Morally Grey Characters That Will Keep You Up At Night
My favorite kind of hero has a dark past, makes very questionable decisions, and will burn the world down for the people they love. As much as I enjoy good vs. evil, and a character that has a heart of good, I really get sucked into the stories that highlight the reality of human nature. We will make poor choices (especially when it involves the ones we love) and we all have a past and have done things we're not proud of. This makes a hero more relatable and you learn to love their redeeming qualities just as much as their more....questionable....ones. Here's a list of books for all of us looking for our next favorite main character, whom were not sure is the hero or the villian!
Casteel Da'Neer; Blood and Ash series
Rhysand; A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Rhysand is a dark love interest with a troubled past that you get to witness in the first novel. It is hard to switch ships, but once you do, you will be there for good. A Court of Thorns and Roses is perfect for those of us who grew up on Twilight and need something with a little more depth. While this is shelved as YA it does have quite a few explicit scenes and large amounts of adult content.
Jude Duarte; The Folk of the Air series
This series is full of characters you can't stand, but you can't stop reading about. Jude is a human trying to make it in the Fae world, and will do anything to become a knight of the court. She refuses to take the taunting of her Fae classmates and will not sit by while life gives her a hard time. She is cunning, sometimes cruel, and smarter than what is good for her. Enter her love interest, Cardan, and it only intensifies these qualities.
Kaz Brekker; Six of Crows series
Victor and Eli; Villians series
Victor and Eli were best friends and roommates that discovered how to unlock superhuman abilities after taking a university assignment way too far. Someone is getting to powerful and causing way too many issues for the real world, but it's impossible to tell who needs to be stopped. V.E. Schwab paints us a morally ambiguous picture of right and wrong and good and evil.
Evelyn Hugo; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Manon Blackbeak; Throne of Glass series
Manon Blackbeak is the heir to the Blackbeak clan and one witch you don't want to mess with. She embraces her nature as an Irontooth witch; evil, cruel, and violent. She does not appear until Heir of Fire (book #3), but she becomes and integral part of the story. One whom you are not sure whether to trust or root for. She is a character that has stuck with me for quite a while.