TTT 10 (ok 8) Characters who make great leaders.

Morning mortals! Today it’s another Top Ten Tuesday post, I’m into this theme in a big way, often the characters who end up leaders in YA are reluctant to do so and it’s been really interesting examining who makes a good leader and who didn’t get the opportunity to do so. Having said that, I’ve only managed to pull eight characters, let me know who I’ve missed in the comments, and don’t forget to link me to your TTT post!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the beyond amazing The Broke and Bookish. If you don’t already you should head over there and check out the list of all the amazing book bloggers who take part, it’s a great way to find other bloggers who might read the same books as you!

Owen Kiskaddon, The Kingfountain Series



Owen is a good leader, mainly because he knows when to give up his power. He’s aware of his skills and his influence, but he still chooses to give power over to those whom he believes rightfully deserve it.

The Gage, The Stone in the Skull


This is much more of a literal leader. In The Stone and the Skull the gage, a bronze automaton, leads a group of characters along a treacherous route. Something about the writing of this character, you just know you’d be in safe hands if he was leading the way.

Shahrzad, The Wrath and the Dawn


It’s a typical leader trait, but I think valuing your people over yourself is important. Sharzad exemplifies this trait at a lot of moments in these books.

Vasya, The Bear and the Nightingale

the bear and the nightingale

More so in The Girl in the Tower but Vasya is definitely a leader. She has a power over people, and not just from an alliance with an ancient deity!

Cinder, The Lunar Chronicles


Another character who knows when to hand over leadership if the situation calls for it. Cinder uses people’s skills to help her mission, not just barrelling in her own direction.

Kaz, Six of Crows


Do I need to talk about how amazing Kaz is? An example of a realistic leader who is willing to make hard choices to protect that which he cares about.

Vlada, And I Darken


I could talk for hours about how great Vlada is as a leader, especially given her circumstances. I suggest you read the books to find out what I’m talking about.

Lady Trent, A Natural History of Dragons


I would follow this amazing woman to the ends of the earth. Not just because she would take me to dragons but…ok that’s why.

So there you go, eight awesome leaders, all for different reasons! Link me to your TTT post below!





14 thoughts on “TTT 10 (ok 8) Characters who make great leaders.

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  1. I agree about Vasya! She can probably lead an army of Russian mythological creatures and I’ll be all for it. And of course Kaz and Vlada (my murderous faves) are leaders in every sense of the word. Great list ❤

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  2. YES, YES, YES. I completely agree. Cinder and Kaz would both be absolutely amazing leaders. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤


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