“Give me your hat.”First line in The Bone Ships by RJ Barker
It’s Tuesday. It’s a Top Ten and it’s hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I can very easily get on board with this week’s topic as it is secondary/minor characters who deserve more love. Of course, it’s unclear whether this love should come from readers or other characters within the book, so I’ve taken the opportunity to go with a bit of both.
- The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner)
The queen of Attolia is a character that comes off as very cold and reserved. She’s not going to waste her time being nice to people she doesn’t care for, and she isn’t even very outspoken about the love she does have for some people. Because of this, I don’t think she’s very beloved by the people she rules or the readers of the series for that matter. She should be because she’s very passionate and self-sacrificing. She just has a different way of showing it.
- Renarin Kholin (The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson)
I don’t think any character is more fitting for this question than Renarin. Even his own father forgets he exists sometimes! It has also hurt his mental state that he has grown up in a society that highly values physical strength and the ability to fight in wars while he himself was very weak and sickly as a child and still struggles with his health. He deserves to know that there are other ways to have value!
- The Fool (The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb)
I have only read The Farseer Trilogy so far, but based on that, The Fool definitely deserves more love!
Knowing Robin Hobb, he probably still does by the end of everything. He’s a very strange character, so to avoid spoiling anything, I won’t go into too much detail. He’s just getting hurt a lot and I don’t like seeing it.
- Jack Ellin (Onyx Court by Marie Brennan)
The love Jack Ellin deserve more of should have come in the form of more page-time within the Onyx Court series. The series is structured in such a way that each book is almost a standalone with a different male character at their center. The problem with Jack though, is that he didn’t even get an entire book for himself. He was barely there for half of In Ashes Lie, and I’m so sad about that. He was very funny and had quite a few clever one-liners that I really wish we had gotten more of.
- Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
I’m going into minor spoilers here because I’m mainly thinking that it’s the Effie at the end of Mockingjay that deserve more love. From anyone, really. She’s a character that seems to have lived a very sheltered life, but probably not as sheltered as she makes it seem, so I feel for her when that little control she has is ripped away from her.
- The crew of The Tide Child (The Tide Child by RJ Barker)
It turned out to be impossible for me to pick just one crew member of this epic ship so I went with all of them. I believe they’re all very beloved by readers of the books but probably not so much by everyone else in the quite brutal world they live in. They’re all outcasts and some of them practically have one foot in the grave when we meet them. But they’re resilient and deserve more recognition.
- Jamshid (The Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty)
*pausing for a moment so that those who read this blog regularly can roll their eyes*
Jamshid deserves the world, okay. He is so kind to everyone, but he doesn’t always get the same kind of treatment in return, not even from those who love him the most, and I will not stand for it!
- Jude St. Francis (A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara)
He’s probably not considered a minor character, but if anyone deserves more love, it’s Jude. He can actually never get enough love, so I had to include him.
- Mrs. Silver (The Greenhollow Duology by Emily Tesh)
With quite a few amazing characters in this duology, it’s extraordinary how this minor character, Mrs. Silver, just came in and stole the spotlight. Someone who doesn’t appreciate her as much, though, is her son, and he seriously needs to wake and realize how awesome his mother is.
- Carfax (The Betrayals by Bridget Collins)
I literally cannot say anything here without spoiling something, so you’re just going to have to trust me that Carfax definitely belongs on this list.
Those were ten characters I think deserve more love in one way or another. Do you agree with me? Do you have a favorite secondary character who gets overlooked? Tell me about it in the comments!