“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future..”

Today at the Fantasy Review Barn we are once again travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This week’s topic is Chessmasters:

A true master knows where all the pieces are at all times.  Others may think they have taken control but alas, the master knew their last move before they played it.

Kelsier – from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – he really did think ahead!  And, I can’t say more because it will contain spoilers!

Locke Lamora – from the Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch – planning ahead is his forte really – it might not always (ahem) go accordingly but he certainly does try!

Jorg – from Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire.  Now here is a guy who can forward plan – bloody hell!  He has all sort of things just set up ‘in case’.

Voldermort – okay, things might not have gone brilliantly for our slippery friend but come on, he had the foresight to plant horcruxes – that’s your thinking ahead right there.

Folks – I’m afraid I struggled a little bit with this one.  No doubt I’ll be kicking myself when I see all your wonderful examples but them’s the breaks.

See you all next week.

Ohh, honorary mention – Sauron – again, things didn’t go just as planned but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.  He had wizards to corrupt, orc armies to raise, mercenaries to bring into the game, Gollum to torture and the ring to find – and let’s face it, he didn’t have a body!! Although you could argue that a gigantic eye comes in useful when you’re trying to keep abreast of everything.

21 Responses to ““Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future..””

  1. Nathan (@ReviewBarn)

    And I would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for those pesky hobbits!

    In King of Thorns Jorg really did work with this trope. Nice one

    • lynnsbooks

      Haha yes, those darned pesky hobbits.
      Jorg was the first one that came to mind for me with this week’s. Should have more to think about with Vampires.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Ha! And if Jorg can’t plan or scheme his way through, he will cut his way through! Nice picks!

    • lynnsbooks

      Ta 😀
      Jorg was definitely your grade 1 forward thinker – he was about the only one I could come up with though!
      Lynn 😀

  3. Laura @ The Half-Strung Harp

    Glad to see someone else mentioning Jorg. He really did have everything planned out, didn’t he? 😀

    • lynnsbooks

      He did – it made his exploits so good to read about.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    This is a rather hard topic. I looking at this as chess masters don’t necessarily need to be bad guys. I think Gandalf in The Hobbit does a lot of moving pieces and people about. Then there is also Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia who always knows what is going on even when he isn’t even there, setting up meetings and sending visions to help, and being able to see people’s true feelings and thoughts.

    • lynnsbooks

      Aww, Aslan, I should have put him on here! What a lovely choice.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’ve struggled a bit with this one too… And now I’m berating myself for all the great choices I’ve been reading through! Prince Jorg is indeed a great pick, because his cunning, given his young age, is nothing short of extraordinary. **nods**

    • lynnsbooks

      Glad to know I wasn’t alone in my struggles. Vampires – now there’s a topic I can get my teeth into (couldn’t resist it!)
      Lynn 😀

  6. Kaja

    Haha, Locke is a master of intrigue, you’re right. His grand plans are so cool – and usually extremely dangerous 🙂
    Ugh, and horcruxes are so evil.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’d forgotten I’d put Lynch on here! Got I’m useless. Literally forgotten I’d added Locke! The funny thing with the Gentlemen Bastards is they go to all sorts of lengths with elaborate schemes and so far it’s all not gone according to plan – at least it’s not for the lack of trying!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Carmen

    Voldemort and Sauron are great choices, but baddies aren’t supposed to win in the end, do they?

    • lynnsbooks

      Luckily they don’t win so it’s all good – phew! (bit of a massive spoiler there)
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Locke may think he’s the chessmaster but I think Sabetha gave him a run for his money in the last book 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Sabetha was quite often one step ahead wasn’t she! Keeping Locke (and Jean) on their toes.
      Lynn 😀

  9. rudejasper

    Voldemort totally works – He was completely dominating until the very end. Even Chessmasters lose sometimes. I had Locke and Kelsier as well.

  10. Danya @ Fine Print

    Dang it, why didn’t I think of Kelsier?! Thank goodness for Harry Potter, I can always rely on that series during the tough weeks!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yep, good old HP to the rescue. I didn’t manage to squeeze in LotR either! Much badness.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Molly Mortensen

    I really need to read more of these series! Yes to Voldemort, just because he didn’t succeed didn’t mean he didn’t try. I didn’t even think of Sauron.

    • lynnsbooks

      I always try and squeeze in a mention of LotR – it’s become something of a mini challenge for me although I think I will fail next week.
      Lynn 😀

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