In V.E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series (2017), the protagonist is named Kell Maresh.

I just recently finished reading the Mistborn: The Final Empire (2006), by Brandon Sanderson. In this book, two of the most important characters are brothers named Kelsier (who goes by the nickname Kell) and Marsh.

This seems unlikely to be a coincidence. Has V.E. Schwab admitted to being a Brandon Sanderson fan, or otherwise discussed the origins of Kell's name?

  • I notice these kinds of similarities all the time. :) For example, I was wondering about Robert Jackson Bennett's Foundryside, and references to LeGuin, Hobb and a few others.
    – Lexible
    Aug 23, 2021 at 3:19

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According to her statement on Goodreads, no. She says that she didn't read Mistborn until 2015. https://www.goodreads.com/questions/407452-did-you-name-kell-after-kell-from

  • Wow, thanks for finding that! You have to admit it's a weird coincidence.
    – TimD1
    Aug 27, 2021 at 2:24
  • She also says somewhere that she didn't realize Alucard was Dracula backwards. She just heard it somewhere else and thought it was a cool name.
    – Jon B
    Sep 4, 2023 at 21:10

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