9 Amazing Fictional Trios

August 20, 2014 11:20 AM

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"Two is company, three a crowd" the saying goes, but whoever said it missed the point. Trios are fantastic precisely because they're inherently unstable. Romantic tales become rich in conflict when a love triangle emerges. Adventure stories take on new depth when three heroes with different strengths and weaknesses take the stage and wrestle over which direction to go. The trio reminds us that the world is never simply black and white, but a shifting mixture of colors that can become blindingly bright one minute and devastatingly dark the next.

When I began writing my swashbuckling fantasy novel, Traitor's Blade, I knew right from the start I wanted three heroes -- each with their own view of how best to survive the onslaught of enemies and conspiracies surrounding them. Falcio's desperate idealism is countered by Brasti's devil-may-care a...

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