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’s topic is MESSIAHS: If the world needs saving, who are you going to call? Perhaps there is someone out there destined to save everything? Umm, yes. This is definitely not one of my favourite tropes, though making this list was fun! I prefer my protagonists on the more ordinary side, without some crazy shitload of Destiny / Fate / Prophecy hanging over their heads. My list is based on this definition of the word: A messiah is “an exceptional or hoped for liberator of a country or people.” That said, these poor souls are saddled with the future of their peoples:
- Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (ha, like I needed to write all that). Anyway, from Book 5 (HP and the Order of the Phoenix, which is my least favourite HP book) onward, Harry’s name is often paired with “the chosen one”, as he has to be the one to kill Voldemort. We all know how that ends.
- Rand al’Thor from The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. He’s the Dragon Reborn, meaning he’ll have to face the Dark One once he breaks out from his prison. He’s also slowly going mad. I got stuck at book 6 but I’m hoping to unstick myself someday, so no spoilers about what happens to him, please! :)
- Eragon from The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. He’s not a messiah per se but I think he counts because he’s basically the last non-evil dragon rider in the world and has to both save the world from destruction and ensure the hatching of new dragons (it’s been a while since I read these so I’m fuzzy on the details).
- Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. She’s the Mockingjay, the symbol of the rebellion… you know, until she’s not, and she ends up being drugged and alone, and is removed from the public. Which ticked me off to no end because I really liked the first two books in this series.
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Which unfortunate individual did I miss this week?
Share your thoughts, I love to read them! :)