Today is my first time using the writing prompt I Heart Characters! It is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase book blogger love for characters. Each week she supplies a topic and we supply the character from whatever media we love and link up so others can blog hop and share the character love. ♡
This week’s topic is: A character you super admire for their abilities! Share with us when and why you think they’d have your back.
My choice is Nightfall from the ElfQuest saga. I fell in love with ElfQuest when I was in high school and my boyfriend who was collecting them introduced me to the World of Two Moons. Sometimes our dates would consist of us sitting side by side reading for hours and debating the finer points of elf lore. That my high school boyfriend eventually became my husband makes this series dear to my heart.
Nightfall is a Wolfrider, a warrior for an elfin tribe that rides wolves and live in the woods, or as they call it, The Holt. She is an amazing archer and a devoted mate to Redlance, a plant shaper. Best friend to Cutter, the leader of the Wolfriders, she always has his back and is ready to fight for the tribe at a moment’s notice. However, when not needed to defend the tribe she is gentle and kind, and her gestures of friendship make her a contrast of yin and yang. Later in the epic series, she and Redlance have a daughter Tyleet, and this mother-and-daughter duo became my absolute favorites. Nightfall goes to show that you can be tough and tender at the same time. Although she is a warrior, she does not let that get in the way of being a loving partner, mother and friend to others.
Check out the ElfQuest site for yourself, and fall in love with the Wolfriders! Online, you will find the website includes decades worth of comics in chronological order since the story’s creation in 1978 and a who is who list of characters. A four-book conclusion to the series, The Final Quest, wrapped up earlier this year, at the exact 40-year mark in which it started.
I am pleased that I can give a shout-out to a favorite character from a series I have been reading since the 1990s. ElfQuest was my first introduction to graphic novels and its storytelling scope and exquisite artwork make it “One of the most beautifully crafted, well thought out comic book fantasy epics of all time” as Comic Book Resources so aptly said about this classic series.