Can I just take a moment to gush about how much I LOVE a good villain?! They truly can make or break a book/series. Here’s a list of some of my faves – and why!
- The Darkling stole my breath away. The true embodiment of mysteriousness and allure, he is nothing short of intoxicating. My list only has 5 villains on it, and it’s because he’s my favourite 5x over!
- Ty from Stolen. The slightly frenzied gleam in his eyes. The tightening of his muscles. The increased pitch to his voice whenever Gemma asked him a question that made him uncomfortable. Together, these characteristics worked seamlessly to paint this sometimes simple character with a much sinister brush. His dual characterization: the deranged kidnapper versus the gentle artist, played at both my heartstrings and my head.
- Morpheus from Splintered. A mischievously deceptive netherling with a Cockney accent – what’s not to love! Morpheus spent the entirety of Splintered breaking my heart with his betrayal, only to mend it whole with a whispered explanation that painted him in a less selfish light.
- Maven from King’s Cage. The most tragic part about Maven is that he not only accepts that he is a pawn in his mother’s game, he embraces it – personifying the villain she always envisioned him to be.
- Time in Shiver. Sam and Grace are in a race against the inevitable. They both know that when Sam returns to a wolf, the odds of him turning back into a human are almost non-existent. Add in that Sam’s knowledge of Grace will be nothing but whispers in the back of his memory, and I wanted nothing more than for time to pause for both of them.