Tough Travelling“Tough Traveling” is a weekly Thursday feature created byΒ Nathan at Review BarnΒ 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 isΒ LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Seems odd to think that in fantasy cities in which entire economies revolve around crime there is room for the men in blue (or crimson, or whatever). But the law does the best it can, even when faced with magic, mystical creatures, or rogue deities.

Ohhhh I feel like this week is going to bring about some truly original lists! I tried to mix it up from a wide variety of sub-genres and included both YA and adult titles.

Artemis FowlLEPRecon – The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

LEPRecon or “recon” is – you guessed it! – the reconnaissance division of the Lower Elements Police force. This job mostly consists of tracking down fairies who have wandered beyond the underground network where the People (fae) live and into the human realm…that is, until Artemis Fowl comes along. Fun fact: LEPRecon is suspected to be the origin of the word leprechaun!

Three Parts DeadJustice – Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone 

Definitely the most unconventional example of law enforcement I’ve chosen, Justice is the police force of Alt Coulomb…but it’s really more of a consciousness than a police force. It’s a group of volunteers who, when on duty, enter this hive-mind state and gain super strength and speed while becoming incorruptible. But can any consciousness be truly without prejudice? And just what – or who – is Justice, anyway?

Dead Witch Walking
Federal Interland Bureau – The Hollows series by Kim Harrison 

There are actually two competing police agencies in The Hollows series, the human-run FIB and the IS or Interland Security, but I feel that the FIB is actually much more interesting. Despite being an Interlander, Rachel is a liaison for the FIB and forms a rapport with several of the human members. Unfortunately the FIB is often behind the IS in terms of closing cases because they can’t use magic.

TerrierThe Provost’s Guard – Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce

The Provost’s Guard is the police force in Tortall, primarily located in Corus, a major city with a great deal of corruption and crime. Guards are referred to as “Dogs” or “Puppies” based on their seniority in the force; certain Guards get canine-related nicknames, like Beka Cooper who is dubbed “Terrier” in the first book.


    • Laura @ Half-Strung Harp

    • 8 years ago

    Ooh, you did a much better job of explaining Justice than I did! Great list. πŸ˜€

    1. Hahah, thank you!!! I did the best I could, but it’s a pretty abstract concept. Max Gladstone is 1000x better with words than I am!

  1. Haha, LEPRecon πŸ˜€ Great pick! I read most of the Artemis series in Slovenian but I can’t remember how that was translated… Did you read all of it? I gave up after 4 books, I think…
    I was totally uninspired for this topic so I skipped it πŸ™ Next week will be better, I think.

    1. Hehe, thank you!! No, I think I only read the first two or three books. I distinctly remember pulling an all-nighter reading books 1 and 2 in grade school, haha.

      I think you can be forgiven for skipping this one since you came up with an awesome new feature idea instead! πŸ˜€

    • Lynn Williams

    • 8 years ago

    A great list and Tamora on there as well!. I absolutely can’t wait to read the Gladstone book. I have a dilemma though – I want to read Golden Son, Dreamer’s Pool, Iron Ghost AND Gladstone. Damn!!!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    1. I consider it a success whenever my girl Tammy makes it on to one of these lists! Wow, that IS a dilemma – that’s a list of some seriously tempting books. Torn between suggesting Dreamer’s Pool and Gladstone…

  2. Yay – No overlap! Great and very diverse examples many of which are pretty fantastical on their own – that’s awesome. I got stuck in Urban Fantasy for the most part. Three Parts Dead looks very intriguing and your description of Artemis Fowl made me have yearning to get back to that series – I’ve only read book 1.

    1. Whoop whoop! πŸ™‚ Stuck in Urban Fantasy – sounds like my ideal vacation, haha. There are some pretty great examples of law enforcement in UF. You NEED to read Three Parts Dead, it is fantastic. It’s like a UF/steampunk/high fantasy hybrid…completely epic.

  3. The Provost Guard showed up a couple times. Is this a book I should know? Sometimes the UF covers run together in my mind (so should the epic covers, but being more my main thing I think it is a willful choice of memory).

    1. They’re from one of Tamora Piece’s later Tortall series. However, the books were written in this weird 1st person style that I found hard to get into (although it was a fabulous YA book on the whole). But probably not the best Tammy book to start with.

      1. Oooh, good way to describe the Beka Cooper books. Definitely a bit of narrative weirdness but I liked that. πŸ˜‰

    2. I swear you say these things to aggravate me, hahaha.

      It’s one of Tamora Pierce’s most popular series, but if you ever decide to read her books you should probably begin at the beginning, with the Alana books.

  4. I should get my sister the Beka Cooper books, it sounds like they’d really work for her! Great list.

    1. YES spread the Tamora Pierce love! Beka Cooper is such a great heroine, I think she’s one of my favourites.

    • Windsprite

    • 8 years ago

    I recognize LEPrecon, I listed that one too (I’m reading the Opal Deception, and it’s sticking to my mind.)
    But I don’t know any of the others! Where did they come from? πŸ˜€

    1. You know, I’m shocked by how many Artemis Fowl fans are out there! I had no idea. A lot more people recognized LEPrecon than I thought would. Hehehe, get reading!!!! πŸ˜‰

        • Windsprite

        • 8 years ago

        Done! And I’ve still got to read the rest of them… I’m still totally excited and probably I’ll review them all at once, because I read faster than I review…

        1. Amen to that. I am perpetually behind on my reviews!

            • Windsprite

            • 8 years ago

            Sometimes I’ve got a feeling like I never want to write a review again…

          1. Especially if the book is really “meh” like an unenthusiastic 3 stars or something.

  5. Good call on LEPrecon! That made me giggle so much when I first read that book.

    1. Oh my gosh, me too!! Especially the fact that their traditional uniforms were green, so that’s why humans thought leprechauns wore green…hehe.

  6. LEPRecon was the BEST. Well, it was the best pun, anyway πŸ˜‰ And I’m way more interested in the FIB too, b/c those guys at IS are jerks, man. I just finished rereading Seraphina, and got reminded of the Censors–those dragons who police FEELS. Kind of law enforcement . . .

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