I admit it. I’m a complete sucker for an antihero.
What is an antihero, you ask? Well, the online Urban Dictionary defines an antihero as: a flawed hero, and therefore much more interesting than the more traditional hero. They can be working on the side of good, but with a tragic flaw, or a horrible past, or for reasons that are selfish and not entirely “pure”.
Sounds like my kind of guy.
In Undying Hunger, Markus Santini is the Enclave’s antihero. He possesses a horrible past, and as the above definition states, for reasons that are selfish, and or not entirely “pure”, he makes certain decisions throughout the span of the series that aren’t popular with the rest of the Enclave’s warriors.
But my love of the antihero didn’t begin with Markus. In fact, there are a few others that, along with Markus, make up my top five.
- Vin Diesel as Riddick. (Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, and Riddick) I do believe he kindled my fire for the antihero with those shimmering eyes and deliciously deep voice of his.
- Zarek (Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon) How could one not fall for such a scarred and tragic hero. A fan favorite of the Dark Hunter Novels that I’ve never forgotten.
- Alexander Skargard as Eric Northman (TrueBlood) A bad boy in every sense of the word. A centuries old Viking turned vampire, yet he’s hot as blazes. Yes, I cheered for him and Sookie to be together. He was so ruthless, but with her and for her…he was tender and compassionate. Sigh. Precisely what I love about an antihero.
- Simon Cross (Death Angel by Linda Howard) Assassin turned hero. A pure antihero who has no regrets for who he is or what he’s done in his past. Cold and calculating with everyone and everything in his world. But when his heroine steps into his life, she awakens his heart and makes him feel. And he’ll do anything to protect her. Yes! I love it when that happens.
Do you have any favorite antiheroes from book or film? Please share! I’d love to add them to my TBR shelf or To Be Viewed list. Leave a comment, and I’ll choose one lucky winner to receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card, plus their choice of a PDF copy of either book one, two, or three from the Enclave series.
All she can remember is hunger…for him.
“A delicious vampire world, filled with danger, passion, and immortal warriors. You’re going to love the Enclave!” – Lisa Kessler author of the award-winning Moon Series
A year ago, Alexandria Stevens strode through the doors of Wicked Ways and into the arms of a man—a monster, really—who stole everything from her. Her memory. Her life. Now she’s a creature of darkness with only hazy images in her mind of that night and a confusing jumble of emotions. A fierce hate…and an even fiercer desire for Markus Santini.
Markus has walked through this world for more than a hundred years, knowing exactly who and what he was, until Alexandria undid it all. Undid him. When a former vampire colleague threatens one of the Enclave’s own, Markus is needed—but only as the dark, powerful creature he once was. And in order to become that, he must find redemption…in the arms of a woman.
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Knight from Kristen Ashley is my antihero! Your books sounds really good! Thanks for the chance!
Love the Anti Hero, Northman is still a favorite <3
Like you Riddick and Zarek are top of my list though it’s hard to decide an absolute favourite anti hero.
Also on the list are Kylar Stern from The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks and Arlen from The Painted Man (or The Warded Man in US) by Peter V Brett
Goodness, I’m a BIG Zarek fan and is one of my faves! Plus Vin Diesel and not just Riddick but also as Dominic Toretto!
My favorite anti hero is Darkyn from Lizzy Fords War of Gods series. From the minute he enters the book he grabbed my attention. His story is actually in the connecting series Ryhn Eternal series but loved him in all the books he was in. Darkyn is a very dark anti hero even after his mate comes alongs but treats only her with love. LOL even when I though him pretty much unredeemable and pure eviI oddly still love this character which is unlike me!
Hi everyone, Thank you all for stopping by today! Yay! Love to hear you’re huge antihero fans like me. 😀 I see some fellow Zareck and Riddick fans. *fist bump* Plus some cool sounding other antiheroes I need to check out. Good luck, everyone! I’ll choose a winner tomorrow.
Angel from Buffy series and yes Northman stirs the senses.
Kaleb Krychek from Heart of Obsidian in Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. He only does the right thing if it benefits him or Sahara (or she thinks it is the right thing).
And the winner is….lucky number four, ilona!! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact info so I can send you your gift card, plus your choice of the PDF Enclave book 1-3. Congratulations! And a huge thank you to all of you for stopping my post. Thank you as well to Delilah Devlin for allowing me the opportunity to be a guest at your blog!
I love this article, Jessica! Antiheroes and villains turned hero are my favorite character types. I have a long list of favorites. One is Solomon Kane.