Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sidekick Saturday [24] - Bad Guy Turned Good

Sidekick Saturday
Sidekick Saturday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted here by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in this week's type
• Share a picture (if possible) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• Put your link in the Linky thing and comment

WARNING - THERE MAY BE A FEW SPOILERS IN THIS POST. Only read on if you have read The Hollows Series or if you do not mind being spoiled.

This week is Bad Guy Turned Good

My choice is Trent Kalamack
The Hollows by Kim Harrison
OK Please forgive me - I know this isn't the best picture I've done, but I had to do it on my lunch break at work because Zane had a double header Friday night. I promise, Trent is much more handsome than this.

Trent is introduced as a councilman that Rachel wants to take down so that she can get the I.S. death threat off her head. She finds out that he is dealing in brimstone so she sneaks into his office to get proof. On one of her excursions, she is a mink and he locks her in a cage in his office and then puts her in rat fights to teach her a lesson. To the reader, he seems ruthless and cunning and downright vicious at times throughout the series. Later on, he ends up fighting right beside her and is one of her most trusted allies. It takes a lot of books and a lot of pages before this happens, but he ends up being one of my favorite characters in the series. He will do anything for the people that he cares about which are few in number. I think he may also be a very misunderstood character, as we find out thanks to some chapters that Harrison provides us from his point of view. Even Rachel misunderstands him so often and thinks his motives are different than they are. 


My breath slipped from me, almost a groan. Trent Kalamack. The obscenely successful, smiling businessman, ruthless bio- and street-drug lord, elf in hiding, and pain-in-my-ass-extraordinaire Trent Kalamack. Right on schedule. "Why is it you show up only when I need money?”

“Rachel knew what she was doing. And when she didn't, she could improvise on the fly, coming up with options that left a lot of collateral damage but usually only hurt herself, not the people around her. It was one of the things he would never admit that he admired about her.”

“Come work for me, and I’ll tell you.”
My eyes went to his. “You are a thief, a cheat, a murderer, and a not-nice man,” I said calmly. “I don’t like you.”
He shrugged, the motion making him look utterly harmless. “I’m not a thief,” he said. “And I don’t mind manipulating you into working for me when I need it.” He smiled, showing me perfect teeth. “I enjoy it, actually.”

“I’m not going to pick her up and carry her screaming to the basement,” Trent said. “It’s a workday. Besides, she has a crutch.”

“Crutch or no, she’s hurt!” Ceri protested.

“I mean,” Trent said intently, “she can hit me with it if I do something she doesn’t like.”

“Memories of ice and Trent surfaced, and I wrapped my arms around my middle. I had saved him, and he had saved me. What was wrong with us?”

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  1. Oh my goodness! I couldn't read the quotes or much of anything. Man, I have to pace myself with this series because of all my other reads lined up, but man I want to go on a marathon so bad!

  2. Yesssss! Such a perfect choice. God, I hated Trent so much as first. I wasn't a fan even when he started to be good, but the past two book hace really got me loving him. And I like that he is still a little bad. hehe.

  3. I haven't started this series yet, but now, I really, really want to! Man, I wish there were a few extra hours in every day that I could use only for reading! That would be so awesome :)

    Here's my Sidekick Saturday for this week :)

  4. Yeah, sorry about that but he was the perfect fit for this one to me. That's why I had to put the warning on there because I don't want to mess anything up for you while reading. Happy Memorial Day Weekend :D

  5. I hated him so much too in the beginning and found him cocky and obnoxious. You know that's what's so great about him. I can't help liking a bad guy turned good and he will always be a little ruthless and cunning because he can't help it. :D Thank you so much for stopping by!

  6. Oh I hope you do give this one a try someday. It's on my list of favorite series :D

  7. I'm sure I will get to it one day - I just have no idea when! And I forgot to say I think your drawing is great today, too!!

  8. I haven't read this yet but I love a good bad guy turned loyal

    Jodie @ Aussie Bookworm

  9. Thanks for dropping by my FF! Have a great weekend!

  10. Hope you have a great weekend too!

  11. Bookworm BrandeeMay 26, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    *sighs* Well, you know how I feel about Trent! ;) He's totally done an about face in The Hollows series and although I never truly hated him (just wanted to crack his head sometimes) I adore him now! Great choice of quotes too! And honey, I only wish I could accomplish a drawing that great over my lunch break! ;) Yeah, Trent's a hottie!


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