One of the beautiful things about writing a series is watching (and hearing) the characters develop a life of their own. Zain from The Mapmaker Chronicles is the perfect example of that. Because we see him only through Quinn’s eyes, we get to watch him develop from an almost-silent, unknown quantity into a wise force for all that is good.
In my mind, he sounds a bit like Morgan Freeman, with a deep, sonorous voice, warm but authoritative. A salted caramel kind of voice.
It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that many of my favourite quotes from the book come from Zain.
Here are four of them, all from book three, Breath Of The Dragon. Can you hear his voice?