Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. This series is open to any book-lover who wants to participate. Be sure to check out the T5W group on Goodreads for more information!
This week’s topic: Best Character Arcs
For me, I find the best characters are always the most impactful. Whether a character is good or bad, lovable or absolutely despicable, my favourites always tend to leave a mark — even after the last page. My list here is always changing and always growing, but alas, here are the ones that have refused to leave.
5. Queen of Attolia, The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
While I’m only halfway through this series, the Queen of Attolia is without a doubt one of the best characters I’ve ever come across. She’s a complete mystery in the first book, but Turner manages to twist and pull at our hearts until we, even for a brief moment, see the kind of queen she really is. Indeed, Attolia is cruelly seductive and manipulative, but she is far from the heartless ruler she wants others to believe.
4. Will Herondale, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
With Will being Jace’s ancestor, I’d assumed Clare had written a character who was somewhat similar, nothing surprising. I was wrong. Definitely wrong. Will’s development, not as a shadowhunter, but as a human really tugged at my soul. He’s so burdened with tragedy throughout the series, yet the things he does — good and bad — really defined Will as a strong character motivated by the heart. Will’s deepest flaw and greatest trait is the fact that he cares too deeply (more so for others than himself), which is what really stood out to me.
3. Camryn Bennett, The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski
It’s so hard to talk about Cam’s development without talking about Andrew. But when you compare Cam from the first chapter to the last, you can see the way her guard slowly breaks — not to the point where she’s lost herself entirely, but to a place where she’s able to truly be herself, with the help of others. And the fact that Cam begins to care — a feeling that’s easier said than done — becomes a true testament to her character.
2. Warner, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Mind you, I loved Warner from the start, but even still his character arc exceeded all my expectations. I went from rooting for your typical psychotic bad boy, to wanting to unravel everything about him. Mafi surprises you at every turn: you don’t know who Warner truly is until the very end. And even then you’re still left wanting to know more about him.
1. Rose Hathaway, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Rose Hathaway is everything. Sure, her choices may have been questionable at times, but that’s what makes it so fun to read. She’s a heck of a fighter — not just physically, but, well, you know (or should). Rose’s loyalty to her family and friends is what really makes her who she is, but what puts her on the top of my list is the ways in which she learns (and struggles) to remain loyal to herself. Following Rose throughout this series has been one of the most memorable rides I’ve ever been on, and I wouldn’t change her for the world.
There you have it! Those are my top 5 picks this week, what are yours? Leave a comment below!