May 16: Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.
Awesome Mothers in Fantasy Books
Ersel’s Mama – She supports Ersel’s dreams even though she’ll be left behind and might suffer for it. And then she’s super brave and puts everything on the line to save her.
The Sea-Farer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Molly Weasley, Tonks, Lily Potter, Narcissa Malfoy – Really, need I say more? Even Petunia’s not a bad mum, just a terrible aunt. The only really awful mother I can think of in the series is in The Cursed Child, and I’m editing that out of my brain.
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Sally Jackson – Not only is she super supportive of Percy’s adventures, she puts up with so much to protect him beofore the series even starts.
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Catelyn Stark‘s the obvious choice and I love her, but Cersei Lannister fits in here too. Yes, she’s a horrible person but you have to admit, she’d do anything for her kids.
A Song of Ice and Fire series by G. R. R. Martin
Minli’s Ma – Sure, she’s prickly at the start, but when Minli disappears off on her adventure, Ma and Ba go out on their own to look for her, and how often does that happen in MG books?
When the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Terrble Mothers in Fantasy Books
Both The Queen of Lormere and Twylla’s mother – Twylla’s mother is incredibly strict, willing to risk her youngest daughters life so as not to go against the god’s wishes. Prince Merek’s mother, the Queen, is even worse and has some pretty scary plans for holding onto power.
The Sin-Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Idonia Pinketon, the Marchioness of Rock Turtle Cove – Maybe she’s not as bad as the others on this list, but she definitely puts her own ambitions before her daughter’s dreams and is constantly putting Cath down.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Keris Veturia – The Commandant has a really painful backstory, but she’s still an awful person and being her son doesn’t help Elias at all.
An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir
Mrs Wormwood – Was it any wonder Matilda wanted to go and live with Miss Honey?
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Suzume’s mother seems to almost forget all about her when she remarries, caring more about her new children and leaving Suzume to suffer under her new step-father’s rule.
Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott