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First, I must show you a land that I have grown to love: Misha (pronounced MEE-shu-uh). At one time, it was the vast country of Russia. When a group of greedy inventors (innovative men and women) took over with their giant metallic dragon, nineteen Symbolic cities were formed. For more background, please visit The Reformation Trilogy page located above the header.
I wanted to visit my beloved characters. Truly, I believe they are the best that I have ever fabricated. Anastasia Knight is witty, inventive, and tough. Felix Ivanov is as hard as steel. Draco Rubin is passionate, loving, and skilled like his father. Roxanne Kosma is hilarious, steadfast, and a survivor. Of course, these are just a few characters. I have spent hours drawing them by hand and have written hundreds of pages about them. Now, I present to you their portraits and what makes them a good character.
Firstly, I feel I must introduce Anastasia Knight, who is the protagonist in our story. Orphaned when fourteen, she had to survive on the tough streets of Voina, which is her hometown. Guards are always on patrol, and she manages to hide away in an old factory with her piles of inventions. She is a quick learner and a faithful friend. Her weakness is that she is indecisive in battle. Her heart and mind argue too much, and she is, therefore, made vulnerable. Her friends are the most important thing to her, and she makes this known almost fragrantly. If anyone wanted to harm her, they only had to kill one of her friends. Her decisions and leadership skills are tested regularly throughout the war.
Second comes my dear Draco Rubin. He is beloved to me as a writer, for he shows courage and kindness like none of my other characters. His weakness: the way he deals with relationships and his soft heart when it comes to battle decisions. Because his father was a great leader in battle, he feels as if he needs to take his dead father’s place. He is pressed often and feels that, beyond anything else, he must protect Anastasia Knight.
Felix Ivanov enters The Reformation Trilogy by the end of its second chapter. His muscles and firm jaw display his heart of steel. His creative gears are shown by the many guns he had designed for The Russian Inventors’ Protection. As the war rages on, however, he sees the many bodies that are slain. Then, he questions his morals. He was orphaned as a baby and does not remember his parents, which leads him to lean and gain the last name of his mentor, Luis Ivanov.
One of my funniest characters is Luis Ivanov. Always lighthearted, he brings optimism to any situation. He is also former President and founder of the R.I.P. He is always charismatic and has a keen mind. He loves Felix Ivanov like a son. His quirky feature is that, when he speaks, he uses three adjectives in a row. An example: “What an innovative, explosive, delightful plan!”
One of my most unique and exciting characters is Roxanne Kosma. With her pink-streaked hair and spunky attitude, she adds an air of sarcasm and bluntness to any situation. Her skills come in handy often, and her spiky metal discs can slice off the head of any enemy who dares to stand in her way. Throughout the war, she matures and becomes a key to the success of the R.I.P. Due to her shady past, Anastasia is sometimes left wondering what Roxanne is really thinking.
The lovely Catherine Shukhov is Anastasia’s comforter. She cooks, cleans, and preps Anastasia for all kinds of different events. She weaves intricate braids and has the most fabulous taste. Her love for one of the soldiers, Joseph Shukhov, is a focal point in the second book. Catherine’s past is tragic, and her only comfort is Joseph and her other friends. She is a delightful character to write about, and her presence is refreshing to Anastasia after multiple bloody battles.
Finally, Andrew Nevsky is the responsible, fatherly figure throughout the story. Almost all responsibilities fall on him, and he maintains a relatively calm attitude. He also treasures Felix Ivanov as a son and has taught him in many ways. He lost his wife many years ago.
For a preview of the book, go to The Reformation Trilogy page located at the header.