Hello, everyone! Morgan Huneke is stopping here today on her blog tour for the release of her newest novel, The Crossways. You can see the full schedule here. Below is an exclusive character spotlight on one of the main characters, Adriel.
Character Spotlight: Adriel
Appearance: Tall and wiry, dark hair and brown eyes. Most often scowling.
History: Adriel was born as a slave on a stryte plantation. He has an older brother, an older sister, one younger brother, and two younger sisters. He also had a twin sister who was stillborn. He never really had a great relationship with his brothers, but he always got along with his sisters, particularly the youngest, Rae. By the time he was fourteen, his mother and all his siblings except for Rae had been sold and his dad had died. Adriel is considered quite a rebellious slave. For the most part, he gets in trouble for defending Rae, as she is weak and cannot do all that is required of her, but he does also defy his master in other ways. He is quite bitter towards the strytes over their treatment of him and his family. And he has a lot of doubts. He doesn’t really believe in much at all.
Author’s Notes: I’ve probably said a few too many times that Adriel is my favorite character. There’s a reason for that. In the midst of the difficulties of Time Captives, he was the one that was easy to write. I don’t know why, but it’s easy to write from the perspective of an angry, sullen slave. As someone who has always loved hard luck stories, I loved writing about him. I really couldn’t get enough of Adriel and his family. I could also relate to his stubbornness.
Adriel was also the first main character I’ve written who did not start out as a Christian. It was interesting to write about his struggles to believe in God and accept His free gift of salvation. And it made me see things in a different light. It’s always good to go back to the beginning. You forget what it was like, and it makes it harder to help other people through it. Going back with Adriel helped me go back to the very basics of Christianity, to not get lost in the technicalities of theology, but to see the simplicity and awesome power of God’s free gift of salvation.
About the Book
“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the
conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”
Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”
Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.
A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?
Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?
The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.
About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.
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