A couple of posts ago when I was reviewing Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, I made the statement that Dimitri is a pivotal character for me. I felt so strongly attached to him that I feel his fate decides whether or not I will like the rest of the series.
I was wondering if there were any other books that had characters (not main characters but side characters) whose fate ultimately effected my enjoying the series of not. I couldn't think of any...so now I turn to you?
Are there any side characters from stand alone novels or series that you felt so connected with that their fate determined how you felt about that novel or series? If so, what characters?