You can love the protagonist, love the romantic relationships… you can even fall head over heels with the world building, but what’s a fantasy without a proper villain? Whether you’re the type of person who enjoys the enigmatic Darking from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, or quivers under Tolkien’s Eye of Sauron, a good villain really makes the story.
I’m finding lately in YA that a lot of villains are multi-dimensional… to the point that you’re unsure if they’re doing bad things for a good reason, or if they’re totally 100% evil. I recently read Children of Blood and Bone where the villain was a frightened man with a devastating past, but he did terrible, unforgivable things. Horrible things. You hated him to the core… but a tiny little part of your soul felt bad for his pain, even if it in NO WAY condoned what he had done.
I adore villains like that. You don’t like them, you’re not okay with them, but the author has made it possible to sympathize with them. Curses!
Vianca Augustine in Ace of Shades is a lot like that, but to a lesser extent. Vianca’s magic is vicious and unforgiving, and she uses it to her best advantage. There are time that, as a reader, I wondered if it would turn around that she did what she needed to do to survive. At the end of Ace of Shades and with a better introduction to the Shadow Game, I am still wondering. Vianca isn’t the only villain to be had in Ace of Shades – she is one of many, but she’s my favorite!
What is your favorite kind of villain?
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Who are your top three villains?
Have you ever sided with a villain instead of the hero?
Which do you prefer: heroes, villains, or anti-heroes?