I want to hate Gurvon Gyle because he’s a tosser, but I love him

MoontideQuartetHave you read Mage’s Blood and The Scarlet Tides?

To all of you spectacular – and sensible – people who have (and if not, why not?!), I think you would agree there are A LOT of characters in the series. Some are loveable, some deplorable and some downright irritating (I am sure intentionally so).

But, as the title of this post might suggest, we are here to talk about one particular character: a cold-hearted, calculating nuisance. Seriously, he’s selfish, he drops people as easily as he manipulates them and ensures, all the while, that he is the person benefiting from these actions. The reader sees all of this in his frequent POV chapters, which show us just how calculating he is.

The thing that worries me is that as much as I know I should – and do – hate him, I also kiiiinda . . . love him. I mean, he can hold his own in a fight, he is wise enough to know when he shouldn’t fight, he can stare down the most powerful woman on the planet and even though EVERYONE knows he is a conniving good-for-nothing scoundrel, he has also made himself so invaluable to them they can’t do without him. For some reason I find that oddly cool and endearing.

Is there something wrong with me? Anyone else out there who has fallen for a character they shouldn’t?

Andrew

4 Comments:

  1. Maybe its a trend. Everyone loves Loki at the moment. Just finished The Gospel of Loki and its hard not to love the backstabbing scum.

  2. Of course, I defy anyone not to love Jorg, that’s the brilliance of Mark Lawrence I think
     

  3. It has to be a combination of wit and resourcefulness of a well written calculating villain. People get sick of the unblemished hero quicker than you’d think

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