In Kristina Wojtaszek's new fantasy novel, CHAR, the main character, Luna, is a dark-skinned fae who must travel a century into the past to rewrite a book that will save her people from a brutal enemy. It is primarily a story about Luna's own self-discovery, and about relationships between women (including a few familiar characters from Wojtaszek's 2012 novella, OPAL). There is, however, a tasty romance subplot. Errol keeps watch over the mountain cabin where Luna periodically returns to her present timeline; Vidar is the scribe she falls for in the past timeline. The photos below are how the author imagines these two characters.
Excuse me for a moment while I drool on my keyboard.
Vidar, with his darker features, represents what is, to Luna, a character out of the shadows of a distant past--a love forbidden. On the other hand, the copper-haired, sun-tanned Errol is as familiar as day, and she is almost amazed to find him all the more intriguing for his steady devotion. They are almost the personas of moon and sun, of brash intellect and quiet intuition, and who could ever choose between them? But when her separate worlds eclipse, Luna will find herself forced to find some resolution.
Of course there's more to the equation than looks, and which man Luna will end up with is influenced by political and historical factors as much as on her own desires. But which one of these two would you pick as your next book boyfriend?
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