Yesterday, the topic of Top 5 Sundays at Larissa’s Bookish Life was Favorite Female Book Characters.

This is going to be very hard. I’m also going to limit myself to just one character per writer.

1, Aliera e’Keiron by Steven Brust
She’s stubborn, quick to anger, quick to challenges others to duel, and carries grudges as long as she lives, which is several thousand years. She’s also very loyal and bright.

2, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan by Lois McMaster Bujold
I’m an unabashed fan of Cordelia: her anthropological attitude towards the Barrayarans, her wry humor, and her fierce loyalty to her family. She’s also ruthless when she has to be, to protect her unborn son in any way she can. She’s very resourceful but that could be because she’s grown up in a society where she could be whatever she wanted to be. She doesn’t know that on Barrayar she should be constrained by her gender, and so she isn’t.

3, The Boss by by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The books she’s in are written from the Boss’ first person point-of-view and we never get to know her name; the other characters call her Boss. She’s fiercely independent and even paranoid about her privacy. Her ship’s name is Nobody’s Business.

4, Phryne Fisher by Kerry Greenwood
The Honorable Phryne Fisher investigates all sorts of mysteries in the 1920s Australia. She’s an unorthodox woman for her times because she’s independent, drives fast cars, and flies fast airplanes.

5, Amelia Peabody by Elizabeth Peters
Another female main character in a historical mystery series. Amelia is a Victorian woman, an Egyptologist, and an amateur sleuth. She solves mysteries together with her family.

Honorable mentions: Sethra Lavode, Cawti, and Kiera by Steven Brust, Elli Quinn, Taura, and Ista by Lois McMaster Bujold, Dr. McMillan by Greenwood, Briar Wilks and Mercy Lynch by Cherie Priest.