Burchard is a giant man. When Lily first meets him she describes him as, “the largest man she’d ever seen… immense, yet somehow not threatening. His long strawberry-blond hair cascaded around his shoulders and made him appear wild and barbaric.” Although our main characters, Mathias and Val are well over six feet, Burchard towers over them, yet we come to find him to be nothing more than a big teddy bear and he becomes one of Lily’s best and most trusted friends.
Lily, in the beginning of the story, mistakenly refers to him as the ‘big Viking.’ Mathias quickly corrects her, revealing Burchard despises the Vikings since he was originally from Northumbria. The Vikings invaded his holy land, and Burchard a millennia later, still holds a grudge.
Later towards the end of the story, the reader finds out Burchard was turned by none other than Lily’s own Aunt Rose and was her constant companion for centuries in England. There the two of them rubbed elbows with Henry VIII and his daughter Mary and lived in Lindisfarne Castle.
Hopefully more about Burchard will come out in subsequent releases.