Monday, April 16, 2012

A-Z Challenge: "N" is for Nïx the Ever-Knowing

A-Z Challenge again!  "N" is for the Valkyrie, Nïx - the Ever-Knowing, from Kresley Cole's Immortal After Dark series.   Despite her secondary character status, Nix, a.k.a. Nucking Futs Nix is larger than her immortal life in this best-selling paranormal romance series.  Since Book 1, Cole's characters have made an impression and continue to do so with each novel.  It's an art for a writer to weave in secondary characters to the point where the fans demand their story.  Nix is one of those beloved characters.
Nucking Futs Nix
For those that aren't familiar with the Valkyrie, here's a brief description:  
“When a maiden warrior screams for courage as she dies in battle, Wóden and Freya heed her call. The two gods give up lightning to strike her, rescuing her to their hall, and preserving her courage forever in the form of the maiden’s immortal Valkyrie daughter.  Valkyrie take sustenance from the electrical energy of the earth, sharing it in one collective power, and give it back with their emotions in the form of lightning. Possess preternatural strength and speed. Also called Swan Maidens, Shield Maidens. Enemies of the Horde."  

In the series, Nïx the Ever-Knowing is the first born Valkyrie who is a soothsayer.  Her visions have made her semi-deranged, but her humor has made her endearing.  She sees the future more clearly than the present.  Hence her craziness.  Like most of the female characters, her witty dialogue is infectious.  Here's a couple of samples:

"Nix: “Once I faced a female with diamond skin,” Nïx said breathlessly. “I was transfixed—even as she was choking the life out of me.” “Really?” “No, I saw that character on X-Men. I just wanted to commiserate. Alas, I have no weaknesses.”  ―  Kresley Cole, Pleasure of a Dark Prince

“Nix: "Do it, or the pictures go live!" Witch shakes her fist at the sky, crying, "Damn you, Valkyrie! Damn you and your digital ways!” ― Kresley Cole, Kiss of a Demon King

Love that Valkyrie! 

What about you?  Are you familiar with the series?  Do you have any favorite secondary characters that your reading or writing?  How much of an emphasis do put on them?

Mina B.


Geeky Daddy said...

I have never read the series..sorry to say. The book Lies of Locke Lamora that I am reading right now. I am liking Jean the secondary character. I do think that there is quite a bit of emphasis put on him with with skills and journey with Locke.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Like the play on words with her name.

Elise Fallson said...

I've never read the series but you've piqued my interest. I love when witty humor is woven into books.

Cecilia M. said...

I've heard of the series but never read them. Nix sounds like an interesting character.mmmh I think it's the high time I got myself Immortals after dark.

Lynn Proctor said...

i am not--yes--in my story---"queenie's bequest"--one of the secondary characters is much more fascinating to me than the main one

Lucy Adams said...

I have not read the series. I'm popping in to say Hi as I surf the A to Z.


D.G. Hudson said...

No I haven't read that series, but I like reading about Valkyrie. (I was thinking of the German interpretation - Brynhildr and Siegfried).

Interesting post, Mina,I like some of those old legends. Food for thought on betrayal, and come-uppance.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

S. L. Hennessy said...

Wow, I think this is the first post of yours I haven't known about. Must look into the awesome sounding Nix.

Morgan said...

Secondary characters are usually my fav... especially if they add quirks and humor. And I haven't read this series! Nice "N" today :D

The Golden Eagle said...

I haven't heard of this serious before. I love the dialogue you posted, though!

The Golden Eagle
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Cynthia said...

No, I'm not familiar with the series but I like the cleverness behind the spelling of her name. That's also a cool picture.

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard of her before, but she sounds like an awesome character.

Nick Wilford said...

Sounds like a good series. Valkyries are not to be messed with.

It's important for secondary characters to have their own history, quirks and opinions etc, not just to facilitate something in the plot, that's for sure.

Michael Pierce said...

Sounds like a series I should check out! I am trying to build more on my secondary characters so I can use them in the future, bringing them to the front when called.

Kayla Beck said...

I haven't read this series, but it's on my TBR. I keep moving it up, but my pile is pretty endless. I wonder if there is an audio version...

Mina Burrows said...

@Geeky Daddy - Have to check out Lies of Locke Lamora. Thx.

@Alex J. Cavanaugh - I agree too. And boy does Nix like to play.

@Elise Fallson & @Cecilia M. - Yes, she's frigg'n hilarious.

@Lynn Proctor - I love that when 2ndary characters are like that. :)

@Lucy Adams - Howdy!

@D.G. Hudson - Yes, it's totally different from that. :)

@S. L. Hennessy - Nix the soothsayer. She's a nut.

@Morgan - Cole is an amazing writer and if nothing else...hilarious!

@The Golden Eagle - The Valkryie dialogue is the best.

@Cynthia - Yeah, I can't wait to read her story.

@Medeia Sharif - Awesome is an understatement. She rocks!

@Nick Wilford - "Valkyries are not to be messed with." Not these immortal babes, no.

@Michael Pierce - I agree. I think sometimes writers forget to do that.

@Kayla Beck - Yes, I believe there is. I follow Cole on FB and she every now and then talks about her audio books.

Cindy said...

I also a sorry to say that I have not heard of this series. This will be something to look forward to this summer. Once of my favorite series is Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth Series. The character Niki, is one of my favorite.

Sheridan said...

i love this seriessss! and nix is absolutely my favorite character. im currently reading the 12th book Lothaire (who, btw, is nix's archnemesis). i highly recommend the series to readers who like paranormal romance. its really good

Anonymous said...

Best Series Ever!!!