It’s time for the last Throne of Blood character I wanted to show you before the cover reveal on Tuesday. Meet Alfa!
Alfa is the most ancient vampire in the first three Nightfall books. In Men and Monsters, we met Nimah, an ancient Mayan vampire born during the Preclassic period. We’ve also met Indira and Callisto, who come from around the same time. Alfa is older than any of them.
He’s also related to some of the main characters from previous books. In what way? You’ll find out soon enough, but you’re welcome to take a guess!
As always, character art created by TheSwanMaideN from DeviantArt.
And now it’s time to introduce a new Throne of Blood character. Meet Almaz:
She is the first albino character in the Nightfallseries. She also happens to be the first amputee character we meet. Combining these two facts about her, you can already take a guess about her complicated backstory.
It’s time for another Throne of Bloodcharacter reveal. Meet Rada!
She is in the book for only a short while, but her character makes an impression. She is related to a certain mythological being. If you’ve read Men and Monsterscarefully, you should be able to guess which one 🙂
I’m pleased to introduce you to Mizuki, a new character we get to meet in Throne of Blood!
We briefly hear her name in Men and Monsters. Ila and Vladimir are discussing potential vampire allies, and Ila suggests Mizuki and Takahiro. Vlad immediately rejects the idea, saying that they hate him too much.
So, what changes in this book? Is he desperate enough to work with her? Or does he have no choice? Is she here as an enemy or an ally, or both?
My beta reader is currently working hard on the manuscript, so I hope I’ll be able to share the final version (and the answer to those questions) with you very soon!
In the meantime, I’ll be sharing more info on the upcoming book and introducing you to new characters.
As always, beautiful cover art provided by TheSwanMaindeN on DeviantArt!
B) Cannot draw a believable humanoid if your life depended on it.
Luckily, this is where my personal superhero, TheSwanMaindeN, comes in.
When you get an artist to illustrate your characters, you can take different routes. You could describe in detail what exactly you want to see, you could give them complete freedom, or you could go anywhere in between.
When I asked TheSwanMaideN to illustrate my book cover, I gave her a detailed description of what exactly needed to be there. However, when it came to Armida’s portrait, I decided to try something different and to give her only a vague idea about the character. “You are great at drawing hair,” I said, “and even better at drawing dresses. Go for it.”
This was one of my better decisions because – surprise, surprise! – it turns out her imagination is way better than mine. What I got was this:
I’m happy to present this beautiful character portrait by the talented Nadica Boshkovska (aka TheSwanMaideN on DeviantArt):
If you’ve read the free sample, you have already met Tristan. He is the vampire who first finds Myra in the dungeons and accidentally saves her from interrogation and torture. Arrogant and vain, he is viciously disliked by mostly everyone at court. At a first glance, his loyalty to the Prince is his only redeeming quality, but Myra discovers further bits and pieces of his past, secrets and motivations as the story goes along.
I think the portrait does a great job capturing his personality, or at least the face he shows to most of the world. Once again, I’m very grateful to be working with this skilled artist.