Greetings My Lovelies!
I have partnered up with Ashley from Falling down the Book Whole and a bunch of other lovely ladies to celebrate the kick ass and fierce ladies in both literature and in the real world. Those who participate in either the Instagram photo challenge, the read-a-thon, or by liking blog post with the #fiercefemalereads tags will be entered into a give away with a litany of prizes that may or may not include my latest book Time of Prophecy, book themed candles, bookmarks, and other wonderful books from fellow indie authors. Well that’s enough my tagging, let’s get on to the reason why your here. Here’s my top 5 picks for fierce female characters. Book or series titles in (_).
5. Alanna of Trebond (Song of the Lioness Quartet)
Alanna always dreamed of being a knight but there was only one problem, she was a girl. Girls learned how to be ladies and married rich lords, not wield swords. Alanna didn’t let that stop her. She switched places with her twin brother and disguised herself as a boy. She earned her shield, often beating boys bigger and stronger than she was. She worked harder everyday ensuring that she was the best that she could be and earned the respect of the entire kingdom.
Alanna was my first fierce female character. She inspired me to always try and be the best that I could be and to never take no for an answer. She didn’t take shit from anyone. She struggled to balance her knighthood with her femininity, something that she didn’t want to give up. And eventually found a man who loved all sides of her and wouldn’t try and change who she was.
4. Juniper (Wise Child)
Juniper is a witch who lives on the outskirts of a small British(?) village. She heals the people in the village even though they are suspicious of her. When Wise Child’s grandmother dies leaving her an orphan, Juniper doesn’t hesitate to take in this lazy, pampered child and teach her the skills she needs to survive and a little of magic.
I wanted to be Juniper when I grew up, and I still do. She cared for those around her and tried to help everyone, no matter what. She cared for a leper when no one dared to. She refused to accuse her friends during a witch trail and saw the good in all people. She shows that there are different types of strength.
3. Feyre (Court of Thorn and Roses)
Feyre starts off as a young woman who tries to keep her family alive. Some shit goes down (trying to not spoil) and she ends up stronger than ever. Feyre destroys herself for those she loves, falls into a dark pit of despair, but comes out on the other side stronger than before. She faces the dark side of herself and embraces it wholly. She is willing to fight for what she loves but is not a fighter. She rather spend her days laughing with her family and painting.
As someone who has depression, Feyre is a character that I can cling to when the voices in my head get too loud. She’s also a character who is strong without having to be a fighter. She also isn’t perfect. She has a temper and tends to lash out. But her journey out of the darkness and embracing the darkness within is one that I can stand behind 100%
2. Lirael (The Abhorsen Trilogy)
Lirael spent her entire life not fitting in with the rest of her family. She even contemplated suicide because she felt like there was no place for her in the world. Fortunately someone stepped in and offered her a new path. She becomes a master magician with a rare gift that could save the world. She is fierce, driven, but also practical.
I never really felt like I fit in as a kid. I was tomboyish and more content to read than deal with the drama. Lirael spoke to me because she too was different and that proved to be a good thing. She helped me to embrace the things that made me different.
1. Fiona Finnagan (The Tea Rose)
Fiona is a simple tea packer with big dreams. She wants to open a shop with her childhood love. But all that gets destroyed when her father “dies” and her family descends into a downward spiral which leaves Fiona and her 4yr old brother Seamus the sole survivors. Her childhood loves makes a huge mistake that forces him to marry another woman. Desperate and alone, she flees to NY where her only other living family lives, but things aren’t much better. But she doesn’t cry about it. She tucks in her skirts and fights tooth and nail to make a life for herself because she realizes that no one will help her. If she wants something, she will have to make it happen for herself.
I love, love, love, Fiona. I can’t get enough of her rags to riches story. She even gets revenge for her family by the end. Fiona is a perfect example of the strength of woman. She is smart, fierce, determined, and loving. The second book in the trilogy has another wonderful heroine, but Fiona is the fiercest of the fierce in my opinion.
Here’s the link to Ashley’s initial blog post for more details. Falling Down the Book Whole
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