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 SNARKY SIDEKICKS:

Why is everyone so serious all the time?  Perhaps they need a friend that is there with a quick bit of wit to liven the day; even if the day is looking to quickly turn to blood. (Not actually found in the Tough Guide)

Ooo best topic ever! I decided to make things interesting by only choosing non-human snarky sidekicks, specifically fae.

Peter Pan and WendyTinker Bell – Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
Tinker Bell is the quintessential snarky sidekick…which is especially cool when you consider the fact that she doesn’t even say anything in the entire book! Well, not in English anyway. Fairy language sounds like the tinkling of bells to human ears. But Peter translates for her a few times and it’s always gold. 

Best Snarky Moment:
“He tried to argue with her. ‘You know you can’t be my fairy Tink, because I am a gentleman and you are a lady.’ To this Tink replied in these words, ‘You silly ass’ and disappeared into the bathroom.”

22895264Tink – Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Tink is a brownie, a benevolent fae creature in a world where the fae are generally considered evil killing machines. The protagonist calls him Tink (after Tinker Bell) because he won’t tell her his real name. He’s always ready with a Harry Potter quote! 

Best Snarky Moment:
“Grabbing a scarf off the chair, I threw it at him. He caught it, clutching it to his chest as he flew into the air. ‘You gave Tink a scarf. Tink is free!’ He flew out into the hallway like a little cracked-out fairy, screeching, ‘Tink is freeeeee!’ Ren looked at me. ‘What the actual f*ck?’ I sighed. ‘He’s obsessed with Harry Potter. I’m sorry.'”

Dead Witch WalkingJenks – The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
Jenks is a pixy – don’t you dare call him a fairy, or he will pix you with his magic dust and you’ll be sorry! He is full of verve and wit and, when the occasion calls for it, some seriously foul insults. He is also the father of a bajillion pixy children (that is not the actual number, but it’s a lot). 

Best Snarky Moment:
“‘Jenks!’ I called after him. ‘We aren’t leaving for at least an hour!’ It didn’t take that long to say goodbye. ‘Yeah?’ came his faint voice. ‘You think my kids just popped out of the ground?'”

 Eyes Like StarsMoth, Mustardseed, Cobwb, and Peaseblossom – Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
These three fairies are pulled straight from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and they’ve got the sass to prove it! 

Best Snarky Moment:
“‘She’s under duress,’ Peaseblossom said. ‘I don’t care if she’s under duress, over it, or alongside it,’ Moth said. ‘Nothing in this world supersedes cake.'”


  1. Ok. You going in and digging up actually quotes makes the rest of us look lazy. What is up with that?

    Also, didn’t know anyone had actually read Peter Pan. And would I like ‘Eyes like Stars?’

    1. Haha, you’re welcome.

      I had to read it for school, do not recommend. Hmm…do you like Shakespeare? If yes, then you probably will. It’s the first book in a trilogy and imo it’s the best one of the lot.

  2. Ugh, I can’t believe I forgot about Tink! I just read Wicked… Peter Pan is *not* my favourite children’s book, though. I had to read it recently for a class and I didn’t enjoy it. Great idea, going for fairies and pixies 🙂
    Is Eyes Like Stars by the same lady who wrote Ticker? Is it any better? I really disliked Ticker…

    1. Tink was the best, wasn’t he? Great wingman, haha. Oh my gosh, I am not a Peter Pan love either! I always had a vague idea that it was racist and awful but then I actually read it and yikes.

      It’s by the same woman, yes! Well let’s put it like this: I DNFed Ticker after 5 pages (I am a bad person) but I quite liked Eyes Like Stars! It’s leaps and bounds above Ticker.

  3. I love your approach – focusing on snarky fairy folk! I haven’t read any of these which is fun and I’ll definitely be adding Wicked and Eyes Like Stars to the TBR.

    1. Thank you! There are a surprising number of them, that’s for sure. YES do it! They’re both really good. 🙂

    • Bob Milne

    • 8 years ago

    I’m with Nathan – you’re making the rest of us look bad with your quotes. 🙂

    1. Haha, sorry everyone! Just don’t expect that level of effort every week. 😉

    • Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    • 8 years ago

    Ha! Love the quotes 🙂 And that you focused on fae snark.

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I’m not very good at describing snark so I thought I’d leave that to the authors…hence the quotes!

  4. Wow, a lot of snarky fairies. Good call! And Tink sounds awesome. I want him in my house based entirely on that quote.

    1. Right? I was surprised by how many I could rattle off. HAHA Tink was one of the best parts of Wicked, hands down. Not a perfect book but he pushed it into the 4 star territory for me.

  5. haha I didn’t think of Tinkerbell! I think I have to read Wicked now. I loved how you added quotes!

    1. She’s so sassy, isn’t she? Yes, read it! Although it’s more heavy on the romance than the fantasy, so keep that in mind if that’s not your thing.

    • Laura @ Half-Strung Harp

    • 8 years ago

    I’ve never read the book, but that quote from ‘Wicked’ made me laugh out loud. Great list! 🙂

    1. Harry Potter jokes are kind of a no-fail way to get people laughing these days, I think! Thanks Laura. 🙂

  6. Oh, I love the extra touch with the examples 🙂

    I couldn’t come up with enough this week to even form a theme!


    1. Hehe, thank you! What, the queens of Tough Travelling? I am shocked! Next week you and Wendy will be back with a massive list, I’m sure. 🙂

    • Lynn Williams

    • 8 years ago

    Hah! You just went next level – even with the quotes!!! bloody hell I’m super impressed. Hang on – was Tamora on this here list… wait…… WHAT? No Tamora. I’ll let you off as I didn’t (yet again) have lotr! I need to look at a lot of your prior reviews – think we could have a lot in common here! and you can’t have enough good recommendations now can you.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Thanks Lynn. HA! I knew you’d catch that. I think the fae are the one fantasy trope that Tamora Pierce doesn’t use…she’s got all the other magical creatures, but not faeries! Hey I could say the same to you – your lists always make me want to go on a book buying spree. 😉

  7. Cookie from Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series is currently one of my favourite sidekicks; she’s not overly snarky because the heroine is enough of a smart ass for the both of ‘em, but she does have her moments.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    1. COOKIE! I’ve only read the first book, but she was awesome enough that I remember her. And you’re right, if she were as snarky as Charley those two would never get anything done – they’d just be cracking wise at each other all day!

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