Tough Travels: Snarky Sidekicks

tough travelsI’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! :)

Hello, lovely people. I’m working on this post on Wednesday night because this has been a crazy week with too little sleep (yay for waking up at 3 am!).

This week’s topic is SNARKY SIDEKICKS: Why is everyone so serious all the time? Perhaps they need a friend that is there with a quick wit to liven the day; even if the day is looking to quickly turn to blood. I decided to differentiate between snarky helpers (such as Bast from The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, because he’s more of an apprentice, really) and snarky sidekicks, who actually go on adventures with the hero of the story. These are the ones I came up with:

  1. wolf-nighteyesNighteyes the wolf from The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb – he’s not human but he communicates with Fitz and their relationship is the best.
  2. Calo and Galdo Sanza from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – they are identical twins, masters of swearing and great friends. They are known for being womanizers (though the truth of their bragging is debatable) and they constantly annoy each other.
  3. Eddison Tollet, aka Dolorous Edd from The Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin – he of the inappropriate jokes. He’s one of those who are loyal to Jon Snow (at least as far as I remember – and I haven’t read A Dance with Dragons yet, so there’s that).
  4. Zuzana Novakova from Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor – she’s the world-class champion of the snarky eyebrow lift, a rabid fairy, and a truly amazing friend to Karou, willing to literally cross worlds to help.
  5. Grover Underwood, the satyr from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan – he’s a real chicken sometimes but stands true by Percy’s side and tries his best to protect him. He also stress-eats soda cans and paper plates, if I remember correctly.

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What are your favourite snarky best friends? 

  • Awww…I had kind of forgotten abut the Sanzas – thanks for reminding me! I’ve been eying the Percy Jackson series for a while and if there is snarky sidekickage I think I definitely need to pick it up. Your list is great and just like you’ve gotten plenty of sleep!

    • Kaja

      Thanks, Stephanie! :)
      The Percy Jackson series is a good MG/YA read, I listened to audiobooks and enjoyed them. It’s also a great way to brush up on your Greek mythology ;)

  • Oh, great picks! I have Nighteyes and Dolorous Edd, but had to face palm with Caldo and Galdo and Zuzano on your list. All great choices!

    • Kaja

      Thanks, Lisa! Apparently I did something right despite sleep deprivation ;)

  • The fist time I read ASOIAF I completely missed how funny Edd really was. It wasn’t until a reread that I caught all of his little quips.

    • Kaja

      Yeah I’ll have to reread the whole series at some point, I think, or at least Book 4… But I’m not sure whether I’m doing it because EVERYONE and their grandma has read Martin or because I genuinely like his prose…

  • Hahahaha yes Dolorous Edd! I completely forgot about him but you are so right :D

    Also I actually considered putting Nighteyes on my list but in the end decided not too; I didn’t want to imply he was less important than Fitz! Even though he *is*, at least in a narrative sense… (Yes I am terribly sentimental/obsessed when it comes to that series.)

    • Kaja

      My husband is a HUGE fan of Robin Hobb, so Nighteyes was actually his idea – I read the Farseer Trilogy, of course, but I have yet to dig into the other Fitz books. I loved their relationship, though, and Robin Hobb still writes some of the best character-based epic fantasy out there.

  • I’m glad to see Grover and Zuzana made your list! I’ve read a Dance with Dragons, but I somehow forgot all about Tollet so no clue if he’s in it. I so need a reread!

    What’s this with making us do math? ;)

    • Kaja

      God, I’m so sorry. Captcha even asks me for impossible mathematical equations (usually when I’m still sleepy so a 6+x=8 sounds really difficult!). I have a blog rehaul planned and it’s definitely going away.

      But yes, Grover and Zuzana are the best! :) Not epic fantasy, of course, but I love them.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nice list! I agree with the others, I wish I’d thought to include Dolorous Edd (I went for Bronn instead). Good call with Nighteyes! :)

    • Kaja

      Well, Bronn IS awesome, so I wish I’d thought of him ;)
      Thanks for the comment, Laura!

  • Calo and Galdo! Nice picks when it comes to them. Ugh, my heart still breaks when I think of those twins, but I’ll shut up now, no spoilers for others reading :D

    • Kaja

      Gah YES! (Do people read other people’s comments, do you think?) :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Aw, Calo and Galdo – if I wasn’t so lazy I’d go and find my book to check out some of their snark! Such a funny pair.
    And nice pick with Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I was trying to remember the name of the character from Wise Man’s Fear – who Kvothe goes to for money – Devi? Demi? Deni – nope, can’t remember but I liked her and had it on my mind to put her on my list too.
    Lynn :D

    • Kaja

      Devi! (I think.) The vicious moneylender/friend/cute girl? :) Totally worth including!

  • Okay, Grover’s a pretty awesome call. I’ll take him over Coach Hedge any day of the week.

    • Kaja

      Ha, definitely! :) Grover’s awesome!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Good call with Zuzana! I’ve only read Daughter of Smoke and Bone so far, but she really is quite quippy. I’ve been seeing the Locke Lamora books everywhere this week and it just makes me more determined to read them. Calo and Galdo sound hilarious!

    • Kaja

      Yes, yes, read Lynch, read Lynch! He’s one of my top 5 authors of all time. The only problem is that it takes him YEARS to write a book and he just had one out last year so we’re in for a wait…
      I think that the first book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is the best; not that I don’t recommend the other two, but the prose is the most concise and powerful in part 1.