Welcome back to another article, this weeks theme is The Chosen One

As usual everyone has chosen 1-2 books with the theme.

For those of you that don’t know what that is, here is a little explanation :
It’s so popular that it can even be found in ancient books. "The chosen one" is usually the main character. Some force selects them and now everything goes around them, simply because they are the only ones that can resolve the problems in the story.

What’s so good about it :
I love the power they hold, sometimes without knowing it. Any minimum action, even a phrase, that comes from the chosen one can change the whole plot. It's very interesting how deep it is rooted to them and vice versa.

Melissa @melissa_d1008

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
In spite of her ancestors' peculiar history, sixteen-year-old Gwen has had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn't been introduced to "the mysteries," and can spend time hanging out with her best friend, Lesley. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.
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I think this book is really interesting for the chosen one trope, because everyone thought her cousin will be the one who can time travel and has been trained in consequence. But then Gwen realizes that she is the one with the powers. Because she wasn't raised into it, when she is introduced to this secret society, she will be less prone to follow the rules willingly and will question the real intentions of the people surrounding her.

Paula @twistingmiracles

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Below the first book of the series' summary: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. [...] Soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch. When they meet the Lion Aslan, they realize they've been called to a great adventure and bravely join the battle to free Narnia from the Witch's sinister spell.
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I believe these series are amazing. From the beginning we see how the siblings were chosen to go to Narnia and find the amazing world in which they would later live, fight and experience. I recommend it not only if you like this troupe but also if you enjoy mythology, adventure or fiction. It has a bit of everything. The series is long but I enjoyed it a lot.

Alex @lifewithgraee

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
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Even from the title as the hobbit rather than a hobbit we understand that Bilbo Baggins isn’t your ordinary hobbit, who loves comfort and hates adventure. As the journey takes on from yearning for his comfort and luxury Bilbo with the taste of adventure becomes one of the most unusual protagonists and one of the strangest “chosen one” characters we have ever seen in a book. Showing us, as Tolkien himself said “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
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Harry Potter is probably the first character most of us think of when we think of “The Chosen One”. Throughout the series, the idea that Harry is special is very much underlined. If you are familiar with mythology, you probably know that the heroes always have a fatal flaw, a hamartia. And that is their ego and pride. Which not only hurts them but also the people around them. As the chosen one trope is pretty much developed from “the hero” in the ancient epics, we see this idea dominantly in Harry Potter as well.

Linn @iwannabelovedagain

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
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In this book series it’s hinted several times that they are the chosen ones. You can tell that the main character Laia is chosen to save the world, but as you continue reading you realise it’s a much more complicated story. It’s a lovely read that starts with two points of view and from the second to last book you read from three points of view.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave. Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
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This trilogy is so underrated it hurts. This is one of my favorite trilogies, I’ve read it twice. In this book there is a prophecy that states that the chosen one will be the one to save them all. It’s wonderful reading it and there is so much representation because it takes place in an alternate 1800 New England. Regarding the chosen one trope there are a lot of twists and fights about who actually is the chosen one. It’s a lovely read that I think everyone should read.

Sera @out_for_a_walk_b7tch

Night World by LJ Smith

The world is ending. The ancient powers are awakening. The only way to stop them is if the Wild Powers are found. People of all different species that have the ability to summon unimaginable power. A vampire, a witch, a hybrid, and a shapeshifter. The only problem is nobody knows who they are. Not even them.
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This is a series of nine books. They're all focused on different people and different stories but follow the overarching plot that begins in the last four books of the search for the Wild Powers. Although the series was written in the 90's, they're truly timeless. I had no idea they weren't new books when I read them for the first time. While the search for the four Wild Powers starts later in the series, all the books are great. They're short and easy to read quickly. They all follow different people of different species, on different journeys. My personal favourites are Huntress and Witchlight. You may recognize her as the author of The Vampire Diaries but she's written plenty of series. Besides Night World, I also highly recommend The Secret Circle and Dark Visions. Enjoy!

Savvy @realfloridagirlsavvy

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
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This series in itself has so many Chosen Ones in the plot to a point where it wasn't humanly possible for me not to talk about it here. Not only does the main character carry this trope (and pretend that it's a personality trait, I might add,) but so does another main character AND the villain. I won't go into anything too spoilery (but at this point why even bother when everyone and their mother has read this book) but the three of them were their "father's" of sorts' "experiments'' as babies (he did some weird stuff with angel and demon blood from what I remember) leading them to have been chosen for the roles of either being bound to fight for good or evil. The main character Clary, is I guess what you would call the "most chosen" (if that's even a title that one can give without bursting into laughter,) because, let's just be real, she has the magic sword (yes I know soooo original within fantasy) & that basic bratty main-female-character attitude that 2000's authors apparently loved for some reason. The other "chosen'' good guy is named Jace, who ironically also has a magic sword, just not in the same context (if you get what I mean). That brings us to our villain, who's only personality trait and motive was really just that he wanted some of that Alabama lovin' (but y'all aren't ready for that conversation.) In fact, now that I think back on it, the theme of this book was SO chosen one that literally for the first 3 books the main conflict was that the main guy didn't know WHICH chosen one he was. As I end this drabble attempt at comedy, I did just want to throw in as a disclaimer, that even though I'm talking a big game now, if you go on my Goodreads I actually have all of these books logged as five stars wayyy back from thirsty 12-year old me. If that last sentence doesn't successfully conclude this, then I don't know what will.

That's all from us, have a great week <3