The Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is an awesome one: characters you'd like to have with you if you were stranded on a deserted island!
1.) Daine from the Immortals series by Tamora Pierce — this one's kind of a no-brainer. She can communicate with animals (and even shapeshift into them). We wouldn't have to fear any wild boar attacks or whatever with Daine close at hand. Plus, she could probably transform into an eagle and scout out our surroundings. Very handy!
2.) Taran from the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander – the grown-up Taran of The High King, not the immature boy of The Book of Three. He's a thoughtful leader who listens to others' viewpoints, and he has some experience organizing troops and that sort of thing, so I think his skills would be a definite asset.
3.) Vidanric from Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith – he's very clever and observant. If there was any strategizing needed (maybe the island turns out to be not quite as deserted as we think...?) he would be all over that.
4.) Tally from the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld — because she's just so gutsy and willing to take chances. Need someone to risk scaling a cliff face or navigating through a cave or whatnot? Tally's your girl. (Bonus points if it's Tally post-Specials, because then she has all these super Special abilities that make her pretty unbeatable in a fight.)
5.) Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series — she could Transfigure any life-endangering obstacles into something harmless. Plus, she's snarky as anything. If anyone gets out of line, Professor McGonagall will certainly have something to say about it.
6.) and 7.) Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games series — because these two have loads of experience surviving in sub-optimal conditions. Not to mention, Katniss can hunt and Peeta can bake, so we'd have our bases covered in terms of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
8.) Gandalf from Lord of the Rings — he's an awesomely talented wizard, for one, but more importantly, he communicates with huge eagles that could fly all of us off the island. All we'd have to do is sit tight and wait.
9.) Aragorn from Lord of the Rings — let's face facts: when it comes to a fight of any kind, there's probably no one it would be better to have at your back than Aragorn, son of Arathorn. He's just that good. Plus, as if that wasn't enough: he's got healing abilities, too. The man is multi-talented.
10.) Valek from Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder — because it would do no good for us to be saved by the eagles if we're all dying of poison from some bad berries we ate. Valek would know exactly which ones were safe to consume. Not to mention he's super stealthy, to boot. (Just crossing my fingers he'd have no orders to assassinate anyone else on our team, because if so...they wouldn't last long.)
What characters would you like to have along if you somehow ended up stranded on a deserted island?