Character Spotlight #1: Jericho Z. Barrons
October 12, 2012 § 2 Comments
Introducing Mr. Jericho Z. Barrons from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning! Bookstore owner, antiquities collector and not quite human. He first appears in Darkfever and is the male protagonist (I guess you could say that – hah) and love interest of the heroine, MacKayla Lane. Not much is known about the mysterious gentleman. What we do know however is that he is Mr. Tall, Dark and Dangerous.
This is how KMM perceives Barrons:
JZB is not a man for expressions of happiness. At best he radiates self-satisfied calm, a big cat at rest. Harsh, forbidding, controlled, a man of intense discipline, he emotes anger, mockery, challenge, irony, raw sexuality, animalistic fury, but no tenderness. He’s a hard man.
And this is how Mac describes him:
“He didn’t just occupy space; he saturated it. The room had been full of books before, now it was full of him.”
Sounds delicious, doesn’t he? You’d think he’s a hard man to like, and that’s probably true. But he’s an easy character to absolutely lust for. This is going to sound ridiculous, but while you read about Barrons and his untouchable self, you crave his approval, his acceptance. He’s the typical bad boy that good girls want to reform – except he never will.
His relationship with MacKayla Lane is an interesting one. Having lived millenia, Barrons has learned to shut out emotion and deals with life with a blasé attitude. His shell is unbreakable – but innocent, naive and pink-nail-polish-toting Mac just happens to know how to get right under his skin.
The love between Mac and Barrons is borne through consuming lust and co-dependency: they want the same thing, except with different outcomes. Their relationship at first is simply a business contract that escalates to survival and finally to attachment. It’s a lovely relationship to watch unfold. He learns to care deeply for Mac, even though she infuriates him to high heaven, but does not say he loves her. It’s not in his personality to declare love – but we’re all glad that Mac understood him nonetheless.
JZB is also jam packed with supernatural powers (cha-ching – bonus!). He is immortal: he can die, but ‘comes back’ to life after he returns to the place of his first death. We don’t ever find out what he is. If we do, he’ll kill us. He also has temporary but powerful tattoos that cover his torso and stomach – protective spells and offensive runes I assume. That and he owns a bookstore (how sexy is that, huh? C’mon book bloggers, don’t tell me that’s not exciting), knows how to handle himself in a fight and turns into an eight-foot, four-legged beast when provoked.
A man of many dimensions, and truly a mysterious character I’d love to know more about.
If you’ve read the Fever series, what’d you think of JZB? Let me know!