November 21, 2014

You've Got a Friend In Me (+Giveaway)


We've talked about the bad guys, but what about all the people who help the protagonist take the villain down? In those moments, it's all about sidekicks! When a character goes on a quest or saves the world, they usually need help from their friends. These secondary characters often become one of my favorite parts of fantasy. No matter their reasons for helping the protagonist, the book just wouldn't be complete without them. So, Alexa and I are sharing our favorite sidekicks today!
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Who is your favorite sidekick?

ROWAN from THRONE OF GLASS SERIES | It took me all of two seconds to think of my favorite sidekick EVER. There were a lot of great possibilities, but my heart will always belong to Rowan Whitethorn. I was unsure of him when he first appeared in Heir of Fire, but I was echoing Celaena by the end of the book: “I claim you, Rowan Whitethorn. I don't care what you say and how much you protest. I claim you as my friend.” He's tough, loyal, fearless and you'd have him on your side forever. So yeah, TEAM ROWAN FOR LIFE. (My Review)

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Who do you want as your sidekick?

ZIRI from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE SERIES | I almost chose Zuzana (from the same series), but I had to give it to Ziri at the last second. The last surviving member of the Kirin tribe, his nickname is "Lucky Ziri" because he's still in his original Kirin body. He absolutely stole the show after appearing in Days of Blood and Starlight. He's kind, loyal, selfless and has a sacrificial love for others. He will do anything to protect the people he loves, which is why he's the sidekick I'd most want by my side. I LOVE LUCKY ZIRI. (My Review)

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What sidekick do you think you could be?

WENDY DARLING from PETER PAN | Some may argue that Wendy is the protagonist and not the sidekick, but I think it counts! Wendy is the oldest child (as am I), loves telling stories and doesn't want to grow up. When she's taken to Neverland, she becomes a mother to the Lost Boys. I'll be honest: my mom used to call me "junior mom." Although Wendy is on the brink of adolescence, journeying to Neverland brings out her maturity. I relate to that - the love for magic and adventure but also the sense of responsibility and duty. She can be kind of bossy and a bit dramatic, and I hate to admit it but I have a little of that in me. So, I think it fits!

Who's your favorite sidekick?
Who would you want on your side?
What sidekick do you think you could be?

GIVEAWAY!
 Leave a comment answering one of the questions above to be entered
to win a copy of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. US Only. Ends 11/27.

WINNER: Commenter #6 - Holly! Congrats!

12 comments:

  1. Oh I'm so excited for this giveaway!!!!! I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of Heir of Fire since I finished Crown of Midnight. I haven't read much fantasy, but I've grown to love the genre over the past few months. For right now though I'd have to say Nehemia is my favorite and that whole story line was quite frustrating (trying to be vague to avoid spoilers!).

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  2. Thanks for such a fun post and giveaway! Ummmm... I think that I could be a geeky superhero sidekick. The one that they call for info and computer stuff and stays safely in a hideout somewhere ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love this Fall Into Fantasy series that you've been doing. It is so much fun. I think my favorite sidekick is Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings series. So loyal and brave. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

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  4. I love Will from His Dark Materials.

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  5. If I can choose from ANY fantasy, I would choose Jean Tannen from Scott Lynch's Locke Lamora series. Otherwise, I'm torn between AthroughL the Wyverary or Remus and Sirius from Harry Potter.

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  6. Oh, I love Ziri too! He is so adorable and a great sidekick. I also love Nate from The Archers of Avalon (which isn't exactly fantasy, more paranormal). He's one of my favorites. :)

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  7. Rowan ALL THE WAY!!!!!!! I just can't get enough of him, and I'm soooo sad that we have to wait almost a year before we read the next book! Oh the horror! Thanks for the giveaway lovely! :)

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  8. One of my favorite sidekicks is Iko from the Lunar Chronicles. Everyone who's normal views her as faulty, but she is anything but.

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  9. I feel like I'd want Isabelle Lightwood for my sidekick (aka best friend) but who am I kidding? She would TOTALLY turn me into her sidekick. I'm completely fine with that, anyway.

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    1. Hi Julie- Sorry for the delayed reply! I've been a bit behind this week because of the holiday. I just did a random number draw & the winner was commenter #6. I've updated the post & notified her on Twitter. Thanks so much for entering! :)

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  11. I love this post! First of all, there's no doubt in my mind that Rowan Whitethorn deserves his place in this post. He's seriously one badass warrior, and the kind of character that truly leaves an impression on the reader - and of the good variety, obviously. And Ziri! Ziri is a great unexpected choice, as he happens to be one of the characters I cared most about in that series. As for Wendy, well, did you know that I dressed up as her once before? I have to find a photo to show you!

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