Top Ten Female Heroes


This week was a freebie top ten topic from The Broke and The Bookish. We decided to chose our top ten favorite female heroes, a topic they covered over five years ago. As usual we came up with more than 10.

Drawing by DaveJorel

Hermione Granger – First appears in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Nominated by Sally906, Reesiereads, and Cocktail Phoenix

“A right little witch who from an early age is not afraid to stand up to the two guys in her life.”

Mercy Thompson – First appears in  Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Nominated by Sally906 and Cocktail Phoenix)

“A female mechanic running her own business – and shape-changes into a coyote – her next-door neighbour is a werewolf. Her former boss and mentor is connected to the fairy world. And right now she’s fixing a bus for a vampire.”

Obstinate, Headstrong Girl by kuabci

Drawing by kuabci

Elizabeth Bennet – Appears in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Nominated by Sally906)

“In a Victorian world were society rules are so stifling you can hardly breath – Elizabeth gets her man”

Kate Daniels – First appears in Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (Nominated by Cocktail Phoenix)

Drawing by WendyDoodles

Alanna of Trebond – First appears in Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce (Nominated by Lioness)

“No surprise given my pen name. Her first book was one I picked up randomly as a middle schooler and she has set the bar for female characters ever since then. She may be a bit overpowered with magic and fighting skills, but she’s a joy to read about and will always top my list of favorite heroes.”

Fanart - Khaleesi by fictograph

Drawing by fictograph

Daenerys Targaryen – First appears in A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Nominated by Shotanagini)

“She only gets stronger and stronger as the days go by…she has to win that throne!”

Alex Craft – First appears in Grave Witch by Kalayna Price (Nominated by Cocktail Phoenix and Reesiereads)

“I love that she’s in the middle of the fray, does her thing, but you actually see weakness. Like, really really. “

Cassandra Palmer – First appears in Touch the Dark by Karen Chance (nominated by Cocktail Phoenix)

“She is kick-ass in a slightly different way as she sometimes chooses running and hiding as the safer (and saner) option. Hand in hand with her, there’s Dorina Basarab. Both are awesome in their own ways.”

Eve Dallas – First appears in Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (Nominated by Sally906 and Reesiereads)

“A detective in a futuristic New York she investigates the most horrific murders but there is so much humour going on to lighten up the gruesome bits.”


Alexia Tarrabotti – First appears in Soulless by Gail Carriger (Nominated by Book Tiger, Reesiereads, and Cocktail Phoenix)

“Her sarcasm is ace!”

Sabriel – First appears in Sabriel by Garth Nix (Nominated by Book Tiger)

“She’s pretty awesome!”

Phryne Fisher – First appears in Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood (Nominated by Book Tiger and Sally906)

“Any woman who, in the 1920s, drives fast cars, keeps a devastatingly handsome Chinese lover and solves all kinds of mysteries is a kick ass woman in my book.”

“She is smart, rich, flies planes, drives fast, owns a gun, has sex when she wants it, is romantically involved with more than one man (but not in a slutty way) and investigates crime – and this just partially describes her!”

MacKayla Lane – First appears in Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (Nominated by Lioness)

“MacKayla aka Mac, starts the books as a bubbly blonde who loves pink and shopping. Over the series, she does her best to keep that bright happy personality as she tries to figure out what happened to her sister, how to stay alive, and how to save a changing world.”

Rachel Morgan – First appears in Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (Nominated by Shotanagini)

“Even as a child she was a fighter, and now she fights Demons and other such Evil.”

Drawing by Sarctic

Shallan Davar – First appears in The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Nominated by Lioness)

“She’s a new pick for me. I liked her in Way of Kings and seeing what she was going to do. I grew to love her in the second book, Words of Radiance where not only is her background revealed, but she really comes into her own and I love her witty remarks.”





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