30 Day Book #13 – Favorite Main Character (male)

A book that has a good plot is a book you can read one time.  For a book to stand up to multiple readings, you really need to have a strong main character.  This is the first of two posts I’m doing about main characters, this post is for my favorite male main character (favorite female main character will be tomorrow).  My choice for this category is Perrin Aybara from the Wheel of Time series.

The Wheel of Time is a huge series with hundreds of characters and at least 7 or 8 people that could be considered main characters throughout the series.  Perrin is one of the characters we are introduced to very early in the series.  He is from Emond’s Field where he is apprenticed to the local blacksmith.  Throughout the course of the series, Perrin is thrust into roles as both a warrior to defend his friends and a leader of men to rescue his wife.  I love reading Perrin’s viewpoints because he is the most thoughtful of the three men from Emond’s Field.  He is very cautious and almost never overreacts to the various situations he finds himself in.

In many ways, I think that Perrin is one of my favorite characters because he is most similar to the person I like to think I am.  He is respected without demanding it, and he never feels the need to abuse his authority.  He is patient and takes time to analyze the situation he is in before he acts.  He is confident in his abilities, but respects the opinions of his advisors and is willing to listen to their opinions.  He is also confident enough in his overall personality to say that he needs help or that he cannot do something alone.  Perrin is a wonderfully written character and probably my favorite character in one of my favorite series.  (Very slight spoiler) He also has one of the greatest scenes in the series in the 13th book when he makes his new hammer.  It was a brilliantly written scene that showed Perrin truly coming into his own as a leader (and the 13th book has a really awesome e-book cover depicting that scene).

Tell me that cover art doesn't make you want to read the series.

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