I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani at Perspective of a Writer to share our love of great characters. Each week, Dani will assign a topic/type of character that we must find examples of in the various media we consume (books, TV shows, movies, comics, podcasts, etc.).
Last week’s topic:
Tsundere hot-n-cold lover
(A manga/anime term that refers to a character who is strong-willed but melts inside when faced with the ONE.)
Certainly Mokoya from J.Y. Yang’s Tensorate silkpunk fantasy series, especially in The Red Threads of Fortune, the second novella in the series. The series is about a set of twins — Akeha and Mokoya — who were born to the supreme Protector of their kingdom but were given away to the Grand Monastery as kids to settle a bargain. When it’s learned that Mokoya has prophetic powers, the Protector takes back her child so she can use Mokoya’s powers for her own means. The first novella, The Black Tides of Heaven, focuses on Akeha and The Red Threads of Fortune picks up after the events in first novella but focuses on Mokoya, who is grieving a loss.
In The Red Threads of Fortune, Mokoya has a bitter edge to her and isn’t very likable. Because the story is told from her perspective, we understand that she cares greatly for those around her, especially for brother and her husband and her love interest, but she is sometimes brusque and rude. As the story progresses, we realize that the rudeness is protect herself because she’s still grieving her loss.
This week’s topic:
Anti-establishment group of badasses
(A group of 3 or more characters that belong together as they fight the “good” fight… Good can be interpreted any way you like!)
Brotherhood Without Banners a.k.a. Knights of the Hollow Hill
Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr’s band of outlaws in the Song of Ice & Fire series by George R.R. Martin was the first to come to mind when I saw this topic. I’m currently rereading A Storm of Swords and much of Arya’s chapters in that book are spent around these guys. They’re quite an interesting group, but I like that they look out for the small folk, who all get trampled when the lords fight.