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, we’re getting serious and searching for ENFORCERS: some people are made to give orders; others are made to make sure they’re carried out. Be it through muscle or guile there are just some people you don’t want to hear are looking for you.
Ooh this was a hard one. I think this is just one aspect of fantasy that I don’t particularly like to dwell on, but they can be good if they’re well-rounded personalities. I wasn’t sure I was going to participate this week but I joined forces with my husband again and came up with these (rather nasty) characters:
- The Berengias sisters, in service to Capa Barsavi from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Without saying too much, these two are seriously grim. They don’t speak much and sometimes fight shark-like monsters for fun and entertainment. Camorr has a very troublesome sense of humor.
- Bronn, in service to Tyrion Lannister from The Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. Well, there’s a number of brawny characters in this series but I prefer Bronn’s dry sense of humor to Hound’s vulgarity.
- Practical Vitari, in service to Sand Dan Glokta from The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. Well, I had a whole bunch of unsavoury characters to choose from here but Vitari’s a fierce woman and deserves a place on this list. I think she starts off as a spy against Glokta but then works for him? Anyway, she’s a badass.
- Crabbe and Goyle, in unofficial service to Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. A kiddie version of enforcers, of course, but the behavioural patterns are all there. These two are nasty little buggers and make trouble for Harry, Ron and Hermione despite the fact that there’s no finger-breaking or blood-letting to be found (at least until the end of the series).
- POSSIBLE SPOILERS! Holland, in service (uhm… slavery) to the Dane siblings from A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab. Well, I wasn’s sure about adding Holland to this list. By the way, if you haven’t read this yet, go read it now. It’s good. Holland’s not your typical enforcer and the Danes are not your usuall masterminds (they really like doing their own dirty work), but I find their relationship to be of the similar ilk as the ones above.
Which breaker of bones have I missed? Who would you add to my list this week?
I’d love to hear from you! :)