I've only written some of this character's story, and he might get two... The problem, (it looks like), though, is that nothing good can happen until the second story- everything bad, everything bad, then finally things start looking up. Perhaps the general story is too cliche or overdone anyway- would appreciate hearing what you think... Summary: Father and tutor friend executed after failed coup to retake their country from an oppressive empire rest of family's fate unknown, except for sister (co-MC), whom he struggles to raise loses friends and hope in fighting empire that took his country (his father was fighting against) eventually retakes home country, only to realize it can't be home finds mother dying, learns of other brother's existence (born in prison), but none of his brothers' fates are certain tries to make normal life for sister- (fails in regards to himself- gets involved in dangerous intelligence business against same empire again). Leaves that when it jeopardizes his unwitting fiancee, (who at first is convinced he's crazy, then that he's dead) After several childless years (hard on both) he's found by the intelligence people who want him back- goes on mission (at wife's encouragement) gets captured, presumed dead. When escapes and returns, finds wife just buried after died in earthquake(no one tells him she was pregnant w/twins, b/c no one knows she gave birth to them and that they were taken to safety by someone else). Overcomes suicidal thoughts and continues to serve in dangerous missions against empire Wrestles (as throughout story) w/purpose of his life, why he lives when so may die (he's way too intellectual and introspective for what he does) Finally feels he's fulfilling his life's purpose when he takes suicidal mission(to save someone else from it), gets predictably captured and killed ...Well, not quite; enemy doctor pityingly gives him poison after torture, but when MC is rescued (and doc captured), doc gives him antidote and resuscitates him... book ends when a friend of MC finds he's not dead... but story doesn't end there... In the second book, the separated parts of the family start finding each other again, and while more bad things happen, (completely loses his memory, [w/gradual, painful recovery], best friend gets murdered, etc.) there's more general upside. Does it just feel like I'm throwing bad things at this character? (albeit, not in a short time, and not with too many particularly nasty villains). I realize that difficulties are supposed to make characters more relatable and empathizable for readers, but perhaps this would distance instead? MC's biggest benefit/asset is his mind/memory, which is incredibly sharp, and responsible for both getting him into and out of dangerous situations; however, it makes all his painful memories tortuous, and his personal relationships more difficult... Anyhow, I appreciate your taking the time to give your thoughts!