FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you English or American?
I’m neither I’m Canadian. I grew up with American and British TV. My parents are Egyptian. I did lots of traveling but now I live in England… As far as what language I speak (write). It’s a proper mish mash of all of the above. Sorry, I do try to keep things simple but as you might have noticed I sometimes slip into old (bad) habits. My characters also speak like me (except Thea, she is my proper English speaker) Jon and Gerard travelled a lot growing up so it stands to reason they would pick up language from everywhere they have been but only because that was their childhood. Nash is me but without the parental filter.
Why does Thea talk so formal? She’s a teenager!
Thea has grown up in Hell so she’s learned the language as it’s spoken there. Idioms and slang would not be something she would have heard enough to make it normal to her. Even spending as much time as she does with Jon wouldn’t make THAT much of a difference.
I used my own experiences as a basis. When I wrote the book I had been living in England for over ten years but I still sound VERY MUCH Canadian. I still use Canadian slang and feel odd using every day British slang (I have to date NEVER used the word quid!)
Language is a funny thing, it moves and changes and can evolve. You can pick up words and phrases BUT (!) HOW you speak never really changes. Thea will never feel comfortable using slang or contractions because it’s not what she's used to. (Nash is forever trying to add colourful words to her vocabulary!)
Why does everyone in Hell speak so formally?
See my earlier comments about Thea. Hell has existed in a verbal vacuum. They do not do slang and they do not do contractions. Deal with it!
Why do Thea and the Dragons spend most of the time in human form?
I envision Dragons as having a kind of "sympathetic" magic that allows them to change their form to adjust to whomever or whatever they are interacting with, and because in this instance they are dealing with predominately Faye (and to lesser degree humans) they take human form, but they are still Dragons, plus they have been hiding amongst humans. They are a very humble race – it comes from all that knowledge they have – (spoiler alert) Fenris and Gerard live among them at the end so, to make them feel less conspicuous they would remain in human form, unless taking their true form is actually needed.
Why are Dragons so easy to kill if they are all powerful?
Dragons and Faye are powerful - magically. Faye are a bit more robust than humans but not by much. They would much rather fire off a spell, destroy their enemy, all before they get close enough to suffer any harm. That said Gerard and Jon know their way around a fight and can use a sword.
Dragons are stronger than Faye and can take a bigger hit but THEY CAN BE KILLED. Spoiler Alert: Shadow Lord is killed by his son with a sword. Why would a demon/Dragon carry a sword that couldn’t kill? In Dragon form they can take even more damage but that does not change the fact that they can die in combat. Faye are stronger than humans. Dragons are stronger than Faye. But in the end everybody can be killed.
Why did the Faye kill the Dragons? Why not just harvest their blood but leave Dragons
Dragon blood contains knowledge, memories passed on through generations, so essentially they carry the memories of their ancestors, which is also why mages value Dragon blood. Dragon blood is raw knowledge so can boost spells exponentially, making weak mages into strong and strong mages into ultimate mages, which makes Thea understandably weary of them, but here’s the rub:
Dragon blood works a little different than human blood. It doesn’t regenerate the same way. They can lose small amounts without affecting their memories but it cannot be taken regularly. That’s why Thea is able to give Nash a small amount once. The knowledge is stored within the blood so draining it effectively drains the memories and the knowledge and it’s the knowledge that makes it powerful to mages.
A note about biology and physiology.
As this is a fantasy story, a certain amount of 'suspension of disbelief' is kind of expected if not required. There will be statements made that will have the hard core detail oriented readers screaming "That's not right! That's incorrect." And while I do try to stay within the bounds of accuracy (when I can) the minute you bought into the whole Dragons, magic and mages you sort of lost your ability to complain about being realistic...
I will add to this from time to time as more questions come my way.