August 21, 2016
|Hello, everyone! As this is my first blog post for the Kings or Pawns Tour, let me introduce myself: I’m Alexandra Birr, editor of The Kings series. Working on Kings or Pawns has been a blast, and a few highlights of the novel stand out more than others. Without further ado, let’s dive into my favorites from Kings or Pawns!|
1. Favorite Character
I’m going to be honest—this favorite comes very, very grudgingly. It’s Sellemar. Why is it grudging? A bit of behind the scenes info: Sellemar was never supposed to play a large role, and certainly was not supposed to be a Point of View character; he was actually just intended to hold a cameo appearance as a member of the Council of Elves. But (un?)fortunately, that is not Sellemar’s way. Instead of staying quietly to the side, he shoved his way into the center of the action, declared himself the most important character, and refuses to budge! …And I’ve got to say, I love him for it. Sellemar is a character who gets things done. He may be arrogant and prideful, but he owns those characteristics and somehow makes them endearing. Sellemar is my breath of fresh air!
2. Favorite Quote
“[Sellemar] had not missed this aspect of missions. Inn after inn, city after city, one after another, and they soon began to blend together. This particular building with its softly blue-hued walls and elaborate interior was just another building of the ‘almost homeless.’”
Traveling the world is often viewed as “living the dream”—you get to see unfamiliar places, meet new people, and have experiences you never would have had at home! Sellemar has made a career of taking his mission in exotic locations. But in this quote, Sellemar observes to himself that the mercenary life may not be as wonderfully ideal as it seems. No matter how extravagant the location or inn, none of these are “home” to Sellemar. And despite that this is the life he’s chosen to live, it makes me a bit sad for him that he thinks of himself as “almost homeless.”
Here’s a bonus runner-up quote, because I don’t want to give that glory-whore Sellemar two favorites in a row:
“Imagine snow and ice as far as the eyes can see. Palaces and houses built of ice and stone. It is more beautiful than a mortal has the right to see. The gardens are filled with sculptures of ice and the walls are sprinkled with a dusting of light snow. In the morning, the light glints off the city and dances across the streets and snow banks. Then the flowers that closed their heads at night unfurl—blues, purples, and whites—tiny, glass-like flowers covered in ice. No matter how cold it gets, no matter how much snow covers the land, the little flowers persist on.” - Jikun
Jikun, you big softie! Beneath that cynical, surly exterior, the heart of a poet lives.
3. Favorite Scene
Cute wolves. Definitely the cute wolf scene. Early in the novel, Jikun travels home to Darival to visit his family, and one of his first stops is to pick up his loyal wolf, Nazra. As soon as Nazra spots Jikun, she immediately leaps to her feet and bounds over, unconcernedly whapping the wolf behind her in the face with her wagging tail. It’s a minor scene, but one that makes me smile every time. There’s something about hearing Nazra described as a “wiggling mass of impatience and affection” that tugs at my canine-loving heartstrings.
4. Favorite Location
The sky is dark and foreboding, the wind howls across the cliff side, and the waves beat fiercely against the shore. This is the scene that awaits several of the characters when they arrive to the Windari Channel. What I love about the Windari Channel is that it is a physical symbol of danger, and wariness of the unknown. The waters are highly treacherous to the unskilled, yet they are entirely unavoidable—the channel stretches the length between Ryekarayn and Sevrigel. If one finds himself at the channel, there is no going around it. It’s a border, or a crossroads. Do you retreat into familiar lands, or venture into the unknown?
5. Favorite Theory
With Kings or Pawns being only one of four books down, theories abound! J.J. and I have heard everything from the extraordinarily outlandish to the surprisingly accurate. Of all these, my favorite theory that I’ve ever heard is that Sellemar is King Sairel’s son. Now, as King Sairel has never been married and Sellemar actually claims to be a similar age to the True Blood king, this would be quite the scandal and would certainly make an exciting story!
So, there you have it! …In what has turned out to be a list of “My Favorite Sellemar Moments” instead of “My Favorite Kings or Pawns Highlights.” (I’m going to be honest—my favorite scene also has to do with Sellemar, but it contains a large spoiler and so I was forced to choose something else.) Oh, whatever. Let’s be like Sellemar and just own it.
What’s YOUR favorite Sellemar moment?
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