Each book is its own little world, filled with an array of fantastic characters, and sometimes you fall so in love with a character, and become so invested that even if their story is complete you still want it to continue, to know what comes next for them. Sometimes it’s a secondary character that jumps out at you and you just want to hear more about them, to see them take centre stage in their own story. Today’s prompt from Steph has me looking back at some of these characters and trying to pick just six that I’d love to catch up with again!
Characters That Deserve Another Book
Coming up with my list of six characters was so difficult! There are so many characters I love, and I’m fortunate that with my love of crime fiction there are plenty that are part of long running series that I get to revisit again and again and again. There are plenty of these characters where I eagerly await the next book, looking forward to finding out the next chapter in their story, characters like Cormoran and Robin, and Kelly Porter, you won’t find them in my list below though as I’ve tried to limit it to characters whose original stories are complete, and there are no plans for any further books (as far as I know)
Liam Gerling – Everless by Sara Holland
Time is a prison. She is the key. Packed with danger, temptation and desire – a perfect read for fans of The Red Queen.
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy an2d sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.
Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family.
There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever … and possibly the future of time itself.
Liam really intrigued me in the Everless duology, starting out as the aloof, seemingly dangerous and ruthless older brother of the lovable Roan he turned into so much more. Sent away to school as a child I’d love to discover what his years at Bellwood were like. In fact, as I’ve said before I’d take anything set in Sempera, give me an anthology of short stories and I’m all over it!
Silyen Jardin – Dark Gifts Trilogy by Vic James
In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.
This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.
Have a quick ten years. . . .
Silyen’s story tied itself up pretty neatly at the end of Bright Ruin, as such he doesn’t really need another story. That said throughout the trilogy Silyen is the one character who continuously left me second guessing my own thoughts about him. He’s such a fascinating character I’d love to see him feature in another book. Also Gavar, my opinion of him completely changed over the series so I’d take more of him too… In fact can I have another anthology?
Maddie Manchester – Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
Someday I’m going to write a book: How Not to Die in Alaska – A Girl’s Guide to Fashionable Survival.
I bet you don’t know that a hair pin can make an excellent fishing hook. You may think you can use just any kind of mud for mud masks, but trust me, you CAN’T! In a pinch, nothing starts a fire like nail polish remover. Alaska is tough. You might know this, if you ever replied to my letters.
After Maddie’s Secret Service dad takes a bullet for the president, he takes Maddie somewhere he thinks they’ll be safe – far away from the White House and the president’s son, Logan.
But when Logan comes to Alaska, so does the danger.
If there’s one thing Alaska has taught Maddie, it’s how to survive. And now her best friend’s life depends on it …
This was the first Ally Carter book I read and I really loved Maddie. Ally is well known for writing series – even if I haven’t read them yet! I haven’t seen any plans for Ally to continue this story, but I’ve not completely given up hope! I’d love to follow Maddie as she grows up, especially if she follows her dad into the Secret Service!
Lee Scoresby and Will Parry – His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him.
The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies – and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.
Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her – something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights…
I really need to re-read this series, I meant to do it before La Belle Sauvage came out but didn’t get around to it. I will before The Secret Commonwealth though! I remember loving the character of Lee, he was an adventurer, and although his story is complete in the trilogy I’d love to find out more about his past, some of the time between Once Upon A Time In The North and Northern Lights.
I also adored Lyra and Will and always wondered what happened after they left each other at the end of the story. With The Secret Commonwealth we’re going to get to catch up with Lyra and get the next part of her story so now I’m even more eager to find out what came next for Will!
Hedda – Countless by Karen Gregory
When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time …
Countless is a story that I really connected with when I first read it – perhaps because as a teenager I had a very close friend who battled with anorexia. Countless had a very hopeful, but realistic ending, but I’d certainly love to catch up with Hedda again a few years later to see how she’s doing.
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
I know that with the epilogue and The Cursed Child we have some sort of update about what came next for Hermione but I’d love to see a book where she is front and centre! Now preferably this book would completely ignore the epilogue, alternatively it might fill in the gaps and actually convince me that Ron grew up enough to be in a relationship with Hermione because I’ve honestly never got it… It would take A LOT to convince me though!
They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!