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 TOWERS:

TURNCOATS are people who change to the side of the DARK LORD in mid-tour.

This week I’m repping the YA side of things. Apparently teenagers are just as prone to betrayal as adults….surprise, surprise.

InsurgentCaleb – Insurgent by Veronica Roth

We meet Tris’ brother Caleb in Divergent; a quiet, intelligent, and intensely curious young man, he’s a perfect fit for the Erudite faction. So it’s a little surprising when he defects and joins Tris and her buddies in their rebellion against Erudite’s brainwashing and attempt to take over the factions. But of course, Jeanine Matthews, leader of Erudite, has his loyalty the whole time. Tris is understandably brokenhearted when she learns that Caleb is a turncoat.

AzkabanPeter Pettigrew – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

I mean honestly, does this one even need an explanation? Peter Pettigrew, betrayer of Lily and James Potter. Not only did he sell them out to Voldermort, he also set up his friend Sirius to take the fall! Double turncoat. Boom!

The Golden CompassLord Asriel – The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

If the “Dark Lord” is another way of saying greed, fanatical violence, and a complete disregard for your own daughter, then Lord Asriel is turncoat #1. At first he seems like little more than a complete failure as a parent – then shit really starts to hit the fan and he’s revealed as a senseless killer of innocent BFFs. More than a decade after my first read through and I’m still not over it.

The AwakeningRachelle “Rae” Rodgers – The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

When Chloe and the gang decide to escape Lyle House – the supernatural Cabal facility masquerading as a group home for troubled youth – they invite Rae to come with them. She refuses…and runs straight to the coordinators to tell them about their plan. In Armstrong’s currently ongoing novella Atoning, Rae attempts to….well, atone for her turncoat-y behaviour.


  1. I admit, I wasn’t fond of the Divergent trilogy…and book two was probably my least favorite. I might have scrubbed my memory of that book, which probably explains why I don’t remember the turncoat in it at all! D’oh…

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. I admit…I really liked the first two books! Although I think I may have been easier to please back then. I don’t want to talk about Allegiant. That was my “memory’s been scrubbed” book of the series.

    • Lynn Williams

    • 8 years ago

    I’ve only read the first in the Veronica Roth series. I did quite like it so I’m not discounting the possibility of reading on – I just became a bit distracted. I like that you got Pullman on the list too.
    Plus Pettigrew – seems like he’s everywhere this week!
    Lynn 😀

    1. I think most people would agree that Divergent is the best book in the trilogy. Make of that what you will. Philip Pullman is one of my favourites ever. I know some people don’t care for him but they need to get their heads checked and give him another chance!!

  2. Definitely some good looking examples. I’m at a loss to come up with some other ones.

    1. I honestly had a blank look on my face for at least five minutes when I saw the topic for this week. It was a serious derp moment.

      1. That is my goal. Toughen people up and all that. =)

    • Charlotte

    • 8 years ago

    Caleb and Lord Asriel didn’t even make it to my mental list. This book amnesia is really getting worse. Hahahaha. But yeah, thanks so much for refreshing my memory.

    This week’s topic is reliving all the pain you know. I haven’t yet come across a list where Pettigrew was not present. And I just really hate that vermin!

    1. Honestly the best part about this meme is seeing how amazing some people’s memories are! Mine is completely awful. Thankfully Pettigrew and his dastardly deeds are pretty memorable!

  3. I haven’t checked out Kelley Armstrong’s YA series yet, so hopefully your Rachelle “Rae” Rodgers pick isn’t a huge spoiler! I’m reading Taken by the Others by Jess Haines right now, and John, one of Alec Royce’s vamps just turned on him, so there’s my answer! Talk about excellent timing. 😉

    1. Not huge per se…but it is a little one. Sorry Carmel! Next time I’ll warn ya. Jess Haines is a UF author I’ve been wanting to check out for a while, so maybe I’ll add book 1 to the list!

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