Tough Travels: Enforcers

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’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:

  • lies-locke-lamora-lynchThe 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.
  • the-blade-itself-joe-abercrombiePractical 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).
  • darker-shade-magic-schwabPOSSIBLE 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! :)

  • Ya, Vitari rocks. Dragging that light chain was some great imagery. Loved your list, forgot about the sisters in LoLL. Obviously I need a reread.

    • I think I’ll reread all 3 books before Thorn of Emberlain comes out (Is it this autumn?). I wonder if there is a group re-read I could join somewhere… I haven’t reviewed the books on the blog, either, because I read them before I started blogging.

  • bookwraiths

    There are lots of enforcers in Song of Ice and Fire that fit this theme, but I agree with Bronn. I especially love him in the tv show.

    • I totally agree – they did a great job with casting on the tv show. It’s always hard to please everyone, of course, but Bronn was definitely a good choice. And yes, we could have filled a whole list with ASOIAF characters only! (What that says about Martin, though…)

  • MaddalenaSpaceandSorcery

    I’m also a great admirer of Bronn’s sense of humor, even though I know it’s his way of masking how dangerous he is! Great choices!

    • Oh, yes, always appear weaker than you really are, right? ;) (I’m reading Abercrombie right now and it’s a good lesson to learn, even on a metaphorical battlefield). Thanks, Maddalena! :)

  • I’m kicking myself for not thinking for Crabb and Goyle – they’re perfect little immature enforcers! Practical Vitari is a brilliant pick – she was a fantastic character and I sympathize with her coming over to Glokta’s side as he became my favorite character in that series. I’m also starting to realize that George R.R. is quite fond of the enforcer archetype:)!

    • Yeah Glokta was a cool cucumber. Such a cynic, I liked him, too!
      Martin is the king of nasty characters, that’s for sure. And as much as I like him his work seems to be nothing but a bag of tropes sometimes – his books turn up on our lists every. single. week.

  • Oh I cannot WAIT to read A Darker Shade of Magic! Despite the spoiler warning, I peeked a bit. I don’t mind though, I’m even more excited to pick it up now.


    • Yes, yes, read it! :D And then we can chat. Make that fangirl. I’m reviewing the book now and probably publishing the review tomorrow because I chose Schwab for my feature, Author Addiction, for April.

  • Excellent job on your list. I need to read The Lies of Locke Lamora soon! I’ve been hearing superb things about that.

    Tiara @ Bibliosanctum

    • Thanks, Tiara! Two comments from the Bibliosanctum crowd, wow :)
      Yeah I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Locke! :) It’s one of my favourite series and I’m always recommending it and lending my books out to friends.

  • I think Bronn was even better in the show than the books.. love how they captured his humour!

    • Yeah, this has come up before. I really like how they cast Bronn. I admit that many of my memories of the books are coloured by the tv series now! Sometimes I can hardly remember the original character descriptions – I just see the actors!

  • Laura @ Half-Strung Harp

    Crabbe and Goyle – what an amazing pick! :D

    The Gentlemen Bastards series is well worth re-reading. I re-read the first two when Republic of Thieves was released, and found them even better than I’d remembered. :)

    • Thanks Laura :)

      I didn’t have time for a re-read before Republic but I’d love to refresh my memory before Thorn of Emberlain so I’ll probably *make* time :)

  • Oh, I didn’t think of Crabbe and Goyle, but of course! And all the Deatheaters, really. Especially Fenrir Greyback. I didn’t do this post because I couldn’t think of very many (and because life is getting busy again!)

    • Hm, I was sure I answered you already but it seems not.
      Ugh, Fenrir Grayback is a nasty piece of work, that’s true. I’m currently listening to HP6 again and I’m already dreading his parts.
      This week was hard for me, too – but next week should prove more interesting! :)

  • High five for Crabbe and Goyle! Such unfortunate monikers…if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: their names sounds like STDs. Bronn is a great pick too, and I agree with other commenters that his personality really shines in the show. The casting is (usually) so on point.

    • EWWW! I never thought about their names like this and now I can’t unsee it :D You see, that’s what I get for not being a native English speaker.
      I wanted to slap Bronn (in the books and the show) for what he did to Tyrion, though! As much as I liked him, he’s such a greedy bastard sometimes.

      • You’re welcome. ;)

        It’s true, he’s horribly selfish. Though at the same time, it’s nice to see a mercenary who’s so…well, mercenary! Sometimes I feel like those characters are too reluctant to do anything evil or selfish and it takes away from their persona. But I definitely wouldn’t want to be buds with him!

        • Yeah Martin doesn’t do half-assed nasty people :) I think authors often want to flesh their bad characters out a bit by giving them some redeeming qualities (or a moral compass) but sometimes people are just *bad* and there’s no helping them.