TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: CHARACTERS YOU DEFEND

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Today, the guys in the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group had a great topic: Characters You Defend!  You know, the people you love in your favorites books, but no one else (or, at least, a vocal minority of readers) dislike or hate, yet you are always defending them, making up explanations, not excuses, for their behavior, and refusing to allow others to disparage without due recompense.  And we all have those particular characters, and I’m going to share my top five with you.  Maybe, we have a few in common.

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jackal of nar5. BIAGIO (Tyrants and Kings)

Killer. Madman. Tyrant. Biagio has been called of those and worse, yet by the third book of the trilogy, he has transformed into a madman and tyrant who wants peace — even if he must kill his once trusted minions to accomplish it.  And some of my reading buddies can’t ever forgive and forget the bad Biagio has done when he decides to change, but I say everyone deserves a second chance, especially someone who is as cunning and brilliant as this guy.

 

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 the silent army4. SA’BA TAALOR (SEVEN FORGES)

This might be cheating, but I have to lump all these amazing, ruthless, near tyrannical people into one category.  Their gods given crusade to completely destroy the Fellein Empire leading to some brutal, cringe worthy moments in the series.  But because they are also amazingly interesting to read about and have many compelling qualities, I always defend their behavior to naysayers, who cry foul.  My standard response being, “Their gods told them to, dude.  How can you look into a gods eyes and say no.”  Okay, it isn’t a great counter argument, but it is what I’m sticking with.

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Chronicles of the Black Company3. LADY (THE BLACK COMPANY)

Sorceress supreme. Evil incarnate.  Lord of the Taken.  In the place of a Dark Lord she made herself Queen! Not dark but beautiful and terrible as the Morn! Treacherous as the Seas! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All love her and despair!  Yeah, I did borrow that from The Fellowship of the Ring, but it applies here just as well, because no matter how strongly people tell me Lady is a bad, bad woman I still love her anyway . . . always will.

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prince of thorns2. JORG ANCRATH (THE BROKEN EMPIRE)

I hate him.  I fear him.  I’m left aghast at his bloody sociopathic behavior.  I also clearly see the deep cunning and philosophical contemplation behind his every action.  His belief that his way might not be right, but it is the only right thing he can do and still survive.  And while I’m never completely sold on his explanations, believing they are as close to deceptive self-delusions as one can come, they do show me another side of him; a person who could be a great worth if reformed, tweaked, or saved from his baser instincts.  And that is exactly why he is worth reading about, because Jorg is the perfect mixture of bad and good.

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THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT1. THOMAS COVENANT (THOMAS COVENANT)

Now, this whiny, selfish leper gets on my last nerve every time I reread this classic fantasy series.  His actions toward other innocent characters in the book enrage me to righteous wrath.  He is also one of the most self-absorbed bastard I’ve ever attempted to empathize with.  BUT his personal journey from the horrendous Covenant to the more mature, attempting to do the right thing Covenant is nearly a story of redemption, which is why I will always tell readers to put up with his nauseating mewling and witness the journey he takes.

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2 Responses to TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: CHARACTERS YOU DEFEND

  1. Ah, Jorg Ancrath. Classic case of a character you love to hate, hate to love!

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  2. I’ve only read the first book in the Broken Empire, but I agree with your take on Jorg: he is often despicable, but on the other hand you *see* where that comes from, and you can’t forget the terrified child being broken by thorns and witnessing the bloody murder of his mother….

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