Heroines of Fantasy: Miss March

Welcome to our third installment of a year-long blog series where we feature a heroine of fantasy each month. I’m going to give your TBR lists a break and instead introduce you to a television icon in urban fantasy. And since it’s the third month in the year 2013, we’re getting a magical three in one: The Charmed Ones!

Hear now the words of the witches, the secrets we hid in the night, the oldest of Gods are invoked here, the great work of magic is sought. In this night and in this hour, I’ll call upon the ancient power, bring your powers to we sisters three, we want the power, give us the power.

Three sisters born to a witch’s line would become the most powerful force for good in the world: The Charmed Ones. Six months after their Grams’s passing, Phoebe moves home to live with sisters Prue and Piper. She discovers an old Book of Shadows in the attic and recites a spell that unbinds their powers.

 Prue is the eldest. She practically raised her sisters after their mother died and is very responsible, which sometimes leads her to clash with the youngest Halliwell sister, Phoebe, who lives more like a free-spirit. Prue has the power to move objects with her mind. It’s considered the most active power, laying even more responsibility on her shoulders, and leading to guilt when her “superior power” fails to save someone she loves. Prue struggles to keep her identity a secret, especially when it comes to fighting demons and keeping her 9-5 job at a high-end auction house. Eventually, she learns to invest in herself a little more, and quits to pursue her dream of being a photographer.

 Piper is the middle child, always mediating between Prue and Phoebe. She works at a restaurant where she lets her boss walk all over her, yet she endures it because her dream is to become a chef. She has the power to freeze time. Her power starts small, only lasting a minute or so, but eventually grows powerful enough to freeze an entire room, and later she can go the opposite: speed molecules up so fast they explode. Piper just wants a normal life without vanquishing demons and ruining expensive pairs of boots. She also wants to fall in love and get married, but she doesn’t have the best luck with men—one was a demon who tried to kill her, another guy was a ghost, and then she fell in love with her white lighter (a witch’s guardian angel), which was a big no-no.

 Phoebe is the youngest and “without vision” for her life, so Prue would say. Ironically, Phoebe’s power is premonition. It’s not a very active power, which she laments in comparison to her sisters, because unlike them, Phoebe likes being a witch. It gives her a purpose and an identity she’d been lacking in her life. Phoebe is a gung ho heroine, eager to kick some demon ass, and she even learns martial arts to make up for her lack of offensive magic.

Together, the three sisters face the challenges of fighting evil, finding love, and pursuing their dreams, all through the bond of sisterhood. If you haven’t watched this series, run to your Netflix or Hulu stream. (For those of you who are fans, yes, there is a “fourth” sister, but we’re not going to get to her today.)

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Heroines of Fantasy: Miss February

This is the second post for our brand new series on this blog called Heroines of Fantasy. Every month we’ll feature a strong, kick-ass heroine from books, movies, or television series. Today we’re tipping our hat to YA book lovers with Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series.

Rose Hathaway

Seventeen-year-old Rose Hathaway is a dhampir—half human, half vampire. Dhampirs/Guardians have one purpose: protect Moroi (good, mortal vampires) from Strigoi (very evil, immortal vampires). Her best friend, Lissa, is a Moroi princess, and the two share a unique psychic bond that allows Rose to mentally eavesdrop on Lissa’s thoughts, feelings, and whereabouts. That would make Rose an excellent guardian for Lissa–if only the dhampir would stop breaking the rules. Even though she’s a student, she can’t help falling for her guardian combat mentor, Dimitri. (And let’s face it, who can blame her? He’s tall, roguishly handsome, a skilled fighter, and has a sexy Russian accent.)

Rose has a bit of a temper, especially when it comes to protecting her best friend. Don’t insult Lissa, or you will likely end up with a broken nose. Try to kill her, get a stake through the heart. Rose is sarcastic and quick-thinking (my kind of girl). With super human strength and speed, she is one bad-ass chick.

Rose isn’t just tough physically. Because of her psychic connection to Lissa, Rose absorbs the dark side effects of Lissa’s Spirit gift. They call it “shadow-kissed.” Rose’s soul walks a fine line between life and death, but her love for her friends keeps her going. And she’ll do anything for them, including cross an ocean when her beloved Dimitri is taken by Strigoi. She has no respect for orders or rules when they go against her instinct to protect those she cares about. But in a life or death fight with undead, blood sucking monsters, or a cat fight in the halls of high school, there’s no one better to have on your side.

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Heroines of Fantasy: Miss January

Ah, the first post of 2013. Er, second, since there was that special cover reveal I did last week. ;p  Anyway, I’ve decided to start the new year with a new series: Heroines of Fantasy. Every month I’ll be featuring a character from a book, movie, or possibly television series. Because if there’s one thing I love, it’s strong, kick-ass characters. And to start us off, I’d like to introduce you to Mercy Thompson.

Mercedes Thompson

“Mercy’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf, her former boss is a gremlin, and she’s fixing a Volkswagen bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.”

She’s a walker, capable of shifting into coyote shape at will, with a sharp nose for detecting supernatural creatures and an ability to sense magic at work. Mercy is the daughter of a Blackfeet Indian and a white teenage mother. When her mother found Mercy in her crib one day changed into a coyote pup, she was afraid and didn’t know how to raise such a unique child, so she took her to a family friend to be raised by a werewolf pack.

Mercy is independent and stubborn. She loves irritating her werewolf neighbor, Adam, by leaving decrepit junk cars in her yard, right in his rich, finely landscaped view. She’s a hardworking mechanic and runs her own repair shop. As a walker, she has keen senses and a resistance to some forms of magic. She can also see ghosts, which is why vampires have hunted her kind to almost extinction. (Vampires’ homes have a cloud of ghosts like flies. I’m sure you can guess why.)

And of course someone with her unusual abilities cannot stay out of trouble. She takes on lab goons experimenting on werewolves, a vampire sorcerer igniting blood lust in almost every supernatural creature, solving Fae murders, and trying to survive the volatile inner politics of vampires and Fae.

Mercy is one tough chick, but she’s also compassionate and caring. Really, the only reason she gets caught up in these troubles is by trying to help out her friends. I highly recommend you check out this heroine of fantasy in her first adventure, Moon Called.

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