Beautiful People #4 - Ahnzia

by - 11:40 PM

Hey, young bloods! Today I'll be linking up with Cait and Sky for Beautiful People, a monthly meme where you answer questions about one of your book characters. This month's character is Ahnzia Aradassian from my sorcery WIP Shadows from the Future. She and a party-loving young lord are the best friends of the Prince, Linus, and together the three of them are trying to unearth dangerous political plots.

(There's also a lot of time spent in libraries and trying to coax pigeons to attack other members of the nobility.)

1. How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?
Absolutely! Ahnzia smiles all the time and is usually a very happy person.

2. What's the cruelest thing they've ever been told? How did they react?
Ahnzia's family is the second-highest in House Aradassian, ranked only below the Emperor and Empress themselves. Hence, with the royal line in danger, everyone's pressuring Ahnzia and Linus to marry and have kids like RIGHT AWAY because Linus has no siblings and his parents are too old to have anymore. So the cruelest thing she's ever been told was when her father basically tried to verbally abuse her into marrying Linus.....fortunately, Linus doesn't want to marry her either, so they've managed to put it off for a while.
As for how she reacted, Ahnzia basically went ballistic and started shouting right back at her father. She also threw a book at him (and if she'd been on the side of the room where the fireplace was, a hot fire-poker probably would have come into play).

3. What's the kindest thing they've ever been told? How did they react?
For Ahnzia, that would have to be when her childhood tutor told her she was extremely bright. Even at age seven or eight, Ahnzia was already being groomed as a potential bride for Linus, so everyone was always focused on her appearance and manners and never cared about her intellect. It felt wonderful for someone to finally notice the part of Ahnzia that she actually cared about.

4. What is one strong memory that has stuck with them from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
Probably when Linus introduced her to Philip (their constantly-drunk friend). They were all around five year sold, and several families from the nobility were at a mini weekend retreat by the Emperor's personal lake. Philip pushed Ahnzia into the lake; she responded by chasing him all around the deck with a stick.

5. What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character could benefit from reading?
I don't knowww........a book I think everyone can solidly benefit from reading is I Am Malala, so maybe that???

6. Have they ever been seriously injured? How seriously? How did they react?
When she was ten, someone tried to poison Ahnzias' dinner. She was violently sick for a night and almost died, then was bedridden for several days. Being small, she mainly cried a lot, then perked up when after a while it became clear she was just supposed to lay in bed for a few days with no responsibilities whatsoever.

7. Do they get along with their neighbors?
Ahnzia lives in the Palace with the rest of the nobility, who are constant snots trying to tell her what to do with her life, so not particularly.

8. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult), how easy are they to get along with?
Probably a two or three - until Ahnzia decides she dislikes you, she's incredibly friendly and sweet.

9. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
In my fantasy land - The country in which Ahnzia lives is in the far north, so she has always dreamed of seeing the ocean in the south.
In our world - I bet she would take a liking to Paris. She would love all the fashion and art!

10. Who was the last person they held hands with?'s a secret. ;)

Let's chat! Are you doing BP? If not, YOU MUST AS IT'S SUPER DUPER FUN. Also, if you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? (Personally, I'd go with the hobbit holes in New Zealand.) Comment below, and have an amazing day. <3


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  1. OOH! This entire book sounds like a little ball of epicness and fantasy spice. Ahnzia seems really unique and I'd love to meet her (except the bit about throwing a book - who would do that to a book?) YA needs more genuinely nice characters.

    Also, nobility-attacking carrier pigeons? Sign me up!

  2. YESSSS!!! I wish so badly that I could have played one of the characters from Peter Jackson's films! New Zealand is awesome:)

  3. Ahnzia sounds like such a fantastic, awesome, sassy character <3

  4. I like her spirit, I wouldn't like being forced to marry someone either.

    1. Thank you! And I definitely agree :)

      - Ellie

  5. This sounds like a character I'd really like! :D

  6. Awww I like her tutor for paying attention to traits other than beauty. She seems like she has a tough life with that pressure being put on her on top of having her life threatened.

  7. I did BP for the first time this month, and I really enjoyed it! So now I'm just kinda stalking all the other blogs in the linkup... haha.

    Anyway, Ahnizia sounds like a character I would really like! I think the part that interested me the most was that people tend to focus on her being a potential bride, but there's really a lot more to her than just that. I can just tell from this post that she's got an awesome personality!

    1. Isn't it fun? lmao I do that too.
      Thank you! :)

      - Ellie

  8. Ahnizia sounds like the sort of character I'd very much enjoy reading. Smart, spirited, probably a bookworm . . . also, I'm rather curious about the "trying to get pigeons to attack people" thing you mentioned . . . Is that an actual, serious attempt? Or just a running joke? (Either way, it sounds awesome.)

    1. Thanks! It's actually serious - hiding breadcrumbs in people's coats and hoping the pigeons will jump on them. :)

      - Ellie


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