One of the greatest challenges of writing an epic fantasy tale is creating unforgettable characters that don’t have to constantly appear in the book in order to be remembered. Epics must have many characters and no matter what you do, you can’t expand on all of them right away. Some of them are developed gradually, some much later on.
In BETRAYAL, the first book of THE CRYSTAL CRUX series, Young Viridian only appears in one chapter near the beginning. I named the chapter after her and I am wholly confident readers won’t forget her even by the time they get to the end. Even with all the violence and swearing, Viridian is one of the chief reasons THE CRYSTAL CRUX is an Adult fantasy. Viridian has an unnerving libido, a heightened drive to be pleasured and pleasure.
“Make me love you, make me hate you – make me curse your name.” – Viridian
Viridian is actually one of the more central figures in The Crystal Crux series but you might not realize it after reading the first book. She does, however, have an integral part to play in the outcome. This is a ten day journey readers have begun and Book One (Betrayal) is only the first day of that journey.
Viridian is Rugerius Fabbro’s lover, his lady-in-waiting. She is also his cousin, the daughter of his deceased aunt on his mother’s side. Viridian’s parents were lost tragically at sea during a shipwreck when she was twelve. She was distraught and lonely and brought to the palace in Parthenope to become an adoptive daughter to Gherardus and Druda Fabbro.
Unexpectedly, the young girl took one look at her powerful cousin, the Castellan of the great city, and fell head over heels for him. Her lust erupted.
Rugerius Fabbro was a lout anyway, warring and carousing with anybody and everybody. His eager young cousin took advantage of him one night in a drunken state. Once Rugerius’ senses returned to him, he thought he’d have fun with her and keep the relationship alive, thinking she’d fold and run home.
She didn’t. She rose to meet every twisted challenge he set before her and soon Rugerius found himself a bit smitten by her. Viridian pleasured in ways few other women could, so he kept her despite his father’s protests.
Viridian is now nineteen and fantasizes incessantly about being seduced and loved by the gods, or demons, or anything supernatural and otherworldly.
Her relentless passion is bound to lead her to places she has yet to imagine.
There will be much more to read about Viridian in forthcoming books. I promise you that. She will guarantee that the Adult content in The Crystal Crux series doesn’t wilt.
“Inclined comfortably on one arm, Viridian waited a few heartbeats, staring patiently at the open doorway as if expecting someone else to arrive.”
– Excerpt from The Crystal Crux – Betrayal
Will you arrive?