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Aoife

Witty Little Knitter

I read fantasy, crime, true crime, lgbt-romance and books written by my favourite comedians. List not necessarily complete.
Sometimes I write for Bibliodaze

Currently reading

Stephen and Matilda
Jim Bradbury
Progress: 52/262 pages
Krieg und Frieden
Michael Grusemann, Leo Tolstoy
Progress: 579/1024 pages

Day 29: Favorite Likeable Villain

And here I'm again failing to think of one. Without the 'likeable' I would have said Felice from James Barclay's Ascendants of Estoria-books. She makes a great villain because you can understand her reasons for her hatred of the main characters (quasi-immortal teenagers with powerful magical powers in a world where nobody else has proper magical powers? What could possibly go wrong?) but you still have a hard time justifying her actions (cutting throats of children is just generally speaking...bad) so I hate her but still think she's an awesome villain.

In A Song of Ice and Fire there are a lot of likeable characters that are morally...dark gray but I wouldn't call any of the 'proper' villains likeable.

There are of course a lot of sympathetic murderers in crime-novels (in Mankell's The Fifth Woman or George's Well Schooled in Murder or A Suitable Vengeance) but I'm not sure if murderers really qualify for that question.