Monday Man: Jenks
Good evening, gentle viewers! I confess it took me a wee bit of time to get around to you today, but I blame Tin Tin. And my sore muscles. And a nap. Nevertheless, here I am, and you look so charming today. Do you have snow? I don’t have snow. More’s the pity.
If you haven’t read Kim Harrison‘s series of books about The Hollows, I daresay you should put down this blog and go track down Dead Witch Walking and read it. They’re fun, quirky, and like to play with stereotypes before they eat them and stuff them into the Ever After.
Jenks is introduced in the first book — and the first imagery I recall of this introduction involves him sitting on Rachel’s hoop earring, muttering in her ear. He’s her backup (the only pixywho would even agree to take the hazard pay for such a job), and he sticks.
One of the things I find most interesting about Jenks is that in spite of his size (around 4 inches tall) and the bluebells and daisies sort of image pixies put off and the fact that he is only about 16 years old, his role is most assuredly that of a father figure. He looks out for Rachel and Ivy in the field and personally. He takes great pains to ensure that Rachel knows his opinions on her various suitors, and he is responsible for getting them out of more than one very tight and uncomfortable place.
Jenks has a massive family — something around 20 children — and a wife named Matalina whom he loves to distraction. He is fiercely protective and defends his land and their lives throughout the book series. At a couple points in the series, he is changed to human size, which has some serious and unintended consequences.
Jenks is highly motivated by his loyalty to those he loves — his family (both natural and adopted). His primary driving force is to see his wife and children safe, as well as Rachel and Ivy, though his dynamic with the living vampire often shifts based on his perception of her threat to Rachel. Jenks risks himself more times than he has children in order to perform his role. He is a bona fide hero, a diverse and interesting character, and — let’s be honest — quite the stunner.
Jenks, you are…
- Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison (caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com)
- Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com)
Posted on December 26, 2011, in book reviews, Monday Man and tagged book reviews, books, character studies, Dead Witch Walking, fiction, Jenks, Kim Harrison, pixies, supernatural, urban fantasy, witches. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.