Tough Traveling – Novices
Nathan over at Fantasy Review Barn is the mastermind of Tough Traveling. What’s Tough Traveling? Pretty much, it’s a weekly feature on Thursdays where we dig around to come up with examples of common tropes in fantasy, using Diana Wynne Jones’ The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as our inspiration and guide. Nathan has invited one and all to join in the fun, so feel free to come up with your own lists and add the link on Nathan’s weekly post, which will also contain (unleash) the next weeks theme. So let the fun begin …
This weeks theme? NOVICES
Novice is a term in frequent use. There are not only Novice Priests and Priestesses and nuns: you will also encounter novice healers and bards, and sometimes also novice mages…Novices are always young, frequently skinny and undernourished, and clad in robes.
I have a feeling I missed some great choices this week. I mean NOVICE, it just feels like they are every where in fantasy. If I had more time, I’d likely think of some better examples, but this is what I came up with. And they are all novices, so there is that. 🙂 Looking forward to see the other lists for this one.
Vaelin Al Sorna from Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan
A novice brother of the Sixth Order, Al Sorna is pushed into the arts of battle and war from the age of 10. This is some of the most grueling training I’ve read yet. It takes a hard toll to go from novice to full brother in this, and a disturbing percentage of students don’t make. Disturbing, because often death is the cause of failure to progress.
Christopher from Sword of the Bright Lady by M. C. Planck
Christopher is a novice priest – He might have been an engineer in this world, but when he finds himself in the strange new and magical world, he becomes a novice priest. Priests in this are pretty much magic users. So, an engineer comes in with ‘magic’ of science.
When Sonea joins the ranks of the other novices, she is faced with not just the normal challenges facing a new member of the Magician’s Guild, but also the challenges from coming from a lower class, which is unheard of as magical ability is usually limited to those privileged with a higher birth.
Roh from Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
Rohinmey, or Roh, is a novice parajista. Parajistas have the ability to call on the powers of the star Para, which really means they are able to manipulate air in magical/fantastical ways. Roh is full of hopes and dreams and dreams of adventure and of making a name for himself.
View Spoiler »Arya becomes a novice as one of the Faceless Men of the House of Black and White. Ahh, yes, a girl as a novice assassin. Have I mentioned I love this book, this series, this character?? The Faceless Men and The House of Black and White are mysterious and intriguing, allowing their ranks to pretty much don a new face to aid them in their tasks. And they can’t be all bad since heading it up is the kindly man. « Hide Spoiler