This week in Larissa’s Bookish life the list is about Best Book Sidekicks.

A lot depends on, of course, just who are considered sidekicks. For example, are the Merry Men Robin Hood’s sidekicks? Are the Three Musketeers d’Artagnan’s sidekicks or are they all protagonists? Can a romantic interest be also a sidekick? If so, is Emerson Amelia’s sidekick? 😉

Here’s my list:

1, Morrolan e’Drien from Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos books.
Of course, the Dragaeran warrior-sorcerer would strangle anyone who even hints that he’s a sidekick to anybody, much less to a puny human.
2, Loiosh, Vlad Taltos’ familiar.
They have great sarcastic banter going.
3, Dr. Watson from Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series.
He’s a classic sidekick.
4, Jenks from Kim Harrison’s Hollows series.
The smart-mouthed pixie does a great job keeping his family together, being the main source of comedy in the series, and being the spy and saboteur for Rachel’s company.
5, Ivan Vorpatril from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan books.
Granted, Ivan can get on your nerves but he’s a good counterpoint to the ambitious and genius Miles. Ivan isn’t dumb, he’s just smart enough to duck most of the really difficult jobs.