Friday Favorites: Fictional Ne’er-Do-Wells

Happy Friday bibliophiles! Kibby started this tag at Something of the Book. It’s a fun way to celebrate the books you love on one of the best days of the week!

Today is all about fictional criminals! Like a lot of people Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows almost immediately sprung to mind, but I want to use this prompt to talk a bit more about a book that isn’t out yet! The criminal I’m thinking of didn’t get as much page time as I thought he would, but I still loved his snarky attitude and his wit. He certainly has a way with words, and he’s able to talk himself out of the stickiest of situations in and out of the courtroom. This character is from an Asian-Inspired fantasy that hits shelves next week, did you guess who it is?

Akira from Descendant of the Crane by Joan He. He’s as skilled with language as he is with a staff, and I can’t wait to see how he develops as a person throughout this series, even though I may be waiting for quite a while. His felony is one of the things that initially pulls him into the plot of the story. I thought it was really interesting to see how he had to help people he wouldn’t ordinarily care too terribly much about.

If you haven’t already pre-ordered Descendant I definitely recommend it! It’s one of my favorite YA novels of the year, and I think it really stands apart in terms of plot structure and themes. Let me know if you’re planning to get a copy next week!

You can read more of my thoughts about the book here: Descendant of the Crane arc review

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