Open Book Blog Hop – Thanks For The Support!

Welcome back to another Open Book Blog Hop!

Today’s question is: Do you have a favourite secondary character in your books? Or a favourite subplot?

And remember to pay a visit to my fellow writers to see what they have come up with. You can find their works here!

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This week’s question was really quite an easy one for me. For me, Chasing Shadows centres around Edison and Selah in fairly equal measure. But there is an assortment of supporting characters that help to make it what it is. One of them stands out above the others though. The ever-loyal, ever faithful Reuben.

Reuben has been a part of the crew since before Crow took over. He served under the previous captain though had far less credit or respect than he does under Crow. In fact, Edison sees Reuben not so much as someone serving under him, but as an equal. He seldom lords it over his crew, but he has some who he puts a lot of faith in.

Abel, Booker, Hester, Fi and Eliza are all key members of his crew, but Reuben is an extension of the captain. Edison and Selah often look to him for his valued input and advice. He has worked with them both from when they first left a life on the streets behind them. He helped them realise their potential to be so much more than where they came from.

He never treated them as tearaway children in need of discipline, and I think this is why they respect and value him as much as they do. He respects authority but is not cowed by it. Reuben has no problem challenging the captain, or outright opposing him if he feels the need. But never in a fashion that could be seen as a mutiny. He will speak to Crow frankly, tell him if he is behaving like a child, or not thinking rationally. And in this regard, Reuben is to a degree as important, if not more so, than the leading characters. He steers them and keeps them on course, but is always at their side through the good and the bad.

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