‘I am Isildur’s heir. Fight for me!’


Every Tuesday over at  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.  This week’s topic is:

Characters who would make great leaders:

I’ve tried not to go for all of the obvious ones that immediately sprang to mind this week – although I’ve chosen a few of those – I’ve gone for a few of the smaller style characters too.

  1. Tomas Caraway from AFE Smith’s Darkhaven series.  A great set of books so far.  Tomas is a really good character.  I won’t elaborate too much upon him here as he needs to get over his own personal demons before becoming more of a leader.
  2. Aragorn/Strider.  Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.  He’s absolutely a definite leader – even if he is somewhat resistant to start off with.
  3. Pilgrim from Defender by GX Todd – this is perhaps a strange choice as Pilgrim starts out as a loner and even by the end of the book he’s not leading masses of people around so don’t get me wrong on that score.  But, he’s a survivor and he’s the sort of person that you would feel you could follow.
  4. Jackal from The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.  Again, Jackal spends most of his time in a trio with two other companions – but, he’s sharp witted and ambitious really and you have the distinct impression that he’s the one calling the shots.
  5. Toby Daye from Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series.  I love this character and I do seem to rely on her quite often for these lists so really she seems to be leading me around by the nose a little.  Toby is the sort of character that comes up with plans, she improvises and thinks on her feet and considering she spends a lot of her time being hurt or covered in blood it’s perhaps as well that she does.  She’s a bit of a rogue element in this series but she definitely has a small band of determined and loyal followers and friends.
  6. Another obvious one – Hermione Grainger –  or maybe not so obvious – I think that Hermione would be a very good leader.  She’d take to the role easily, perhaps she’d become a bit of a bossy boots, who knows, but I think she’d work out well.
  7. Darrow from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising.  Darrow becomes the lead character in the fight against slavery and injustice.  He undergoes major changes in order to be secreted amongst the very people who he wishes to overthrow.  A stunning series.
  8. Tao and Roen from The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu.  Tao is an alien, living in symbiosis inside the body of Roen (unwillingly I might add).  Tao is part of a group of aliens who are trying to protect humans.  Together they make a rather good team and go from strength to strength.
  9. Daenerys Targaryen – needs very little explanation I think.  A wonderful character and mother of dragons.  Game of Thrones.
  10. Your choice??





10 Responses to “‘I am Isildur’s heir. Fight for me!’”

  1. Carmen

    I think Aragorn, Hermione, and Daenerys are great examples of leadership. My favorite scenes in the TV show Games of Thrones are of Dany riding Drogon and throwing her weight around.

  2. sjhigbee

    Oh what a great collection of leaders! I think you’re right about Hermione – she doesn’t shut down and turn in on herself the way Harry tends to when he is under pressure. And as for Daenerys – oh yesss. And my contribution? Mark Watney, the stranded astronaut on Mars in Andy Weir’s The Martian. I think he has great leadership material – brave, resourceful and able to come back from major reversals…

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Great picks! So many of these characters wanted to be leaders and went to great lengths to make it happen. Especially loved the inclusion of Jackal from The Grey Bastards. Who could forget when he threw his ax 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I love Jackal, and the Grey Bastards. I so long for No.2
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    This was an interesting topic. I think you’ve thought of some good ones. And I especially love your choice of Hermione!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – I suppose Hermione was a natural for this list really. 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    I love your choices of Hermione, Daenarys and Aragon 🙂 I think the fact that Aragon is reluctant is what makes him the better man/leader than his ancestors.

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