Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, it’s all about villains! Now, I already made a post about my favorite villains last year. So instead, I decided to make a post about all the “bad” characters I happen to love. Not every protagonist is a hero, but that doesn’t make them any less lovable, right?
Fitz // Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer #1) by Robin Hobb // Fitz is an assassin, as you probably got from the title Assassin’s Apprentice. I do think he’s the least assassin-y, because the books are like chronicles of his life. They start when he’s just a little boy and not yet an assassin. I’d still recommend them though!
Royce and Hadrian // The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1) by Michael J. Sullivan // One of my favorite thieving duos. I just love Royce and Hadrian. Hadrian is a more trusting and naive mercenary, and Royce is a paranoid thief. What better combination could there be?
Kaz (and his crew) // Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo // I still haven’t read Crooked Kingdom so no spoilers! But I love the crew already, because they are amazing.
The Gentleman Bastards // The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch // I have so much love for the Gentleman Bastards. They don’t steal because they have to, but because they want to. The schemes are so crazy, you won’t know how the threads are all connected until you reach the end.
Eli Monpress // The Spirit Thief (Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron // I love the charismatic thief character, which is exactly how I’d describe Eli Monpress. He has fun stealing, he’s charismatic and made me laugh several times.
Celaena // Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas // I couldn’t possibly make a list of my favorite assassins without Celaena… I also haven’t read Empire of Storms yet, so no spoilers!
Azoth // The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) by Brent Weeks // I loved Azoth because you start following his character even before he starts training. He’s a street thief at first, living in fear of the older kids in the gangs. Why does he train to become a wetboy (an assassin with Talent)? Because he no longer wants to be afraid of anything.
Kat (and her crew) // Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter // These aren’t fantasy books, yet still involve a fun crew of thieves. Kat and her crew (which partly consists of her family members) steal art (usually), but not to make themselves rich. At least, not anymore.
Ismae // Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers // Grave Mercy was one of the first trilogies I read about 3 years ago when I really got back into reading. I loved it so much. In fact, I might want to re-read soon. And I just saw on Goodreads that there will be more books published in this series! YAY FOR MORE BOOKS!
The Assassin // The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson // I won’t tell you the assassin’s name because that’ll ruin a big part of the first book for you. I loved the assassin the most of all in this story. Far more than the prince.
So that was my list for the week! I didn’t completely stick to the topic, but I didn’t want to just repeat a previous post I’d written. Have you read any of these? What are your favorite books about thieves and/or assassins?