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Favourite Fathers/Father Figures
Alrighty, I’m going to be honest here I very nearly didn’t do this week’s topic: Favourite Fathers and/or Father Figures. I didn’t have a very good relationship with my dad growing up and this week it’ll be nine years since he passed away. We were estranged for many years by that time. So, a bit of a double whammy for me. However, I don’t want my real-life personal problems getting in the way of what is actually a decent prompt so I’m powering through.
1. Cairo Azarcon – Warchild series by Karin Lowachee
Honestly, Cairo is a character I love more and more each time I read this amazing series. He’s stealthy that way! I love how his relationship with his son Ryan develops across the series and I also love the role he assumes with Jos. He isn’t a perfect character, or father for that matter, but he cares a lot about his son and the other characters he has taken under his wing.
2. Burrich – Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb
I debated about whether to pick Burrich or Chade from this series as both of them are father figures to Fitz during his early life when his own father is absent (though you later learn there is a good reason for this). Burrich just slightly edges out Chade though as he was the foremost carer for Fitz as a young lad.
3. Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Who wouldn’t love Atticus Finch? Especially as depicted by Gregory Peck in the incredible movie adaptation. He is like the ideal all fathers should emulate (and I’m choosing to ignore ‘Go Set a Watchman’ here, I haven’t read it and doubt I ever will).
4. Ned Stark – A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
Ah Ned. Poor, doomed Ned. Not the most politically savvy of characters but definitely one of the most sympathetic characters and fathers in this series (although that isn’t exactly hard given the other options). I always felt that Ned cared very deeply for his children and although he made a lot of mistakes, ultimately his family were lucky to have him.
5. Madoc – The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
I know this is an unusual choice since he is responsible for the death of Jude and Taryn’s parents (not to mention his own flesh and blood daughter hates him) but I still rather like Madoc. Yes, he is brutal and violent and short-tempered. Yes, he doesn’t hesitate to use his family to further his own causes. However, he did genuinely try his best with Vivi, Jude and Taryn so I cannot dislike him.