Top Five Wednesday

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Every week, join me and other bloggers/booktubers as we discuss our Top 5 Books according to the theme from the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads Group! This group, started by @thoughtsontomes and @gingerreadslainey, has prompts every week.


Typically, we read about our protagonist being taught by someone wiser than they, whether is it is a teacher as we know them or more of a supernatural/magical mentor. Talk about some of your favorites!

p.s. For the love of god please do not choose Harry Potter characters that is just TOO EASY 🙂

#5 – BROM from Eragon by Christopher Paolini

I think Brom was my second-favorite character after Roran in this series, so I’ll include him on this list as being one of the more interesting mentor characters I remember.

#4 – CASSIAN from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I know people have many different opinions about him, but I thought Cassian was such a good friend and teacher to Feyre in the second book in the series. I wished we’d gotten to see more of it.

#3 – ELEANOR WEST from Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Miss Eleanor’s Home for Wayward Children was the setting for this novella, and I found Eleanor herself so warm-hearted and intelligent. She was complex in ways that were hard to pin down, but I really liked a lot what she added to the story and how much she cared for her pupils.

#2 – SARKAN from Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Sarkan is such a wonderful grump and even though he’s definitely a flawed character, I found him such a delightful part of reading the book!

#1 – MERLIN from The Once and Future King by T.H. White

The way White write Merlin is so endearing and charming, and I remember laughing out loud several times when I was reading this book last semester. He’s definitely part of the reason this book was one of my top books of 2017!

This was so much harder than I expected! The top three came easily, but after that I had a much harder time. Who are your favorite (non-Hogwarts) mentor figures?




  • First impression- I actually can’t remember having much of a first impression on Cass actually, I didn’t think about him that much, which isn’t surprising because he’s not what I’d typically describe as my ‘type’ of character. 
  • Impression now- Cassian is a character that I shouldn’t be this deeply in love with but I am. He’s got that typical hulking, muscular, greatest warrior ever blah blah blah exterior but the interior is all heart and emotion. He’s incredible compassionate, emotionally sensitive, self-aware, supportive, loyal and committed.

    Also, fandom talks a lot about Rhys’ feminism but I actually think Cassian would make a more interesting argument on that front. Cassian doesn’t give the women around him titles and empty gestures and the illusion of power that he ultimately still controls. Cassian trains them, teaches them how to defend themselves and fight for themselves and doesn’t make them reliant on him but shows them how they can rely on themselves.

    One of the first things Cassian does for Feyre is to tell her that she’s found herself a teacher if she wants one. No mess, no fuss, just, I see what you’ve been through, I see how you’ve suffered, I see why, I’m going to give you the ability to make sure that never happens to you again

    Same with Nesta – he gives her a blade and gives her basic self-defence tips to take care of herself. He affirms her agency and her power and how she is in control and how she chooses, and not through a middle-man. If she doesn’t want a man to touch her, she dictates that. He doesn’t offer to be her shield, he puts a blade in her hand and tells her she can damn well look after herself) He supports and empowers without smothering or directing, he’s a pillar, not a pedestal and that’s important. 

  • Favourite moment-  He studied Nesta for a long moment. She was still glaring at the
    queens, her eyes lined with tears—tears of rage and despair, from that fire
    that burned her so violently from within. When she finally noticed Cassian, she
    looked up at him.
    His voice was
    rough as he said, “Five hundred years ago, I fought on battlefields not far
    from this house. I fought beside human and faerie alike, bled beside them. I
    will stand on that battlefield again, Nesta Archeron, to protect this
    house—your people. I can think of no better way to end my existence than to
    defend those who need it most.” 

    The nessian content is good but from a Cassian point of view I think this just embodies who he is. Because this actually is not about Nesta in the sense that Cassian is not standing there saying he will protect her, at no point does he ever say that to her, he promises to protect her house, her people, people who cannot protect themselves. This is for Nesta in the sense that it mirrors her ideals and it mirrors what she wanted and argued for a few moments before but it’s bigger than her. 

    This is the heart of Cassian – protecting those who cannot protect themselves – is what his character embodies. The warrior who fights without expectation of glory or riches or power but because there is a frightened child behind him that he will give his life to defend.

    Same kind of idea in the “I know” scene with Feyre and the scene where he supports Mor in ACOWAR after the CoN travesty. 

  • Idea for a story- I might actually want to take Cassian’s wings from him and see how he copes and what he does, how it changes him and how he stays the same in spite of that. Cassian has, I think, a deeper connection to his Illyrian heritage than either Azriel or Rhys. I don’t think it’s blind, I think there’s condemnation and awareness in there, but there’s a bit of pride as well.

    I also think this could have made an interesting and powerful statement with regards to the female Illyrians. Hundreds, probably thousands of those women have had their wings clipped and mutilated to prevent them ever flying again. Where’s the outcry for them? People lost their minds when Cassian’s wings were threatened, when he might not be able to fly again, but all of those women have their wings clipped and are not allowed to fly, are forced to breed.

    I want a narrative where Cassian loses his wings and can’t fly anymore and he returns to the camps and gets a very serious reality shock from the thousands of women who still have their wings, who were not allowed to sacrifice them to shield a loved one, who there was no outrage and agony over and so he forms a new legion – the Illyrians who cannot fly but who can still fight. The females with clipped wings, the Illyrians born with deformities, the Illyrians who lost their wings to battle scars or infection. Cassian trains them and rallies them and rediscovers purpose in himself.

    The female Illyrians who can fly stand with their clipped sisters and join this legion too. Cassian appoints a young daemati female soldier to his command and uses her and the other females who are more fierce and loyal than any others he’s ever worked with, to command and direct his aerial troops. 

  • Unpopular opinion- Erm…I don’t think I have one?? Maybe ‘Cassian is a more interesting feminist study than Rhys’ but idk. 
  • Favourite relationship- Nessian intrigues me and delights me a hell of a lot. But I think his relationship with Az is something that should get more attention – there’s a definite ‘two sides of the same coin’ kind of yin and yang between them and comparing and contrasting them is really interesting tbh. Also Cassian/Mor (even though I have some minor regards with how this was handled in regards to ACOWAR and Moriel) it is Good and Pure and there’s a lot of supportive unconditional love there that I’m here for. 
  • Favourite headcanon- Cassian designs and personally gives his soldiers their Illyrian tattoos. The Inner Circle all have a variation of the Night Court insignia specific to the Court of Dreams somewhere on their bodies. After the war he adds it to Feyre’s spinal tattoo. He and Nesta have matching tattoo designs inked onto their bodies to mark their mating bond acceptance. Nesta saw the designs doodled at the side of one of his reports and announced that she wanted them. Cassian was shocked but didn’t argue. He gave her hers; she gave him his. 

A+ Cassian meta


The true depths of strength, of resilience, of honor and loyalty.

I didn’t think the others gave him enough credit—for noticing the shift in someone’s emotional current. To command legions, I supposed, he needed to be able to read that sort of thing, judge when his soldiers or enemies were strong or breaking or broken.

“I’m a warrior. I’ve walked beside Death my entire life. I would be more afraid for her, to have that power. But not afraid of her.” He considered, and added after a heartbeat, “Nothing about Nesta could frighten me.”

Cassian had been born for this—these fields, this chaos and brutality and calculation. I’d never seen anything like it—the skill and precision. It was like a dance. I must have said it aloud because Mor replied, 
“For him, that’s what battle is. A symphony.”

Cassian’s own voice broke as he said, “I never got to repay your mother—for her kindness. Let me do it this way. Let me buy you time.”

have u read those short stories that came with the acomaf target edition (i think its the target edition)?? im sure theres at least two of them but right now i remember this one story being about cassian’s visit to the archeron house and at one point it said that nesta was raped, thats why she’s so icy and closed off to people. it bothers me that this was never adressed again ever

Oh, yes! That’s Wings & Embers. It was so good! I’m not personally bothered that it didn’t come up again, because Feyre doesn’t know and she’s the POV character in ACOWAR. There’s only so much that can be done with Cassian and Nesta as side characters in ACOWAR, but I’m actually quite happy with what we did get from them.


Okay, I already did 1, but I can pick four more sentences. This time I’ll do two fic, two original.


“Listen,” Cassian said, “my ass is fabulous. Let’s not wreck the merchandise.” (Swim Like an Illyrian)

My heart might have stopped entirely, but my pulse also drummed in my ears as I stared frozen at him, drowning in some overwhelming, radiant emotion that had too many names and none at all. (ACOWAS, Chapter 23)


that moment … that one small moment had given me a glimpse of the light,
and that glimpse was all I needed to move forward.

“I do love being
pinned under beautiful women, but a dark alley lacks a bit of ambiance, don’t
you think?”

CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT THE MOMENT WHERE THEY TRY LUCIEN AS A TACTIC TO SOLVE ELAIN’S PROBLEM….And then that moment where Cassian is outside stretching his wings and all the kids stop to watch in awe I MEAN OMG SO CUUUUTTTEE

I will talk about ANYTHING to do with Lucien because ❤ ❤ ❤ This scene broke my heart a little bit and I’m just … MY BABIES

And yeah omg Cassian + kids is something I did not know I needed and I’m so glad the fandom is running with it.