Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind

Posted On 9 February 2016

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Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is a special theme for:

‘Valentine’s Day’

So, this week I’m looking at great pairings in books – not necessarily romantic pairings although some may be, but pairings that you couldn’t do without – more to the point they couldn’t do without the other half!:

  1. Jean Tannen and Locke Lamora – these two immediately sprang to mind.  A pair of characters that I love.  This is from the Gentleman Bastard series written by Scott Lynch.  An absolutely great series.
  2. Wydrin of Crosshaven and Sir Sebastian Caverson – I love these two.  I love them.  Did I mention that I love them.  Wydrin, or the Copper Cat, is a feisty, sexy, tough woman, Sebastian is an old school type of knight, he’s a giant of a man, a raging softie and a maniac on the battlefield.  The Copper Promise is the first book in this highly addictive series by Jen Williams.  I strongly recommend this series.
  3. Scott and Suzume from Generation V.  Scott is a vampire, Suzume is a Kitsume.  They first appeared together in M L Brennan’s Generation V and the pair of them make compelling reading with their on page chemistry.
  4. Blackthorn and Grim from Juliet Marillier’s Dreamer’s Pool.  This book is so good that I would practically beg people to read it!  Literally!  I loved this and Blackthorn and Grim are fantastic, amazing people to read about!
  5. Phedre and Joscelin.  Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s series.  Wow, what can you say about these two.  Phedre is an amazing character, she’s the sort of person who you would love to have as her friend.  Josceline – woah, plenty eye candy and a menace with his swords and vambraces.
  6. Toby and Tybalt – these are two characters that I’ve only just made the acquaintance of in Rosemary and Rue, the first of the Toby Daye books by Seanan McGuire.  So far so good methinks.  I’m not sure if these two will become an item or whether their relationship will be more of a getting in each other’s face and annoying the socks off each other type of affair but I do know that they’re both fun to read and they have definite chemistry.
  7. Adele and the Greyfriar.  Wow.   Now these two are a great couple.  Talk about star crossed lovers though! Greyfriar is a vampire – who dresses as a human.  Adele is a princess whose magic is capable of causing great harm to vampire.  In a world war torn between humans and vampires theirs is a very dangerous relationship.  Vampire Empire by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith.
  8. Shara and Sigrud from Robert J Bennett’s Divine Cities series.  We met these two in City of Stairs.  Shara is the brains and Sigrud is the brawn.  Shara has this amazing, dry intelligence, she thinks on the spot and in a totally cool bookish way pulls all sorts of solutions out of the bag.   Sigrud is a bear of a man, capable of taking on monsters in a most dramatic way.  The two make a great pair to read.
  9. Valek and Yelena from the Poison Study books by Maria V Snyder.  These two are a wonderful pair and have a great relationship.  A great combination of fascinating magic and a world split in two.
  10. Kaladin and Syl from Way of Kings and Words of Radiance, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson.  These two characters are brilliant.  Kaladin – I love this guy, he’s amazing – in fact the characterisation in this series is ace!  Syl, she’s a bit like Kaladin’s own personal will of the wisp!






13 Responses to “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind”

  1. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I love your topic! I’ve only read The Gentleman Bastard from your picks, but I agree. Jean and Locke couldn’t survive (and wouldn’t want to) without each other.

  2. Maryam (@thecurioussffreader)

    Phèdre and Joscelin are wonderful, I have the biggest crush on Joscelin, he’s so perfect… *sigh*

    • @lynnsbooks

      He is a great character isn’t he – totally mind candy in one respect but then so much more. He’s really a dream come true.
      Lynn 😀

  3. S. C. Flynn

    Lots of these I have yet to read.

  4. jessicabookworm

    Sadly I haven’t read any of these except the first Gentleman Bastard book, and that was too long ago now! Looks like I have lots of wonderful pairing to discover 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you get a chance to pick some of these up – they’re all good 😀

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Oh! I hadn’t seen the cover for Den of Wolves! Also really enjoy you put Locke and Jean on the list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      They had to go on the list – they’re perfect and couldn’t do without each other.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Danya @ Fine Print

    That Den of Wolves cover!!! Swoon. I love the sound of the pairing you chose from Jen Williams’ books…are they a couple? Because if so, I am *definitely* going to read those. You know I can’t resist a good romance. 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re not a couple – but, I think you’d love them. I certainly do and we usually have similar taste with these things. Wydrin – she is an awesome female character, I absolutely adore her. She’s not waiting around for somebody to rescue her but just getting stuck in. She’s not afraid of her own sexuality and she certainly isn’t shy about her own choices or wants. She’s just amazing. Syr Seb – well, he is like a gentle giant. I think he’s amazing. Unfortunately, in the rather rough and hard edged world he comes from he is very much frowned upon. He’s gay – and so basically he’s thrown out of the knighthood and suffers this horrible shame as though he’s done something wrong! It’s so awful for him but he’s just a fantastic character and you really feel for him and feel annoyed about what he’s gone through! I totally love these books! I think you’d love them too.
      Lynn 😀

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