Me and my shadow?

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn‘s Tough Travel event we’re going to be looking at:

‘COMPANIONS… You will normally meet them for the first time at the outset of the tour. They are picked from among the following: Bard, Female Mercenary, Gay mage, Imperious Female, Large Man, serious soldier, Slender Youth, Small Man, Talented Girl, Teenage Boy, Unpleasant Stranger, and Wise Old Stranger.’

Without further ado my list this week is as follows:

  1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – my first introduction to Gaiman and such an excellent tale.  Silas is the rescuer and guardian to Bod.  A strange character that I won’t try to define here as it could spoil the story for those who haven’t yet read it – from the list above I would classify Silas as ‘Wise Old Stranger’.
  2. City of Stairs by Robert Bennett – I dare say that some may disagree with this and perhaps see my choice as a main character rather than a companion but I’m going for Sigrud.  Okay, I think introducing his epic-manliness has a secretary is definitely a stretch but, and whilst I really enjoyed the character, I felt like he was Shara’s companion.  For me, Sigrud is the ‘Large Man.  Please read this book – simply put – it is awesome sauce.
  3. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – I’m looking at Bob!  Bob is the spirit of a powerful sorcerer – he mainly lives in a skull in Harry’s cellar and he is an invaluable source of information.
  4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  I’m thinking of the bard who Kvothe is relating his story to – and obviously he falls into the ‘bard’ definition.
  5. Tindwyl from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series – she was one of the keepers from Terris and fell in love with Sazed – I might be wrong with this but I’m putting her under ‘Imperious Female’ – simply because I seem to remember her being a very tall and commanding type character.  Whilst not my favourite Sanderson series I think it made a good starting point.

Honorable mentions:

Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter of course – lots of companions to choose from – could I get away with Boromir being a ‘serious soldier’ and Ron could be the ‘teenage boy’???

Don’t forget to stop over and check out the other links this week – and tell me your favourite companions please – I actually had more trouble with this one that I thought!

12 Responses to “Me and my shadow?”

  1. Nathan

    It was tougher than some weeks because there wasn’t as much guideline involved. And anyone who thinks Sigrud is the main character is wrong!

    Oh, I think your choice for serious soldier is absolutely on the mark .

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I did find it tougher this week and yet on the face of it it sounded kind of reasonable!
      Glad Borormir counts 😀
      Lynn

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    hmmm… for Name of the Wind do you mean The Chronicler? I can’t believe how little of Mistborn I remember! 🙂 And, you have another reminder for me to read City of Stairs.

    • lynnsbooks

      I don’t know why I was thinking he was a bard – I’m sure you’re right and he’s a chronicler after all! I admit that Mistborn is not my favourite but a good starting point and you absolutely must read City of Stairs! So good.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    You win this week for including Bob the Skull!!! 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha, I was going to try and include some animals – Toto, Oberon, Hedwig, etc.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    My ultimate companion would have to be Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings but the children in the Narnia series have some wonderful companions too including Mr Tumnus, Puddleglum and Reepacheep 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Yes to Mr Tumnus – I just love him. And Samwise for that matter.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Bookwraiths

    Damn, I forgot all about Bob, and I just read my first Harry Dresden last week. Oh, Sigrud, he was the best, but he needs his own book, because Sharra overshadowed him here. Great list by the way!

    • lynnsbooks

      A book just for Sigrud – that would be excellent! Let’s harrass Mr Bennett 😀
      Lynn

  6. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Bob is definitely an excellent companion! I love that skull!

    • lynnsbooks

      Ohh, I could have sketched a skull with bright little eyes – I’m such a dunce! I like skulls!
      Lynn 😀

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