Happy National Siblings Day! Genetically speaking, no one on Earth shares more in common with you than your brother and sister, yet relationships between siblings can be complicated — especially in fantasy and science-fiction. Here are some of our favorite sibling relationships from the books we love.
Caramon and Raistlin Majere
The Dragonlance Chronicles
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (graphic novel adaptation by Andrew Dabb)
Caramon is strong and kind, a warrior with a good heart who never hesitates to defend those he loves against the forces of evil. He is especially protective of his brother Raistlin. The wizard is in many ways his polar opposite. Raistlin is weak, both physically and morally. Will their diverging paths break their fraternal bond?
Paul and Alia
The Dune Series
by Frank Herbert
Paul Atreides’ may be a long-prophesied messianic figure. His sister, Alia, is a powerful mystic gifted with supernatural powers. Together, they may save the desert dwellers of planet Dune, or destroy them outright — but only if they escape the web of intrigue spun by a powerful nobleman turned enemy.
Chivalry, Verity, and Regal
The Farseer Trilogy
by Robin Hobb
Chivalry Farseer is brave and well-liked, a noble warrior and king-in-waiting who nonetheless commits a not-so-noble act. His younger brother, Verity, lives in the shadow of his oversized charisma, but prefers it to the glaring spotlight of leadership. Regal, the youngest brother, fall short of his name, seething with jealousy and resentment.
Fili and Kili
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Fili and Kili are the nephews of Thorin, and among his boon companions on the trip to Lonely Mountain. Young yet, they have not entered adulthood by the time of the fateful journey, but still distinguish themselves by their uncommon bravery — even in a company of uncommonly brave dwarves.
Stannis, Renly, and Robert Baratheon
A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin
Robert Baratheon, the conquering king, is a portrait in excess. His endless appetite for earthly pleasures is only matched by his unsuitability for the crown he won by force. His younger brother Stannis is in many ways his opposite: taciturn, ill-tempered, and consumed by envy. Renly, the youngest of the three, is largely charming and kind.