Want to meet the boys?

September 11, 2013

Now that I’ve introduced myself, I’ll introduce my three protagonists from the Blessed Epoch series. At the end of the post, I’ll tell you how to take part in my first contest of the day.

Each of my characters now has his own cover by the wonderful and talented Anne Cain. Here they are!

YarrowYarroway L’Estrella– Yarrow is the youngest son of a powerful noble family. Due to a scandal, he was exiled at the age of fourteen and spent the next several years wandering the world in search of arcane power, so he could protect himself and never be hurt or taken advantage of again. Yarrow possesses powerful magic, but some of his ordeals have left deep scars on his heart and mind. He isn’t always completely sane, and he is sometimes dangerous, even to the people he loves. In many ways, Yarrow is a series of contradictions. At the start of the series, he’s lonely and desperate for love, yet he uses he acerbic attitude to drive others away and keep them at a distance. He’s at once very proud, almost arrogant, about his magic and abilities, while seeing himself as quite unworthy in other ways. He is strong and has learned to live with very little, but in some ways he’s also fragile. Yarrow resents authority and anyone attempting to tell him what to do. He hates politics and the customs of the aristocratic society he was raised in. He isn’t one to hold his tongue, and he can be very fierce if he thinks someone is threatening or insulting someone he cares about.

Yarrow’s birthday is the 12th day of Jelsyn’s Moon, and he is currently 21 years old. His favorite foods are sweets like muffins and biscuits. He dislikes eating meat, but will do it if necessary. Oh, and he drinks too much.

Duncan Purefroy–Duncan began his training for the knighthood at age twelve, and in the years that followed, he rose through the ranks and became a well-respected commander and adviser to the monarchy. Duncan has always taken his duty very seriously; for many years he placed it above everything else in his life, even his own happiness to an extent. As a warrior, Duncan sees himself as a protector of the people of the land, those who aren’t soldiers and can’t protect themselves. He isn’t a man who likes killing or enjoys battle, but he also isn’t a man who can stand aside and do nothing when he has the opportunity to help or make a difference.

Duncan has a strong personal code of honor. He tries to take the righteous path instead of doing what’s easy or most efficient.  He’s fairly religious and doesn’t appreciate blasphemy against the Thirteen Goddesses. Despite his size, Duncan is a very gentle man when he doesn’t have to fight. He likes to spoil his lovers, and says and does sweet, romantic (and sometimes even cheesy) things for them. Duncan is happiest when Yarrow and Sasha are happy, healthy, and content. His fondest wish is that the world will one day be at peace.

Duncan is currently 36. His birthday is the 24th day of Berris’s Moon. Duncan has a hearty appetite and prefers simple fare like roasted meat and bread. He avoids drinking wine and ale.

Sasha“Sasha”– Sasha was raised in a secret order of assassins called the Crimson Scythe. In addition to be taught stealth, combat techniques, and how to kill, he was taught to read facial expressions and body language to the most subtle cues. He can keep his own emotions from showing, and is a master of making others believe anything he wants. Sasha’s order taught him trust and love were weaknesses, and that anything one valued was a liability an enemy could use against you. Sasha embraced this philosophy and rooted out any weak emotions. He is a cold and methodical killer–very good at what he does and not bothered by shame or guilt over it. Sasha is interested in results and he doesn’t care what he has to do to get them.

Though he never speaks or reacts without carefully considering the results he wants from others, Sasha is a very sensual person and can be as seductive as he is deadly if it suits his mood and purposes. He’s very beautiful, as assassins of the Crimson Scythe are often selected for their beauty. Sasha is not above using his looks or his body to aid him on a mission or achieve his desired results.

Sasha is trained with nearly every weapon, but he prefers the quick, silent kills his daggers afford him. While Sasha has no moral problems being an assassin, he’s also not a sadist. He would likely not care if someone suffered, but he doesn’t try to prolong the suffering of his victims.

Age unknown.

Date of birth unknown.

As much as I love all my characters, if I have to choose, Sasha is my favorite. I understand him and his motivations very well, and he’s the easiest for me to write.  If you’ve read any of the books in my Blessed Epoch series, which character is your favorite? Why? If you haven’t read any of the books, which one sounds like your kind of guy? Comment for a chance to win a cell phone charm is your favorite character. I’ll pick a winner at midnight EST.

10 Responses to “Want to meet the boys?”

  1. Andrea M says:

    For me, it would be Yarrow. Children who are thrown away, regardless of the storyline, are my weak spot.

  2. Gus says:

    Yes, Yarrow went through some very bad stuff.

  3. Traci says:

    Yarrow sounds like the kind of character I fall for hard….But Sasha & Duncan sound like my kind of characters too.

  4. Gus says:

    I like to think they complement each other :)

  5. Susan says:

    While I too like Yarrow, Sasha is my favorite. He’s done what he had to as an assassin and is very good at it, but is not sadistic.

  6. Issa says:

    I’m really torn though I think Yarrow edges out the other two, but just barely.

  7. Gigi says:

    Duncan the warrior would be my favorite!

  8. Gus says:

    Gigi- Yay! I’m glad to see Duncan get some love too!

  9. Amanda says:

    It is so hard to pick, because each of the guys is so unique and special. Since I have to pick one, I would have to say Sasha. There is something about a character who thinks he can’t have any emotional ties falling in love that adds that little extra something.

  10. Gus says:

    I was initially worried about people’s reactions to Sasha. I was afraid they might be unsympathetic because he’s not quite a good person :)

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