Character In The Spotlight: Turtle

Turtle is from the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland.

He might appear first in book two, The Lost Heir, but whether he does or not, his first major appearance isn’t really until book six, Moon Rising.

He goes to Jade Mountain Academy and is part of the Jade Winglet along with Moon, Winter, Qibli, Umber, Carnelian, and Kinkajou.

He’s not really very brave and is quite cowardly. When Winter left to find his brother, Hailstorm, Turtle and the rest of his Winglet (at the time, Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou) left to find him, but Turtle turned back at the very beginning to go back to the school.

In Escaping Peril, he ends up meeting and even befriending Peril because Turtle’s friends had gone after Queen/Ex-Queen Scarlet, so Turtle wants to find them, and Peril wants to go after Scarlet, so Turtle and Peril go together.

Peril didn’t think Turtle ever really cared much about her and was just going with her to find his real friends, but she does realize how much he truly does care about her when he shows up to rescue her (even though she was already okay).

Turtle was the POV character in Talons of Power. Again, he shows that he’s pretty cowardly and scared, but he still has a good heart and cares a lot about his friends.

He’s unique as a hero because he really isn’t much of one, and he isn’t very brave, but that’s what makes him so special. He’s honestly one of the most realistic and relatable characters in books.

And I didn’t even have to be a hero. I’m just me, Turtle. Her dragonet who tried his best.

He leaned into her and thought about heroes and stories and misunderstandings. He knew he still had to go find Anemone to do something heroic and possibly impossible. He knew Darkstalker was still out there, and he hadn’t yet tried his best to stop him, but he would.

But for now, for this moment, he let himself just be Turtle, under his mother’s wing, where he’d always wanted to be.’ (Talons of Power, page 257)

Then, when he does confront his sister, Anemone, after a long animus fight, he just talks to her and uses his own wrds to get through to her.

“Maybe losing your soul isn’t the right way to describe it. Maybe it’s more like… the more you use your power for bad things, the more you feel like you’re entitled to use your power for anything. It makes it harder to go back – only forward into more bad things. But… I think you can go back. I think anyone can choose to do good, or be good, no matter what happened before. I think you just have to try really hard. And that means stopping yourself before you do even worse things.” (page 272)

Turtle may not be the bravest caracter, and he can be a coward at times, but that’s what makes him himself, and he’s such a unique character, which makes his POV interesting to read, and in the end, he does have a good heart, and he cares about his friends, and he tries his best and does whatever he can to help them!

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