Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Robin LaFevers' Top Five Heroines Of All Time

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, one whole week devoted to celebrating the His Fair Assassin series and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph. Rather than pull focus away from the celebration with an unrelated Top 10 Tuesday post, I have for you all a Top Five post from the author of the His Fair Assassin series, Ms. Robin LaFevers.

As a woman who knows how to write a kick-butt heroine, I was excited to see who Ms. Robin looked up to for inspiration in the female protagonist department. Let me tell you, she did not disappoint. I give to you Ms. Robin's top five heroines of all time (with occasional notes from me).

Robin LaFevers' Top Five Heroines of All Time
Sabriel (SABRIEL by Garth Nix)

Sabriel was the one of the first kick-ass heroines I ever read about. The closest I ever got to kick-ass as a child was Nancy Drew, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Sarah Crewe, so Sabriel was a huge eye opener for me! I loved that she could travel into death. I loved her bandolier of bells that could control the dead, not to mention her sword. She was fearless and determined. And she had Mogget—the most awesome cat EVER.

[Shelver note: I haven't read Sabriel, but you better believe it just jumped up my TBR list. Bandolier of bells that can control the dead?!]

Beka Cooper (BEKA COOPER: TERRIER by Tamora Pierce) 

This was the first Tamora Pierce book I’d ever read, and I was immediately hooked. One of the things I love about Beka is her scrappiness. She comes from the streets of Tortall and it shows. I love that she wants to bring protection and justice to her own poor neighborhood. Also? She wields a wicked baton.

[Shelver note: Ditto. Beka was my first Pierce heroine as well. Also, she talks to pigeons and dust storms to glean secrets from the dead. Totally cool.]

Attribution (fancasting)
Irene (Queen of Attolia) QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner

One of the things I loved most about this character is that we first come to know her as a seemingly cruel and heartless person, but as we spend more time with her we learn what sort of woman she really is. We learn how she has a spine of steel and has had to beat her power hungry barons at their own game, and we begin to understand just how events have shaped her. She is a strong, strong character, with more layers than a Viennese torte.

[Shelver note: Unintelligible screaming combined with frantic flailing.]

Katniss Everdeen (HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins)

How can one not love Katniss? She comes from humble roots and never, ever loses sight of what is important to her. She will fight—to the death—for those she loves and resists being a pawn in one of the biggest examples of political showmanship and propaganda ever concocted. Plus? Most. Resourceful. Figher. Ever.

[Shelver note: And she's such a good big sister. I'm sorry. I need a moment.]

Ista (PALADIN OF SOULS by Lois McMaster Bujold) 

What I love so much about Ista as a character is that, at forty, she is the dowager mother of the ruling queen and is convinced her life is over. Yet she has lived so much of that life doing her duty, pleasing others, and then later under a cloud of suspicion and madness. But she gets an itch to set off on just a tiny trip—just something to keep herself from calcifying—and ends up having an incredible adventure and coming to face with the destiny that’s always awaited her. I love this idea that all our adventures are not over by the time we’re forty!

[Shelver note: Normally, the idea of following a heroine my mom's age would not interest me, but the synopsis on Goodreads sounds pretty good! My to-be-read list is groaning under the strain.]

What do you think of Ms. Robin's list? Have you read any of the books she mentioned? What heroines would you put on YOUR list? Chime in below and then check out the other fun stops this week, including today's concurrent event, Margo Berendsen's post on why someone might choose to become an assassin.