Top Ten Tuesday: Deadly Dames I Wouldn’t Mind Switching Places With for a Day

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With.” I was trying to come up with a list for the original topic and found it really difficult for several reasons. One of which was all my choices overlapped with last week’s topic about places we’d like to visit. So instead I’m going to list ten deadly dames I wouldn’t mind trading places with for a day, even though some of these gals are evil and/or have no problem killing when necessary. What does this say about me? Also, please note I am still on hiatus, but already put together this list before going on a break. Will do my best to visit everyone once I get back. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. Lada from And I Darken by Kiersten White – I still need to catch up on this series, but Lada is the best. She is so angry and so fierce and I just love her. If you are curious about who Lada is, check out this quote from the first book. It’s one of my favorite quotes:

“On our wedding night,” she said, “I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.”

2. Xifeng from Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – Yes, I wouldn’t mind taking on the persona of this evil queen character who literally eats the hearts of her enemies. I’m not sure I can think of a better example of a novel that shows a character give into their darkness and manages to make it feel truly satisfying to the reader.

“She was a monster, a bride of the darkness, and she rose to face her destiny as though it were the blood-red sunrise of a new day.”

3. Sybella from Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – I love all of the leading ladies of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, but there is something particularly fascinating about Sybella. She feels the most complex and after just finishing a reread of this one, I honestly would love to trade places with her so I can burn the world down on her behalf. Girl deserves a break.

“I am in desperate need of killing something.”

4. Astrid from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I should not love a cruel character as much as I love Astrid Dane. She is so evil and yet I love her for it. I have so many questions about her past.

      “I smell something sweet,” she said. She’d been gazing up at the ceiling. Now her eyes wandered down and landed on Kell. “Hello, flower boy.”

5. Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Perhaps my favorite fantasy character ever, Inej is deadly, but I love that Bardugo also writes her as both vulnerable and strong. Ah, to be as graceful and deadly as Inej.

      “You still may die in the Dregs.”
      Inej’s dark eyes had glinted. “I may. But I’ll die on my feet with a knife in my hand.”

6. Jude from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I love watching the lengths Jude will go to to obtain power and hold on to it in a world that is not friendly to her kind. I wouldn’t mind partaking in a bit of manipulation.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

7. Maika from Monstress by MarjorieM. Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda – Okay, maybe having a monster inside you would be kind of a nightmare, but this world is so very intriguing. I wouldn’t mind spending a day in it. Hopefully I won’t accidentally kill anybody.

“I know almost nothing about myself. I don’t know who I am…All I know is I’ve seen death herself. That I survived.”

8. Aileana from The Falconer by Elizabeth May – I like my girls murderous, but who also appreciate a nice dress. Aileana somehow manages to kill monsters even in a dress and you have to respect those kind of skills.

“I’m like him. I’m a monster, too.”

9. Atl from Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I have a feeling I’d make a terrible vampire which is why trading places with Atl for a day just to see what it was like would make more sense than actually becoming a vampire myself.

“There is a phrase, ātl tlachinolli, ‘the water that scorches the earth.’ My name means ‘water’ but it is also war.”

10. Maggie from Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse – Maggie is one of my favorite protagonists. She’s tough, but broken and I just love her entire character arc. Also, she kills monsters which is just awesome.

“There is a beauty here, a calmness that I savor. I will savor the bloodshed, too, no doubt, but this balance between earth and animal and self feels right.”

Would you switch places with any of these deadly dames? Which fictional deadly dame is your favorite? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Deadly Dames I Wouldn’t Mind Switching Places With for a Day

  1. My list overlapped a lot this week too. I suppose when you like stories/characters that well, it’s bound to happen. Always glad to see some Leigh Bardugo love. Makes me all the more aware that I’ve yet to read her books. Hope you’re enjoying the blogging break, Alicia. 🙂


  2. Such a brilliant list! 🙂 I haven’t meet a lot of these characters, but I heard good things about them.


  3. Great list !!! I think I would rather be Inej’s friend though.. get to know her better 😊😊😊 And I don’t know if I can ever survive in Maika’s place 😣😣😣


  4. So you’d like to be a badass monster killer? 😉 I’ll pass, but if you ever get the chance I hope you have fun. Maybe we’ll all get to switch places with our favorite characters in virtual reality someday.


  5. LOVE your list! Sybella is my favourite of the His Fair Assassin ladies, too, and I adored Atl and Jude and Inej, of course, who is one of the shining lights in Six of Crows. I really need to give And I Darken a try!


  6. Oh Atl – she would be fun. I need to read about Lada. White definitely likes to write dark characters. I’m reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein now and the MC is quite dark and questionable. Great list.


  7. I love this list! So many wonderful, badass female characters ❤️ I’ve just started reading Grave Mercy and based on the very little I’ve seen so far, I’m already so fascinated by Sybella!


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