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Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Badass Females

Sometimes it’s hard, really hard, to choose just 5 of something. Like today’s Top 5 Tuesday topic of Bad Ass Females courtesy of Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm. Are you kidding me, I can only choose FIVE? But. But. There. Are. So. Many!

Well, I’m almost sure no one is going to have heard of some of these female characters, but to me, they know how to kick butt with the best of them!

#1. BRIGID QUINN by Becky Masterman — A no-nonsense ex-FBI agent turned PI who hasn’t quite retired from rubbing everyone up the wrong way, getting into peoples faces, and generally getting herself into trouble while solving the crime. Brigid, who is 60, is gritty, determined, and will not rest till justice is served.

Check out:

  • Rage Against The Dying
  • Fear The Darkness
  • A Twist of the Knife

#2. LORI ANDERSON by Steph Broadribb — Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. Don’t expect Lori to hang around waiting for help or a hand-out, instead, look for her in the thick of trouble ready to catch the ‘Jumper’ dead to rights.

Check out:

  • Deed Down Dead
  • Deep Blue Trouble
  • Deep Dirty Truth

#3. BETTY RHYZYK by Kathleen Kent — Brooklyn’s toughest female detective takes on Dallas—and neither is ready for the fight. Dallas, Texas, is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she’s from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeats, and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf.

Check out: THE DIME

#4. V. I. WARSHAWSKI by Sara Paretsky — Still one of my favourite, this tough as nails PI live and breathes Chicago, and knows everything there is to know about the deep, dark, underbelly of crime in the city. And after 20+ novels, Victoria Iphigenia or, Vic to her friends, shows no signs of slowing down, or letting up, in battling the bad guys.

#5. NAHRI by S. A. Chakraborty — Yes, you just knew I had to add Nahri to my list of kick-ass females. This character is so well written, never mind the world she finds herself in is so immersive, you can’t fail to be caught up in her struggle, and cheering her on.

Check out:

  • The City of Brass
  • The Kingdom of Copper

And there you have it, my top 5 kick-ass female characters. I can tell you, I would far rather these women were on my side, than go up against any of them down a dark alley! And what about your choices?

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    • I have book three on order for this series, and love the character. This really is a fun series. And I’ve been a long time fan of Paretsky’s V.I. series too, always a fun read. But I’ve enjoyed all these characters. 😀

  1. I need to meet these ladies!
    The Lori Anderson series has been on my list for a while, and i think i’d enjoy the FBI one as well (#1).
    My fave tough ladies are Malin Forse (by Mons Kallentoft) and Erika Foster (by Robert Bryndza).

    • Alexandra says

      Oh, you would def love Lori and would laugh your ass off at Brigid, who has potty mouth! Go for it!

      And who? Arrgh …more authors I need to check out! 😉

  2. Ok Alexandra you won! I had never heard of these! Now bounty hunter,FBI agent and detective yes they seem badass!!! As usual my post will be late..

    • Alexandra says

      Ha! Ha! I’m not sure these posts are about winning, but I do read a lot of books others have never heard of, hence these ladies. They are all great characters and the authors who write them, do a kick-ass job too. 😀

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  4. Hell yes to Nahri – she’s fierce, she’s determined, she’s smart and she will not give up. Perfect.

    In a similar vein, I’d have to add Naomi Nagata from The Expanse (the true heroine of that series in my entirely biased view).

    Then, let’s see: Zaira from The Tethered Mage! Street smart, insanely magically powerful, and another one who will fight until the bitter end.

    Essun, from The Broken Earth. I really must read The Stone Sky…

    …and I feel I need to round out with someone less recent! How about Mara of the Acoma from the Empire trilogy by Janny Wurts & Raymond E Feist. She’s a political / manipulative badass as well as another indomitable spirit!

    • Oh, yeah, she had to be on the list, I mean, she even engineered her own dowery knowing she would have to marry Muntadhir. Whaat? She’s one tough cookie.

      Ah, now how could I forget Naomi. Yes, you’re right, she’s def the best thing about the Expanse along with Bobby!

      What great choices. 😀

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