I’m a sucker for…found family

I was challenged by @Fantasybooknerd, www.fantasybooknerd.com to write a post about a trope in fantasy that I’m a sucker for. There are so many to choose from, but one in particular that I enjoy is that of the “found family”.

I’m thinking of the characters who are orphans or come from unloving families or dangerous backgrounds who find a group of friends who become their support system, more than their biological families ever did.

Characters who come immediately to mind are Áed from The Hidden King by E.G. Radcliff, who has found a family with his beloved Ninian and their eight year old ward, Ronan. His adopted mother had been extremely cruel to him – smashing his hands with a bottle and throwing him out at the age of ten.

Lyra Bellacqua from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series is another favourite whose biological family are lacking. Her parents are both alive but she grows up amongst the University scholars of Oxford and finds family amongst the friends she makes along her journey, including Lee Scoresby the aeronaut and Iorek Byrnison the warrior bear.

Another obvious found family story is of course Harry Potter. Whatever we may think of J K Rowling’s beliefs, Harry will always be a favourite of mine with his found family being Hermione and Ron and also to a degree, all of the Weasley family.

I think this trope resonates with me in particular because of my own situation of moving to a country thousands of miles away from my family. I have developed a support network of amazing friends who have become my own found family here in the USA.

If you have any favourite books with found family in them leave a note in the Comments – I would love to hear about them!

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