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Favorite Book With A Strong Female Lead
I had a couple other female characters I thought of when I first read this prompt (Feyre from ACOTAR, Aelin from Throne of Glass, Lada from And I Darken, Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone), but I ultimately ended up choosing Laia from An Ember in the Ashes.
I know there’s probably a lot of ways to show “strength”. Lada is probably the more fierce version of strength. Her determination and violence definitely put her in the strong category, but the reason why I chose Laia is that her strength is more like a quiet strength and I really connect to her in that way.
When it comes to taking risks Laia isn’t the bravest. She’s not out to be a hero, not most of the time and certainly not at the beginning of the series. She’s a survivor and so she chooses her battles wisely. It’s only when she sees others in danger or being threatened that she conquers her fears and stands up. I love that about her! She’s a heroine that is afraid and admits it, but it’s the fact that she fights it and pushes it aside to do extraordinary things that sets her apart.
As the series progresses we see her grow more confident and brave, but I think her fear is always there, she just chooses to be strong in spite of it. She’s inspiring and it also doesn’t hurt that the series has a great plot (you can check out my reviews for Book 1 and Book 2 here). I highly recommend the series, and I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t already and love this strong female lead!
What do you consider a “strong” female lead?