Thursday, April 10, 2014

~I~ is for Ishmael

My Theme for the 2014 A to Z Challenge is: SciFi/Fantasy Characters in Novels

I'll introduce you to a new scifi/fantasy character from the plethora of novels I've read over my lifetime. My goal is to entice those who maybe haven't read much in the genre I write and share why I find these characters so interesting. I hope you'll enjoy taking the ride with me.

~I~ is for Ishmael from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Ishmael is one of my favorite villains because he isn't evil for evil's sake. He didn't give in because of a lust for or promise of power. He runs on logic. By logic, he's reasoned that the Dark Lord will eventually win the fight against the Dragon, so therefore the world's years are numbered and it's better to be on the side that will eventually win then not. The other Forsaken believe him to be insane, but really they just don't understand what he does. Ishmael sees the others as fools to believe that the Dark Lord will keep his promises to grant them power. Ishmael understands that the Dark Lord seeks to undo by whatever means possible and when he is done there will be nothing to have power over.

I loved this series. It is long. Jordan tends to repeat information in each book that we already know, but I love the characters and the world. And Brandon Sanderson finishs the series superbly!

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In the near future, a few young women manifest extraordinary abilities called "Shine." Each girl's ability is different. Some develop extraordinary mental abilities. Some become physically strong. Others have powers that defy description. But the world does not embrace these Shines. It fears them.

Camille’s life hasn’t been the same since her parent’s supposed murder suicide. When an intruder ransacks her home and she discovers a mysterious thumb drive hidden in her father’s office, she realizes the unwanted changes in her life are just beginning. Politics and conspiracy, betrayal and abduction. Camille is about to discover that change is inevitable and hiding is not an option.


Rebekah Loper said...

I still need to read the last two books in the series, but I do remember being fascinated by Ishmael.

Nynaeve and Lan were my favorite characters (and couple) in Wheel of Time. I just loved their dynamic, and Nynaeve reminded me a lot of, well, me.

Loni Townsend said...

I love the logical villains. So much more interesting!