Today I’m excited to share a guest post with you from Renee Scattergood on what makes a good fantasy character.
Shadow Stalker is a series of short novellas (episodes) that tell the story of Auren, a young shadow stalker who is being hunted by the Galvadi Empire because of their belief that she will enslave the people of the Serpent Isles.
Episode 1: The Hidden Truth
Auren Trask’s perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
Episode 2: The Delohi–Saqu‘s Fate
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Episode 3: Shadows’ Betrayal
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Episode 4: Forbidden Love
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Episode 5: Destiny Reconciled Part 1
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
Auren longs for adventure and a break from her tedious life on Appolia. It’s the start of summer, and she is looking forward to her yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado. She believes these trips are for fun, but when they arrive on Luten Isle, Kado informs her that she is a shadow stalker, and she is in training.
One morning, Auren decides to take her training into her own hands. She only means to practice seeing the veil to the shadow world, the world of the shadow people and the source of their power. Instead, she opens the veil releasing a demon, a guardian of the shadow world, into the physical world.
With the deadly beast loose, she and Kado don’t have long to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, or many innocent people could die.
You can get the buy links from my My Books page: http://reneescattergood.com/my-books/ or you can just use my author pages for Amazon and Smashwords below.
Authorgraph – http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/ReneeScatts
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts
Social Media Connections:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ReneeScatts
Renee Writes – http://reneescattergood.com/
What Makes A Good Fantasy Character?
I believe what makes any character good is the realism. If I can close my eyes and imagine the character as a real person, and if I can empathize with them, then they are a good character. To me, building a believable character is one of the most important elements to any story.
One of my favorite characters is Sicarius from The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker. He is an assassin and a very efficient one at that. At the start of the series, all you see is that he is a blood thirsty killer. As you get to know him, you begin to see another side of him. I don’t know if you could ever claim he is a “good” person, but you get to watch him grow and find his humanity throughout the story.
What makes him a favorite of mine, though, is that in many ways I can relate to him, especially in his difficulty in relating with people. He has his own view of the world and the way it works, and it’s difficult for him to see beyond that. I also have a thing for assassins in fiction (not in real life, mind you), but that’s another story.
I can definitely see him as a real person, though, and that’s what I love about him and many of the other characters in that story and others I’ve read.