Monday, May 30, 2011

Character Interview: Kyrie (Blood of Requiem by Daniel Arenson)

Please welcome today's special guest Kyrie of Blood of Requiem by Daniel Arenson!  Daniel is author of Firefly Island, Flaming Dove, The Gods of Dream, Eye of the Wizard, and Blood of Requiem.

Daniel:  What is your favorite word?

"Requiem." It's the home of my forefathers. The place I'm from, where people can shape shift into dragons.  A mythical land now in ruin. Someday I'll kill the man who destroyed our home.  Someday I'll rededicate Requiem's temples and rebuild her courts.

Daniel:  What is your least favorite word?

  "Irae."  It's the name of the man who burned Requiem, who killed my family, who drove me into exile.  I hate everything about him; his name, his beak nose, and his freakish metal arm.  I've fought him before.  Next time we meet, I won't let him get away.

Daniel:  What turns you on?

Don't tell her I said this, but... Agnus Dei.  She's another survivor from Requiem.  She's eighteen—two years older than me—and she thinks I'm just a little boy.  But I can't help loving her.  She's so strong, beautiful, fiery.  She annoys me a lot, and she's endless trouble, but there's something about her I can't resist.

Daniel:  What turns you off?

Her twin sister, Gloriae.  Now there's a girl I could do without.  If Agnus Dei is fire, Gloriae is ice.  If Agnus Dei is passion, Gloriae is hatred.   The girl is like a statue, so cold and hard and unyielding.  I hate everything about her.  I hate those green eyes of hers, which she thinks are so pretty. I hate her golden locks, which she's so vain of.  I hate those perfect lips of hers, which never seem to smile.  In short, Gloriae is horrible.

Daniel:  What sound or noise do you love?

  The waves outside Fort  Sanctus by the sea.  I spent ten years there. After Requiem fell, and we were hunted across the world, I hid in Fort Sanctus.  It's only a mossy tower rising over the sea, old and crumbly, but it was a home to me.

Daniel:  What sound or noise do you hate?

  Griffin shrieks.  The griffins toppled Requiem's courts, killed so many dragons, killed my family and friends.  They make horrible sounds, like eagles but louder, crueler.  I hope I never hear them again.

Daniel:  What is your favorite curse word?

So many to choose from....  If pressed to choose, I'd have to say: griffinballs.  Can I say that here?

Daniel:  What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

  I'm not sure I currently have a profession.  I run a lot, and fight, and get hurt.  I suppose that makes me a warrior.  But that's not something I want.  I never wanted to fight. I've never harmed Irae and his griffins.  I'd love to just live simply, maybe be a farmer.  Maybe that sounds dumb.  Farming isn't very glamorous.  But I'd be happy living simply on a farm with Agnus Dei, raising some animals, raising some crops....  At nights, we'd sit by the fireplace, or watch the stars, and just talk for hours.  We wouldn't have to hide from griffins, or be ashamed that we can turn into dragons.

Daniel:  What profession would you not like to do?

  Anything indoors.  I wouldn't want to be a scribe, or priest, or cook, or clerk.  I like nature.  I like the sky.  I like shape shifting into a dragon and flying.  That's when I'm happiest; when I'm flapping my wings, tasting the clouds, and gliding high over the world.  Indoors too long, I wither.

Daniel:  If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

  We in Requiem believe that when we die, we travel to the constellation Draco, and dine there in starlight halls with our ancestors.  The Draco stars are our gods.  The souls of our forefathers, who joined those stars, guide and comfort us. When I die, my soul will go there too; I'll turn into starlight, and forever dine and drink among Requiem's fallen.  If the stars could talk, I'd like them to tell me:  Requiem will not be forgotten.  Her light will forever shine here, and it will shine again someday over the world below.

Blood of Requiem (Requiem Fire, #1) by Daniel Arenson

A new epic fantasy series begins. Requiem Fire tells a story of blood, steel, and dragonfire.


Long ago stood the kingdom of Requiem, a land of men who could grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem ruled the sky.

But Dies Irae, a tyrant leading an army of griffins, hunted Requiem's people, burned their forests, and shattered their temples. Requiem fell. This ancient land now lies in ruin, its halls crumbled, its cries silenced, its skeletons littering the burned earth.

In the wilderness, a scattering of survivors lives in hiding. The griffins still hunt them, and every day promises death. Will Requiem's last children perish in exile... or once more become dragons and fly to war?

Thank you Daniel and Kyrie for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

Don't miss our past interviews with Daniel and his amazing characters:

Author interview with Daniel Arenson.
Character interview with Eliven (The Gods of Dream).
Character interview with Neev and Romy (Eye of the Wizard).
E.J.'s review of Flaming Dove.

To learn more about Daniel Arenson and his books, please visit his website.


  1. What a cool interview, Kyrie and Daniel...Requiem sounds like a lovely home and hope you get your vengeance and can rebuild it.

    I love books with Dragon Shifters and lots of action. This one sounds wonderful!

  2. This was an interesting interview. I don't think I've ever read a character interview and I loved it. It certainly sparked my interest in the novel.

  3. This sounds like the Eragon series I read by Christopher Paolini. I really enjoyed his series but the dragons were just that shifting. I would like to read this where it's actually a human shifting into dragon from. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Brilliant interview! I really have to look into this book.

    Thanks Daniel, Kyrie and E.J.!

  5. Gorgeous cover and wonderful, creative interview. I'd love to share this with my kids, we all love reading dragon stories!


  6. What a great Interview..I've never really been into "Dragon" books, but I must admit, you've piqued my interest! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I loved the character interview. What a great idea! I hope you do more like it, because it did its job. I want the book.

  8. Fun interview. I have a few friends who will be interested in this book. :)

  9. Just finished the second book, I'm totally hooked, they definatly keep you hooked through the whole thing. Considering I read both books in the last two days. Defiantly encourage to read them

  10. intersting...having read these I think Kyrie's character wouldn't sound...well that transparent... seemed a little silly but if it gets others to read it good! they were really well paced and well written books, can't wait for Light of Requiem!