Top Ten Secondary Characters that Deserve their Own Books
Nicole at Bookwyrmknits did a similar post a while ago and it really made me want to try and think up answers for myself, so this is a fab topic to come up. Boy, was it harder than I expected though! I guess maybe I don’t pay as much attention to the minor character in my reading as I thought? Or, at least, don’t remember them as well. Or perhaps I’m just too caught up with the protagonist and their story?
I did eventually think of ten secondary characters I want to see take the lead, and once I thought of them, I was surprise they didn’t come to mind sooner!
Lord Vetinari [Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series]
I love Vetinari (and his interactions with Drumknot and Vimes). There’s probably a lot of Discworld characters that would make for great spin-offs, but I love to see more than the cameos and brief appearances we see of the Patrician. I’m think of some kind of administrative fantasy, about how the day-to-day Ankh Morpork government runs. I’m thinking something along the lines of Queen of Coin and Whispers or perhaps The Councillor.
Eskarina Smith [Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series]
I also want a book about Esk after Granny Weatherwax drops her off with the wizards. Dark academia with a Pratchett twist? I’d have loved to she her work her way through Unseen University and her trials as the only girl.
Jason [Amanda Flower’s Living History Museum series)
Jason is quiet and uncomfortable around people, but great with the Farm’s animals. He’s also brave when he has to be, and really goes out of his comfort zone to help Kelsey when she needs it. I’d have loved to have seen more of him, perhaps taking the lead in an investigation where there aren’t many witnesses to interview?
Silas [Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson]
I’d like to see some of the emperors and kings Silas served before meeting Nathaniel.
Jane Bennet [Pride and Pedjudice by Jane Austen]
I’ve read a few different P&P retellings/sequels – focused on Kitty (What Kitty Did Next), Mary (The Other Bennet Sister), Charlotte Lucas (Charlotte), Anne de Bourgh (The Heiress) and Lizzie (Unequal Affections) – but none about the oldest Bennet sister.
Vedero Drazhin [The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison]
I really liked the little we saw of Maia’s sister. An intellectual who wants to study the stars but has accepted her duty to marry instead – until Maia steps in! I’d love to see more of Vedero’s life after the novel, and meet some of her elven bluestocking friends.
Lark and Rosethorn [Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series]
What were their lives like before the took in the misfit magical foursome?
Sansa Stark [George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series]
I want to see Sansa ruling as the Queen in the North (assuming we’re following show canon). I want to see her struggling to get her lords in line and rebuilding the North after all of the events of the series. There’d be a lot of new appointments after the war, I think, so it’d be interesting to see how Sansa deals with everyone. I’m thinking something like The Goblin Emperor or Queen on the Tearling.
Geneva [Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery series by Molly MacRae]
Geneva the ghost does help Kath out with her criminal investigations occasionally, but it’d be fun to see a whole mystery from her POV.
Fiona Sutton [A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske]
I loved Fiona Sutton, even though she only had a small part to play in A Marvellous Light. I’d love a prequel where we see her learning all her spells and bindings, and see a woman who’s such a magical powerhouse take on the boys’ club establishment and expectations.