Character list for the Sky Full of Stars series by Lindsay Buroker

This series begins approximately 10-years after events conclude in the Fallen Empire series.

WARNING: descriptions contain spoilers!

Colonel Leonidas Adler

Adler is a former Imperial Cyborg Corps colonel... strong, smart, and deadly.

Age at the start of the series: 50
Love interest: Alisa Marchenko (his wife)

Character Interview: Interview with Leonidas from Cyborg Legacy and the Fallen Empire series

prominence: minor
appearance: in book 1, The Rogue Prince


Jasim Antar

Antar is a former Cyborg Corps soldier stuck working as a debt collector alongside an eccentric pilot who enjoys knitting gifts for her grandkids when she isn’t blowing people up, Jasim longs to find a more peaceful existence. 

His former commander is Colonel Leonidas Adler.  Unfortunately, Adler remembers Jasim as a misfit rather than a model soldier,

prominence: minor
appearance: in book 1, The Rogue Prince


Dr. Dominguez

Dr. Dominguez is an Imperial loyalist who provided Prince Thorian's Starseer training.  He is a man who takes his religion seriously.

prominence: minor
appearance: in book 1, The Rogue Prince


Captain Alisa Marchenko

Alisa was a primary point of view character in the Fallen Empire series.  She is Janelle's mother and Leonidas' wife.

Love interest: Leonidas Adlar

prominence: minor
appearance: we first meet the twins in book 1, The Rogue Prince


Captain (sorta... maybe) Jelena Marchenko

Jelena is Alisa Marchenko's daughter.  She is a Starseer still undergoing training by her grandfather, Stanislov Schwegler.  She is also a pilot and fledgling captain of the turtle-shaped freighter the family purchased to expand their freight-running business.

One aspect of Jelena's starseer abilities is that she prefers to poke around in animals minds as opposed to humans.  She has a genuine love for and a strong connection with animals.  Can Jelena be hard or heartless?  Heck no... in her own words, "I rescue animals, never want anybody to feel bad, and don’t eat meat that isn’t vat-grown because I can’t stomach the thought of something dying on my behalf."  Heartless.. NO.  Reckless... YES!

It is important to note that Jelena has a love of unicorns, which a look in her underwear drawer and at the posters on her wall will testify to.

Many of Jelena's actions are motivated by her desire to find honor and belonging among the Starseer community.

Age at the start of the series: 18

prominence: Jelena is our main character
appearance: Jelena starts right off in book 1, The Rogue Prince


Hoshi Ogiwara

A young girl with Starseer ability.  She is far from shy, fearless, inquisitive, and highly intelligent.  Hoshi is Chollan, from Fourseas.

prominence: minor
appearance: in book 2, Angle of Truth


Dr. Kiyoko Ogiwara

Kiyoko is Chollan, from Fourseas.  She is Hoshi's sister and she becomes Jelena's crew doctor.

prominence: minor
appearance: in book 2, Angle of Truth


Erick Ostberg

Erick is like a big brother to Jelena having lived with the Marchenko's while also receiving Starseer training under Stanislov Schwegler.  He was an apprentice to Mica in the Fallen Empire series who has been "loaned" to Jelena as engineer on her ship.

Erick is gangly, awkward, and he creates great fodder for jokes.  He loves to race bikes.  He can make a vehicle out of a junk pile but you better hold on tight if you are foolish enough to get into the vehicle with him.  He is one crazy frightening driver.

Age at the start of the series: 24

prominence: primary character
appearance: Erick is prominently featured in book 1, The Rogue Prince and he continues to feature in subsequent books.


Stanislov Schwegler

Starseer teacher.  Jelana's grandfather.  He has a fascination with hats and outrageous western wear.

prominence: minor
appearance: he makes his first appearance in book 1, The Rogue Prince


Thorian

Thorian is the prince of the now defunct Sarellian Empire.  In the Fallen Empire series he was kidnapped by the rogue Starseer Tymoteusz (Jelena's uncle).  Thorian is also the childhood friend of Jelena and becomes a somewhat reluctant member of Jelena's crew.

prominence: primary character
appearance: we first meet Thorian in book 1, The Rogue Prince


Dr. Tiang

Dr. Tiang was an Admiral for the Sarellian Empire who defected during the war.  Unfortunately, his defection has made him an enemy of Thorian and is on Thorian's assassination list.  

Dr. Tiang is a close family friend of the Marchenko's.  Jelena describes him as quirky and fun and not at all like most high-ranking officers.  

prominence: minor
appearance: we first meet Dr. Tiang in book 1, The Rogue Prince


Maya and Nika (the twins)

The young daughters of Leonidas and Alisa.  Janelle's half-sisters.

prominence: minor
appearance: we first meet the twins in book 1, The Rogue Prince