This month, in celebration of Father’s Day, the Candlelight Reads Hop topic is ‘Tortured Heroes.’ What makes our hearts break when we come across a tortured hero?
I’m focused on fantasy lately, so my favorite tortured hero is Herrel, one of the were-riders from Andre Norton‘s Witch World book, Year of the Unicorn. Although a close second would be the tortured hero Ylon from Mirror of Destiny, charm-blinded by magic and seen as less than a man by all. In fact, the “seen as less than a man” is a commonality between Herrel and Ylon, and yet the heroine still comes to love them. These tortured heroes aren’t judged by their challenges but by their actions. It is this which makes me love not only the tortured hero but the heroine.
Even though they themselves have come to believe they are “less”, they don’t allow this to prevent them from protecting the women they love. Another great quality about a tortured hero (or villain, for that matter, although that is a different post). They face challenges head on and overcome, eventually coming to realize they aren’t “less” at all. Or, if anything, their faults have served to make them stronger.
Their torture and redemption gives me hope of the same.
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