"You invade our lands, and now you destroy our home? When will it be enough, tyrant? When will you be satisfied? "
—Thorn accuses Kenna (Book 2 Chapter 2).Rowan Thorn, a character in The Crown & The Flame series, is the last living heir to Thorngate and the Kingdom of Bellmere. Her parents and some of her kingdom's nobles were among the guests killed by Luther Nevrakis in Book 1. She is first seen in Book 2, Chapter 1.
Rowan is the youngest of four siblings. Due to having not been expected to be the next heir, she received a less formal education than her siblings. Nevertheless, she knows her people, and her people know her.
During Queen Adriana's feast for an alliance from the other four kingdoms, which Rowan's family attended, the Nevrakis attacked and killed the rulers of Stormholt, Fydoria, Panrion, and Bellmere. Rowan blames the tragedy on the daughter of the feast's hostess, Kenna Rys.
Rowan is a very tall woman (stated by Zenobia to be six feet) with very short black hair, brown eyes, and dark skin covered in distinctive vine tattoos. She wears a simple sleeveless red armor with three wooden fasteners in the middle.
Rowan is first and foremost dedicated to her people, and appears to be very conscious towards her Kingdom's needs. When Kenna and Kailani ask for Heart Oak, her kingdom's most precious resource, she tells them that using all of it will leave Thorngate defenseless for years, until it grows back. When Kenna asks for Thorngate troops, she worries over sending all her soldiers to battle, which would leave Thorngate vulnerable in case the war is lost. The player must decide which option to choose carefully.
Whether she remains loyal to Kenna or not, she is shown to be a determined woman, firm in her decision to stay/betray, fighting primarily for Thorngate. Like Kenna, she is also a warrior queen, leading her army in the frontlines against the Nevrakis and the Stormholt soldiers. She sees revelling in pleasure a waste of time, testified to her reaction when Kenna informs her of Aurelian banquets.
If she is loyal and alive, Rowan will assist Kenna in fighting off the Iron zempire. She does not tolerate lack of precision despite superiority in quality, as she scolded her archers, who are confident in their arrows piercing metal easily, for aiming badly at the Ducitoran soldiers.
Ewan & Daphne Thorn
Rowan is the youngest daughter of Ewan and Daphne Thorn. She was devastated when they visited Stormholt Castle for Queen Adriana's peaceful alliance and never returned, blaming their murder on Kenna.
Rowan at first believed Kenna to be another hostile ruler with the same mindset as the Nevrakis, until the latter proved herself worthy of her reliance. She then accompanies Kenna in her mission, taking a neutral stand (due to her allegiance being determinant).
Kenna has three attempts to win Rowan's trust, and this affects Rowan's affiliation with her, attested to when Zenobia offers the Bellmere Queen a chance to defect to the Nevrakis. If Kenna values Thorngate more than the war Rowan will refuse the offer, and the reverse is true when Kenna strains Thorngate.
- The player gets a chance to play as her in exchange for diamonds.
- Rowan will ask for Kenna's decision three times: to let her remain Thorngate's ruler, to spare Thorngate some Heart Oak, and to send only half her army to battle. If the player sides with her in at least two out of the three ultimatums, she will stay as an ally; otherwise she turns on Kenna.
- Rowan has four fates near the end:
- If loyal, Rowan will warn Kenna of an incoming fireball and get her own boat burned shortly. She will either be saved by Kenna or drown and entrust Thorngate to her.
- If traitorous, she will attack Kenna on her own with her archers midway during the battle. Kenna can either let her go or kill her on the spot.