Monday, April 28, 2014

X - Blogging Challenge "eXtraordinary Sidekicks"

A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on.

Today's letter is X. 
eXtraordinary Sidekicks

Today is an ode to the eXtraordinary sidekicks that aren't really characters per say but are instrumental to the protagonists. They are kind of like their sidekick.

Mackayla's Mac Halo
 For instance, Mac's Mac Halo. When brilliant author Karen Marie Moning wrote about the Mac Halo in her Fever Series, I remember reading about it for the first time and thinking that it was a genius invention. The fans loved the Mac Halo they became inventors themselves and built their very own. 

Next lets take a look at Kate Daniels' sidekick sword, Slayer. 

Kate treats Slayer like it is a living breathing sidekick.
I sighed and put Slayer between the front seats. "Stay here. Guard the car."
Saiman shut the door. "Is the sword sentient?"
"No. But I like to pretend it is."

Slayer has a name and has worked side by side with Kate defending and protecting her all through the series. If something detrimental ever happens to Slayer, I think I'd morn it!

Now lets take a look at Rhage and his tattoo'd beast in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are so many examples of fan art of what readers imagine the tattoo beast turns into. 

When there is imminent danger Rhage's tattoo comes to life and changes him to a dragon type of beast. The beast is not controllable and is extremely volatile. 

“Being with Mary was different because...he wasn't the only one who wanted to make love to her.
The beast wanted her, too. 
The beast wanted out so it could take her.”

What are some of your favourite eXtraordinary sidekicks? 


Anonymous said...

Great example, with Slayer and Kate :) Another great books series that has swords take on a character/persona is the Tiger and Del series, by Jennifer Roberson :)

Unknown said...

Yes Slayer and Kate are an awesome pair!
Thanks for visiting.

Cheers, Michelle

Stephanie Faris said...

I don't know if I read many books with sidekicks!