Monday 4 April 2022

#AtoZChallenge: C for Cast of Characters

Some SFF books have a cast of characters, either at the front or end of the book. I mooted the idea for a while but it was a little too difficult to compile, and I didn’t know what information to include. At any rate, I do have a working draft from the last attempt, so I updated it a little for this post! 

For simplicity, I think I’ll only include the major/important characters so that it doesn’t get too long and confusing.

The ones marked (*) were in Amok but are not in The Tale of the Hostage Prince, though they may be alluded to.


Yosua ayell Garett, also known as Yosett Regis Baya: The current Raja of Bayangan (and the current viewpoint character! He grew up as a servant to Mikal in the Mahan Palace.

Garett Regis Baya: Yosua’s father, formerly the Raja Muda of Bayangan before he was taken captive by Simson.

Marla Ishi: Yosua’s mother. The Ishis are a prominent noble family in Bayangan and she grew up in the Bayangan Castle before she was taken captive by Simson. 

Jeffett Ishi: Marla’s eldest brother. He became Regent of Bayangan after Garett was taken, and raised Layla to take the throne. 

Layla Regis Ishi*: Garett’s youngest sister. Raised by Jeffett, she eventually took his name (Ishi) along with the Regis indicator of the ruling family when she assumed the throne.

Carla Tuah: One of the oldest and most influential nobles on the Majlis DiRaja. The Tuahs are a prominent noble family in Bayangan.

Azman Tuah: Yosua’s close friend in Bayangan, and Carla’s grandnephew. He’s been marked to take Carla’s place on the Majlis.

Relka: Yosua’s servant.


Terang is made up of three city-states, so I'll just divide the cast by those as well. 


Simson*: Previous Sultan of Terang & Maha. He defeated Bayangan 20 years before the events of Amok and took the firstborn children as captives to Maha.

Mikal: Current Sultan of Terang & Maha, Simson’s only son. 

Yaakub*: Temenggung of Maha, he was Mikal’s mentor.

Rizal: Laksamana of Maha, he is the only one of Simson’s Majlis Maha to survive the events in Amok, and is currently still holding the post. 

Daud: Head of the Temple in Maha.

Han: One of the Tawanan, he grew up in the Mahan Palace with Yosua. Now, he leads troupes between Maha and Terang, often acting as messenger between Yosua and Mikal.


Ikhlas*: Uskup Agung of Terang, and the head of the Temple in Suci

Farouk: An Uskup from Suci, one of the forerunners to succeed Ikhlas as Uskup Agung. 


Nadir: Titular head of Impian

Ramalan*: Previous Secretkeeper of Terang. Besides having the Mind-reading Gift of the Justices, she also sees visions of the future. 

Rahsia: Ramalan’s granddaughter. She is a Justice, and was sent as a spy to Bayangan in Amok.


That's it for today!

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The Tale of the Hostage Prince (Book 1.5) – Releases 14 April 2022

Yosua wears an uneasy crown. Although he is now Raja of Bayangan, he still longs for the land of his birth where everything was much simpler…and less deadly.

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?


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  1. I don't find character lists particularly useful in novels, because if I have to keep flipping back and forth to it, the author is not doing something right anyway :D
    The Multicolored Diary

    1. That's true! What I do find useful is things like family trees in series that span several books and generations.

  2. Such a fascinating cast of characters! Added to my purchases for pre-order!