We’ve talked about damaged heroines and bad friend heroines, but what about the baddest bitches on the block? As much as we track their relationships, most urban fantasy heroines should be best known for their ability to kick ass and take names.
As such, I’m assembling my fighting team. I’ve picked five of the strongest, most lethal urban fantasy heroines to watch my back. Not only could this group of women take out the Cobra Kai, but also they’ll save the world. Repeatedly.
1. Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series. She has the power to force the elements to her will, but that just isn’t enough of a challenge. She’s an assassin who could kill you six ways before you blink—and she doesn’t have to use magic to do it. But she might, because it’d be interesting.
Smart, ruthless and an undeniable badass, I want Gin to have my back.
2. Darian from Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series. The woman can turn into smoke. That means she can be both invisible (win!) and walk through walls (double win!). Bonus: She has no problem cutting a mouthy fae or two.
So, should one come along and try to trick my super UF hit squad, Darian would put a stop to it quickly with something pointy.
3. MacKayla Lane from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. Now, I’m talking about Mac 2.0. Why do I want this girl on my team? Is it just because I think the fae may be out to get me? Not entirely. Mac will do whatever it takes to defend what’s hers—in this scenario that means me, too!—including going all Fear Factor on Unseelie flesh. She eats unseelie faeries as needed.
I need a ’no limits’ woman on my team. MacKayla is that woman.
4. Raylene from Cherie Priest’s Cheshire Red series. Now, I’ll be the first to admit Raylene isn’t particularly social. I don’t expect her to hit happy hour with the rest of the hit squad. But she’s adjusting to being around others. Kind of. And this vampire has been a master thief for decades.
We need intel? She’s got us covered.
Also, crazy lethal.
5. Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. The woman has a sword named Slayer. Shouldn’t that be enough?
Fine, fine. In addition to wielding the powerful Slayer sword, she can magic to her fingers easily and has no problem putting vampires and shifters in their places.
You don’t mess with Kate. That’s why we make sure to stand behind her.
Your turn, H&H readers. If you could pick any five badass heroines to assemble your own brute squad, which women would you pick?