Astrea Sovna is the main character in Under Darkened Skies, the first book in my new adult (NA) fantasy series launching in 2023. The story is told exclusively from her point of view.
Here’s a little more about Astrea in the meantime.
Name: Astrea Sovna (she/her)
Nickname(s): Az, by close friends only; Sovna, by Cressida and Varojin
Age: 24, born in the spring of year 996
Place of birth: Irvina, a town in the southern part of the Grand Duchy of Novaria
Location in Under Darkened Skies: Kalama, Helosian Empire
Education: Degrees in Helosian literature and Tornamian language studies
Occupation: Junior librarian
Sexual orientation: Straight, demisexual
Build: Curvy with a smaller bust and larger hips
Skin tone: Pale with pink undertones
Eye color: Silver
Hair color, texture, and length: Near-black, wavy, and past her shoulders
Preferred outfit: When she doesn’t have to dress for work, Astrea likes to wear loose linen dresses and brogues during Kalama’s warm springs and summers. In winter, she switches to heavier fabrics and adds sweaters or coats.
Accessory she always has on: Her brown leather satchel
How she wears her hair: Long and loose or in a single braid
Family & Relationships
Mother: Roxana Sovna, deceased
Uncle: Saros Sovna
Though not related to them by blood, Astrea considers the Nikaphoroses her family, too. She’s known Cressida Nikaphoros, one of her best friends, since Cressida was 11 and Astrea was 10. Cressida’s parents, Balthazar and Sarsali, have also been important in Astrea’s life since she was a child.
Astrea’s relationship with her uncle, Saros, is complicated. He’s been her guardian since she was just 10 years old, and though they used to get along quite well, things have been changing in recent months.
Food: Tie between fried rice balls and Cressida’s spicy Taipoli food
Coffee order: Brown sugar latte
Dessert: Fried cinnamon pancakes or Cressida’s guava turnovers
Constellation: The Queen
Place: Crescent Park in downtown Kalama
Hobbies: Visiting museums and trying new cafes with Cressida
Astrea Sovna is a Lightbringer. This subset of celestial mages are healers and empaths, and they can also control light.
When Astrea was ten years old, her uncle and guardian, Saros, moved them both to Kalama for a fresh start. Upon their arrival in the city, he had a vision of Astrea being killed on a battlefield. To spare her that fate, he instructed her to hide her magic, so Astrea never received much formal training.
And that’s Astrea! You can learn more about her in Under Darkened Skies, coming in 2023.