Top Five Wednesdays | Top 5 Badasses

Top Five Wednesdays was created by Gingerreadslainey. Here’s a complete list of participants. Check out the group on Goodreads for topics and more information!

This was an incredibally hard topic to narrow down characters on. I had about ten narrowed down, then had to cut some very beloved characters that are near and dear to my heart. The struggle is real, guys.

5. Alice Quinn (The Magician’s Series by Lev Grossman)
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Alice Quinn is your typical “quiet, intelligent, studious and focused” character at the start of the series. She shows a talent for magic and coursework at Brakebills University bringing about the envy of her peers at the start of the series. Alice evolves throughout the series from the trope of quiet girl with no worldly experience, to the girl that uses her natural intelligence and highly developed skills to become the person everyone would have died without. In the last book in the series, Alice isn’t even recognizable from the person she was in the first book. She’s evolved in to one of the scariest people and most powerful people in the series after so many trials and tests of heart. Alice Quinn needs to get more attention in the book world.

4. Nikolai Lantsov (The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo)
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I cannot say much about Nikolai throughout the series (because spoilers). I can tell you that he’s one of the most brave and surprising heroes in the world of the Grisha. He’s so clever, he’s able to hide his identity for years from those closest to him so that his high position in the world won’t effect his work. He befriends Aline, the protagonist and becomes essential in her quest to save Ravka from an evil dictator. Nikolai is a strategist, a soldier, a leader and always does what needs to be done. I really wish I could say more, but I don’t want to spoil anyone, please read this unforgettable series and find out all about my beloved Nikolai.

3. Kell (A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab)
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Kell is a misfit of a character if there ever was one. He’s a rare and gifted traveler who can travel between alternate London’s, carrying messages between them for the nobility. In his travels he also smuggler and a con artist. He takes small magical tokens from Red London (a place filled with magic) and sells them to those without magic in Grey London which is strictly forbidden, armed with only his sly demeanor and magical red coat. Through his adventures he comes across a very strange token that sends him on an adventure across the dimensions. He squares off against the most powerful and dangerous magic users from White London, turning him in to a hero. He’s clever, sharp-witted and manages to change the course of history in the worlds. I personally cannot wait until A Gathering of Shadows comes out to learn more.

2. Celanea Sardothien (Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas)
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I don’t think there’s anything about Celanea Sardothien that isn’t badass. Since the first novel, everything has been stacked against her. Everytime she seemed to gain any sort of advantage, another obstacle came along. What I love most about Celanea is that she’s so resourceful, powerful and not afraid to take control. She’s almost always left with no choices and always manipulates a situation to her advantage. She survived a fight to the death, a year in slave labor, heartbreak and so much more. But she still manages to be who she is and she doesn’t bow to anyone.
Note: I’ve only just finished Crown of Midnight. No spoilers in comments please!

1. Agnieszka (Uprooted by Naomi Novik)
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Agnieszka is thrust in to a world of magic and taken by The Dragon, a local wizard who takes one young girl every ten years and then lets them go. Everyone in the village had expected her best friend Kasia to be chosen, who is the most beautiful and talented of the bunch. Agnieszka is forced to adjust to a new life of magic, violence and impossible odds. Through her own will, she gains powers she had never imagined before and takes on her world’s biggest threat, The Wood. The Dragon, her wizard captor, is the most powerful in the land and he’s very quickly outshined by her in every way. I think I love Agnieszka so much because no one had any expectation for her until she took things in to her own hands. Once she realized that she did have potential and could be great, everything started blossoming for her. She didn’t lean on The Dragon for power, she created her own. She followed every lead she could come up with a plan to fight against The Wood.

That’s it for this week’s Top posts. Comment below and let me know your thoughts and your picks!

~The Grisha Lieutenant

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