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Tough Traveling: Enforcers

Today is Thursday, so it’s Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, in which we explore our favourite tropes of Science Fiction and Fantasy. This week is ENFORCERS:

Some people are made to give orders; others are made to make sure they are carried out. Be it through muscle or guile there are just some people you don’t want to hear are looking for you.

Butler, Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)

Artemis Fowl might be a criminal mastermind, but he’s also 12, so his threats don’t always carry a lot of weight.  Fortunately for him, he has Butler (both his name and his position). Aside from his general buttling duties Butler assists Artemis with threatening, cajoling, or intimidating anyone he deems needs it… and occasionally, utterly decimating them with his brute strength, superior marksmanship and military tactics. This book was a childhood favourite of mine, but even rereading as an adult the chapter where Butler slowly and systematically takes out a troll with the combination of a mace, a Sig Sauer, an old suit of armour, and his bare hands is still one of the badass things I’ve ever read.

The Witch-King of Angmar, The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)

Sauron had a lot of great enforcers, but the Witch-King specifically is both the creepiest and the most memorable for me. The Witch-King is here for two reason for me; one is that he and his ringwraith compatriots spawned a whole bunch of very similar-sounding enforcers in the fantasy genre. How many times do you pick a fantasy book and a dark cloaked figure on a horse is after them? The other is that Eowyn killing him was and still is my favourite part of the books (“But no living man am I! You are looking upon a woman… Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”)

The Steel Inquisitors, Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson)

These agents of the Lord Ruler are tasked with keeping order and hunting down dissidents.  Their powers include things like super strength, moving metal with their mind, the ability to foresee their opponents moves in battles, and being virtually immortal due to their healing capabilities. Basically, they are really, really hard to kill. Their powers come from the metal spikes protruding from their bodies – most disturbingly, driven into their eyes and coming out through the backs of their heads:

Steel Inquisitor
Steel Inquisitor” by nik-ivanov

Also, I’m now 2 for 2 for including characters with metal driven through their heads on my lists… You’re welcome.

Root, Person of Interest

I watched the entire four seasons of POI in the last three weeks all because of Amy Acker-as-Root, so I’m compelled to  throw this one. The Machine is, obviously, a machine – it cannot actually do anything at all, and relies entirely on having an enforcer. And it couldn’t have chosen a better option than Root, who has no compunctions about cheerfully coercing, blackmailing, torturing, poisoning, murdering, or otherwise incapacitating anyone the Machine might need taken care of. She is utterly devoted to it (“her,” as she would say), plus she is a manipulative cyborg hacker turned contract killer who can and will destroy your life as easily with her computer as with her trademark dual-wielded pistols.

And honourable mention to practically half the cast of A Song of Ice and Fire:  Brienne, Gregor Clegane, Sandor Clegane, all the dire wolves (except maybe Lady), Bronn, Barristan Selmy, Ramsay Bolton, etc….

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What am I Doing Wednesday (2)

This is a regular feature about what books you can expect to be reviewed in the near future as well as any TV, films, or video games I’ve seen/played throughout the week.

–   A great week for reading – I checked some heavy hitters off of the TBR list with Wild Seed, Alif the Unseen, and The Left Hand of Darkness, plus the unexpected addition of Fairest by Gail Carson Levine for some lighter material.
–   After months on the waitlist, I also picked up Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie from the library. Given my rapidly increasing backlog of books to review, though, it might be a while before I get to it. And also because:

–   BioWare totally pulled a Beyoncé and unexpectedly dropped Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC this week, which I will be playing the heck out of that for the foreseeable future. Nothing eats up all your free time like the awesomeness of a BioWare game!

–   Still Person of Interest, and I’m only a couple of episodes behind now. I ship Root and Shaw like nobody’s business. They would be the most amazing beautiful and slightly sociopathic couple ever to grace television with their presence.
–   Plus they have the most appropriate ship name ever, Shoot:


Love these ladies.

What Am I Doing Wednesday

This is a regular feature about what books you can expect to be reviewed in the near future, as well some of the other media I’ve been consuming recently.


  • I’ve just finished Orleans by Sherri L. Smith and The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, both stellar books.
  • I also picked up Wild Seed (Octavia Butler) and Alif the Unseen (G. Willow Wilson) from the library this week, so I’m looking forward to starting on those soon!


  • I was catching up on an old Nerd Appropriate podcast with Amy Acker in which she starts talking about the number of people she has tortured/injured/otherwise incapacitated on Person of Interest, which naturally piqued my interest. I was a little uninterested with the Amy Acker-less pilot, so I decided to skip straight to the ones she is in. This was a super great life decision. She is fantastically creepy and yet so adorable all at the same time, and the other characters are fast growing on me as well.


  • This week I finished up Papo & Yo, an exceptionally beautiful and touching empathy game about growing up in an abusive home. It’s an amazing, amazing game.