“A man of few words and much wretched thought.” Hmm. #RussellCrowe could manage that role.

~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: General Kerrion

*IMDb Dream-Portrayal By: Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe could play the gnarly and wicked General Kerrion without the need for any Method Acting whatsoever. Unadulterated, free-form volatility. What can you say? It's a gift.

In a film or stage adaptation, the fantastic Russell Crowe could play the gnarly and wicked General Kerrion, who appears in my novel, Rowan Blaize and the Starbane Exile, without the need for any Method Acting whatsoever. Unadulterated, free-form volatility. What can you say? It’s a gift. He’s got it.

Nature/Occupation: Human warlord and leader of Queen Oblixta’s Dark Army

Age: 35

Background: General Kerrion, who stands at the right hand of sorceress-queen Oblixta to do her bidding and direct her massive military forces, had a humbler origin in terms of his murderous career. Oblixta discovered Kerrion at the head of a small army in the walled Kelnian city of Nargos, where he served the local Lord, Cabrisius. Recognizing his potential for cruelty, the up-and-coming witch put a spell upon Kerrion and together they assassinated Cabrisius, increasing the size and scope of her dominion. When Oblixta gathered enough military might and magical aptitude, she next launched the great attack upon her parents at Castle Cadrach, with Kerrion as Commander and General of her legions.

Significant Traits: A man of few words and much wretched thought, Kerrion needed no spell or charm to summon cruelty in his soul; there has always more than enough of that to spare. His abilities as a merciless fighter, cunning strategist and uncompromising leader have proved indispensable to Queen Oblixta, and she commands not only his loyalty but his deep-seated fear. Whether his dedication to evil shall reap the reward he truly desires in the long-run is, however, another matter entirely.

Unique Powers/Abilities: Military prowess. Unmitigated cruelty on the battlefield and in more “personal” interactions, too.

Classic Quote: “How could you have dealt with me so? I have served you long and faithfully. What are you planning now in your wickedness?”

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.


While Jonathan works to complete his new novel (slated for release in Spring 2014) blogging will be swift, light, fun and generally of the “drive-by captioning” variety. Meanwhile, if you’re bored and don’t have any Japanese eyeballs to lick, hop on over to Jonathan Kieran’s Official Facebook Page and give it a Like!

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 …

Watch the Rowan Blaize Book Trailer HERE.

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 just might 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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