Character Interview: Tal Sarokan
of Fortune’s Thief by M.B. Davies
How did you get into this mess?
It’s all Al Salazar’s fault. I think it’s fair to say that most things are.
My father died when I was fifteen, and I was turned out on the streets by the authorities when they took his possessions to pay off his debts.
Desperate for something to eat, I fell into a life of thievery and lived by my wits on the edge of the law. But one day I chose the wrong caravan to rob and ended up being conscripted into the Sarandani, Al Salazar’s mercenary band.
It was he who convinced me to start using the sword my father left me on his deathbed. It was his dying wish that I solve its riddle, and I carried it with me as a keepsake, not a weapon. When I started using it in battle, at Al Salazar’s insistence, it woke the spirit sleeping within the blade, and now I can’t stop hearing its thoughts. It wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t so dark, bloody and thirsty for revenge.
What have you learned so far?
I’ve learned that no matter how blessed one may be by the winds of fortune, every man’s luck runs out in the end.
What is your greatest fear?
That I will not be able to fulfil my oath to my father and unravel the mystery of the phoenix blade. It would be the source of deepest dishonour to me. I plan to take it north to the Spiritsmiths who forged it so that they can help me lay the spirit to rest and free me of its influence.
What have you done that you never thought you would (could) do?
Leave the Sarandani. There are rules that Al Salazar sets out for all those who join his mercenary band, chief among them being that no man may desert the Sarandani and live. I knew they would hunt me down, but I could not in good conscience remain with them any longer. I managed to flee far to the north-west and for three long years they did not find me. I should have known I could not elude them forever.
Fortune’s Thief by M. B. Davies
When Tal Sarokan deserts from a mercenary band to look for a better life, little does he know that his departure will bring an end to his friends’ supernatural good fortune.
Al Salazar, the charismatic leader of the mercenaries, has stolen a stone from the Well of Fate and is using it to control his destiny, and that of his band, the Sarandani.
When the mercenaries start dying, Al Salazar must somehow find Tal and convince him to return – by any means necessary. Meanwhile, the Keeper of the Well has set plans in motion to force Al Salazar to return the fate-stone through the subtle manipulation of his enemies. In time, Al Salazar learns that controlling one’s own destiny comes at a price, and that every man’s luck runs out in the end.
Fortune’s Thief is not yet published, but you can find Deedee’s published short stories in several anthologies:
The End Was Not the End:
A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court:
Monster Hunter Blood Trails:
Just One More Step:
Deedee Davies is a short story author and novelist interested mainly in the fantasy, horror and science-fiction genres. She has had five short stories published to date in publications from Seventh Star Press, Horrified Press and EMBY Press. Deedee is also a cover artist, with around thirty published book covers under her belt. She lives in Plymouth, UK with her partner, ten spiders and four snakes.
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