I wanted to start a new feature on the blog that highlighted different characters. I would like to show a picture of each character if possible, as well as discuss my personal thoughts on them as well. One of the drawbacks of writing about such a large cast is that I never ever have the space in a story to go into detail about each one. Conner is one that if given the chance, I would love to go into more detail about. He's mostly a background character through the series, but from time to time, he steps up to play a big role, and his importance will increase dramatically from Book 10 through the remainder of the series.
Conner is one of my favorite characters. The idea came about when I was in the middle of writing Book 2, and I began to wonder what Cadan's life would have been like if he had grown up in the Department and the events of the series had never taken place. He shares many of the same qualities as Cadan, but when we encounter Conner in the story, that part of his life is long past. He's gone through some really serious, mind blowing stuff overseas, and now that he's back "home", most of his friends are on the "other side", and nearly everyone of them are changed from their tenure as War Mages.
I hesitate to say too much else because I know that people come to this blog at different stages in their reading. I'm sure there are people reading this right now who probably don't even know who he is yet. I'm not sure yet as to how much of his back story I will be able to get to before the series ends, but the Character Glossary that I'm planning to publish later this year will include much more detail that I've revealed so far.
What I will say is this: keep your eye on him. He has a large part to play in the overall story. I'm excited for the change in his story that's coming in Book 9, and I hope that you will be too. He has faced down more pain and anguish than most people have had to endure, but he is determined to make his life better for himself and those he loves.