Weird Zeal created a reading challenge for Women’s History Month here, which I am participating in! In addition to the reading section of the challenge, she came up with weekly prompts to blog about.
For this week’s prompt, female characters that inspire me, I am listing five such characters. I know five isn’t a whole lot, and I am sure I have come across many more, but these were the top five that I can remember the best.
I’m going to start with two characters from Tamora Pierce’s books. I discovered my love for her early last year, when I read my first of her books and then went on to read all the books from the Tortall universe in a reading binge. I’m pretty sure my books were almost all exclusively by Tamora Pierce during that time! I, for some reason, never got around to reading her books from the other universe, but maybe I will some day.
Beka Cooper from the Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce
The series covers her time as part of the Provost’s Guard (basically the police of the world) and the crimes and mysteries she deals with and solves. There are many in the Guard that are in it for the bribes and power, but Beka is this pure, justice seeking young woman who cares for the common people so much. She won’t shy away from solving something just because it gets dangerous, and she also has a cool power that helps her—the ability to listen to the spirits of the dead, who ride on the backs of pigeons.power that helps her—the ability to listen to the spirits of the dead, who ride on the backs of pigeons.
Keladry of Mindelan from the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce
This is my favorite series from Tamora Pierce! I cried reading this series, okay? Kel is another strong young woman, and she also happens to care for the common people and refugees. Maybe I have a bias towards those characters, haha. She is the first and only one to step forward once the kingdom allows women to train to become knights, and because of this she got bullied as many of the other boys tried to convince her to run home. But she is one determined young lady. She stands up not only for herself, but for others smaller and weaker than she is.
Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Next, I have to mention Hermoine. She doesn’t come from a wizarding family, but she’s smart, she works hard, and honestly, we all know that Ron and Harry couldn’t do without her. Some wizards may call her a mudblood, but she keeps her head up and shows them it doesn’t matter one bit.
Inej Ghafa from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
Inej is a criminal. Part of the Dregs. But she’s a criminal with a sense of justice, and despite all she has been through, she still has so much hope for the world. She still knows what a dream is, and she has one. Don’t overlook her as she hides in the shadows!
Amari from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
She may have grown up in the palace, but Amari isn’t as incompetent as others may assume. While her lifestyle has been sheltered in some ways, she has a compassionate heart that led her to fight for the right thing, and a loyalty to her friends. I loved watching her journey as she learns to believe in herself.