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Ten SF/F Books With Awesome Friendships

Top Ten Tuesday

Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!

I freaking love friendships in books. I’ll take a solid friendship over a romance any day. Friends who will adventure together and sacrifice everything for each other easily move me to tears. Whether the characters have been friends from the beginning or find each other during the series, strong friendships add such a wonderful depth to any story. Fun fact: boys and girls can be just friends too!

The Best Bromances

Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Through the Ever Night The Way of Kings

  1. Among Thieves – I’ve only just discovered this series recently, but Drothe has a best friend from the beginning and a lot of the tension of the series is the difficulty that can arise when your best friend doesn’t agree with you on what is best for the world… awkward!
  2. The Lies of Locke Lamora – No list of friendships is complete without Locke and Jean :D. When a conversation between these two about pears can put me into stitches, you know the banter is top notch ;-).
  3. Clockwork Angel – My favorite part of this trilogy was definitely the friendship between Will and Jem. Will’s constant concern for Jem’s failing health was really touching and Jem’s dedication to Will despite his faults just made me love Jem more. Team Jem!
  4. Through the Ever Night – This is a trilogy where the middle book was my favorite largely because of the development of Roar and his friendship with Perry. I loved how dedicated Roar was, to the point where no one worried that there would be a love triangle because Roar would never betray Perry.
  5. The Way of Kings – Kaladin goes through some tough times, but some of the men of his bridgecrew turn out to be awesome blokes. The friendship and respect that the men of bridge four develop for each other was especially moving because they were considered the lowest of the low in the military. They proved otherwise though!

Best Friends Forever and Ever!

Daughter of Smoke and Bond The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz Cress by Marissa Meyer Review Horizon by Jenn Reese Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

  1.  Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Karou and Zuzanna are my favorite! There are a lot of awesome friendships in this series, but the email exchange between Karou and Zuzanna in the second book was just priceless :D. It’s a pretty dedicated friend that is willing to go to other worlds for you ;-).
  2. The Ring and the Crown – This book has a lot of romance in it, but the friendship between Marie and Aelwyn is definitely an important part of the plot. I’m really looking forward to seeing how their friendship continues in the sequel!
  3. The Lunar Chronicles #3: Cress – Again, there are a lot of great friendships in this series, but my favorite is Cinder and Iko. So why then did I put Cress as the book in this list? Because Iko gets developed a lot more in Cress and I really enjoyed seeing her and Cinder’s relationship change as they embark on grand adventures, hehe.
  4. Horizon – This is the third of the trilogy, but I loved it because Horizon was where the friendships between our four main characters are really tested since they are actually separated for a lot of the book.
  5. Scarlet – The merrymen are all good friends, but my favorite friendship in Scarlet is between Scar and Much :D. Much is a pretty quiet guy, but I adore him so much and his friendship with Scarlet is awesome since there is never a question of what his intentions are, ha. Boys and girls can be just friends :D.

What are your favorite literary friendships? :D Do you find that you like characters more when they prove to be reliable friends?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. Oh, I *love* Locke and Jean. Especially when Jean has to tell Locke some good old home truths and stop him wallowing in self-pity (which he does quite a lot–be fair). I also adored Way of Kings, but the [spoiler]
    Kaladin/Adolin bromance is looking to be a good one. I have a horrible feeling that Shallan may mess with that, though.

    • Omg yes Jean in the second book was just the best!

      I really enjoyed all of Kaladin’s friendships in book two I must admit! ;-)

  2. My first reaction to this post was to look at the cover of The Way of Kings blankly – couldn’t remember any friendshipy stuff in it at all! You’re around about Kaladin and his men though, even if it is an unequal relationship at times…
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  3. Oh my gosh Clockwork Angel feels all over again. Why must you do this to me D: Haha. YES ANOTHER JEM FAN. Everyone always loves Will and I’m just like JEM. I love both boys but always preferred Jem ;) And Zuzanna is just awesome, period :D
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    • The feeeeeeeels! Yey Jem :D Will is fine and I get why he acted the way he did, but the quite nice boys get passed up way too much .

  4. A solid friendship over romance any day- I completely agree. But boys and girls being just friends? Come on now, let’s not talk crazy. ;)

    Great list! I see several books I need to read, and the friendships all sound awesome!
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  5. Best bromances – hilarious! Totally needing to read so many of these
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  6. So, when your TTT includes Karou and Zuzanna PLUS Kaladin and his crew you’ve pretty much got a winner, hands down ♥ K & Z have one of the best friendships I have ever read about, no doubt about it. Their devotion to one another coupled with that witty banter just gives me all the feels. And when you consider that they’re both just 2 awesome female characters on their own, it makes the pair of them even more special!! As for Kaladin and his men well I think their relationship evolution was one of the best things about WoK! How they slowly began to respect him and believe in him until they were as devoted as can be *dies* And then how Kaladin gives them respect and hello a PURPOSE! I can’t even, I NEED to get into WoR now XD

    I still need to read Cress (it’s sitting on my nightstand as we speak!), Scarlet, The Lies of Locke Lamora, A Clockwork Angel and The Ring and the Crown though but if they weren’t already ALL high-priority reads (hint: they were!) seeing that they have such memorable friendships in them would have put them there for sure ;-D Awesome list doll ^^ xxxx
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    • Omg you have to read WoR since the friendship bonds just get even more awesome! *sniffles*

      Haha, you always have such awesome books on your TBR, we need more time!

  7. Great choices! Royce and Hadrian is another strong bromance!
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  8. No mention of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, from Fritz Leiber’s Lankhmar fantasies? One of the classic friendships in the fantasy genre.

  9. Awesome breakdown! These books sound really cool- I agree, reading about really great friendships is sometimes better than reading a romance novel. My favorite are ones where two people start out as friends and it grows into something more. Probably doesn’t help that I’ve been on an Anne of Green Gables kick lately lol

    • Hehe, it definitely makes a romance more believable if the characters start as friends from the beginning!

  10. I absolutely love Iko and Cinder – but I haven’t read Cress yet! You just made me want to get to it even more quickly, though! I love that robot :)
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  11. There are some great picks on this list, I especially love the inclusion of DOS&B! Great choices!

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  12. Dragana says:

    I did top ten list of fantasy books featuring friendship too. And we have no books in common. :D And yes I like my characters more if they prove to be good friends and I love reading books featuring friends. They just make me smile and remember my friends ….
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  13. Nice picks! I like Cinder & Iko (though I didn’t put them on my list) and I need to get around to the Scott Lynch books. In fact, almost half of these are on my TBR or “someday” lists.
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  14. OOh nice! Just started the Under the Never Sky trilogy! Just gotta read the last one! Totally agree about Roar and Perry though. I didn’t get why people or Perry would think that!
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  15. Awesome list! Karou and Zuzanna are the best! =)
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  16. Clay Blankenship says:

    That’s a really good question. When I think about it, a lot of my favorite fantasy and SF books have heroes that are loners or have to strike out on their own.

    Legolas and Gimli were the first ones that came to mind. Their initial distrust gradually becomes a great friendship. And of course Frodo would have failed many times over without the loyal friendship of Sam.

    • Hehe, I guess you’re a fan of MC’s that are loners ;-). Oo Legolas and Gimli is a great call though, they are pretty great!

  17. THE WAY OF KINGS! I’m slowly reading this now and I love all the characters! Also totally agree with you on Clockwork Angel and Daughter of Smoke and Bone!
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  18. Great choices! I’ve read several of these books and loved them :)
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  19. My favorite in Cress is Thorne and Iko! They have such a fun friendship :) I think I just love Iko LOL
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