Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and each week they give us a Top Ten theme to blog about. This week it’s heroines! We all love our heroines, right? It seems there are so many great heroines these days, that it was hard to narrow this list down to only ten. But I did, and here are my choices (in no particular order):
1. Yukiko from The Lotus War series by
I mean, just look at her! She’s a small girl with a big sword, not to mention a big heart. Yukiko stole my heart in Stormdancer, and she never lost her charm throughout the entire series.
2. Sydney from Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Vicious is a very special book, it’s probably one of my all-time favorites, and Sydney was one of those characters that you hope you’ll find again someday, in a different book. I just adore her. I don’t want to tell you too much about her, if you haven’t read Vicious yet (and why haven’t you??), but let’s just say she has a dog she loves, and her special power is bringing back the dead.
3. Nora & Skelly from The Blue Blazes by
Chuck Wendig always writes strong and interesting female characters, and The Blue Blazes has two of my favorite heroines ever. Nora is an angry, unpleasant woman and has a very complicated relationship with her father, Mookie Pearl. But I fell in love with her anyway. (Wendig seems to have a talent for that!) Skelly belongs to a girl-gang called the Get-Em-Girls, gets around on roller skates, and was an all around fun character to read about.
4. Elizabeth Barnabus from The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan
This book was such an unexpected surprise! If you love steampunk and characters with moxie, you should read this if you haven’t already. Elizabeth leads a secret dual life that I can’t tell you about here, so you’ll just have to pick up the book! She’s a mistress of illusion and carries a battered suitcase around with her. I mentioned in my review that Duncan has perfectly captured a female protagonist’s voice, unlike any male writer I’ve ever come across.
5. Maude from the Golgotha series by R.S. Belcher
I loved Maude for her Buffy-esque characterization. She’s a warrior with a great burden who will eventually pass her knowledge and skills on to her daughter. Such a great series, I hope Belcher is working on Book #3!
6. Widdershins from the Widdershins Adventures by Ari Marmell
I just recently read my first Widdershins book, and I fell in love with her! Of course, I didn’t start at the beginning of the series like I was supposed to, but that didn’t really matter. Widdershins has a charming sense of humor, not to mention she uses some very quirky swear words, and I loved her relationship with her own personal god, Olgun.
7. Lila from A Darker Shade of Magic by
I just finished this and reviewed this yesterday, and I couldn’t leave the wonderful character of Lila out of this top ten list! Lila is a thief who wants to be a pirate and live a life of freedom, a life full of adventure. She’s sarcastic (all my favorite heroines are!), a terrific fighter, and she doesn’t take crap from anyone. Plus she’s got a soft spot for fashion!
8. Persimmon Gaunt from Gaunt and Bone series by Chris Willrich
Willrich’s entertaining and wonderfully written fantasy is about a married couple, Persimmon Gaunt and her husband Imago Bone, but Gaunt is certainly not the type of wife to let her husband do all the dirty work. In the first book she’s pregnant, but still manages to hold her own during a perilous journey.
9. Cass from The Legends of the Duskwalker series by Jay Posey
Cass is a mother to Wren and is determined to protect him, in Posey’s post-apocalyptic world. She’s also a drug addict, which makes her a refreshingly human character. I loved the way she grew throughout the two books, becoming increasingly stronger and able to defend the people she loves.
10. Atlanta Burns from the Atlanta Burns series by Chuck Wendig
I just couldn’t leave Atlanta off this list, even though I had so many other heroines to fill this last spot. Atlanta truly is the definition of “heroine,” and even though this book was tough to read, and made me all kinds of mad at times, Atlanta is a character you’ll never forget.
How about you? Who are your favorite heroines in fiction?