Couldn't decide, so posted two reviews today -
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
Personality Plus by Florence Littauer
by Patricia A. McKillip
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Magic Carpet Books
A young wizard named Sybel lives alone in her mountain home, surrounded only by the beasts she has 'called' to live with her. A young man named Coren brings his enemy's infant son to her and she raises Tam to a boy. His father, King Drede, comes seeking Tam and tries to convince Sybel to his kingdom as well. When he employs another wizard to force her to comply, Sybel marries Coren and plots to use his house and her beasts to destroy King Drede.
This was one of the few 'young adult' books available when I was a teen and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Most fantasy seems to have a familiar feel and storyline, but this book is refreshingingly unique. It's a tale of revenge and love - will Sybel sacrifice one for the other?
The cover art is the original - I felt it was better than the current reissue!
by Florence Littauer
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Littauer defines the four basic personality types - choleric, phlegmatic, sanguine, and melancholy - and describes their strengths and weaknesses in detail. It is designed to help us understand both our own personality and those of the people around us.
This is one of my key resource books for writing! When I design a new character, I select one of the four personalities that best suits his or her nature. It helps me to define that character, understand his or her motivations and behaviors, and set that person on a logical course. For me, it provides a basic foundation from which to build a complex and real character. I highly recommend it to any writer or author!
FTC disclaimer - I own both of these books, paid for by my own money.