Tough Traveling: Minions
The Thursday feature “Tough Traveling” is the brainchild of Nathan of Review Barn, who has come up with the excellent idea of making a new list each week based on the most common tropes in fantasy, as seen in The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynn Jones. Nathan has invited anyone who is interested to come play along, so be sure to check out the first link for more information. Compulsive list-maker that I am, I’m very excited to take part!
This week’s tour topic is: Minions of the Dark Lord
MINIONS OF THE DARK LORD are all over the place. The DARK LORD has been busy planting them for years…
And the description in the book goes on and on and on. It basically boils down to anyone working for a Dark Lord. You’ve already seen my extensive list for Dark Lord a few weeks back, and almost all of them have their henchmen or agents. Rather than naming them all and featuring the same books again, I’m going to go for a shorter list this time and use a few new titles I haven’t talked about yet!
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Newcago is ruled with an iron fist by the extremely powerful Epic named Steelheart, who is apparently invincible and has the ability to fly and hurl blasts of energy in addition to turning matter into steel. To take him down, the protagonist David and his fellow Reckoners have to take in account three other Epics who are supposedly in Steelheart’s inner council and who also serve as his elite bodyguards: Firefight, Conflux, and Nightwielder.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Levana is the evil queen of Luna, employing Sybil as her head thaumaturge. Sybil herself ruled over a colony on Luna and accompanied her queen when she went to Earth to discuss an alliance with the Commonwealth. Sybil’s role was described as “between a doting lapdog and gleeful servant who delighted in seeing to Levana’s cruelest request”. She is also the cold, uncaring adoptive mother of Cress Mira, who is the main focus of the series’ third book.
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Charles Talent Manx likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith, taking them away forever into the otherworldly realm called “Christmasland”. With an ad in the back of a magazine, he enlists a chemical plant worker named Bing Partridge, who ultimately becomes his wicked and obedient “Head Elf”, as it were. Bing does terrible things for Manx, using his knowledge of chemicals to drug and capture children, then killing the victim’s parents.