Tough Travelling“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created by Nathan at Review Barn where participants make a new list each week based on The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones. This hilarious little book cheerfully pokes fun at the most prevalent tropes in fantasy. All are welcome to take part, and there is a link up over at his site. Join in any time!

This week’s trope is FATHERS:

Comes in two types in fantasyland.  Either a semi-mystical figure proving impossible to live up to or the overbearing type who doesn’t understand why his daughter doesn’t accept the traditional princess role.  He may be tough to get along with but usually does think he has his kids interests in mind.

I tried to get a good mix of father figures, from crazy overbearing to the cool dads of fantasyland. No semi-mystical ones, though. Happy belated Father’s Day to all my North American peeps!

 The Scroll of YearsImago Bone – The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich


Hats off to a regular, non-royal father! Well, as regular as a master thief can be. Bone spends much of the book as a father-to-be, but clearly cares very deeply for the welfare of his unborn child. Unfortunately things kind of go ass over teakettle in the fatherhood department…this post reminds me that I need to read book two so I can see what happens with that situation!

Princeless Vol. 1King Ashe – Princeless comics by Jeremy Whitley


King Ashe is a textbook overbearing father, choosing to lock his daughter Adrienne up in a tower until she can be rescued by a knight…all so that she’ll get married and stop being an embarrassment. You know, if by ’embarrassment’ you mean completely badass. Daddy dearest’s plan works about as well as you’d expect.

The Demon KingAverill Demonai – The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima


As the father of Princess Raisa, heir to the Grey Wolf Throne, Averill Demonai is a powerful dude. But rather than try to control his precious princess, he encourages her to embrace her Clan heritage and learn archery, trading, and living rough. #CoolDad

Moon Called by Patricia BriggsAdam Hauptman – Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Adam is an amazing father to his teenage daughter Jesse, which is especially impressive because his ex-wife is er, uncooperative at times. He exhibits a good blend of protective dad and progressive dad – while he tries to protect Jesse and will literally kill those who harm her (werewolf fathers, amirite?), he doesn’t stop her from living her life either.


    • Lynn Williams

    • 7 years ago

    Adam is an excellent choice!
    I love the way you always come up with really unique books!
    Lynn 😀

    1. Thanks, Lynn! I absolutely love Adam – and his relationship with Jesse. Hehe, I try to come up with new stuff! It helps that I seem to read a lot less epic/high fantasy than the others who participate in TT.

  1. Bone is a great choice. That was such a unique book; a married couple that is physically together for most of the journey.

    1. Thanks! I know, I loved that aspect of the story. There aren’t many examples of married couples who’re physically together that I can think of in SFF…actually I can’t think of any right now, besides Bone & Gaunt!

  2. Werewolf fathers are certainly a handful, ha ha ha! Princeless looks super charming!

    1. Ha, I certainly thought so! Can you imagine the crap a werewolf dad would pull when their kid started dating? *shudder* haha. Princeless is epic! Highly recommend that one.

  3. D’awww, the inclusion of Adam made my heart melt. His love for Jesse is why I adore him. Not too many authors show the parenthood side of alpha werewolves (in fact, I’m hard pressed to think of any other than the Mercy Thompson series).


    1. Sigh…I love him so much. He’s probably the only ‘alpha’ type in UF who doesn’t strike me as too over the top. You know, this topic really made me realize how few fathers there really are in UF. Maybe because it’s a genre seemingly dominated by protagonists in their early-mid twenties? I’m not sure, but I’d like to see more parents in UF.

  4. Princeless sounds amazing. I need to check it out.

    1. It’s really great! Not exactly a subtle message, but any feminist comic starring a black princess and her dragon sidekick is a win in my books. 😉

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