Alexander Taylor is the main character of Adventurers Wanted, a fantasy quintet by M. L. Forman. His friends know him as Alex, and throughout the books, he gains the titles of wizard, warrior, adventurer, healer, Elf Friend, Friend of the dwarfs, Friend of Oracles, Friend of the Tower of the Moon, Friend of the Wizard Council, Lord of Neplee, Dragon lord, Dragon Slayer, and Guardian. He is from Earth, though he travels and lives in the Known Lands.
Alex is said to sandy hair and blue-green eyes. Though his exact date of birth is unknown, his birthday falls in late October on the Gregorian Calendar. He is 15 years and 10 months old at the time he becomes an adventurer. As confirmed by the author, the land he is from is like the real world: airplanes, cars, and electricity all exist.
- Father: Joshua Taylor (has no memory of knowing him)
- Mother: unknown (died when Alex was 7)
- She asked Mr. Roberts to care for Alex
- Stepfather: Mr. Roberts
- Stepbrother: Todd Roberts
He is a blend of many races; within him runs at least the blood of humans, Elves, Dwarfs, and dragons. He is also related to almost all the royal families of the Known Lands, including elvin and dwarf royalty. He is of Salinor's bloodline. Both of his parents had dragon blood, and according to the genetic laws of the series that means that the dragon blood runs especially strong in him.
Character and Attributes
Alex is blessed with great power. He was born with the capacity to become a Wizard, which requires a remarkable amount of innate talent. The Watchers even took note of him during the beginning of his second adventure. As the books progress, Alex proves to be stronger than he or anyone else would expect, honing his natural affinity till he quickly reaches mastery.
Despite his extraordinary talent, Alex remains quite humble and uses his power quite wisely--though admittedly learning many lessons along the way. Alex has yet failed to be tempted by evil, and was even judged by a Griffin who declared he held no evil intent.
Alex is fiercely loyal to his friends and is widely known for his kindness and generosity. He is always willing to help those in need, but also has a sense of justice and will meet it out to those who need it. Alex's greatest wealth is the love of friends and their hopes for him (3:368).
Alex is very close with his first horse, Shahree, with whom he shares a bond remarkable closer than that of the usual horse and their rider. Sadly, Shahree died on his third adventure and Dar Losh becomes Alex's second horse.
Abilities and Skills
He is a wizard, warrior, and adventurer. Many acknowledge him as the greatest, or potential to be the greatest, wizard in the Known Lands. He is equal in power to Salinor, the lord of dragons.
He is also a healer , and has traveled many times to The Wall in efforts to call back the dying or to guide others wandering too close. His first three trips happened during his first adventure: he was first called back from The Wall by Arconn, then second by Calysto, and his third trip was to call back Tayo Blackman. His fourth trip to call back Tara happened during his second adventure. He visited The Wall in Tom's dream during Alex's fourth adventure, and then actually went to the Wall, once with Tom to show him the Wall and again to call Tom back from the Wall.
Alex has learned dwarf runes and elvish.
Alex has learned how to rest without sleeping, much like elves, though he can only go for a few days before needing to rest, and then only if needed.
Alex is capable of transforming inanimate objects into living creatures and back again.
Alex can turn into a dragon without fear of losing his mind (his second form is that of a true-silver dragon) and earned the title of dragon lord as he knows Salinor's true name.
Renown and Recognition
He is named an elf friend on his first adventure, and a friend of the dwarf realm of Vargland. He is a friend of the Tower of the Moon and can come and go freely (without being challenged by the Guardians). He is named a lord of Neplee, a dwarf city in Thraxon. He is given lordship in the kingdom of Nezza.
He defeated and killed the dragon Slathbog and as such is known as a dragon slayer.
Becoming a Wizard
To become a wizard, his four great tasks were defeating the Wraiths at the ruins of Aunk, killing Slathbog and incinerating his carcass, destroying the Lower Library of the Tower of the Moon and subsequently driving off The Dark Shadow, and stopping a war in Athanor (in Alusia).
Alex is the first wizard to have been chosen by three equal staffs. His conflagration of the staffs was the first to occur in over one thousand years. After obtaining his staff, he takes the wizard’s oath and becomes a true wizard. This happens at the end of his second adventure. Whalen believes that the event of him choosing his staff may count as a fifth great wizard task, implying that there is another level of status he can achieve.
At the end of his second adventure, Alex is named a true wizard and a friend of the council of wizards.
Alex is both man and dragon. He is a true silver dragon, and as such holds a special connection with the magic of the land he resides in. His wings are thirty feet long and he breathe flame. His armor is impenetrable and he has “claws that could crush the hardest stone like soft dirt, and a whiplike tail that could shatter the best defenses of any enemy he faced” (3:395).
He, like a dragon, also has a true name: Invictus. This is a latin adjective meaning unconquered or undefeated, and was often used by the Romans in the popular motto ROMA INVICTA (unconqured Rome).
Alex's Magic Bag
On Alex’s first adventure, his magic bag contains four rooms with one being expandable. After his first adventure he modifies the bag to include a bathroom, bedroom, ice room, and library. Towards the end of his second adventure, he modified his library to expand as needed and added a second treasure room. Before his third adventure, he added a greenhouse and a second expanding room.
After his first adventure he is given his father's magic bag by Mr. Roberts, who had secretly known Alex's father was an adventurer and hid the fact that he was an adventurer himself.