Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Favorite Fictional Character (25)

Meme sponsored and hosted by the creative mind of Ryan at Wordsmithonia.

As I mentioned on my last FFC there are some books that have more than one Favorite Fictional Character for me.  And I want to keep them separate for each character to be spotlighted.

Well, I have realized I like showcasing strong characters I see something of what I would like to have in me.  A strength to fight back and be strong for others.  And again I am going down that road...

The last FFC was of Terelle from The Last Stormlord, here.  Terelle was a favorite character for her ability and strength she possessed.  The next character is also from The Last Stormlord, although not a major major character - yet (I have a feeling she will make a lot more appearances in the future books).

Not only is this character another strong women, but I seemed to be able to relate to her on many levels - almost like she was me.  I remember feeling some of the feelings she had, and even still do.  Ryka is not the perfect beauty for all.  But she is very human and relatable to me.  Ryka has bad eyes and squints to see, even when she was young she would trip as she walked.  She works with ink, translating documents.  And she was always tall with long legs.  The other kids when she was younger use to taunt her with names and such.  I had many of these same troubles growing up.  Tall with long legs not yet appreciated, and the eye sight well... it still isn't any better but thank goodness for contacts. :)  And she is what the other girls always called plain.  I am the same way, minimal makeup for me.

Ryka is a strong character as well.  She is one of those female characters that will go into the fight and not be asked to help.  And on the flip side of the coin you can't tell her not to help, she will do as she wants.  She knows what she wants and what she can do.

But the funny thing is the one man she loves, who doesn't know so, is who she has to marry - and he loves her as well, but she doesn't know it.  They both have water abilities and it is hoped that they will produce a stormlord.  The great part about this relationship is Kaneth always gets tongue tied and sticks his foot in his mouth around Ryka.  She is always able to put him in his place, but what he wants to say comes out sooo wrong.  They seem to be complete opposites but they really are a great pair in this book.

Ryka and Kaneth start to have important positions in the book, and I am really looking forward to them coming back in the next... I hope.


WonderBunny said...

I loved that book! It was one of my favorite reads this year. I have two other Glenda Larke books and the next one in this series comes out before the end of the summer (I think).

Ryan G said...

Sounds like another great character from a book I need to check out. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

WonderBunny - I loved this book too! I am really looking forward to the next book. Glenda Larke mentioned on her blog that Amazon has it listed as being available July 27th, but its not due out Until August 1st.

Ryan - I think you would enjoy this book, and maybe series (since its not all out yet I don't know. ;) ) It really is a great read. Glad you enjoyed the characters.