Kanan features, in Blue, as Asha’s best friend. Their friendship becomes, as sometimes happens, their ‘first love’. Teenage love is a soft and malleable thing that rarely develops into the harder and more defined emotions of adulthood and this is true of the young heros’ feelings, but they remain good friends throughout their lives.
With his character dramatically forged in the LastWar, Kanan realises that what he feels for Asha is not the love of a life-partner but simply deep affection and that he must move on; he must find his own true role in life. As Second Prince of Ob’ronn he will not inherit the Servant’s Chair. His nature is such that he cannot walk in his brother’s shadow for the rest of his life but must make his own impact on the world. And he finds real, grown-up love with Tashiqa of The Zhrebat.
Asha, who won her place among her own people after ousting the corrupt regent, Endor the Wizard, is established in Blue and her primary focus is defined by the needs of the BlueOnes, to protect and support them, and help them reach their true potential. She knows Kanan is right when he tells her it’s over, although she is sad, but her love is big enough to wrap around both Kanan and Tashiqa and wish them well; Asha also finds her own soulmate in Hunter, the lost Prince of Blue, who served on the Zhrebat rescue mission with Kanan.
The impulsive, impatient, thoughtless youth that we met in Blue no longer floats through life. He knows what he has to do and he does it. Tradgedy and overcoming the odds, the example of his friends and the compassion he feels for those who have lost far more than he has, work together to bring the boy to manhood in a way that mere upbringing never could — though his upbringing has a big effect on his response to change. He is fully focussed on attaining his personal destiny. His desire is to marry Tashiqa, whom he cannot marry because the Zhyarta Code demands that the Zhrebatan Servant must always marry a Zhrebatan. Kanan appeals to El. He serves Tashiqa and The Zhrebat far beyond duty and becomes her right-hand man. Kanan puts his whole being into pleasing El while doing everything he can to help The Zhrebat recover from its devastation in the LastWar; he is not the sort to drown his heartache in ong or elp or futile, self-indulgent rage; he was never weak, even as a child.
After a period of intense study, Kanan and Tashiqa return to the Zhrebat with the other refugees and with many otherlander men because the male population of Zhrebat was decimated in the war. The enemy, though defeated internationally, has not given up its lust for power and plans to defeat the upstart Zhyr who won’t be corrupted by them, the Bur, as the old Zhar, her father, had been. Kanan lauds and supports her swift action to remove every influence and identity that promotes the return of BurWay to her nation.
Book2 of the Adamadas Chronicles, North of Himal, follows Kanan’s part in the epic spiritual and physical battles that result. Kanan’s nature is such that he attracts strong friends (as well as powerful enemies) and he is not alone in his efforts to help Tashiqa rid The Zhrebat of the Bur. He is aided by two devoted Zhrebatans delivered from slave labour by the Zhyr, a loyal old Ch’if in a forest t’shan, a Bal’bur st’waif and rebels in MoGol itself, homeland of the BurConclave. In North of Himal, where people can talk to anafa and amalfa, ‘friends’ includes the furred and feathered kinds — and others beyond those categories. Together against great odds, against evil devices, savage men and deadly weapons, Kanan’s band confronts the Bur on all fronts and wins.
But North of Himal is not all about blaster battles. Kanan is not just a warrior; he is a builder. His exploits include the construction of new towns and opportunities for development that lesser minds would claim to be impossible. His ability to make friends across many borders, to give more than he gets, and his pure devotion to ElWay change the face of The Zhrebat forever. Instead of inefficient land use, he brings sustainable production. Instead of ugly, rapacious cities he creates beautiful, viable ones that work in harmony with all Zhrebat. Whether he is supporting the nation’s leader, Zhyr Tashiqa, or aiding a trapped and destitute plainsman, Kanan acts with zeal and integrity to make all things very good, not just better. And yes, his love story does have a happy, unexpected and spectacular conclusion.
NOTE: For those readers having difficulty understanding some of the terms used here, check them out in the Glossary at https://www.adamadas.com