I'm happy to welcome K. Williams, author of Shadow Soul, to the blog today. She is sharing a bit more about the characters you'll meet in the novel.
C. Maiel is a duta, which is what we’ve come to call an angel here on earth. She’s quite tall, strongly built from all the sword fighting and martial arts. At times, she’s too serious, but there is a great deal on her mind. She’s had to reflect on thousands of years, and surrounded by her seven children, she worries about their future. C. Maiel is loved by her order unit, most especially her leader (lieutenant). Each one carries a braid cut from the vibrant red rope of hair she boasts. Ever at her side is Argus, the leader of her sub command unit of wolves. She is the twin sister of Joel, Captain in the Sun Order. These two are like Diana and Apollo. Their older brother is Zacharius, a stoic alder (bureaucrat), and Maiel’s favorite of the family.
Dominic is Maiel’s hapless human husband. For his species, he’s rather tall himself, equal to his wife. He has a penchant for painting and disappears into the work often. He is a former guardian, member of the Sun Order under Maiel’s twin brother. He tends to be self-centered, but might just lack focus and observation. Dominic is proud of his role as father.
Grandson of a fallne prince, Gediel is a svarg (svargaduta - archangel). His presence is alarming and well known to those of Zion. This notoriety might hobble other watchers (trackers, spies, special forces), but he is so adept that it little hinders him. Standing a head taller than his old friend Maiel, his great wings are an unusual silver color, as are his eyes--blue steel. His hair is short, choppy and shaggy like the wolves he is always surrounded by. It is from Gediel that Maiel receives Argus. He is responsible for training all the canines that will sub-unit the order forces. At his side, is Argus’s sire, Chiron. He is Order of Fenrir.
Lena is a human soul who has reached her last incarnation and will rise to become a duta. Her guardian is stolen away by the dark forces (danava), in order to pluck her soul when her body finally passes from cancer. Realizing this, the duta of Zion send in C. Maiel to watch over her. The plucky young girl is the daughter of an Indian woman and British Soldier, during the early 1960s.
Father Gregely Orius is a priest serving a small parish in Hungary. His story is far deeper than it at first appears. He’s gathered to him several monks and priests which he watches over, having a sense that the church might wish them harm, should they be sent to other places. He is a kindly man, with graying hair and blue eyes. He’s unusually tall for his kind and without a guardian.
Father Salvatore Gallo
Gallo is Orius’s second at the church. He’s a mousey young priest who never expected his faith to be this tested or this proven. A slight man, he wears a pair of spectacles and keeps his face clean shaven. He’s fastidious and nervous, but forgiving and kind. He comes from Italy, and is quite catholic.
C. Zaajah is Maiel’s best friend. These girls grew up over the centuries, going to the Orodo Priori (Duta School) together. Some joke that they should have been mates, they’re so close, and it’s true. They’re bonded in ways that marriage and separate lives can never break. Zaajah, though uncomfortable with children, attends her friend’s request to be babysitter--knowing that one day, she will likely have a few of her own. Zaajah is a stern teacher, and probably more serious than Maiel. When her faith in her friend is tested, she doesn’t break down. She holds onto the belief that what comes to pass is for the best, and those she loves will prove themselves. Her softer side shows in her interactions with Lena and her leader, Ibajah. She is Order of Horus.
Alex, as they call her, is an alder and has been in the bureaucracy of Zion for thousands of years. Though her children are just duta, she has reincarnated as a svarg. A highly respected member of the council of Zion, mother of Captain Maiel, Captain Joel, and Alder Zacharius. Alex was present for the Conflict of Hosts (the great war between duta that created the prison out of Jahannam to protect souls from destruction and misuse by those who would mistreat them. Schism.) She is a silver haired beauty that still stuns even at the apex of her incarnation.
Twin sister of Alex, she’s a no-nonsense bureaucrat who believes the lines between species need be respected. She’s a tough nut to crack. The root of her racism is fear. She fears what this will bring to her family, her only niece and the children.
Those are some great character names! Naming characters can be one of the most fun and most frustrating parts of writing :)
The Shadow Soul
The Trailokya Trilogy #1
By- K. Williams
Genre- Epic Fantasy
The Shadow Soul is the first part of The Trailokya Trilogy, a fantasy series that follows the rise and fall of fabled races and souls at the junction of three worlds: Zion, Earth and Jahannam. K. Williams weaves a tale that will leave you questioning long held convictions about the human legends of Heaven and Hell. Are you ready to enter the gates of Zion and learn the truth?
Captain Maiel is a duta warrior of Zion, a race of giant, winged guardians and chroniclers of the lesser souls. Maiel’s assurances are shaken when she nearly loses a young human girl to the dark forces of Jahannam, the prison realm where the lowest beings reside. To avoid answering to the leaders of her world, Maiel seeks refuge on Earth, but she is pursued by a baron of Jahannam intent on destroying her. Can she be saved before time runs out? Or will she be sacrificed to secure the borders of Zion and to hide the lie her journey uncovers?
With each step further into darkness, long held secrets are revealed and shadows rise from the past to challenge absolutes.
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Blue Honor -
OP-DEC: Operation Deceit -
About the Author-
Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she continues to reside, K.Williams embarked on a now twenty year career in writing. After a childhood, which consisted of voracious reading and hours of film watching, it was a natural progression to study and work in the arts.
K attended the State University of New York at Morrisville, majoring in the Biological Sciences, and then continued with English and Historical studies at the University at Albany (home of the New York State Writer’s Institute) gaining her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art.
Currently, K has completed the MALS program for Film Studies and Screenwriting at Empire State College (SUNY), and is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice. K continues to write and is working on the novels of the Trailokya Trilogy, a work that deals with topics in Domestic Violence and crosses the controversial waters of organized religion and secularism. A sequel to OP-DEC is in the research phase, while the adaptation is being shopped to interested film companies. Excerpts of these and more writings can be found at: www.bluehonor.com .