I know it’s twisted, but I would have loved to see the late Edith Massey play one of my witches. #warpedforsure

~The World of Rowan Blaize: Character Profiles~

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: The Galwyn Crone

*IMDb Dream-Portrayal By: Edith Massey

I know it's warped. I know it absolutely. But I would have loved to see the late, great Edith Massey play the Galwyn Crone in an adaptation of my Rowan Blaize Starbane novel. Just for the sheer, hilarious insanity of it all.

I know it’s warped. I know it absolutely. But I would have loved to see the late, great Edith Massey play the Galwyn Crone in an adaptation of my Rowan Blaize Starbane novel. Just for the sheer, hilarious insanity of it all.

Nature/Occupation: Immortal Monstrosity. Pseudo-Sorceress

Age: Hundreds of years, if not thousands.

Background: The Galwyn Crone’s origins are shrouded in both Kelnian and Corydian legend, but even the mention of her name is enough to raise the hairs on the back of the sturdiest warrior’s neck. A flesh-eating sorceress of utterly repulsive bearing, she supposedly battled with a great dwarf-king named “Mandulis” and, triumphant, stole his magic staff. Uh huh. Thereafter the crone holed-up in a series of loathsome caverns in the rocky Galpern Valley and established there a shrine … to herself. All those who sought her magical assistance (made even more formidable by the Staff of Mandulis) were granted their desire … provided they brought along certain delectable sacrifices as payment.

Significant Traits: Gargantuan, pustulent, filthy, and utterly untrustworthy, the Galwyn Crone is also blind, but that is hardly an impediment. Her sense of smell and magical intuition are virtually without peer in her world, and that makes her almost unbeatable.

Unique Powers/Abilities: With the Staff of Mandulis, the Crone is Mistress of virtually every worthy Enchantment … except the restoration of her own sight and the ability to clean up her rancid cavern dwelling.

Classic Quote: “We smell arrogance!”

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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