Zaria: Goddess of Sucking It Up (That Doesn’t Sound Right, but TOO LATE!)

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Zaria is the Goddess of Purity and works as the opposite side of the coin as Gabriel.  She has some more interesting themes in later books and series, so I only have one here.  It’s actually a very big one, which is why it gets a post.

Dealing with the Lesser of Two Evils

Zaria doesn’t like Gabriel, but they’re partners in whatever it is going on.  In fact, her actions in the first book force him to defend her, which puts them in the position that they get sealed together if they break the law of influence.  Imagine being locked away for eternity with someone who you despise.  That’s what hangs over their head, so Zaria sucks up her pride and works with Gabriel.

It’s an interesting partnership that develops and defines her.  As much as she hates him and some of what he does, Zaria is quick to support him.  Yet, she still stands up to Gabriel when she feels it’s for the good of all.  By the beginning of the 7th book, they’re actually getting along.  Even Gabriel manages to put aside his disdain and show some compassion toward what she’s going through due to spoilers.

Since this is such a small post, I’ll end with a question:  What do you think of polar opposites working together?  Does it always have to end with either understanding or betrayal?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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17 Responses to Zaria: Goddess of Sucking It Up (That Doesn’t Sound Right, but TOO LATE!)

  1. I think polar opposites are a necessity – to show us our strengths and weaknesses. I believe yes, it’s either one or the other, but there’s a fine line, just like between love and hate.

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  2. I enjoy it when polar opposites work together, so long as the animosity doesn’t descend into bickering/pettiness – of course, that depends on the characters, more so than the situation. I think a partnership of that nature can end ambiguously – they agree to disagree, maintain their opposite sides (in their mind, integrity, perhaps) and then go their separate ways without really ever understanding the other side, but without the urge to betray the other person as well.

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  3. Well, the title alone got a huge chuckle. 🙂 I love the idea of polar opposites working together! My favorite…a challange. 🙂

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  4. Almost afraid to like and comment on this post… almost. 🙂

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  5. Opposites have a lot going for them — look at all the “buddy movies” where characters work together despite differences. If you have a theme or point to make, opposites can be useful to illustrate the point and play out some ramifications.

    It doesn’t have to end in betrayal, but could well develop into a mutual agreement-to-disagree as Katie mentioned above. Or one side makes overtures toward understanding which are rejected, and thus the partnership dissolves.

    You’re right that the risk is endless bickering that becomes annoying rather than revelatory.

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    • I agree that it doesn’t have to end in betrayal. Yet, I see that plot ‘twist’ get used a lot. It tends to be either that or the characters find they’re really in love with each other. I guess I would like to see something besides the two extremes take place when the opposite-minded ally story is used.

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