As much as I love reading about kick-ass girls in fantasy novels, sometimes I just wish they were a little more like me: uncoordinated, clumsy, and with absolutely zero upper body strength. If I had to live in the world they do, I’d probably die… Probably, if it weren’t for my wits.
It’s so exciting when I do come across a character who is a little more like me! It’s great to have muscles, but sometimes a brain really is better.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of my favourite kick-ass girls are incredibly smart too, but it’s not the same. Also it’s my birthday, so I want to share some characters I relate to and aspire to be more like.
Here are some of my favourite characters who rely on their brain more than their physical (or lack of) prowess.
Elide from Throne of Glass
From her first mention in HEIR OF FIRE, I knew I was going to love Elide but I didn’t realise just how much! She’s survived years as a slave in the Ironwitch’s compound. She stayed under their radar, manipulated them, stayed alive. And then when she escapes she pushes on, is a master of disguise, and has everyone underestimating her skills.
Kestrel in The Winner’s Trilogy
Kestrel has become a bit of a poster child for the smart girl. She really can’t fight, doesn’t even like it, but the eye for strategy that she has is incredible! I wish I could play games and plan ahead half as well as Kestrel does.
Cress from The Lunar Chronicles
The Lunar Chronicles is filled with a great cast of characters but Cress, the youngest of the group of protagonists, is probably my favourite. She’s small and tiny and isolated with lots of social awkwardness, but so incredibly tech savvy and quick thinking.
Charlotte in Retribution Rails
After Kate’s fiery revenge tale in VENGEANCE ROAD, Charlotte did have a lot to live up to. She knows how to shoot a gun but isn’t as hot tempered. Charlotte is working to break the social confines of women in the 1800s US in journalism. She’s defiant and stubborn and outwits many of those who are out to diminish her.
Nightmare from Renegades
Nova may be a prodigy with the ability to force people to sleep, which earned her Nightmare, but let’s be honest, that’s not the most useful superpower out there. She had to get close enough to be able to touch them, and it’s not easy when you’re opponents are also powerful prodigies. Nova relies on her own physical skills as much as she utilises the amazing gadgets she built herself (or improvises!) to defeat her enemies.