What I’m a Sucker for in Books

This blog challenge was originally started by Alex over at Spells and Spaceships to share what never fails to draw readers in the community to a book. I was challenged to do this tag by the awesome Krista at The Bookish Hedgemom.

 

I’m A Sucker For…

The Antihero.


As I was thinking about what I was truly drawn to, the first thing that came to mind in general media were antiheroes, such as Kylo Ren from the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Goro Akechi from Persona 5, and Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia. I just generally love a good anti hero, one who throws out the rule book, doesn’t want to change the system from within and play nice with corruption, but forges ahead on their own terms. I want to point out that though I love a good antihero, I do not typically love reading villains as protagonists. Books like You and Gone Girl require me to take a break from dark reads and to read something light and happy. Reading from an outright villain’s perspective definitely takes a toll on me, even if I find it interesting to think about what makes these characters tick.

 

I much prefer characters that I think of as antiheroes. The ones who have unscrupulous morals, stray from the straight and narrow, or have their own sense of justice are my absolute favorite. Sure, maybe some of these characters have even committed crimes, but they aren’t black and white, and are the morally gray characters. Some of them might not be an outright friend or foe, or go through a transformation to be more villain or hero as the story progresses, but no matter what, to me, these characters are the most captivating. I often find myself rooting for these antiheroes over the straight out protagonist because they are always more compelling to me.

 

Here are some of my favorite antiheroes in novels that I’ve encountered in novels in the past.

 

Arianna “Ari” from The Alchemists of Loom 

Main character Arianna, known as the White Wraith, strives to fight against dragons in any way possible. One of the few who remembers life before the dragons took over–and stubbornly, as well as illegally, unmarked as belonging to any guild–she takes part in the illegal trade of dragon organs, which allow Fenthri to become Chimera. Being a chimera herself, Arianna is able to wield her own magical powers–using magically enhanced daggers and a winch box to easily defeat her foes. When she stumbles upon an injured dragon, Cverah, the last person who expects her to help him is her. But with the offered promise of a boon, she agrees to help him reach the Alchemist Guild, the home of the last ill-fated resistance against the dragons.

Read more about The Alchemists of Loom here.

 

Aeduan from The Witchlands series

When the protagonists of The Witchlands series first meet Aeduan, he is trying to hunt them down and murder them at the behest of his employer. As Aeduan is a Bloodwitch, he has the ability to smell blood and track people over great distances. He’s also not shy about accepting murder-for-hire jobs, especially the best paying ones, as a trained Carawen Monk. The money he obtains goes to supporting his father, The Raider King’s cause. But as he falls in with one of the protagonists, (who really treads the line of being an antihero herself), Iseult, he begins to consider that there’s more to life than just the job.

 

Read more about The Witchlands here.

 

Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher series

Much like Aeduan, Geralt of Rivia’s job is murder for hire. Geralt is a Witcher, a mutant equipped with powers and long life in order to combat the monsters that inhabit his world. Geralt is far from idealist, and as he often finds himself working for less than stellar people who hate and fear Witchers, it’s no wonder that he’s a cynic and not exactly overly concerned with matters of chivalry or any other code concerning personal honor.

 

Read more about The Witcher here. 

 

 

 

 

Mordred from The Camelot Betrayal trilogyBook Review : The Guinevere Deception - Blogging with Dragons

Even though I specifically call out Mordred from The Camelot Betrayal trilogy, the character is literally built to be an antihero, or villain depending on the installment, in every piece of Arthurian legend. To me, the destroyer of King Arthur and Camelot, is far more interesting than the golden boy himself. The Camelot Betrayal trilogy does a great job of making the character even more sympathetic, wanting to protect the outlawed magic of Camelot, save members of his family that Arthur deems evil, and even making him out to be the better love interest for Guinevere from the very get-go in the first book of the trilogy, The Guinevere Deception. 

 

Read more about The Camelot Betrayal here.

 

 

Eli Monpress from The Legend of Eli Monpress

Eli Monpress is a world-famous thief, who only wants one thing, to increase the size of the bounty on his head. Most of the time, that means Eli uses his talents at wizardry for very dishonest purposes, like stealing, breaking out of jail, and kidnapping royalty. Most of the novel, he’s being hunted down by various authorities. despite his often questionable life goals, Eli draws the line at anyone enslaving spirits, and often sets them free, typically without the permission of their “owner.”

 

 

 

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So if you hadn’t guessed already, I’m a huge sucker for antiheroes. I just can’t resist them! If you know any other books with great antiheroes, let me know in the comments below. And I’d also love to know what you are a sucker for in books, so consider yourself tagged if you want to participate in this book challenge!

 

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