What makes a hero a hero? Or rather what makes a male lead a hero? Should we just call every one of them a hero just because they’re the male main character?
I think not. I don’t want it that way.
This week’s topic for Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by amazing Shanah from The Bionic Book Worm, is “Top 5 Main Males”. I decided to make my title “5 Favorite Bookish Heroes” just to be specific. Like I said, I don’t want to call every main lead a hero. Why? Not all of them deserve the title. So in my list below, you’ll only see male MCs who in their own ways, became heroes to their beloved heroines.
Ready? Ready. 🙂
1.) Carswell Thorne from Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
Carswell Thorne, is not really a hero material. First and foremost he is a thief and yet, he’s the one who saved our dear Cress from a spaceship that served as her prison since childhood. And it cost him something big and yet he never stopped being Cress’ hero. And there is something amazing about a guy who doesn’t give false hope to a girl. Right from the very beginning, he showed and told Cress who he really is -that he’s the opposite of the man that Cress imagined him to be. Hope all guys are like that, don’t you think?
2.) Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
Kaz isn’t perfect. We all know this. Like Thorne, he’s a thief and lead criminals. But there’s one side of Kaz that make him perfect for this list. When it comes to his band of misfits, he becomes a person you can rely on. And especially to Inej.
“I would have come for you. And if I couldn’t walk, I’d crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we’d fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that’s what we do. We never stop fighting.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom
3.) Riden from The Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller
Riden is not a typical knight in shining armor though in book 1, he seemed to save Alosa in his own little ways. That time, Alosa was Riden and his brother’s prisoner in book 1. But what really stood out about Riden is how adorable he is.
I know, I know. Adorable is hardly hero-ish quality. But hear me out. If I’m remembering it correctly, in Book 1, there’s a scene where Riden, just after talking to Alosa, realized that he’s softening to her already. He literally asked himself, “What are you doing?” and he did this right outside the door of Alosa’s room/prison so she heard him. That was so cute. Right then I had this feeling that Riden wouldn’t be the most badass hero but he won’t disappoint me. And in book 2, he proved this. In book 2, he became very supportive of Alosa in her fight. Riden understood that his heroine need not saving, he just have to be there for her. So he did.
I don’t know about you but this is one of the qualities I want my own hero have. There is something amazing in a guy who doesn’t feel the need to steal the spotlight from his leading lady. 🙂
4.) Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent from Devil in Winter (Wallflower #3) by Lisa Kleypas
If there’s someone I’d be okay to be removed in this list, it would be this guy. Sebastian is one of the most selfish guys I know. He literally did the first favor he ever did for dear Evie only because it’ll benefit him. He was saving himself. But the ‘savings’ that followed, well let’s say, Sebastian has my heart completely until now. The thing about Sebastian is he learned to care and risk his life for other than himself.
5.) Ash, Duke of Ashbury from The Duchess’ Deal by Tessa Dare
Technically it was Emma who saved Ash. It was Ash who’s in need of a wife and he managed to convince Emma to be his. But when Ash learned something about Emma’s past, he did something amazing that I really have to include him in this list. That’s not the only reason though, Ash became some sort of a vigilante in this book doing things he shouldn’t. Also I enjoy Ash’ character so much. He’s one of the most hilarious MCs I’ve ever encountered, especially his inner monologue.
There you have it guys – five of my favorite main leads who deserve to be called heroes. Have you read any of the books that these guys starred. Or are they on your TBRs? Feel free to share your links below if you also do Top 5 Tuesday or if you have posts similar to this. 🙂