Top Five Wednesday, Furry Friends

This is going to be the first post in my top five Wednesday series and I am so excited to start this little series! I joined the goodreads group which gives out prompts monthly for each Wednesday of the month and you choose five books that fit. I’ll link the group here if anyone wants some more information about the group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday . This weeks prompt is furry friends which is all about your favourite animals in books so today I will be discussing my top five favourite book creatures. These are just the ones I can think of I am sure there is more that I love but these are the five I came up with.

5. The Dæmons from His Dark Materials by Phillip Pulman

Art by: @KhaliaArt

I love the concept of the dæmons. During the series they are the physical manifestation of the characters souls. Even though they often have a form that they rely on they can adapt to their environment by changing into a different animal. They represent the characters personality and they share their emotions and traits. Dæmons are able to communicate verbally with their partner and other dæmons but should not be touched by other humans. I’d like to think if I had a dæmon it would be my rabbit which I would love to be able to communicate with.

Pantalaimon is the main dæmon in this series and I love him so much. He is extremely funny but also just a good addition to the book. He is the voice of reason to Lyra and has many forms like a puppy and a mouse but is mainly an ermine. I think without Pantalaimon I would not have enjoyed this book as much as I did.

4. The Direwolves from Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Art by: @AlectorFencer

I loved the Direwolves in Game of Throne so much. They were such a good and interesting aspects in the show despite not appearing too often throughout. Direwolves are huge wolves that appear on the Starks coat of arms within the series. They are huge beasts and are extremely intelligent and have huge emotional attachments to their owners. Around the size of a small horse they are extremely loyal not only to their masters but to their masters friends. I would love a direwolf to follow me round and they look

During Game of Thrones there are six main direwolves after their mother is found dead at the beginning of the series. The six wolves are Shaggydog belonging to Rickon, Summer who belonged to Bran, Nymeria who belonged to Arya, Lady for Sansa, Grey Wind for Robb and my personal favourite Ghost who belonged to Jon Snow. The direwolves go on such a journey within the story and I love watching the scenes that they are in.

3. Mister Kindly from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Art by: @Pinktofu_art

This is another form of daemon who is attached to Mia within the book. He is made out of shadows and takes the form of a cat although he is not truly a cat. During the book he helps Mia on her journey and adds a lot to the story. He is created by rage; Mia’s rage at the outcome of her family and then has remained with her ever since. By living alongside Mia he devours her fear so that she can not feel it and that is so interesting to read about.

He is very witty and clever within the book and is another voice of reason overall. I think the reason I love Mister Kindly so much is the way he interacts with Mia and also the quotes he comes out with are some of my favourite parts of the book. “…bravo…’ Mister Kindly said, ‘..if only I had hands to applaud..’ The cat is literally so sarcastic, and I love it so much.

2. Hippogriffs from the Harry Potter series

Art by: Jim Kay – Harry Potter Illustrated

I love the hippogriffs. So, so much. I would love to have one. It is half horse and half griffin. The body is that of a horse and its head is that of a griffin. It is covered in feathers and has talons for claws. Buckbeak is introduced in the third book and appears in the fifth book as well.

I like Buckbeak mainly because of how proud he is. He does not like insult, and he is extremely proud of himself. I love his loyalty to Hagrid and how he defends himself from Draco. I wish that he had been in the fifth movie and not forgotten about completely. I love the friendship which is formed between him and Sirius.

  1. Syrinx from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Art by: @_artjake_

Finally, we have Syrinx who I have grown to love this year. Syrinx is a chimera who has the appearance of a lion with wings and lives with Bryce within the book. She is best friends with Lehabah which I think is the cutest thing in the world. He often takes up residence within the library alongside the sprite which is just such a beautiful and cozy image.

The friendship between the two is the thing I love the most with these creatures. This image of the two within the library made me love this duo and Syrinx even more. I wish I could come home and find syrinx laid on my bed to lay with. He is the most beautiful creature which is why he is my top creature.

That was my first top five Wednesday! I hope you enjoyed and let me know which creatures you love in the comments! Thank you for reading and please follow down below. See you in the next one tomorrow!

Nick by Michael Farris Smith Review

“Your world is a place unto its own… it is a place of its own truth and its own consequences and it is invisible to all.”

Nick by Michael Farris Smith is a masterpiece in its own right. I love The Great Gatsby; it’s my favourite classics and one of my favourite books. I am always wary of retelling of classics in case they do not portray the character right or get the true essence of the story. However, I have always wondered what Nick Carraway did before arriving in West Egg as it is not said much in the books which is what led me to this one. This book made me love Nick’s unreliable character even more and this story made me love the Great Gatsby more if that was at all possible. It moved me and kept me wanting more the entire way through this novel.

This follows Nick throughout his life starting within the war and his fight in the trenches whilst also showing the horror of war and PTSD. Whilst on a short leave he travels to Paris and meets Ella, an interesting French woman who shows Nick how to love. Whilst flashing back and forward between his time in the trenches and his time with Ella it shows how Nick copes being alone. It goes into his loneliness at home as a child, caring for his mother during her dark periods and his time with Ella. He spends time traveling the world in order to not return to his overbearing family ending up in New Orleans. Here he meets two ex-married people who are having trouble with their own lives after the war.

“And he raised his arms and reached out for the dawn as if to warm his hands on the rising sun”.

Smith brought me straight back to The Great Gatsby with his use of vivid descriptions of the war as well as the places Nick travelled too during his time. His unreliable narration and long, expressive sentences are similar to that of Fitzgerald himself. Through vivid, haunting nightmares of Ella and the bloody, torturous war it felt like I was living this life alongside Nick; feeling his pain and longing. It perfectly displayed how characters do have lives before we join them on their story and how it shapes them into the characters we see.

This book details the love, loss, friendship and heartbreak that outlines a person’s life. I could not put it down and I am looking forward to reading more by Michael Farris Smith in the future.

Thank you to Little Brown and Company and Net Galley for letting me read an advanced copy of this book!