Welcome to MÔvarin

Home of Rani Fost and Friends

© 2004-2009 by Karen Funk Blocher


Welcome to MÔvarin, where circumstance, choices and magic can turn a person into someone very different. Human to tengrem, villager to royalty, friend to foe, daughter to mother, magician to trader... the one thing you can count on in MÔvarin is that people change, one way or another.

The question of what makes us who we are lies at the heart of my first novel, Heirs of MÔvarin, and the trilogy that follows it, Mages of MÔvarin. MÔvarin is an "otherworld" equivalent of the Eastern United States, except that the River Misis is roughly where Appalachia ought to be. It is a place where magic works (for some people and against others), but literal monsters didn't exist until a generation ago. Most of all, it is the home of Rani Fost and his two best friends: Del Merden and Del's twin sister Crel. Their respective journeys have more to do with self-discovery than with surviving magic and treachery, finding a lost king or getting back to where they need to be—although there's plenty of that, too.

The prophecyThe aforementioned novels are not yet in stores, for the simple reason that I have not yet sold the first one, and am currently editing the second. I've also written a few scenes for the prequel, To Rule MÔvarin, and for a further sequel, tentatively titled The MÔvarin Revolutions. (The weekly serial Mall of MÔvarin, which appeared in two of my blogs in 2005, is most likely apocryphal.)  I am determined that these books, my life's work, will be published. These characters deserve no less.

This site is perpetually under construction, with a one-person crew that seldom shows up for work. It will eventually include a map, more background information on the setting and history of MÔvarin, and more information on the writing of the books. It will also be updated with publication info when there is any. Meanwhile, I've put in a sample scene from each completed book, along with some other items as a promise of things to come. The heart of the site is the character pages, which can be accessed below from a gallery of character drawings by the well-known sf/fantasy artist Sherlock.  Some of these have fictional journal entries by the characters, which do not appear in the books themselves.

Thanks for looking!

What is a tengrem?

Roughly twenty years ago, the mage Calezundi experimented on human beings to create a six-limbed monster called a tengrem. Inspired by legendary monsters of the Old World, Calezundi gave his tengremen equine bodies, bear-like upper torsos, lupine heads with a single horn on the forehead, fire breath, human speech and intelligence (at least intermittently), and a highly variable, often savage temperament. Once a human becomes a tengrem, he or she will never be fully human again. However, the person can assume human form (and have a calmer, more stable mind) with the use of a personalized magic necklace from a hidden lake. The necklaces aren't easy to get, and are easily stolen.

A tengrem. Art by Sherlock.

Most tengremen live in Gathmak, a forest in southern MÔvarin. There they do the bidding of the mages of MÔton, hoping to earn their necklaces and their freedom. Recently, however, an insane tengrem has left Gathmak, heading north with a talisman that could change everything--for the tengremen, for a teenaged boy named Rani Fost, and for the land of MÔvarin itself.


Meet the MÔvarinű (and one MÔtonan)
Click on a name or a face for info on that character.
Art by Sherlock
Fayubi the SeerCrel Merden, a.k.a. Cathma SelevarDel Merden, a.k.a. Carli Selevar
 Fayubi the Seer        Crel / Cathma        Del / Carli
Rani Fost and Rani LunderDarma, a.k.a. Darsuma
Lady Shela Cados of Odamas     crazy old King Jor    Baku Dener, caravan leader
Shela Cados        King Jor        Baku Dener
Li Ramet, also Liru the portal mageRutana, Mistress of Doors and MusicPrince Talber Edmon Jon Verjul of Londer
Li Ramet / Liru     Rutana      Prince Talber

A Note About Character Names

A significant portion of Mages of MÔvarintakes place in an “otherworld” version of MÔvarin, Sanlodal and Londer. Virtually everyone in Cathma's MÔvarin has a counterpart in that other reality, but not necessarily with the same name.  In addition, certain characters undergo name changes as their own identities change over time. Alternate names, if any, are listed on the individual character profile pages. Sorry for the confusion, but it's thematically important!  Also, being a parallel world, it sometimes has names that look or sound like names in our world. It was bound to happen: don't worry about it.

The MÔvarin Series

As of January, 2009, the projected series is as follows:
  • To Rule MÔvarin (also called Prince of MÔvarin) - a prequel, not intended to be the first volume read. I've only written about a chapter of it so far. It will detail the troubled relationships between Lore (later Lormarte), her sister Jere, the doomed future queen Genva, and young Prince Jor.
  • Heirs of MÔvarin - the first novel written, and the one intended to be read first. It languished in a major publisher's slushpile for over a year with no reply at all, and more recently was rejected by another publisher. I have since made a major revision of Chapter One (the most likely source of the problem), and will seek a literary agent as soon as I complete my edit of the remaining chapters. (This is in danger of becoming a lifelong occupation!) It chronicles Del and Crel's separate journeys from teenage stablehands to hunted royalty and beyond, plus Rani's journey of self-discovery.
  • Mages of MÔvarin - like The Lord of the Rings, the Mages trilogy is a single story in three volumes, rather than three books with related stories. (I make no claim about Mages resembling Tolkien's work in other respects.) It is about 99% written, but in need of revision and general editing for continuity and so on. A young mage adept, Darsuma, comes to MÔvarin and befriends Rani before the evil influence of her dead mother causes her to very nearly destroy the lives of most of our major characters. The three volumes are as follows:
    • An Adept in MÔvarin
    • Another MÔvarin
    • Return to MÔvarin
  • The MÔvarin Revolutions - is intended to be the last book in the series, although this could change at some point.  Like the prequel, it is in the very early stages of being written. The government of MÔvarin is destabilized in two worlds as one monarch dies, and others are distrusted due to their relationships with friends and loved ones.

Sampling MÔvarin

In 2005 my all-fiction blog, Messages from MÔvarin, had a weekly serial, Mall of MÔvarin, set several months after the events of Mages of MÔvarin.  It's not the serious work that the novels are, but it does feature many of the same characters.  The same blog has also featured the first two chapters of Heirs of MÔvarin (serialized in in early 2006), numerous works of MÔvarin-related short fiction (2004-present), and brief excerpts from To Rule MÔvarin and The MÔvarin Revolutions. All of these can be reached from the Messages from MÔvarin sidebar. Please note that the samples are from several major edits ago, and do not closely reflect the current draft.


Other Pages about MÔvarin:

Introduction and Sample Scene from Heirs of MÔvarin

Introduction and Sample Scene from Mages of MÔvarin

The Magic of MÔvarin

Religion and Magic in MÔvarin

Notes on the Languages


My Blogs:

Messages from MÔvarin (fiction blog)

MÔvarin and Other Inspirations (my LiveJournal)

Musings from MÔvarin (my old blog)

Outpost MÔvarin (my main blog)



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About the Author (Karen's Bio)

Tribute to Ruth Anne Johnson: Musician, Playwright, Mom

Recommended Authors

The Tesseract: A Madeleine L'Engle Bibliography

LOL Dogs: Because Dogs Don't Get Enough Attention Online

Karen's Credos and Curios

Karen's favorite quotes

Karen's Quantum Leap pages

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