Tahle'el is from Robin Glassey's third novel in The Azetha Series -
Tell me a little about yourself (where you live, who you are, what you look like, what you hope to achieve, etc.)
You may call me Tahle’el. I had another name long ago when I lived in Xanti, however, Houseless Elves do not speak of their former names and Houses. I wear the black band of the Vaanarae on my arm and my black hair has grown long, as I no longer have the right to keep it cut short. I have no home anymore, although I was trapped in the Tower of Sorrows for centuries, waiting for Azetha to release me from the spell placed on me by Queen Lindra. I protect Azetha now and train her for the day when she will face the sorcerer Mortan. My hope is that Azetha will be able to do what I could not — kill him.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I have a moment or two, I sharpen my blade and my knives. I must be ready at all times for Mortan’s servants. I cannot have Azetha be at risk because my blade was left dull.
What is your favorite color and why?
Such a question is best left for Elven philosophers — not for a warrior such as myself.
What is your favorite food? Why is it your favorite?
I eat for survival, not for pleasure. However, I will admit that in the years I spent trapped in the Tower, locked in a magical spell without food or water, I sometimes longed for the taste of whicca spice. Too many years without such a simple pleasure had me missing its flavor.
What would you say is your biggest quirk?
I stir my drinks with my finger. That is only because I worry Mortan could locate me in the reflection of the liquid. You might think it paranoia on my part, yet if you knew my brother Mortan as I do, you would perhaps do the same.
What is it about your antagonist that irks you the most, and why? Share a line in the book where this irk is manifested.
My brother has a gift for hounding me. When I became ill with a fever, I could not tell whether I was dreaming of Mortan or actually hearing him speak to me. I felt him at my heels and whether it was my imagination or real — the effect was and is the same. I cannot seem to shake him.
“We are brothers, Tuuovan. You must serve me, not Azetha. You will return to me,” Mortan said, more as a promise than as a demand. “We are connected forever, you and I. Come back to me, Tuuovan. Help me.”
“I will never come back to you. And it is Tahle’el now.”
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What or who means the most to you in your life? What, if anything, would you do to keep him/her/it in your life?
Other Elves would mock me for saying this, yet my honor means the most to me. This means keeping my promises. I vowed to Queen Lindra I would protect Azetha and I will do all in my power to keep my word (whether Azetha agrees with my methods or not).
What one thing would you like readers to know about you that may not be spelled out in the book in which you inhabit?
I followed my brother Mortan at first because I was young and naïve — I thought I could help him find a cure for Daliinu. I thought others just did not understand him. When I finally began to realize he was going too far in his methods to find a cure for her, my brother used magic to muddle my thoughts and keep me under his control. When I was freed from Mortan’s spell I tried to kill him, however, I failed. Not because I lacked physical strength — I was in fact Warrior Class until being declared Vaanarae. I failed because I could not drive my sword through my own brother’s heart.
If you could tell your writer (creator) anything about yourself that might turn the direction of the plot, what would it be?
I am beginning to feel conflicted. If I am forced to choose between obeying the Queen and obeying Azetha, I do not know who I will choose.
Thank you, Tahle'el!
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