Update on Dangerous Hero (& Heroine) Challenge

Posted October 11, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Challenges

Since I signed up for Paranormal CravingsDangerous Hero Challenge, I’ve gotten a few urban fantasies and paranormal romances read with their reviews posted. Do note that some of those posted reviews are scheduled out in the future.

The challenge was to read 10 paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy stories with a Dangerous Hero as the main or supporting character by December 31st, and I’ve, um, sort of, um, exceeded the challenge already. Even if I don’t count the fantasies.

If you’re curious, so far, I’ve read with reviews posted for 10 of ’em:

The Book Why I Think the Hero(ine) is Dangerous
Yasmine Galenorn’s
Night’s End
The Indigo Court series started out with such promise and has dwindled badly. Still, I am OCD about knowing what happens in a series, so I read it. Thank god this is the last story. And yes, there is still a heroine in this.
Jenn Bennett’s
Grim Shadows (and just as good as the first one!)
This is the second in Bennett’s Roaring Twenties series, and I see Hadley and Lowe both as heroes in this installment. Hadley has a power she struggles to control almost as hard as she struggles to get past her own prejudices while Lowe may not have a supernatural power, but he does have a heart beating beneath his larcenous soul.
Seanan McGuire’s
Half-Off Ragnorak
McGuire’s Incryptid urban fantasy series is about a family of scientists with this third installment an introduction to the mild-mannered and geeky Alex who can turn alpha in a heartbeat.
Kelley Armstrong’s
The Cainsville urban fantasy series has two heroes: Olivia is desperately trying to learn who and what she is, why she sees omens and has visions while Gabriel has had a horror of a life. One he’s pulled himself up and out of on his own. He comes across as a well-dressed thug, he’s bright, he’s quick, and he’s stopped following his own rules to protect Olivia from what goes bump.
Chrysler Szarlan’s
Hawley Book of the Dead
Reve Dyer has inherited the family book and must do battle to keep her family safe. Interesting twist on the Tuatha de Dannan in this and a good story.
Marjorie Liu’s
A Dream of Stone & Shadow
From Liu’s Dirk & Steele’s paranormal romance series, this story features Charlie who, even though imprisoned by a witch, goes beyond life to save a young girl.
Kim Harrison’s
Witch With No Name
The last installment in Harrison’s The Hollows urban fantasy series, and I must confess I read it haltingly. I was terrified as to how Harrison would end it. With each step, my imagination roared off in too many directions, hoping, fearful, and with trepidation. And she ended the series beautifully. Although, I do think she’s left an opening to come back. Of course, I could simply be excessively hopeful… This series is riddled with heroes and heroines from Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks to all of Jenks’ family. To Captain Edden and his son, Glenn. To Quen and eventually Trent. And Newt.
Dianne Emley’s
Night Visitor
Another paranormal thriller, the hero in this is a man in a coma — Junior. I suppose that, technically, Rory Langtry should be considered a heroine, but I despise her. An excellent story.
Deborah Harknes’s
Book of Life
Whoa…Harkness completes her All Souls Trilogy series and answers so many questions! There’s no question about it, Dr. Diana Bishop is most definitely the heroine in this age and ages past and to come.
Richelle Mead’s
Silver Shadows
Mead’s fifth in her Bloodlines urban fantasy series for young adults definitely finds Sydney Sage as the heroine in this. She’s broken from her original brainwashing and making her own decisions based on logic and reality. And, yeah, a wallop of emotion by which I think she’s still gobsmacked.
J.N. Duncan’s
Vengeful Dead
The second in her Jackie Rutledge urban fantasy series finds an FBI agent struggling to ignore the new abilities she’s absorbed since the first book, Deadworld. She’s fighting it every step of the way even as she solves crimes and brings the perpetrator to justice.
Christine Feehan’s
Air Bound
I suppose that one should consider both Airiana and Max heroes in this third installment in Feehan’s Sisters of the Heart paranormal romance series, for she pushes past her own fears to rescue children and protect the man she loves while Max makes it all possible.
Nalini Singh’s
Shield of Winter
There are a slew of heroes and heroines in this installment in Singh’s Psy-Changeling paranormal romance series, but the couple focus is on Ivy Jane, an E-designation, and Vasic Zen, an Arrow.
Ilona Andrews’
Magic Breaks
Kate Daniels is definitely the heroine in this series, and yet Curran is right there beside her. No questions asked. He’ll give up anything, do anything for her. As she would for him. Andrews is back!

Strictly Fantasy

I’m not sure if Paranormal Cravings considers fantasy a part of the urban fantasy and paranormal romance genre, so I’m tucking them into their own space. Just in case *grin*.

The Book Why I Think the Hero(ine) is Dangerous
Mercedes Lackey’s
House of the Four Winds
Technically, this is a fantasy from Lackey’s One Dozen Daughters series. I see this installment as having two heroes: Princess Clarice/Clarence Swann and Dominick Moryet. One is an adventuress out to see the world and build her reputation as a swordsmistress, who steps up to save a crew from a horrible wrong time and again. The other is the ship’s navigator. An honest boy who refuses to hide from grievous wrongs. He’ll do what he must to save his crew.
Sara C. Snider’s
The Thirteenth Tower
I suspect this is the start of a young adult fantasy series with Emelyn as the young heroine going off to learn about her people now that she’s rescued her parents. It’s cute with a twist. I’m looking forward to seeing where Snider goes with this.
Robin Hobb’s
Assassin’s Apprentice
The first in the Farseer Trilogy sub series as well as the overall Realm of the Elderlings overall series, and I’m just as impressed with this story as I was with the first full-length novel I read of Hobb’s. Fitz is definitely a hero in my book.

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