Sunday, October 26, 2014

Meet Frendyl Krune

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to introduce you to the characters from Frendyl Krune and the Blood of the Sun, as well as discuss the book and the series as a whole. This week, I'd like you to meet Frendyl himself!

Frendyl is a twelve-year-old boy with wings like a mallard hen’s. He has pale blue eyes—almost white; ghostly eyes such as his are prevalent in his family, as the Krunes were cursed by a king many hundreds of years ago. Due to time and breeding with other families, the curse has lessened, and the Krunes are no longer blind, but do suffer from bad eyesight every few generations.

The amüli people—Frendyl’s people—are tied to humans called Soulbounds, and thus tend to resemble the ethnicity and race of their Soulbound human. As Frendyl’s family is bound to the Li family of China, Frendyl has rather Asian features—black hair, pale skin, and he’s shorter than most. The story takes place in 1722, so Frendyl’s “adventuring” clothing mimics that of the time period: a leather vest, canvas trousers that button to just under the knee, and boiled leather shoes. While it would be likely for his family to wear silk robes, these are too easily worn and torn, and so Frendyl has opted for more durable leathers during his journey.

Due to being a middle child in an enormous family—he has four sisters and three brothers; one brother and three sisters are older than him—he is often outgoing, and not afraid to state his opinions. For the time period, he’s rather progressive, often enjoying the company of strong women. Frendyl also tends to think a great deal, and uses his reflective nature to achieve (almost) anything he sets his mind to. Though he yearns to prove himself and eventually become a knight, he fails at most of his personal tasks, such as casting magic or understanding various people’s nature. Even when he fails, however, Frendyl pushes forward, never once letting that failure deter him from his goals.