Every Thursday, the Fantasy Review Barn is taking us on a journey through Fantasyland with their Tough Travel Guide. Today’s topic is Dark Ladies.
DARK LADY. There is never one of these – so see DARK LORD instead.
Pfft. We can do better than that.
The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia) The original bad lady of fantasy, Jadis the White Witch plunged Narnia into a world where it was always winter–and never Christmas! Every villain I wrote when I was young was basically the White Witch, which I didn’t even realize until I was like 20.
Melisande (The Kushiel series) The Dom to Phaedre’s sub, Melisande does some pretty terrible things for power. I don’t remember many of the details (its been a long time), but I remember her as a pretty nasty piece of work.
Queen Levana (The Lunar chronicles) The Lunar Chronicles is undoubtedly my favorite ongoing YA series at the moment. Queen Levana controls the moon with an iron fist, and is scheming to take over Earth as well. She’s a bit flat, actually, but I like over-the-top megolomaniacal villains of that ilk.
Marsilia (The Mercy Thompson series) Queen of the vampires. Nuff said.
Mrs. Coulter (His Dark Materials) Mrs. Coulter is elegant, fashionable, and cruel. All requirements I think pertain to Dark Ladies.
Rhazat (Shards of Time) The last Nightrunner was…not what I wanted it to be. But it did feature a malicious, vengeful dyrmagnos that wore a beautiful woman’s skin and ruled over a kingdom of ghosts. So there’s that.