think fast on her feet are two of the best.

Classic Quote: “Watch it, smart-mouth. I’ve had just about the worst night and morning of my entire life and if you don’t think I’m up to scratching the eyes right out of your skull, you’ve got another thing coming.”

Featured In: Book Three (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. Click on the book covers to the right or have a look below …

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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