The Wrath of Bryn Aven
I pictured Bryn as a cross between Elizabeth Olsen and Pink.
One thing that as both fun for me and a challenge to write about with Bryn is how physical she is. Growing up, her life was so defined by the external – her Skojare appearance in the Kanin kingdom led to a lot of a brutal bullying by her peers – that she decided to fight back. She couldn’t changed how she looked or blend in with the crowd, but she could become strong, so strong that no one would dare mess with her.
Even as an adult, Bryn still handles things best externally. She doesn’t want to look within and see the damage and pain growing up in Doldastam has caused her or how the walls she put around herself are actually hurting her. On the flip side, one of the most exciting things about writing Bryn is that she’s never afraid and never backs down. While she may be stubborn to a fault, she makes up for it by kicking ass.
Bryn tends to lack insight. She’s highly reactive and quick to anger, because that’s the only way she really knows how to solve her problems, and that makes interpersonal relationships, like with Ridley, Tilda, and her parents, sometimes so difficult for her to navigate. Fortunately, Bryn is beginning to learn that she must balance her anger with logic, her head with her heart.
In Ice Kissed, Bryn’s going to find herself pushed farther than ever before and grateful for all her years spent training to be a Högdragen.
“Training kicked in, and I didn’t have to think – my body just sprang into motion. I ran at the man, knocking him to the ground and grabbing his wrist. I slammed it into the floor, forcing him to drop the sword.
He tried to crawl toward it, and the satin of his uniform made it easier for him to slip out from underneath me. But I knelt on his back, pressing my knees into his kidneys as I pinned him in place.
With one swift move, he tilted to the side and thrust his elbow up, hitting me squarely in the chin. It was just enough to throw me off balance, and he scrambled out from under me. He grabbed the sword, but I was already on my feet when he jumped up and pointed it at me.”
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