Saturday, 19 November 2016

Hero Appreciation Post!

Back in March, I did a Heroine Appreciation post in honour of International Women's Day. For International Men's Day, I'm gender-flipping the concept. Here's to the men who are more than just impossibly idealistic love interests. 

1. Loki from Runemarks by Joanne Harris

"Well, that's history for you, folks. Unfair, untrue and for the most part written by folk who weren't even there." - Joanne Harris, The Gospel of Loki

(If you didn't see this one coming, then welcome. You must be new.)


Joanne Harris' Loki is a wild card. He's sneaky, and tricky, and, well, the 'father and mother of lies,' but he's also loyal to Maddy in his own strange way.

2. Ronan and Noah from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Ronan's identity is permanently in flux. He's angry, and he drinks enough that he'd probably burn up if you lit a match next to him. He's also Catholic and fiercly loyal to his friends and family.
Noah's identity is slowly fading. He's not who he once was, he's not always there when he's needed, but he always knows everyone's secrets, and he never tells.

3. Kai from The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

"Kai hopped on one foot, trying to extract his other foot from the mangled device...
'I was about to say please hit it with a chair,' said Irene, as the hissing of moving silverfish died away to leave them in relative quiet." - Genevieve Cogman, The Invisible Library 

 Kai can be impulsive, cocky, overconfident...but he (mostly) keeps his head in a crisis. 

4. Jason, Nico, Will, and Hades from Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

"Nico, I've seen a lot of brave things. But what you just did? That was maybe the bravest." - Rick Riordan, The House of Hades

To be honest, I could list all of Riordan's heroes here.

(This is a hero appreciation post, not a Riordan appreciation post.)

Every post is a Riordan appreciation post! 

Jason gets a lot of flack for being the "golden boy," but he's a stable, positive presence on a ship teeming with love triangles, inferiority complexes, and general teen angst, and he supports and defends Nico

Remember that irritatingly cheerful little kid we met in The Titan's Curse? Yeah, me neither. Nico deals with a lot of heavy themes throughout both this series and the Percy Jackson one, and they only ever make him stronger. He's a good fighter, a good brother, and he was also surprisingly good at getting Reyna to open up, considering how secretive he is himself. He was also nice to Bob, which worked out in Percy's favour.

Polite reminder that Will Solace is more than just Nico's boyfriend. He healed Annabeth from a near-fatal wound all the way back in The Last Olympian when he was roughly twelve/thirteen. 

Hades is the closest thing we get to a good Godly father figure. Don't get me wrong, he's far from perfect, but he tries. This is especially evident in The Blood of Olympus with the zombie butler and the reminder that Nico is the only demigod we've come across who has rooms at his Godly parent's palace.  

5. Lucas from Burn Mark by Laura Powell

Lucas wakes up one day as the thing he's been brought up to burn. He adapts surprisingly well to his new situation, though the second book shows that some of the longing for his old life lingers. He acts as the privileged, by-the-book foil to Glory. 

Who's your favourite fictional hero?