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 searching for THE ACE: Some people are just ridiculously good at everything. Be it magic, swordplay, or all of the above. The Ace has no equal. So what we’re really looking for are douchebags of the magical variety? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see. I marked my choices with a (+) if I like the (wo)man, and a (-) if (s)he gets on my nerves.
Soundtrack (not really related but the topic reminded me of this and I don’t need an excuse to have you listen to Iron Maiden so there).
(+) Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. SPOILERS FOR ALL BOOKS!! She’s a kick-ass assassin (haha she said ass), she wins a tournament in which all of the other participants are men (murderers, mercenaries, thieves, and other unsavoury characters), is a long-lost heir to the kingdom, can manipulate fire, is half-fae and is gorgeous in addition to all that. So yeah, she qualifies, but although it took me two books to warm up to her, I really liked her by the end of Heir of Fire. (review + review)
(-) Atticus O’Sullivan from Hounded by Kevin Hearne. Ahh, Atticus. He can suck power from the earth to heal himself, has a big, big, manly sword, is a favourite of the ladies, can kill Fae warriors, and even takes on a god. (review)
(-) Kelsier from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Well, he’s really gifted, can jump across roofs, has a saviour complex, and is really adept at manipulating others. He also escaped from slavery (or something) and is beloved by all. Ugh.
(+/-) Harry Dresden from Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Harry… I’m still on the fence about him. We have Book 2 already bought so I’ll probably give him another shot. He has a solution to every problem, fancies himself to be a ladies’ man, and has both a blasting rod and a wizard’s staff. Can we stop with the phallic imagery now, please? Really. (review)
(+) Legolas from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. I know, I know, not a conventional choice. But think about it! He’s a prince, immortal, very pretty, amazing with a bow, can run for miles and miles, and still has pretty hair in the end!!
(+/-) Tris Prior from Divergent by Veronica Roth. Well, she’s not technically magical in any way but she’s Divergent, meaning she doesn’t fit into any of the factions (I just found out why because I’m currently reading Allegiant and it’s… GAH it’s underwhelming and I want to smack Tobias in the face ALL THE TIME.), she’s so brave and fast and badass and selfless and hot and likeable and everythingallatonce! The jury is still out on this one.
(+) Kvothe the Bloodless from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Ha. BUT HE DOESN’T FIT, you’ll say – and he doesn’t, not really, but his 16-year-old self would like to think he does. As a highly unreliable narrator, we see Kvothe as the youngest, possibly the most tallented student at the University, a brave young man, a fantastic musician, and a great storyteller. I’m listing him because he so desperately wants to be all that but we’ll see what really happened in the last book.
This is all from me today, so tell me: which jack-of-all-trades did I miss? Who belongs on this list?
I’d love to hear from you! :)