Your Cool Fantasy Characters!
You rock! I love my readers! I ask and you deliver, time and time again! Together we’ve created some cool fantasy characters for Master Mage. Since I wrote Dragon Strike, I’ve asked for character’s names. Sometimes, dragons, sometimes, pirates, sometimes shady characters in dark alleys! For Dragon War, you suggested 601 names! That’s a LOT of characters! And a LOT of readers who’ve suggested names for cool fantasy characters over the years!
Master Mage clocked in at 177,000+ words! Yes, that 672 printed pages, the size of three short novels!! A lot of scope for characters to come and go.
Master Mage has been an incredible journey. When I wrote Dragon Mage (Riders of Fire Dragon Masters, book 2) I realized Giddi’s story was a lot longer than I’d anticipated. Dragon Mage tells of his young teenage years. I created Master Mage for his journey from teenage hood to adulthood (and falling in love with Mazyka).
If you’d like to start the Riders of Fire Dragon Master series, the first book is Anakisha’s Dragon.
With many more after…
Master Mage Cool Fantasy Characters
So, who are our cool fantasy characters in Master Mage? And who did you name this time? let’s look at our cool fantasy characters…. Please keep in mind that some of the characters that appear were named by my readers in previous books!
Mazyka was always going to be ambitious and headstrong. I didn’t realize she and her mother, Maryssa, would actively campaign for women’s rights through their attitudes and actions. I’ve enjoyed slipping this aspect into a medieval world. I named Mazyka in 2009 in my very first draft of Ezaara, although her name has changed since then. She was originally Magyka, because of her strong magical powers. I like Mazyka a lot better!
Maryssa popped up, out of the blue, sneaking out of the house to visit Balovar in his cottage one night as I was writing. I loved this scene full of passion, pain and regret, and it provided a great backdrop for Maryssa to repress Mazyka’s powers. Maryssa is a wonderful character who’s living a life of regret, but vows to teach her daughter to be wiser.
I know many of my readers love Giddi. In Riders of Fire, he’s wise and funny, and a little cynical and jaded. He’s been through a bit already when we start Master Mage, and I’m sorry to inform you, that he hasn’t yet been fully shaped in the forge. He has plenty of fiery trials to come yet in future books. Sorry, Giddi, but hey, it’ll make for grueling, heartbreaking, exciting adventures we’ll all love!
I named him after Giddi, a nickname for friend I used to know in Switzerland years ago, whose actual name is Giddeon.
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Who did you name in Master Mage? Check out your huge cast!
Jackie T. named Myron, the beefy man in the Dragons’ Lair who leers at girls. Indora, the flirtatious Naobian in the tavern was named by Jeremiah Crouch.
Who named our mages?
Trisha Budhai named Lumeley, a young nerdy Spanglewood mage. This poor guys suffers during the mage trails, but luckily he’s rescued. His friend Diza, a friendly mage at the trials with the blonde braids, was named by Ann Abdelzaher. We have two more mages from Spanglewood named by readers. Both are Giddi’s friends from childhood. Vanus was named by Barbara Laing. Liz Tolland named Lief.
The notorious twins, Chuckle Head and Knuckle Head, were named by David Kuraria on two fun Facebook posts that had over a hundred entries! Those posts are well worth reading – there are some brilliant suggestions for derogatory names that rhyme!
I told you my readers are cool. Such amazing imaginations!
Melikor, the young Naobian mage who teases Giddi when they arrive at Dragons’ Hold was named by Charles Hoge.
Thanks to an anonymous reader, we have a name for Master Healer Catarina at Dragons’ Hold. Catarina will play a bigger role as the series goes on, so I’m excited to finally have a name for her! Crystal Rowley named Thalia, a Naobian healer who accuses Giddi of indecent behavior. The last thing he needs in a crisis! Poor Giddi!
Thanks to Charles Hoge for naming the Chipped Fang!
We swept our way through Anakisha’s Dragon and Dragon Mage without naming the main characters’ family members. A sneaky move on my part! We were naming so many characters at the time, that I didn’t want everyone to have name overwhelm. We’ve now remedied that.
Thanks to the following readers for naming:
- Giddi’s mother: Peluma — Kelle Shaw
- Mazyka’s father: Jorem — Trisha Budhai
- Yanir’s mother: Fenella — Sara Downs
- Yanir’s father: Petey — Susanne Galley
- Yanir’s eldest sister: Tori — Jan Cantle
- Yanir’s second sister: Keesha — Scotty Bhoy
- Yanir’s third sister: Noelani — Sara Downs
- Yanir’s youngest sister: Sky — Carolyn Helm
Let’s not forget our furry, feathered, scaled and four-footed friends!
Nicola Wilkinson named Topaz, Giddi’s valiant horse who takes Mazyka on a wild dash. Andrew Agnew named the ice ravens in Great Spanglewood Forest at night, and Barbara Laing named the snowy kestrel. Vancil Clayton Thomas suggested a barred owl, and me and my readers looked into night birds and decided upon the nightingale and the common loon!
Shadow Stalker & Dragon Rider
Tiriaston, is a Shadow Stalker in Naobia, prowling the streets and creating trouble. He was named in a Facebook post, but I haven’t been able to track down who named him! If it’s you, please let me know and I’ll amend this list!
Darian, the young dragon rider who shackles Giddi and Mazyka, is named after Darian Smith, a New Zealand author and dear friend of mine. Yeah, he’s awesome. You can check out his books, here.
Rusty, the heroine in Dragon Pirate, is getting her own book!
Rusty was named by AJ Ponder, my buddy and co-author. She has a new series out, Into Faerland, with dark Fae, sword sand demons… and a new audio book of Omens, too … check out her books here.
I hope you like the stunning cover for Dragon Captain! Rusty and Ustoria, her sea dragon, will be hunting down the Scarlet Hand, joined by an all-female crew! Look out, Scarlet Hand! They’re coming for you!
You’ll have lots of chances to name cool fantasy characters again soon as we crew Rusty’s ship… By the way, her ship has no name yet, so there will be more chances to have fun coming up soon!
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7 Replies to “My Readers Rock! Thank you for Cool Fantasy Characters in Master Mage!”
Awesome! One of the names I suggested made it… After one of my teenage son’s friends!
I’m so pleased! That’s great!
Sorry, I didn’t see this. In November I traveled to an author conference in the States and caught covid, (which caused me fatigue for weeks), so I’ve been scrambling to catch up!
I’m gad that made your day!
Oh No, I am so sorry you caught that crappy bug. My husband had it last July and my son Caught it in October… “Knock on Wood” I haven’t had it.
Thank you! Yeah, it’s not much fun. I’m glad I’ve recovered.
Yes, one of my suggested names is in there. Thank you so much Eileen. I find this immense fun!
Looking forward to reading it.
You’re welcome!! It’s always fun to have you involved. Thanks for being such a supportive reader! 🙂
I’m so glad one of your names made it through the final cut!
I love having my readers participate in world building and naming characters. It’s so much fun.
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