Characters in THE FAIRYTALE TRILOGY

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Book I: Fairytale Character Guide
  •  Marianne:  Quick-witted and comely, Marianne longs for adventure in the great wide world, but seems destined to travel only a few miles down the road to her groom’s estate.  For Marianne, though, Destiny has some surprising turns ahead.
  • Prince:  This urbane frog first met Marianne when she dropped a ball in his pond and he retrieved it.  In hopes of transforming him into a handsome human prince, she gave him a kiss, but all she ended up with were slimy lips.  Still, the two became fast confidantes.
  • Neville:  A former commander in the Fairy-Wizard wars who faked his death to avoid actual combat.  His only joy from Marianne’s upcoming nuptials derives from her exit from his household and the tidy profit he’ll reap from the Duke when the marriage transaction is complete.
  • Beatrice:  Bullied about by her husband Neville, Beatrice nevertheless manages to be a viperous stepmother in her own right.
  • Edward:  Vanity Incarnate with a such a sizeable bevy of female followers that he has trouble keeping his conquests straight:  Alice!  Uh, Elizabeth?  Katherine?  No, um…Elinor?
  • Cassandra:  Five years old and cute-as-a-button, Cassandra thinks Marianne is a fun older sis, and little else.
  • Lord Brantford:  A decorated veteran of the Fairy-Wizard wars, Brantford feels compelled by his strong sense of duty to obey his father the Duke and wed Marianne.  But can he truly pledge himself to Marianne when all these years he has loved the village baker’s daughter?
  • Robin:  Marianne’s long-lost brother who joins her aboard a dragon on the day of her wedding and changes her whole life.  Following an impoverished childhood, he defines happine$$ quite differently than Marianne.
  • Leopold:  Spending most of his time as a dragonfly suspended inside a glass orb, Leo transforms into all his tail-and-talon dragon glory whenever the globe is broken.  This wise and occasionally wisecracking dragon turns out to have been a gift from Marianne and Robin’s biological parents.  Leo’s orb also possesses the sought-after property of being able to reveal the future, a handy asset that Marianne must learn to use sparingly.
  • Art:  Marianne’s first crush.  Curling dark hair, soft brown eyes, a poem always poised on his lips.  What girl wouldn’t lose her heart to Art?
  • Princess Penelope:  She is asleep.  She is a beauty.  But Penelope proves that rescuing a damsel in distress doesn’t always mean happily ever after.
  • Grimholdt:  A wizard who relishes hearing his name linked with adjectives like “wicked,” “heartless,” and “crafty.”  Despite his best worst efforts, perhaps he does harbor a sliver of respect for Marianne, and he’s the one who holds the ultimate secret of Marianne and Robin’s identities.  But villains don’t usually like to share.
  • Zar:  A Green Forest Variety Werewolf played as a pawn by Grimholdt.
  • Deuce:  Zar’s brother, who in subsequent novels will prove that werewolves, too, carry grudges.
  • Lance:  A lively fairy youth who owes Marianne and Robin a debt of gratitude for releasing him from one of Grimholdt’s malicious curses.
Book II: The Emperor’s Realm, New Characters
  • Alindiah:  Based on The Lady of the Lake from the King Arthur tales, Alindiah embodies mythic magic.  It is her Choice that alters the future of all Fairyland.
  • Dignan:  This sand hound is a born burrower whose precious collar is the inciting spark for all the adventures in The Emperor’s Realm.  Robin welcomes him as an ally against Marianne’s pesky Prince and sarcastic Leo.
  • Princess Nia:  Haughty and horrid to Marianne, Princess Nia is the only child of the reigning Queen of Fairyland.  But though she’s expected to carry on tradition and assume the throne, there’s the possibility that this fussy fashionista doesn’t have the makings of a monarch.
  • Ambassador Cyphus:  An envoy whose rare fruit transports the taster to the Emperor’s Realm.  He seems to be the only voice to which the Emperor ever listens.
  • Faw:  Abandoned in the wild mountains because he was born a dreaded shape-changer, Faw thrived under the paternalistic tutelage of Javan.  But once he leaves the protection of the mountains for the Imperial City, he finds the world cruelly unwelcoming to one of his blood.  Unable to survive as an intellectual, he serves the Emperor as a brutally effective spy, using his shape-changing abilities to silence dissidents.  Tormented by his life of deception, Faw finds his only solace in the company of Lang.
  • Wyeth:  A smooth operator or a sincere suitor for Marianne?  Robin knowledge of Wyeth’s past effectively disqualifies him in Robin’s eyes, but Marianne doesn’t always listen to her older brother.  Especially when Wyeth radiates cultivated charm, with a dash of wanderlust.
  • Javan:  An academic tiger.  To Javan’s surprise he finds that his greatest joy comes not from his bookish research, but in being Father to an infant he finds abandoned in the mountains and christens Wen-Faw.
  • Lang:  Because Lang is the educated daughter of shipping magnates, her hand in marriage is bartered off to the coddled only child of the Emperor, whom the populace derides as “The Porker Prince.”  But as Lang’s bridal party approaches the palace, the Porker Prince flees with a case of extremely cold feet.  So Lang languishes in the palace, sustaining her spirits through her beloved botanical studies, and from Faw’s covert visits.
  • The Emperor:  Once a fair ruler, the Emperor seemingly became unhinged after the disappearance of his only son.  Now he runs his empire with an iron fist and has launched an expedition to attain a powerful dragon disc, which happens to be on Dignan’s collar.
Book III: The Emperor’s Realm, More New Characters
  • Alindiah:  Based on The Lady of the Lake from the King Arthur tales, Alindiah embodies mythic magic.  It is her Choice that alters the future of all Fairyland.
  • Dignan:  This sand hound is a born burrower whose precious collar is the inciting spark for all the adventures in The Emperor’s Realm.  Robin welcomes him as an ally against Marianne’s pesky Prince and sarcastic Leo.
  • Princess Nia:  Haughty and horrid to Marianne, Princess Nia is the only child of the reigning Queen of Fairyland.  But though she’s expected to carry on tradition and assume the throne, there’s the possibility that this fussy fashionista doesn’t have the makings of a monarch.
  • Ambassador Cyphus:  An envoy whose rare fruit transports the taster to the Emperor’s Realm.  He seems to be the only voice to which the Emperor ever listens.
  • Faw:  Abandoned in the wild mountains because he was born a dreaded shape-changer, Faw thrived under the paternalistic tutelage of Javan.  But once he leaves the protection of the mountains for the Imperial City, he finds the world cruelly unwelcoming to one of his blood.  Unable to survive as an intellectual, he serves the Emperor as a brutally effective spy, using his shape-changing abilities to silence dissidents.  Tormented by his life of deception, Faw finds his only solace in the company of Lang.
  • Wyeth:  A smooth operator or a sincere suitor for Marianne?  Robin knowledge of Wyeth’s past effectively disqualifies him in Robin’s eyes, but Marianne doesn’t always listen to her older brother.  Especially when Wyeth radiates cultivated charm, with a dash of wanderlust.
  • Javan:  An academic tiger.  To Javan’s surprise he finds that his greatest joy comes not from his bookish research, but in being Father to an infant he finds abandoned in the mountains and christens Wen-Faw.
  • Lang:  Because Lang is the educated daughter of shipping magnates, her hand in marriage is bartered off to the coddled only child of the Emperor, whom the populace derides as “The Porker Prince.”  But as Lang’s bridal party approaches the palace, the Porker Prince flees with a case of extremely cold feet.  So Lang languishes in the palace, sustaining her spirits through her beloved botanical studies, and from Faw’s covert visits.
  • The Emperor:  Once a fair ruler, the Emperor seemingly became unhinged after the disappearance of his only son.  Now he runs his empire with an iron fist and has launched an expedition to attain a powerful dragon disc, which happens to be on Dignan’s collar.