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This Character Sheet was created in May of 2011, when a test copy of The Horse Tamers made its first journey through the POD process, and I needed to ground a beta reader in what she would encounter.
If you refer to it, you will gain a sense of who is related to whom and in what ways, but be aware that characters are NOT introduced here in the order of their appearance in the novels.
Scrolling down to note the headers of each section might be helpful,
as these do not follow the novels in chronological order.
Major characters in most of the saga
Ramón (Jefe) Cordero - former rebel in General Obregónís cavalry
Anita La Barca Sosa de Cordero - Ramónís wife, and mother of their son Sereno
Sereno Cordero - captured by Federales with his mother, he spends 4 years as captive of El General in Mérida
Serafina - child who first sees Trouble in La Puerta del Sol, and falls in love with Ramón 18 years later. (See ....those who went before, below)
Domingo Valente - secret son of Ramón and Serafina
Pablo Valente - married Serafina, father of Teo
Gregorio - Ramónís trusted boyhood friend who joins him in the Revolution
Luis - grows up in Los Pobres with Ramón and Anita, in love with Paz Younger brother to Mano and Fernando
Mariano - son of Diego and Angelita, and cavalry officer with Ramón
Diego del Ortega y León - friend of Ramónís father Trouble, and husband of Angelita
Teo - young son of Serafina and Pablo
Paz - former lover of Joaquín, in love with Ramón
Tereza - daughter of Diego and Angelita, sister of Mariano
Juanita (Mamá/Jenny) - married to Trouble, mother of their son Ramón
Joaquín - Ramónís guide, friend, in love with Paz, rebel in Obregónís cavalry
Estrada - doctor who delivers Domingo, in love with Serafina; he delivers Anita and Ramónís daughter Violeta
First appearing in the section Vida y Muerte 1916
in The Horse Tamers ( book 8 )
Christine - daughter of Daddy, she falls in love with all of the Corderos and must choose between them and the life she knew in Kentucky
Daddy - Norteamericano whose goal is to claim Los Nuestros and the silver mine he believes to be on the property
Secondary characters scattered throughout
Gloria - American widow helping the rebels, in love with Ramón
María - Anitaís cousin, married to Ramónís boyhood friend Mano
Mano - brother of Luis and Fernando
Fernando - misguided young man who creates strife in his family and havoc for Ramón
Martín - horseman from Los Pobres and loyal friend to Ramón
Lobo - Seri guide attached to the second mustang hunt
Marcelo - Domingoís best friend
Mina - in love with Domingo, marries Marcelo
Tonio - boyhood friend whose gift of the cane whistle plays a large part in the lives of Ramón and Sereno.
Motifs that appear in the lives of the Corderos
The Mexican Colt - a hand-made silver plated .45 with bone handles, an instrument of death that haunts Trouble and Ramón
The Gold at La Nariz - legendary treasure that weaves its spell over all who hear of it
Note: These two real life objects were the genesis and inspiration that turned a short story into a 9-book family saga.
The original Horse Tamers
Trouble - Ramón Cordero, son of Luis Panadero, bandit, and Marieta, Spanish aristocrat
Francisco Mendoza - Troubleís friend in Los Pobres, who becomes Ramónís step-father
Diego - wealthy gambler, marries Angelita and establishes Los Dos Corazones near Hermosillo
García - fortune hunter who claims Luis Panaderoís reward for Trouble, and causes Juanita to lose a child before its birth
Tomás - Troubleís friend and worker in Franciscoís lumber mill in Los Pobres
...and those who went before.
Luis Panadero - bandit and murderer whose greed and cruelty are his downfall
Marieta - wife of Luis Panadero, mother of Ramón (Trouble)
ďTroubleĒ - grandfather to Domingo and Sereno
Sofía - in love with Trouble, marries Manuelo, godmother to Trouble and Jenny's son, Ramón
Manuelo - Troubleís friend, Luis Panaderoís segundo at Hacienda de Panadero, and a brujo whose powers are used only for good
Walker - bounty hunter whose curiosity dooms him
Father Navarre (Padre) - priest in Los Pobres whose desire for wealth drives him to treachery and murder
Angelita - high-class courtesan who loves Trouble but marries Diego, mother of Mariano and Tereza
La Bruja de la Sierra Madre - legendary curandera who saves Troubleís life and battles Manuelo for his soul
Serafina - a child present when the padre shot Trouble, she becomes a painter of miracles, lover of Ramón, yet marries Pablo.
The horses and their humans
Del Oro - Troubleís stallion taken from him by Apaches
Mío - Ramónís pet, rescued from Franciscoís pistol
Cimarrón Grande - Ramónís catch on the second horse hunt, left to rule over El Valle de Los Mesteños
Cimarroncito - gift to Ramón from Diego, becomes stud at Los Nuestros
Valiente - Domingoís choice of saddle mount.
Viento - Serenoís choice of saddle mount.
Volador - Teoís saddle mount left in Serenoís care
Bandera - Ramónís semi-wild stallion, named in honor of a horse lost in the revolution
El Diablo - Serenoís capture during a roundup, recaptured and renamed by Domingo.
The haciendas, then and now
Hacienda de Panadero - built with blood money by Luis Panadero for his wife Marieta
Casa Vásquez - Luis Panaderoís estate, rebuilt and renamed by Manuelo, kept for Ramón, and bequeathed to Sereno
Los Dos Corazones - built for Angelita by Diego, it shelters the refugees from the revolution
Los Nuestros - abandoned hacienda claimed and restored by Ramón for his family and friends
Casa Cordero - formerly Casa Vásquez, renamed by Ramón
[ If I have overlooked anyone of importance, don't hesitate to email and tell me! ]
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