It's hard to talk about the new characters in The Children of Fi without putting out spoilers. Yep, there are new Kynllarians to get to know and love, and some questions from The Mage Sister are answered – like why did Arinda and Nathan form a mindlink? And where the heck did Jahx Rife come from? Who is his real father – the one he has nightmares about? Here are just a few of the new Kynllarians in The Children of Fi:
Praise Fiaryn! Great Fiaryn! For the love of Fiaryn! Fiaryn bless you! But who is this Fiaryn? And why has he been gone forever? Is he just a myth? A story from history to help explain the existence of Kynllaria? Nope! Fiaryn does exist, and she's been sulking for nigh on a thousand years (and no, that wasn't a typo). Fiaryn, one of the last of the Old World Fiar clan who led the Kyn by birthright, is the last High Chieftain of the Kyn. It was believed that Cristov Mac Cuin was the first mage but, in fact, it was actually Fiaryn.
Inniss is Fiaryn's son, and was born an oddity. His relationship with his mother is fractious at best, as Fiaryn bullies and smothers him something fierce. Inniss is a bit of a lost soul – forced into isolation with his mother, he hasn't had a chance to explore who he is or what he can do. There's not much else I can say about Inniss without telling too much, except that he has three children of his own, and we already know all three.
Roenan is the last King of Tenari, murdered about 400 years ago in a bloody coup against the Royal Family of Tenari. The Dunforth clan, the dirty schemers, rose against the royal Fahareth clan and murdered every last one… or did they? Rumor has it that Roenan's young son survived in secrecy, but no one knows what happened to him, if that rumor is even true. And Roenan? Let's just say he did die that night… sort of.
Asshat extraordiniare! The Dunforths, another Old World clan, has been scheming and plotting and pushing and battling with the Fiar clan to take over the Kyn since before Kynllaria even existed. They wormed their way into the Fahareth dynasty, even though Fiaryn barred them from crossing into Kynllaria in the first place, and forbid the Fahareth's to have anything to do them. Miles is the latest in a long line of asshats, and a psycho on top of that, and he's just smart enough to be dangerous. He's been abducting mages and has figured out how to control them to use for his own devices. And that's a big bunch o' trouble, no matter how you slice it. An army that can't be killed? Yikes!
King Oren of Chilharia
Descended from pirates. Would love to set the "Royal Navy" on Dunforth. Is there anything else you need to know?
Paul de Reaux
Paul is the Lead Mage of Azure Bay Keep, another of the mage settlements about midway between Tenari and Chilharia. Stone Circle Keep in Rowan was the first, and is the largest and most firmly established of the mage colonies. However, as we find out in The Children of FI, there are other settlements, as well.
The High King of Kynllaria
Guess who? It's the job Nathan hates to talk about, won't even admit to except under intense pressure. And now that he's discovered he has a verified, living, older brother, Nathan is hell-bent on handing over his crowns to him… even though he doesn't want them either. Whoops! Did I just say too much? Forget you read that! Just forget it!
What older brother, you say? Ha! You'll have to read the book and find out.
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