Creating characters for fantasy books or fantasy story lines can be a bit of a challenge for an author. Readers like to see development, a refining process, or sometimes a declining process in a character. It's what helps the reader relate to and care about what happens to the character on their journey through your plot line.
In the rough, a diamond may not look like anything special, but deep within lies potential. In the right hands the beauty and magnificence can be revealed through a series of cuts and polishes. Alternately, a series of bad choices, beginning with mapping out the diamond within, to uneven cuts and inferior polishing, can lead to nothing more than a cheap, low-value diamond.
So what are some fantasy books and/or characters that stand out in your mind as either cheap diamonds or polished works of art? I'd love to hear. Please attribute other authors when referring to their work. Use the full title and who wrote it. Ex: Divergent by Veronica Roth