‘Go together like a horse and carriage..’


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 rewind – I’m not sure that I took part on this one when it was originally scheduled so I’ve plumped for it now:

Top Ten Dynamic Duos

  1. Prince Jalan Kenneth and Snorri ver Snagason – what a great duo – The Red Queen’s War by Mark Lawrence is a fantastic reading experience – I really can’t do it enough justice or impress upon you how much you need to read it – although I will try.  And Jalan and Snorri are undoubtedly one of the reasons why.
  2. Locke Lamotra and Jean Tannen – these two are definitely on my favourite list for duos – I absolutely adore the character Jean Tannen so this was a must.  The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
  3. Hwa and Daniel Siofra from Madeline Ashby’s Company Town – this is a brilliant book which I absolutely loved and the friendship/relationship between Hwa and Daniel is just amazing.
  4. Hope and Red – I’ve only just read this book and posted my review but these two are great characters to read and really made this story for me.
  5. Paul Tsabo and Valentine from the ‘Mancer series by Ferrett Steinmetz.  This is such an entertaining series that I love.  Paul and Valentine are both ‘mancers and they make a great combination.  I think Valentine has to be one of my all time favourite characters to be honest – I love the elements of fun that she brings to the story.
  6. Blackthorn and Grim from the Blackthorn and Grim series by Juliet Marillier – I’ve only read the first book in the series – Dreamer’s Pool – which was fantastic.  These two characters are a great, prickly, double act.
  7. Dug and Lowa from Angus Watson’s Age of Iron – I loved this story and really need to catch up!
  8. Shara and Sigrud (who makes the most unlikely secretary ever.  Shara is the brains and Sigrud the brawn and when they’re together they’re almost invincible.  Robert Bennett’s City of Stairs
  9. Fort and Suzume from M L Brennan’s Generation V – A vampire and a Kitsune – what could possible go wrong!
  10. Merry and Pippin – I couldn’t help it, I just had to get Lord of the Rings on here and I prefer these two hobbits on balance to Sam and Frodo as they bring more fun to the story.

So, do you have a favourite duo?


36 Responses to “‘Go together like a horse and carriage..’”

  1. Chloe McKay

    Merry and Pippin ❤

  2. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I love this post! Some of these are definitely on my list of favorite duos as well! I love Locke & Jean, Blackthorn & Grim, Merry & Pippin and Shara & Sigrud. All amazing characters -and incredible books. Age of Iron is on my to-read list, but seeing it on your duos list makes me more excited to pick it up 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I loved Age of Iron and really need to catch up with the rest of the series.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Great topic. I still want to start that Juliet Marillier series. I have always found the covers so gorgeous. I can’t think of a lot of duos, except for Cat and Bones from the Night Huntress series. I will have to check some of your picks out.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve only read the first Marlier book in the series but I have the second waiting and I’m so keen to pick it up! I shall have to go and look at this Night Huntress series – is it one you love?
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I totally agree with you on Hwa and Daniel, such a great pairing! I really need to read Hope and Red, I have to take a break from review books and just read it:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m hoping to read some books of my own this month – although my reading has been shockingly bad this month – I’m not sure why but I just seem to have been out and about such a lot!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Carmen

    I agree that Merry and Pippin were the spice to the Sam/Frodo pair.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I do love Sam but I thought Merry and Pippin were a more entertaining pair.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    If I was nodding in agreement at the mention of Blackthorn and Grim, I became much more emphatic when Fort and Suzume appeared, and a huge smile broke on my face with Merry and Pippin. Quite a great list! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I had fun with this one and it made me smile too.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Jamie Wu

    I don’t really remember Merry and Pippin much from the books. The film versions kind of overshadowed them. I need to revisit LOTR to see them again. I really loved Sigrud as the “secretary”, that scene at the party really highlighted their partnership, I really need to get back to City of Stairs. I left it halfway a while back, will have to restart it at this point.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The film versions – yeah, I guess they do kind of take over in your mind a little but I also did a reread of LotR not too long ago and still loved it!
      Sigurd was great – perhaps City of Stairs isn’t really for you, funnily enough the second book is completely different and focuses on different characters – I know some people preferred the second.
      Lynn 😀

      • Jamie Wu

        I’m due for a reread of LotR, it’s been too long. I still plan on giving City of Stairs a second try. That’s good to know.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I loved both books tbh but I know that some people found the first book a little more of a struggle and then loved the second one. They do have a slightly different feel.
        Lynn 😀

  8. jessicabookworm

    I am very pleased to see Merry and Pippin on your list, although I love Frodo and Sam too 🙂 Another duo I love are Fred and George Weasley.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Of course – the Weasley twins – what a great choice – and I missed that as an opportunity for my HP month!
      Lynn 😀

  9. thelibrarylizard

    Jean and Locke are a brilliant duo! 🙂

  10. Got My Book

    So far, I’ve only read the Tolkein. I will have to look into some of the others.

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  11. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Great topic! And can’t really argue with any of these. I’d be hard pressed to choose my favorite dynamic duo, I mean, hmm, I would say it’s a seven way tie between Jalan and Snorri, Hope and Red, Blackthorn and Grim, Jean and Locke, Fort and Suz, Daniel and Hwa, Paul and Valentine, lol!

  12. Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek

    Highest praise for Jalan and Snorri, awesome duo! 😀

  13. tenaciousread

    Love your picks! Hope and Red, Blackthorn and Grim, Dug and Lowa and Jean and Locke and….. 😀 I’m pretty partial to Fitz and the Fool or Arya and the Hound 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love Arya and the Hound! Fitz and the Fool would also be a cool selection – although I’ve only read the first book in Hobb’s series!
      Lynn 😀

  14. Sarah @ Reviews and Readathons

    Merry and Pippin!!! What more can I say??

  15. Kate @ Fictional Thoughts

    A thousand yesses to Merry and Pippin! In my mind they rival Fred and George Weasley, and Arya and the Hound as bookish duos! 😀

  16. ChrissiReads

    What a lovely list of bookish duos ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love good duos and I think I missed this original theme.
      Lynn 😀

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