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This week’s theme is ‘Book Titles That Are Complete Sentences’, but I’m breaking away from the theme this week for Wyrd & Wonder to talk about some of my favourite siblings in fantasy! I love a well written family, particularly one with siblings who have each other’s backs, and fantasy is no stranger to them…
Bella, Agnes and Juniper from The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Juniper never thought much about her sisters’ lives after they left Crow County—they’d just walked off the edge of the page and vanished, a pair of unfinished sentences—but she thought a lot about what she’d say if she ever saw them again.
I love stories about witches, but I think far too many of them focus on romance when witchcraft, to me, is all about sisterhood, family and friendship. This quickly became one of my all-time favourite novels last year, and so much of that is because I love its focus on the relationship between these three sisters.
Ali, Zaynab and Muntadhir from The Kingdom of Copper by S.A Chakraborty
“Is this liquor? Because I want to be completely intoxicated when Abba gets wind that his children are plotting a coup in a fucking closet.”
These three are absolute disasters–particularly Ali and Muntadhir–but I love their relationship so much and how close they are. There are moments where all three of them get on each other’s nerves, but they ultimately always have each other’s backs.
Eowyn and Eomer from The Lord of the Rings
“Too long have you watched my sister. Too long have you haunted her steps.”
I’ve only seen the films (but one day I want to get around to reading the books!) but Rohan has my favourite royal family in this series. Eowyn’s relationship with her uncle, Theoden, is also stunning, but I love how close Eowyn and Eomer are and how they trust one another implicitly.
Evie and Jonathan from The Mummy
“You lied to me!”
“I lie to everyone, what makes you so special?”
“I am your sister!”
“Yes, well, that just makes you more gullible.”
The Mummy is one of my favourite films, so of course these two made the list! In any other story I feel like Jonathan would be exceptionally annoying, and yet there’s something about him in The Mummy that just works and I think part of that is that he and Evie are genuinely close and genuinely give a damn about each other.
Maia and Vedero from The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
“Of course, when we say ‘friend,’ we do not necessarily mean that we like the person particularly. We mean that they share with us the belief that women can and should do the same intellectual work as men.” Her shoulders were stiffly defensive, and Maia wondered what she expected him to say.
Except that he knew. She expected condemnation, or to be told that it was all very well for a hobby, but the only work women were fitted for was the bearing of children. He said, gently, “We would be honored to meet your friends—both those you like and those you don’t.”
She swung around so forcefully to stare at him that she nearly knocked Cala into the railings. “You are serious,” she said, not quite a question, but not quite a statement either.
“We were not considered worth educating, either,” Maia said.
Maia, my sweet summer child, is such an angel. He and his half-sister Vedero aren’t given the opportunity to meet until they’re both adults and Maia arrives at court as the new emperor. It takes them a little time to understand one another–Vedero, in particular, needs a bit of time to work out that her little brother really is simply an incredibly decent man–but I love them.
Sally and Gillian from Practical Magic
“Did you or your sister kill James Angelov?”
“Yeah, a couple of times.”
This is another case where I’ve only seen the film (one day I’ll read the book!) and it’s another favourite of mine, particularly for being another witch story that focuses on sisterhood. The little girls in this film remind me a little of my nieces, who are also an older redhead and a younger brunette.
Sorcha, Liam, Diarmid, Cormack, Conor, Finbar and Padriac from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
So close were we, the seven of us, that no childhood injury went unnoticed, no slight, real or imagined, went unaddressed, no hurt was endured without comfort.
Daughter of the Forest is about many things, and particularly focuses on how a person moves on from an incredibly traumatic event, but nothing in this story would have happened if it weren’t for Sorcha’s love for her six older brothers and the ordeal she has to go through to save them from the curse they’re placed under by their stepmother.
Vasya, Olga and Sasha from The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
“Christ, Vasya, what are you doing here?”
This is a very specific trope, but I love siblings who are separated when they’re younger reuniting when they’re older and coming face-to-face with who the other has become. This is very much the case in The Girl in the Tower, when Vasya finds herself in Moscow where she’s reunited with her older brother and sister who are more than a little concerned to find her in Moscow unchaperoned and dressed as a boy.
Lan, Hilo and Shae from Jade City by Fonda Lee
Hilo draped his arms over Shae’s shoulders and hugged her, then spoke into her ear. “I could still kill him for you.”
“Screw you, Hilo,” she snapped. “I can kill my ex-boyfriends myself.”
Who doesn’t love a crime family? These three are three of the most dangerous people on the island of Kekon, and yet they’re still such siblings, with Lan often having to come between Hilo and Shae when they start bickering yet again. However much they might get on one another’s nerves, though, they’re loyal to a fault, and if you hurt one of them then you’d better watch your back, because the other two will be on the hunt…
Katara and Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender
“We’ll wear disguises! And if it looks like trouble, we’ll leave.”
“Yeah… because we always leave before we get into trouble.”
They have their grandmother and their father, but it’s really each other that Sokka and Katara have to rely on more than anyone else and, for all his goofing around, it’s clear that Sokka takes watching out for Katara seriously.