Blackwood Cycle Pronunciation Guide

The following is a pronunciation guide for the characters and locations from the Blackwood Cycle of The Book of All Things

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These pronunciations include people and places from The Raven and the Rush and The Poison and the Paladin.


Aeldred- Ale-dred

Aelric- Ale-rick

Alastrynia- Al-uh-strin-ee-uh

Aldwen- Alld-wyn

Alise- Ah-lees (like the name Elise)

Andarian- Ann-dare-ee-ann

Andren- Ann-dren

Arathedyn- Air-uh-they-din

Astarian- Ah-stair-ian

Carlisle- Car-lie-ul

Cressida- Cress-id-uh

Deramore- Dare-uh-more

Edriss- Ed-riss

Evrathedyn- Ehvra-thaay-den (Evra is like Ezra with a v)

Farmina- Farr-mee-na

Feldred- Fell-dread

Fignola- Finn-yola

Fyana- Fee-ahna

Leonarde- Lee-oh-nard (rhymes with leotard)

Lewin- Loo-win (rhymes with shoe-in)

Lorcan- Lore-kin

Marckus- Marr-kus

Meira- Meer-uh (rhymes with Vera)

Meldred- Mel-dread

Rafferty- Raff-ur-tee

Renardy- Renn-arr-dee

Tearsten- Tear-styn (rhymes with Kiersten)

Tedric- Teed-rick

Thennwyr- Thenn-weer

Warrenhap- War-in-hap

Pronounced as expected: Blackfen, Blackrook, Blackwood, Blakewell, Bristol, Everhart, Farrigan Falstaff, Felgarden Rest, Finnegan, Jademarch, Kindra, Longwood Rush, Malcom Fox, Oliver Richland, Osman Derry, Ridge, Rivermarch, Rohan James, Roland Ashenhurst, Theomund, Wakesell, Walter Glenlannan

Midnight Crest

Aberdyn- Ab-er-deen (pronounced like the town in Scotland)

Arwenna- R-wenna

Augustyn- August-een (like Augustine)

Avadora- Ava-dorra

Naryssa- Nuh-riss-uh (rhymes with Clarissa)

Rendyr- Ren-deer

Rhosynora- Rose-inn-orra (Rhosyn rhymes with frozen)

Vradyn- Vrae-dinn

Pronounced as expected: High Priest/Priestess, Midnight Crest, Ravenwood, The Rookery

Midwinter Rest

Asa- Eh-sah (rhymes with Mesa)

Dereham- Dare-ah-ham (the middle syllable often disappears in the pronunciation, like Dareham)

Dryden- Dry-den

Ethelyn- Ethel-inn

Morwen- More-wen

Oswin- Oz-win

Rylan- Rye-lan

Wystan- Wiss-ten (rhymes with Tristan)

Pronounced as expected: Brin, Eaton, Frost, Midwinter Hold, Northerlands, Thornton