‘Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son…’

Posted On 24 June 2015

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I had to go there – I just couldn’t help it!

This week at the Fantasy Review Barn we will once again be Tough Travelling.  Our topic this week: FATHERS

Comes in two types in fantasyland.  Either a semi-mystical figure proving impossible to live up to or the overbearing type who doesn’t understand why his daughter doesn’t accept the traditional princess role.  He may be tough to get along with but usually does think he has his kids interests in mind.

Age of Iron by Angus Watson – I loved this book and talk about your overbearing father!  Difficult to give up too much information without – well, giving up too much information – but, the young girl Spring has a very demanding father – to say the least.

Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton – in this book Apollo, who has taken human form – becomes father to a number of children.  I wouldn’t call him overbearing, in fact he seems like a rather nice father figure – but it’s a lot of living up to do – he’s a God!

Darkhaven by A F E Smith – in which the Nightshade family rule.  Ayla and her brother Myrren are a great disappointment to their father, the ruler of Darkhaven.  The Nightshade family are changers – changers basically have the gift of shapeshifting – unfortunately Ayla’s heritage is mixed blood and therefore she shifts into a form that is considered impure and her brother cannot change at all!  Their father is not pleased!!  He doesn’t take disappointment well.

The Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence – this book doesn’t really need an introduction!  Prince Jorg is a piece of work – but his father the King takes it to a whole new level of bad.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman – Talk about demanding fathers.  Coralie’s father runs a museum of curiosities – and he sets his daughter up as a mermaid.  She spends most of the day in a tank of water while people stare at her!  Not a spoiler – she’s not a mermaid!

And, finally, in case there was any doubt that I would include Lord of the Rings : I give you Lord Denethor, Steward of Gondor, who having lost one son in battle sends his remaining son to almost certain death

Faramir: ‘You wish now that our places had been exchanged… that I had died and Boromir had lived.’ 
Denethor: ‘Yes.’

Really, couldn’t you just slap him!


26 Responses to “‘Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son…’”

  1. Tammy

    I’ve been so swamped at work this week, I completely forgot I wanted to do tough traveling this week. Great examples, though! The Museum of Extraordinary things is an awesome choice. Not sure I would have remembered that one:-)

    • lynnsbooks

      I feel for you with work – it just takes over sometimes doesn’t it!
      Lynn 😀

  2. Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

    LOL – how can you NOT include Vader?

  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    Star Wars is always the right choice when it comes to daddy issues! Yes…I do want to slap Lord Denethor. What an unbearable asshat.

    • lynnsbooks

      hahahahah asshat!- lol – sorry, had a Bart moment there. He really is though!
      Lynn 😀

  4. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Jorg’s father… I may never forget that scene with the dog.

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh no – that scene! I think I’ve been trying to blank it out! His father was pretty nasty.
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    A really interesting mix of fathers and books I haven’t heard of or read. Except of course Lord Denethor, who is also on my list! My post is up early this week 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Hah – I wondered if you’d have Denethor too. I nearly forgot him to be honest.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    What “nice” bookends you chose: Darth Vader and Denethor… 😉
    Great list!

    • lynnsbooks

      – bookends – what an excellent idea!
      Lynn 😀

  7. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Great list! Love the Pythias one. And yes, Spring’s dad is rather less than an ideal father figure. I think I’d consider Dug more of a dad to her.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I really need to read No.2 – very soon!
      Lynn 😀

  8. nrlymrtl

    Coralie’s father (The Museum of Extraordinary Things) was OK at the beginning, but as we learn more about him we learn how he isn’t quite the nice person we thought at the beginning. Sometimes I feel people like that should come with a label so folks can be warned up front.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah – he was a total swine! Who knew. She looked liked she had the perfect upbringing but looks are deceiving eh.
      Lynn 😀

  9. rudejasper

    I KNEW Darth had to come up at some point – thanks for breaking the ice! I’ve not read any of these otherwise! Except LOTR. I do really want to read the Jo Walton series because Greek Mythology = awesome. Good to know Apollo does his Greek God thang (i.e. impregnate various mortals):).

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, you have to have Darth for this particular topic – it would be rude not to!
      The series by Jo Walton is proving to be really good – it’s not all drama and action but a real thought provoker.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Love the Star Wars reference in the title! Can’t have a Father list without including Darth Vader in some way or another 🙂 And haha, so much agreement with Spring in Age of Iron…

    • lynnsbooks

      I think Darth was the first thing to pop to mind!
      Lynn 😀

  11. Nathan

    I read one of those books. But Darth Vadar makes every list better, right?

  12. mervih

    I haven’t read most of these books. But Denethor really sucked as a dad.

    • lynnsbooks

      He was so awful – you could have just joyfully throttled him!
      Lynn 😀

  13. Jenn

    Denethor…. such a jerk.

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