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Found Families – Top 5 Saturday

This weeks top 5 Saturday prompt was sibling relationships, and as much as I love them, some of my favourite ‘familial’ style relationships in books are found families. The families people choose for themselves, who would risk their lives for each other. The ‘found families’ I’ve focused on are some of my all time favourite book relationships, filled with witty banter and some truly heartbreaking moments. Do you have a favourite bookish found family? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks to Mandy over at Devouring books  for creating these amazing prompts! You should definitely go check her blog out because she posts some great content.

Rhys, Cassian and Azriel – A Court of Thorns and Roses

“Azriel shrugged. “We—Rhys, Cass, and I—will occasionally remind each other that what we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength. And that the most unlikely person can alter the course of history.”

Ahhh my Illyrian boys! I adore all of the Night Court, who are a found family themselves, but I just love the relationship between all these three. They make for some hilarious moments and you just know that they would all die for each other.

Falcio, Kest and Brasti – Greatcoats

However much this annoyed me, it is accepted practice for a duellist’s supporters to cheer them on- in fact, i was entitled to similar outbursts from my own admirers.
‘This Undriel fellow really is remarkably skilled,’Kest remarked.
Undriel. That was the bastard’s name.
Brasti came to my defence, after a fashion. ‘It’s not Falcio’s fault. He’s getting old. And slow. Also, i think he might be getting fat. Just look at him- barely four months since he beat Shuran and already he’s half the man he once was.’
Always nice to have friends nearby in troubled times, i thought, batting at Undriel’s blade with a clumsy parry that was testament to my increasing exhaustion.”

This is one of the best ‘not actual sibling’ relationships, I adore all of their interactions. There are a multitude of different relationships in this book but these three really steal it for me. Falcio is the exasperated big brother, Kest, quiet but deadly and Brasti the annoying and hilarious little brother.

Isuelt and Safi – Witchlands

“I hate this. Both the storm and the plan. Why does it have to be ‘we’? Why not just me?”
“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”

These two thread sisters are inseparable. They would gladly walk into danger, as long as they are doing it together.

Kell & Rhys – A Darker Shade of Magic

“What brings you to my room?” he asked, relief bleeding into annoyance.
“Adventure. Intrigue. Brotherly concern. Or,” continued the prince lazily, “perhaps I’m just giving your mirror something to look at besides your constant pout.”
Kell frowned, and Rhy smiled. “Ah, there it is! That famous scowl.”

Raised together, even if Kell doesn’t feel like he truly deserves the Maresh name. They would do anything for each other, much to the annoyance of Rhys’ parents, and I just love how Rhys antagonises Kell over Lila.

Amani and Shazad – Rebel of the Sands

“Well, in this case, your friend’s finest clothes,’ Shazad said.
Friends. The simple word grabbed my attention. I’d been shedding friends since Tamid.
Shazad must’ve caught my hesitation. ‘I have other khalats. If you don’t like it,’ she said quickly, pushing a loose strand of hair back behind her ear like she was nervous, only that was impossible.”

These two may not be sisters by blood but they are in the way that matters. Amani and Jin are my OTP, but these two have some beautifully written and hilarious scenes and they would literally walk over hot coals to save each other.

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  1. Oh my gosh I love found families! I haven’t actually read any of these books although most of them are on my TBR pile. Now I’ve just got even more excited! I love this prompt – I’ve just found myself sitting here thinking about who I’d pick!

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  2. I absolutely loved the found family vibes in ACOTAR. Rhys, Cassian, and Azriel melted my heart ❤ I also really loved Kell and Rhys in ADSOM (two Rhys' in this post, I had to double check my memory wasn't playing tricks on me with the names haha)! Great list 😀

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