Today, I’m thrilled to feature Dimitri Reznak, a character in A.D. Starrling’s latest book, King’s Crusade. First a little about Dimitri…
Dimitri Reznak is a Crovir noble and the Head of the Crovir Immortal Culture and History Section. He was born in the ancient Kingdom of Bohemia in 1212 and is a widower. He is the godfather to Alexa King, the main protagonist in King’s Crusade, and is one of the lead characters in the supernatural thriller series Seventeen.
1. How did you first meet your writer? Want to tell us about him/her?
We first met in November 2010, when I attended a meeting of the Crovir First Council in Prague. This was in Soul Meaning, the first novel in the series. She was lurking near the ruins of an abandoned castle where I met up with Victor Dvorsky and Lucas Soul.
I’m afraid there isn’t a lot to say except that she’s cagey, obsessed with tea, coffee, manga and animes, and is prone to cursing a lot. Oh, and she listens to some very loud music, which I disapprove of.
2. Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Not really. I have seen many incredible things during my long and varied immortal life so far, but I never thought I’d wind up in a book.
3. Tell us about your favorite scene in the book.
The discovery of the burial place of the original immortals who gave birth to our races, which takes place in Chapter One of King’s Crusade. I have been searching for them for a long, long time. After so many failed digs, it was truly amazing to discover their final resting place. But the discovery came with a rather…unpleasant surprise.
4. Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
Not really. *pauses* Although, I did have a hard and thoroughly unsuccessful time trying to get her NOT to write about that penthouse scene between my goddaughter and Zachary Jackson.
5. What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Spend time in my research lab or my estate in Sumava.
6. If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
See above re: penthouse scene. *sighs*
7. Tell the truth. What do you think of your fellow characters?
Well, I obviously cherish Alexa. I’m very close to Victor Dvorsky and Tomas Godard’s grandchildren. Of course, Tom and Marie Fawkes are very dear to me as well, as is Sidney Carrington. And, although it pains me to admit it, Zachary Jackson is a decent man. A pain in the ass, but a decent man nonetheless.
8. Do have any secret aspirations that your author doesn’t know about?
I would like for the Crovirs and the Bastians to have, if not a joint council, then a meeting one or twice a year where we can discuss and debate any salient points affecting our two societies.
9.If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
I would go visit Victor at his estate, enjoy a nice whisky and a cigar with the man, and then beat him at chess.
10. What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? How about after they’ve known you for a while?
I suspect I probably come across as somewhat daunting. As a member of the Crovir First Council, I have a certain…reputation to maintain. I hope I appear more approachable once they get to know and trust me.
11. What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
Hmm. Well, this is still a difficult subject for me to talk about. I lost the love of my life many centuries ago. The decades that followed were the darkest of my existence. What have I learned from it? *smiles sadly* That time heals most ills, eventually.
12. Tell us about your best friend.
*grins* Victor Dvorsky and I first met in 1346, on the battleground at Crécy. He was fighting for the Kingdom of England, and I for the Kingdom of France. Even though the French lost that day, Victor and I were evenly matched. It was the first and only time that we fought on opposing sides. We have been best friends since the end of the 14th century.
15. What are you most afraid of?
Losing Alexa. Although we are immortals, we will eventually expire. I am not afraid of death, but it will be difficult to part with my goddaughter.
17. What’s the best trait your author has given you? What’s the worst?
The best trait she has given me is the art of being a skillful politician. The worst? I can’t think of one, yet.
18. What do you like best about Alexa King? Least?
Best? Her fearlessness. Least? Her fearlessness.
19. How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?
I am reasonably content. I have recently solved the two greatest mysteries of my immortal life, namely the origins of our races and that of my goddaughter. *frowns faintly* But, there is still more to learn about the immortals who gave rise to the Crovirs and the Bastians.
20. What aspect of your author’s writing style do you like best?
Her action scenes. When she gets going, she gets going.
21. If your story were a movie, who would play you?
Hmm. I haven’t given that much thought. *grimaces* Maybe Alfred Molina?
22. Will you encourage your author to write a sequel?
I have no fear there. Seventeen is a series where Victor Dvorsky and I will feature as recurring characters. *smiles mysteriously* There is a reason for this.
The perfect immortal warrior.
A set of stolen, priceless artifacts.
An ancient sect determined to bring about the downfall of human civilization.
The exciting, action-packed follow-up to Soul Meaning and the second installment in the supernatural thriller series, Seventeen.
When a team of scientists unearth scriptures older than the Dead Sea Scrolls in a cave in the Eastern Desert mountains in Egypt, a mystery lost to the tides of time is uncovered. Heading the expedition is Dimitri Reznak, the Head of the Crovir Immortal Culture & History Section. But the monumental discovery is spoiled by evidence of looting and half the priceless artifacts Reznak has been seeking for centuries have disappeared.
Alexa King is a covert agent for the Crovir First Council. When she is approached by her godfather for a mission that could help elucidate the enigma of her lost past, she finds herself delving into the dangerous and shadowy world of secret religious societies. Assigned by Reznak to assist her is Zachary Jackson, a gifted human and Harvard archaeology professor.
In their search for the missing artifacts, King and Jackson stumble upon the existence of a deadly sect whose origins are as mystifying as the relics they are searching for. From North Africa to the doors of Vatican City itself, they unveil a centuries-old plan that aims to shatter the very structure of civilized society.
With the help of Reznak and a group of unexpected allies, King and Jackson must stop the enemy and uncover the astonishing truth behind the missing artifacts and King’s own unearthly origins before all is lost.
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