Queen of Kelwyn. First appears in The Mercenary Trilogy but stars as one of the principal characters of the Crystal Crown Trilogy. Ariane is headstrong and passionate. A leader. Known for her impatience and abrupt manner. Trained to fight by the king’s guard. Foul-mouthed, she’s courageous but impulsive. Also has a stubborn streak like her father, King Nogel. Ariane is one of the few people to stand up to Caswallon the Sorcerer.

Sketch of Ariane of the Swords by Roger Garland