Hello everyone! This weeks Top Ten Tuesday was all about villains, so I decided to talk about villains that I actually kind of liked! I’ll be doing this in no particular order, because I can’t think that clearly at 10pm. Okay, so I cheated with a few because they’re only villains for part of the book, but I was running out of options! Please be ware that there are minor spoilers.
AIDAN is from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and is artificial intelligence. Although AIDAN makes some dubious choices and is often the villain, I found myself falling in love with him like I would a real person, which was both slightly disconcerting and fascinating.
Mance Rayder, or the King Beyond the Wall is from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin (please no spoilers, I’ve only read the first three books). Although, in a way, everyone in this book is the villain to someone, The King Beyond the Wall is a threat to the majority of the other Kings and Queens, but I actually, well, respect him. I might not like him, but I do respect him. A lot.
Grolkinei is from the slightly less known series Daughters of Saraqael by Raine Thomas. I absolutely detest Grolkinei, especially after the third book, but he has still some how managed to make me like him a little bit. He’s razor sharp wit and intelligence for strategy are quite awe-inspiring. Perhaps once again I do not like him, but I have respect for his abilities to problem solve and innovate, even if he is a hard-headed piece of trash.
Okay, well, I don’t like Queen Levanna in the main books, but I do like her or at least feel a lot of sympathy for her in Fairest by Marissa Meyer. She didn’t have the best time of it and although it by no means excuses her actions, it does make her a more well-rounded character and for that I am appreciative.
Please allow me to specify that I am talking about Rhysand in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and not in the second book. In addition this, yes, I know it is a bit of a cheat, but he is very morally ambiguous in the first book, so I’m counting it. And I loved him from the very first page his name appeared. Ok, maybe not, but very soon afterwards.
The quote above refers more to my love for the Komizar, than for the Komizar himself, who is quite power-hungry and nasty. The Komizar from The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (the sequel to The Kiss of Deception) is both alluring, mysterious and deadly.
The Red Queen
The Red Queen in The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, is evil, no two ways about it, but also very alluring and interesting, which is why I enjoyed reading about her.
I detested LeBlanc in Rook, so as Allemande was being played by him, I therefore felt slightly sorry for Allemande, even if he was also awful.
Ignifex from Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, is only sort of a villain. I mean, its a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Is it rude if I say ‘work it out’? Yes? Ok. Please, do feel free to draw your own conclusions and I apologise for my laziness in not
spelling it out for you explaining it more clearly.
I kind of felt bad for the kid; he couldn’t help certain things happening to him (no more info because SPOILERS :D). Sebastian is from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
And that is all for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Happy reading, Keira x.