Age plays a major role in Sacrifice Her. In Faux City citizens ages 14-25 are eligible to be chosen for sacrifice. Human Sacrifices are done once a year to appease their god, Bane: God of Gore. Ten years ago something went wrong with the sacrifice and he was furious. Among the consequences was the huge jump from five sacrifices per year to twelve.
When the chosen are named they usually go peacefully. But on rare occasions some fight like Deidra Moore did.
Citizens aged 26-onwards are safe from being sacrificed. Yet they too suffer the hardship of watching their friends, relations and or children fret about being sacrificed as they cycle continues.
At age 19, Lord Brinn is the youngest ruler in Faux City's history. With youth comes brashness and overconfidence. But that doesn't diminish his natural ability to lead and his shrewdness. When he is ordered by Bane through a maiden (Faux version of a priestess) to bring Deidra back, he sets out with the determination and backing of those three times his age.
Deidra Moore at age 16 was old enough to understand the reason for the yearly sacrifices and the worship of Bane. Yet she ran after being sent as a sacrifice.
Kale age 18 finds Deidra lost in the desert. This young wanderer is knowledgeable of the 'Old World' that his new companion knows nothing about. Yet when he first meets her his only concern is to help a severely dehydrated girl.
So in the end age has a strong influence on the life path of these characters. After all if Deidra had been 26, then she wouldn't have been sent as a sacrifice therefore never getting into Lord Brinn's cross-hairs or meeting Kale in the desert. Ironic, no?