‘I am Groot..’


It’s time once again to go Tough Travelling with Fantasy Faction,  On the first day of each month, with a pre arranged theme in mind, we will all come up with out own individual selection of books that take us travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This month’s theme: Non-Human Heroes (I used restraint for this one – I could have had a very, very, very long list!

The Tough Guide assures us that HEROES are ‘mythical beings, often selected at birth, who perform amazing deeds of courage, strength and magical mayhem, usually against all odds.’ Furthermore, ‘if you get to meet a so-called Hero, she/he always turns out to be just another human, with human failings, who has happened to be in the right place at the right time (or the wrong place at the wrong time, more likely)’.

HOWEVER. For good or for evil, some of fantasy’s most memorable Heroes are not human at all. Some look human, but aren’t. Others may look monstrous, but be ‘human’ on the inside. Others still never pretend to be anything other than what they are – and why should they? In nearly all cases, we are likely to Learn Something from them – usually that appearances can be deceiving, or that the concepts of both ‘Human’ and ‘Hero’ are entirely subjective.

Orc – well, half orc – the Jackal from Jonathan French’s : The Grey Bastards: Jackal rides with the Grey Bastards, one of eight hoofs that have survived the harsh embrace of the Lots. Young, cunning and ambitious, he schemes to unseat the increasingly tyrannical founder of the Bastards, a plague-ridden warlord called the Claymaster.  Definitely a non human hero in my book!


Coyote – Mercedes Thompson – ‘Mercedes is a Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her Native American heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will’.  Mercedes is a great character who has really developed throughout the series.  Definitely a keeper.


Dog – Sirius Black – Harry’s Animagus godfather who escaped from Azkaban. Old friend of James and Lily Potter, shape shifts into a large black dog.  J K Rowling’s Harry Potter.


Gargoyle – from Emma Newman’s Split Worlds – the gargoyle hosts the soul of Max the Arbiter – made of stone he’s jam packed with feelings.  And, he’s just so lovely.  Everybody should have a gargoyle.

Unicorn – Ayla Nightshade from A F E Smith’s Darkshade series.  A shapeshifter flying unicorn no less.  A great series so far with more yet to come.


Fae/Changeling – October Daye from Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series.  I love this series – it’s packed with all sorts of fae, Tybalt for example – king of the cat court no less.  October is a fantastic character and definitely runs into trouble without hesitation to try and rescue others.

a red rose

Spider – yes, spider’s can be heroes – and by way of proof I give to you Charlotte – of E B White’s Charlotte’s Web.  She totally saves Wilbur’s bacon – I went there. *sorrynotsorry*


Golem – Task is probably one of the most unlikely heroes ever.  A golem created to be used in war.  Ben Galley’s Heart of Stone.


I will leave it there – I had a fairly ridiculously lengthy list but decided to hold back.


23 Responses to “‘I am Groot..’”

  1. alwaystrustinbooks

    Great post, liking the original content!

  2. Nathan

    Oh, why didn’t I think of Charlotte’s Web? I even had a photo from my deck of thousands of spider babies I could have included!

    Good job, as always.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I did like the idea of a spider hero! It just sounds like a contradiction in terms – but then there was a good spider in James and the Giant Peach too.
      Lynn 😀

  3. cupcakesandmachetes

    ❤ Mercy Thompson

  4. jessicabookworm

    Haha I had to hold back on my list too. As you know, I am always pleased to see Harry Potter on these lists – I have one on my list too, but I’ve gone for another of James and Lily Potter’s school friends. My post will be up Saturday 🙂

  5. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    great list 🙂 though, I still need to read most of these

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Grey Bastards was a must! I’m also really excited to read Heart of Stone, a golem protagonist makes this one a high priority 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I thought Heart of Stone was very good and a golem – I couldn’t resist.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Jennifer | Book Den

    Charlotte! One of my all time favorite books.

  8. mervih

    Toby! This topic is turning out to be terrible for my TBR (or very good, depending.) 😉 I love non-human characters and I’m introduced to loads I haven’t read yet.

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are a lot out there – do you have a favourite?

      • mervih

        My favorites are elves and other immortal creatures. That Heart of Stone looks very interesting, too.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Heart of Stone was very good.
        Lynn 😀

  9. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy

    Great choices, I particularly like that you mentioned Mercedes Thompson. I only very recently read Moon Called but I really liked her character, and also how she didn’t fall into some of the clichés I often see with paranormal protagonists.

    I’ve been planning to read the Split Worlds series for ages so I really must get onto it. I’m also keen to read Darkhaven, have heard good things and I feel I don’t see enough prominent unicorn characters in fantasy!

    • @lynnsbooks

      All good series. I particularly love Mercy Thompson -she’s such a great character and each book just adds more depth. The Split Worlds is completely different and has a period feel. Darkhaven, again different, a fantasy world and each book has a mystery element.
      Lynn 😀

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