After all the fancy explanations of where I got (quite a lot) of names, I will go ahead and admit that Relka was a placeholder name that I never got round to replacing, and was created solely out of “let’s simply put these syllables together” and then “it’s too much effort to find another meaningful name now”. (Isn’t writing fun?)
But if you google it, it’s apparently a real name? Or at least a quick search gives me:
- A musician/band
- A character in another book – Goblin War, Jim C. Hines
- Some kind of early Germanic culture.
I don’t recall ever reading the Hines book, so it’s likely more serendipity than any subconscious pulling of names from other fiction.
Relka is a new character in The Tale of the Hostage Prince, a servant who plays pretty much the same role Yosua used to play for Mikal. Or basically, leverage.
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The Tale of the Hostage Prince (Absolution 1.5)
But peace doesn’t come easily, not for a twenty-year-old servant playacting at being king.
With his parents brutally murdered and his uncle bent on revenge, Yosua must decide where his loyalties truly lie. With his only remaining relative and the kingdom he has claimed? Or with his best friend Mikal and the sultanate that raised him as a hostage?