~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: Ona
*IMDb Dream-Portrayal By: Missy Doty
Nature/Occupation: Mortal woman, wife of the woodland huntsman, Rufthar.
Age: Late 30s – Early 40s (Though the rigors of life have left Ona a bit weathered and worn beyond her years.)
Background: Ona is a sturdy huntsman’s wife and the most formidable woman in Rufthar’s Camp, where she and her family have taken refuge against the rising forces of evil that plague their home city, Pyr Mida. Life is difficult for Ona in the brutal winter of the Kelnian forest, but she is a no-nonsense woman of sterling character who can hold her own with the best of the men in their backwoods refuge.
Significant Traits: Plump, plain, pious, pragmatic and hardened by the tribulations of the world, Ona’s existence as wife of Rufthar and mother of Wylla is one filled with only a few simple joys and much toil, but she is ever up to the challenge. In a world dominated by the fell powers of Queen Oblixta, women like Ona have suffered unspeakable losses and the sting of oppression, always looking over their shoulders to see from whence the next horror or betrayal might emerge. They must be ready for almost any eventuality, but the austerity of life at the hunting-camp–combined with the ferocity of the elements–is enough to forge everyday heroes of considerable mettle. Ona is one such person.
Unique Powers/Abilities: Redoubtable Ona is actually a much more complicated soul than she herself realizes or is willing to reveal, even to her loved ones. She also appears to work much harder, all things being equal, than her mighty husband, Rufthar. Whether curing the meats, tanning the hides, chopping the firewood or brewing the ales that sustain their lives in the wilderness, Ona channels her strength toward daily survival. There is still room in her motherly heart, however, for pivotal acts of kindness that might just help to tip the balance in the ultimate battle of Good against Evil.
Classic Quote: “Drink a sip or two, Gremm of Tythnia, or you won’t be fit to walk across the room. You lost a lot of blood in your calamity with those devil-wolves, and blood takes a body some time to replace.”
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.
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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 …
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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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