Amal - The Arabic name meaning ‘hope’.
Amal certainly doesn’t bring much hope, at least not to the main
characters... He is Lethan’s nephew and there is a striking resemblance
between the two but Amal has a very different character and very different
Bishr - Bishr is the good looking one
in this story (well we have to have some good looking people! They can’t
all be ordinary) and should therefore probably be marrying Elanta if
we’re going to do this on looks but he’s not. His name is
the Arabic name for ‘joyful’. He is a Sharadih and therefore
has a great love of animals, especially horses. In fact his horse is
actually his best friend (which works when you have the ability to talk
Calan - A young soldier, not much older
than Elanta. He is stationed not far from Sonador and has never met
anyone quite as beautiful as Elanta before... (do I actually need to
say anything else?)
Eilan - Eilan is quite a twisted character.
You are never quite sure whether he’s nice or not but he is open
about which side he’s on and speaks his mind.
Fakih - In the ancient language this
means ‘proud’ but in real life it means ‘legal expert’
in Arabic. An acquaintance of Rashadni’s who brings news to the
advisers family which is important one of the major characters in Acaston’s
Leila - The Arabic name meaning ‘Night’.
Leila is Mr Boreas’s favourite pupil and Anya’s worst nightmare
at times. She does not feature very strongly but pushes Anya’s
temper to the limit. She is a rather strange girl but very clever academically.
She is in fact based on a real life character who has actually grown
up alot since this book was written. In real life she is a very lovely
and interesting person although, like Leila, she used to cry at everything
and anything but had grown up enough to stop doing that now!
Lerran - Baleena’s future husband
and not someone that Elanta likes very much. Elanta shows no interest
in Baleena’s love affairs but no doubt feels a sense of relief
that Baleena is finally going to be married and will leave her alone
Lethan - Lethan has to be Tithonus’s
greatest friend. He is sensible when he needs to be but most of the
time he acts like he has never grown up. He reminds me of the real Melia
in a way because he has an obsession with blowing things up and gets
great pleasure out of doing so. I think Lethan has to be my favourite
human character as he was the most fun to write.
Levi - I will be surprised if you haven’t
worked this out already. Levi is an anagram of evil (I did point this
out in the book in case some people didn’t see it!). He is the
leader of the rebellion who want to overthrow the Council and he’s
well, not a nice guy really. A little bit obsessed with power but I’m
sure he has a nice quality somewhere...deep down...very, very deep down...
Megari, Mr - Based on the name ‘Megaris’
which in Greek Mythology was a mountainous state of ancient Greece.
Let’s face it, this guy is old. He’s extremely gifted in
healing but he is getting rather absent minded..... He needs to be retired
before he does some damage.
Peladir, Meleni - ‘Meleni’
is the Camean name for ‘high priest’. Peladir is one of
Elanta’s greatest friends and he loves her like she is his own
daughter. They share the same love of stories and Peladir never tires
of telling stories to her as Elanta never tires of hearing them.
Rabbani, Jameel - ‘Rabbani’
is the Arabic name meaning ‘divine’. Anya’s favourite
teacher. He teaches Ancient Civilisations and seems to Anya to be very
wise and diplomatic. He is actually past retirement age but has been
allowed to continue teaching at the village school because of the shortage
of teachers and no one can see him ever giving up.
Sharna - Elanta’s maid and probably
the greatest and one of Elanta’s few friend’s. Sharna is
a witch and she likes to experiment with her powers but would be dismissed
if she was seen so does so in the safety of Elanta’s room. Unfortunately
Sharna’s experiments really are experiments and tend to go wrong.
Zefirus - A criminal and also a Sharadih.
He has the gift of talking to animals and is killed two years before
themain story begins. Once a Sharadih dies, at the same moment, another
is born with the same gift. I’ll leave you to work out the connection.