Tough Travels: Kings

tough travelsSo I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is one great way to explore Fantasyland and create lists, YAY! Don’t forget to go and check out what other participating bloggers have put on their lists – my tbr expands every week because of them! :)

This week, we were sent in search of KINGS. Kings come in four kinds: Puppet Kings, Bad Kings, Good Kings (rare), and Long Lost Kings. Since we did missing heirs a couple of weeks ago, I had to find an angle because I didn’t just want to create a random list of all the kings I could think of. So this is my list of child kings:

  1. (Obvious) King Joffrey and King Tommen from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. I cannot express my dislike for Joffrey with words. Or pictures. Damn git. I also think Jack Gleeson was perfect for the role – I hate the spoiled twit even more now that I’ve watched the series. Gah.
  2. King Peter and King Edmund from C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I disliked Peter intensely for the whole novel – a more self-righteous, pompous character is hard to imagine. Edmund was a whiny little puppet for the first part but got better once he realized he’d screwed up and tried to repair the damage he’d done.
  3. King Yarvi from Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King. This is the only one so far that I actually liked from beginning to the end! I really, really enjoyed this book and though Yarvi was a king for all of two seconds, he deserves a place on this list.

Awesome crown of King Christian IV of Denmark, who, incidentally, was just 11 when he became king but was only crowned later.

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Do you remember another child king? Do you have a favourite royal?

I’d love to hear your thoughts! 


  • I love Yarvi!

    • Kaja

      Yes, I do, too! :)
      Thanks for commenting, Lisa!

  • Child Kings is a great one. Yarvi is awesome as a king, even better as a background character in the next one.

    And that is a great crown. Need one of those.

    • Kaja

      Maybe next year you can ask Santa for one? Though it looks uncomfortable…

  • I also thought that Jarvi was a great character. Can’t wait to read the second in series.
    Lynn :D

    • Kaja

      Yes, yes, Yarvi! :) I didn’t even know that the book was a part of the series when I was reading it, so it’s extra cool that it is!

      Thanks for stopping by, Lynn!