Monday, May 16, 2011

Introducing: Caleb of Kirakath

Today, I'm going to talk a little about Caleb of Kirakath, the protagonist of The Sword of Kirakath series of books.

At the start of the series, Caleb is sixteen years, three months old.

He is apprenticed under one of the greatest archers and hunters on the entire continent of Kyran, and he is the son of a former soldier that was fairly well-known at one time. His best friend is a prodigy in the art of swordsmanship as well.

Despite his connections to such skilled people, his only notable skill was archery, but not even that truly stood out as extraordinary. So what makes Caleb the greatest hero in the history of the Three Kingdoms of Kyran?

If you've followed along with my website, you may have seen what I posted about prophecy being a lost magic. Well, it's true. In fact, no prophecy exists that tells of events that occur in Caleb's era. So if your guess was that he was prophecized to be great, then you can guess again.

Caleb is an incredible person that even I find myself surprised by at times. Sometimes, he appears to be an incredibly trained warrior, but he always finds himself wondering, "How in the abyss did I do that?"

And before anyone guesses wrong, Caleb's sudden bursts of skill are related to a plotline in the series. They aren't plot holes.

As I was saying, Caleb surprises even me at times. Early on in Through the Flames, tragedy strikes, making him jaded in many aspects. It creates a dark side to him that makes even me cringe at times. For example, in Book 2, he draws his sword and decapitates a man after promising to free him. You'll notice that I was so vague that you can't count that as a spoiler.

If you don't want to read a series of books where people die, then The Sword of Kirakath might not be for you. Close to fifty people die in Through the Flames, and that's a conservative estimate.

It is because of Caleb's darkness that he becomes the hero that he is cherished as, though. Sure, his body count is higher than any other man since the Arcadian Rebellion, but it's funny how a man comes to be revered as a hero.

Before I go on, I'd like to address Caleb's age in relation to his status as a hero.

Simply put, Caleb might be sixteen during Through the Flames, but he's eighteen years old when he comes to be seen as a hero, though it'll be many years after that before he becomes viewed as a hero by everyone.

So how would I describe Caleb of Kirakath?

I'd say that at three different stages in his life, he was the least important person in Terra Fatum, the single most infamous person in Arcadia, and the greatest hero of the Three Kingdoms of Kyran.

On that note, I'm done. Thanks for reading.

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