Tough Travels – To Blathe (True Love)


Each Thursday, our copy of ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This week’s topic is TO BLATHE

Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice MLT, a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that. But that’s not what he said! He distinctly said “to blave.” (Thanks to Wendy again.  Let’s find those examples of True Love!)

When Wendy first threw it out there, with only the title, I admit I didn’t get the reference. So I snapped up the full quote for the topic to make things easier for y’all. And if that isn’t enough, sorry can’t help you. No honestly, you are beyond any kind of help.

And keeping with lucky coincidences I honestly picked this at random and it in no way was brought up because of Valentine’s Day. But better to be lucky than good!

Lenk and KatariaThe City Stained Red by Sam Sykes – And right away you should The City Stained Red (Bring Down Heaven)realize I look at things a little different. Because these two are certainly not living happily ever after, hell I am not even sure they are together. And this is not a relationship that has always stayed pure by any means.

But I picked it for this list because it feels real (as real as a love between a fantasy mercenary and orc-like person can be). Relationships are not easy but the strong ones withstand storms. Even when running off in anger something will bring true love back together every time. Most importantly, true love has to have some sort of sacrifice before I know it is real. Kataria gave up a connection with her people for this relationship. Maybe someday they will admit they actually have one.

Conina and Nijel the DestroyerSourcery by Terry Pratchett – Fine, you want some actually eyes meet across the room kind of stuff? As always, Discworld is there for you. Conina is the daughter of Cohen and by the looks of thing just as strong in the art of barbarian warfare. But what she really wants to be is a hairdresser, if only she wasn’t so good at killing.

Nijel is still learning the ropes, but he has a book to teach him everything he needs to know in order to make the move from clerk to warrior. He even has the look down, complete with loincloth. The long wooly underwear his mother made him put on apperently had no ill effect because Conina and him are in love as soon as they fight their way out of a pit together.

Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats, #1)Falcio and his kingTraitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell – Ok, I admit it, this is a bit of a low blow. I really did enjoy this book, healing sex and all. But the love Falcio has for his king is beyond comprehension. He must have really liked the man’s ideals.

How do I know? Because technically in this book his wife was fridged before the current timeline. And sure it pissed him off a bit. But it was the fridging of his king that really drove Falcio. Every step he takes is to avenge the man and fight for his ideas. True love indeed.

F’lar and LessaPern by Anne McCaffrey – Oh it is the age old story isn’t it? Man and woman fight and fight until eventually passions overwhelm them and a lusty night of the best sex ever comes to them. It of course helps to have telepathically linked dragons spurring on the emotional charge, but as we have discussed before it is not creepy because Dragons.

To be fair though these two do end up being one hell of a team by the end. And truly do find love, it just doesn’t come as easy as some.

Moth and SparkCorrin and TamMoth and Spark by Anne Leonard – I bring it up because it is the closest book to a romance I have read in recent years, and it is very good. A tale of a commoner and a prince, with war, dragons and a bit of true love. Wish I could remember more plot details and come up something witty to say about it, but take what you can. It had true love for sure, that is what matters.

Join as next week as we look at KNIGHTS

Um. Noble rich people on horseback. Come on, you people know what knights are. (Topic provided by Miriam)

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