Do I have a treat for you. Remember when we interviewed Katy Haye? Well, she had so much fun that she wanted to introduce us to Cal of The Last Gatekeeper. Let's turn the time over!
I’ve pinned down the elusive, often taciturn Cal, Queen’s-guard-turned-rebel, as seen in Katy Haye’s The Last Gatekeeper and The Last Dreamseer. Cal has – rather surprisingly – agreed to answer a few questions about himself.
In case you haven’t met him yet, the young man opposite me is well-muscled for his age (he’s young for the close-to-immortal Fane: just eighteen). His light hair is tousled as though he hasn’t bothered to brush it since he got up, and his eyes sparkle in a way I’m finding a little unsettling. He doesn’t look terribly happy to be sitting still, so I’ll be quick!
Describe yourself in three words.
Powerful, determined, unstoppable.
Why should your enemies fear you?
See the above. I don’t think fear is a useful emotion, though. Fear stops you thinking when you most need to think. I’d prefer respect. My enemies should respect me and I’ll respect them in return – so long as they deserve it.
What’s your biggest secret?
If I told you that it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?
I guess not. Er, next question. You were one of the Queen’s most trusted soldiers, a Captain of her personal guard, and now you’ve been exiled to Earth. What happened?
Have you been asleep lately? The war happened.
Yes, I know that. But – what happened for you? Why did you refuse to support your Queen and join the rebels?
See, here’s the thing. In a battle situation, yes, the obedience of the soldier must be immediate and absolute. But the rest of the time … no leader should refuse to answer the doubts of their followers. Fane’s leadership grew arrogant and corrupt. I couldn’t support a Queen I knew was wrong in so many ways. So I joined the rebels. We hoped to win, but when I was captured I knew my past with the Queen would count for nothing. I guess I’m lucky to be alive and banished rather than dead.
What are you most proud of in your life?
Choosing the right side.
What makes you happy?
Bounding. I love the sensation of being one with the world and using my elemental powers like they’re meant to be used. There’s nothing else like it.
What in your past would you like to forget?
Everything about the war: all the divisions leading up to it; all the betrayals that happened during it. I have to hope that life will improve for everyone on Fane.
Do you really believe that?
Not while Queen Issaenaptra is ruler, no.
So what do you plan to do about it?
What can I do? I’ve been banished. To return to Fane would be a death sentence.
So you’re just going to give up?
I never said that.
What of rumours of a Gatekeeper being here on Earth? Couldn’t they turn the tide of war?
Rumours are the worst possible use for air.
You don’t believe it’s possible that a Gatekeeper is here?
Anything’s possible. And if there is a Gatekeeper … well, Issaenaptra should look out.
As should we all! Thank you for joining me, Cal, we –
So I can go now?
Yes. Thank – Ah, well, I guess Cal is a Fane of action rather than conversation. I hope you enjoyed meeting him!