So 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 CHESSMASTERS: A true master knows where all the pieces are at all times. Others may think they have taken control but alas, the master knew their last move before they played it. Ok this week was interesting. When I first saw the topic I thought I was going to skip it because I couldn’t remember a good example. But then they started trickling in, and I enlisted my husband’s help again (His response was “We shall discuss this,” and then he proceeded to name half this list for me, so there.).
Here are the brilliant minds who thrive on intrigue, deception, and manipulation:
- Bayaz, the first of the Magi, from The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. He was the first one I thought of. As much as I disliked him (and the whole damn series – I nearly didn’t read Half a King because of it), he’s brilliant at manipulating his minions.
- Patience, one of the Bondsmagi of Karthain (and Falconer’s mother) from The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. The Bondsmagi play out the election of an entire city state just so they amuse themselves. Patience is one of their leaders and leads Locke and Jean (and Sabetha) around by their… ahem, noses.
- Siuan Sanche, the Amyrlin Seat, from The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. I always liked her as a character. She’s really rough around the edges but she handles intrigue like a pro (only until she doesn’t, but her story’s perhaps even more interesting then).
- Lord Varys and Littlefinger from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. These two are a killer duo. They don’t necessarily work together and it’s never quite clear whose side they’re on, but you’d better be on their side if you want to live.
- Mother Gundring from Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. Apparently he writes great chessmasters, because she’s… Well, I want to say evil, but that’s not it. She’d do anything to help the kingdom and her actions have serious repercussions for our beloved Yarvi.
- Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. What? OF COURSE he’s a chessmaster. Look what he did to Snape. He’s the real deal. Honorable mention goes to another wizard, Gandalf, but I think that Dumbledore’s deception/plan ran deeper than Gandalf’s ever did.
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Which chessmaster have I missed? Who else likes to meddle in other people’s lives?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)