Much like I put together some of my favourite female heroines, now is the time for the male characters
Male Characters in Fantasy books often fall into one of two camps; either they are princes, honourable beyond belief (often to the wrong person), or they are perceived as ‘paupers’, yet to take up their foreordained princely crown and full of ‘Why me?’ and training sequences.
In fact, now that I think about it, the male characters usually get the short end of the stick in Fantasy. The female characters get to break boundaries and ride dragons, or hitch up their skirts and fall into a sword fighting position, but that’s all just generally expected from a male character.
Here’s my line up of interesting, kick-ass male characters from fantasy
1. Jamie from Game of Thrones
Jamie is honourable, as one would expect of an heir of the House of the Realm. Maybe not so much as the abdicated heir of the House of Lannister, but still. Thing is, he isn’t blindly honour-bound to the name Lannister, or even to the throne as his father is. He believes in what’s right and he protects his family. He voluntarily took a position that puts him apart from the name Lannister, as a member of the Kingsguard, yet killed a king who was unworthy to rule. He took part in a trial for his brother, yet saved him when the trial proved to be fixed against him. Jamie saved Brienne, because it was unjust the way she was being treated. He’s a good guy, it’s just a pity his sister is so manipulative.
2. Dorian from Throne of Glass
Dorian starts off as nothing more than a playboy, used by his father as a figurehead to keep the people distracted from the dark goings-on at the palace. His introduction of Celaena to the assassin games in the first book comes off as nothing much more than a prince trying to win a bet (and annoy his father). However, throughout the series his character shows much more mettle than say, Chaol’s (boo, hiss) and has to seriously fight for his right to even remain in his own mind. I’m looking forward to seeing how he progresses into the end of the series.
Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic
Kell is another family-oriented, noble-minded dude, but he carries the sting of not fitting in with him, as well as control over the deadly disease that is magic. Loyal to his brother and by default, the King and Queen who adopted him, Kell does his duty by the crown while also taking the time to wage a little bit of defiance. This rebellious attitude finds him an unlikely companion and sees him move from carefree to taking the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Raffaele from The Young Elites
Raffaele is gentle and mysterious, devoted and loyal. The question is, to who? It’s certainly not Adelina Amouterou in the darkly delicious Young Elites story, but Raffaele is interesting for his self-sacrificing nature. His character is complex, steeped in a personal honour built up over time by way of some horrifying experiences. His first friend with powers, Enzo, is his true guiding compass and Raffaele remains true to him regardless of circumstance.
Trell from A Pattern of Shadow and Light
Steady, calm and reassuring despite his own dastardly amnesia, Trell is loyal to the man who saved his life, the First Lord. While haunted by a life he cannot remember, he still manages to be intriguing and continues to act instead of moping around. His role in the book picks up pace and continues onwards, so you know he is a major character with many hard decisions ahead of him.
What do you think? Do any of my choices line up with yours or would you pick differently? Let me know in the comments.