Literary Parabatai

About a week ago, I received a text from Caitlynn. It was a simple question but it left me thinking.

“I saw on a bookstagram account a question of who is your fictional parabatai?”

For those of you that haven’t wandered into Cassandra Clare’s world of the shadowhunters yet, a parabatai is, in the simplest terms, your non-romantic soulmate.

The idea is that without your parabatai you are incomplete—one side of a coin. With your parabatai you balance each other in your personalities.

The official definition from the shadowhunter wiki page is: “Parabatai is a pair of Nephilim warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound together by oath, regardless of their gender. Their bond is not reflected only in their closeness and willingness to lay down their lives for one another, but also in oath—one sworn in front of the Council.”

We’re neither nephilim nor warriors, so lets ignore those pieces.

Andddd, back to the question. What literary character is your parabatai?

Jenn said her fictional parabatai was Victra au Julii from Red Rising. I laughed, but it was a good choice. Jenn and Victra would be one hell of a parabatai team. Caitlynn went with our favorite Throne of Glass character Celaena Sardothian, which also made a ridiculous amount of sense and left me with a hilarious mental image of Caitlynn holding her cats while Celaena yelled at her that they need to save the world.

But who is my parabatai?!

After much deliberation (no joke, I’ve been considering this for a week now), I determined who my fictional, non-romantic soulmate is.

Jesper Fahey from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo would be my parabatai. He’s brave in a way I couldn’t imagine, daring and hilariously inept at reading people. I’m a journalist as my day job, so reading people is something I’ve become quite good at. I’m brave, but not in the same way Jesper is. I couldn’t fight someone. I can leave my friends and family and move across the country, but ask me to fire a gun and I’m immediately out of my element.

So, now that you know mine, Caitlynn and Jenn’s parabatai, who is yours? Comment below and tell us, maybe you’ll have someone the three of us never even considered.



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