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The Meet My Character Blog Tour

I’ve been tagged!  And I feel pretty special, because I was tagged not once, but twice, by Monica Enderle Pierce and Icy Sedgwick, two very talented young ladies who I’m honored to have been mentioned by.

The rules are simple: the tour highlights a main character from a WIP or recently published or soon to be published work.  There are a series of questions to answer about that character.  The person who invites you will post on a set day (I, for example, am posting…well, now), and those I tag will post 1 week later (or, in this case, July 28th).  Rinse, repeat, disco.

Before we get to the character — Azander Dane, star of The Skullborn Trilogy — let’s say a few words about the two lovely and talented artists who chose to tag me…

Monica Enderle Pierce is an indie author of fantasy and science fiction for adults. She has two books in publication: Girl Under Glass was an ABNA semi-finalist and an Amazon bestseller. Famine, a historical, noirish supernatural thriller, is her newest release.

Icy Sedgwick was born in the North East of England, and lives and works in Newcastle. She has been writing for over ten years.  Her recent works include The Guns of Retribution, a pulp western, and the horror fantasy The Necromancer’s Apprentice.

And now on to Dane…

Path of Bones by Steven Montano

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Azander Dane, formerly of the order of Dawn Knights.  And, yeah, he’s fictional.

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set on the fantasy world of Malzaria thirty years after the end of the decade-long Rift War, a brutal conflict which saw the destruction of one Empire and nearly brought the other two to their knees.  Dane and the other main characters (Ijanna Taivorkan and the black giant Kruje) travel from the conflict-ridden city of Ebonmark, through the wasted deserts called the Bonelands, and ultimately reach a ruined city called Corinth, wherein lies the means to reach Chul Gaerog, once the citadel of Carastena Vlagoth, the Blood Queen.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Dane is a fallen knight.  He and his fellow Dawn Knights committed a series of horrific crimes in the name of their Empress, and even though the group tore itself apart and killed their leader Dane has been living with the pain and guilt of his actions ever since.

3 years later, Dane is a shell of a man he once was, distant and alone, a wandering mercenary with little sense of purpose or direction.  All of that changes when he receives a lucrative offer from a mysterious crime lord called the Iron Count, who asks him to hunt down an outlaw Bloodspeaker (a type of spellcaster, thought by most to be evil) called the Dream Witch.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Dane’s life is already messed up when we meet him.  This is the story of Dane’s redemption, even though he doesn’t believe he can actually be saved.  As the story progresses and he discovers a previously unknown link between the Dream Witch and the crimes of his past, his obsession with making amends becomes even more paramount.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To cleanse himself of his crimes, and to prove, even if only to himself, that he’s still a decent man.  Dane’s quest to atone for his sins gains singular focus in finding the Dream Witch, who is a living reminder of his terrible deeds and possibly the only hope he has for salvation.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The Black Tower is the conclusion to The Skullborn Trilogy.  The first two volumes of the series, City of Scars and Path of Bones, are available now.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

The Black Tower is slated for a November 21st release.


And now….TAG! (I’m choosing seven, because I like to break the rules.)

Jen Kirchner, Danielle Hamilton, Scott Whitmore, Rob Pruneda, D.H. Nevins, Craig McGray and Joe Hart — batter up!!!!



  1. Monica Enderle Pierce

    I love a damaged hero, and you’re a master at creating them. This looks like a must-read, Steven. 😀

    • daezarkian

      Thanks, Monica, and thanks for tagging me! =D

  2. Danielle @ Consuming Worlds

    I love Dane, he is one of those characters that you can’t help but root for, give him a hand in the belief department. You are a genius at building a hero. I love the fact that Dane isn’t the natural hero. He is fighting to become that hero and it is definitely a fight all the way.

    Thanks for tagging me! I just did one today when I got tagged, but I am going to take this opportunity to do a post about my other main character. 🙂

    Can’t wait for The Black Tower and to continue Dane’s story.

    • daezarkian

      Thank you, Danielle!


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