10 Books with the Best Sidekicks & Special Giveaway

Who doesn't love a good sidekick? Sometimes they're fun and sassy, sometimes they're the moral compass, and sometimes they die and we never forgive the author. Let's look at the top ten books who feature brilliant sidekicks.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

A list of books with brilliant sidekicks would not be complete without the best of them all: Samwise Gamgee. If you haven't read Lord of the Rings, first of all...what have you been doing? Second of all: what better time to start than now! Besides the great story, Tolkien is an expert at worldbuilding and can give you lots to learn for your own writing.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Real talk: I am a bit of a Sherlock Holmes fanatic so, of course, I love Dr. Watson. To me, he is the one I'd want to be if we're playing the "be one of your favorite characters for a day." Sherlock Holmes's brain has too much going on. I'd rather be the one to witness it. And Watson is a writer! What's not to like?

His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

What better sidekick can you have than an animal companion that represents your soul? And then they settle into their final form when you understand who you are! I'm guessing mine would never settle but....that's another story.

Not Your Sidekicks by C.B. Lee

Looking for a book where the sidekicks become the main characters? You're in luck! Not Your Sidekicks by C.B. Lee is the first in her Sidekick series. In this book, superpowers are the norm. It's the people without them who are "weird" and that is who this series is all about.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Confession: I've never read the books, so I picked my favorite movie. Sorry. And the sidekick in question here is everyone's favorite bookworm, Hermione Granger. I picked this one specifically because she punches Malfoy in the face and really, what's better than the sidekick knocking the villain/bully off their feet?

Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French

Tana French is a master when it comes to crime dramas, but she's also a master at giving the sidekick their own book. The first book in this series, In the the Woods features Detective Ryan solving the murder of a child with his partner Detective Maddox. Maddox, while prominent is the sidekick. But in the second book, The Likeness, she is the main star. The great thing about this series is you never know what side character French is going to pick for the next book.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Ok, so this is a Sherlock Holmes retelling/adaptation, but Watson isn't the sidekick. It's a young woman named Mary Russell who becomes Holmes's student and learns his ways of deduction. She also happens to be there when a villain makes themselves known to Holmes and goes along on the adventure.The book is just the first in a series of sixteen!

Jackaby series by William Ritter

I just finished this series and thought it was brilliant. It's a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Supernatural. No joke. While R.F. Jackaby is the detective, his assistant, Abigail Rook, is the narrator of the story. And instead of solving crimes by ordinary humans, they solve murders committed by ghosts, fae, dragons, etc.

Veronica Speedwell series by Deanna Raybourn

This is another series I am OBSESSED WITH! It's historical fiction wi