“Books Featuring Characters Who Can SET BITCHES ON FIRE” had been my original title. I settled on a different direction, obviously, but the sentiment’s the same. As far as elemental magic goes, I’ve always been biased to fire, and this is not just because I’ve watched Avatar: The Last Airbender too many times or anything (FIRE IS THE BEST–hem hem). It’s just a great element to have in your arsenal, and who doesn’t want a bit of firepower as their magical skill?
Anyway, my TTT books below feature characters who can either shoot fire out of their fingertips or, erm, mouths?
Top Ten Books Featuring Characters Who Can “Flame-On”
Avatar: The Last Airbender The Search by Gene Luen Yang – Kind of a given, seeing as this was where I got the idea from. I have this slight obsession with the Fire Nation and the characters therein. I thought Azula and Zuko were such well done characters, and they get kudos for being able to firebend like nobody’s bizness. Also, Azula could shoot lightning out as well, before it got too cool for school. So there.
Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by G. R. R. Martin – Yeah, come on. Dragons. Targaryens. What list about fire would be complete without a couple of dragony characters thrown in? And nothing screams “badass fire-starter” than a dragon. Dragons are, after all, the firebending masters. I mean, that Drogon is pretty fab.
The Realms of the Gods (The Immortals #4) by Tamora Pierce – Kitten! I love Kitten. And her family of dragons. And, well, you know what, most Tortallan mages can pretty much flare up with fire, considering that’s the most basic of the magics. Alanna can set bitches on fire, too, but I always mention her and I almost always try to mention the Song of the Lioness books, so I decided on a different series this time!
Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde – Selendrile! Yes, another dragon. It also helps that he turns into quite a dashing young man. Rawr.
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) by Patricia C. Wrede – It’s been a while since I’ve read this book, but honestly, there wouldn’t be much of a mention on dragons without talking about Princess Cimorene and the King of Dragons. Awesome series.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling – Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback. That should pretty much tell you all. But that’s not everything, though. There’s Hermione “Set-Bitches-On-Fire” Granger. Yeah, she’s badass.
Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) by Terry Goodkind – Wizard’s fire! I don’t think I can bring myself to read anything past Stone of Tears, since I feel like this series is the more morbid adult version of A Series of Unfortunate Events (where nothing EVER goes right for characters–mostly female, in general). Still, there’s a reason why I have a stress-ball zebra named Zebbicus Zu’l Zebrander.
One Piece series by Eiichirou Oda – One of the things I love about this series is the crazy different abilities that come out of Devil’s Fruits. There’s a dragon, sure, but there are also several fire-type abilities. Like Marco. And Akainu. AND FIRE-FIST ACE.
Fairy Tail series by Hiro Mashima – I didn’t get very far in the anime, nor did I get very far in the manga, but Natsu definitely comes to mind when it comes to setting things alight. He can seriously swallow fire and regurgitate it right back out.
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa – Judging by how partial I seem to be with fire-magical users, is it no wonder my favorite character in this series is the Flame Alchemist? Not that I ignore the other characters, I pretty much adore the main characters. Roy Mustang’s just someone I was utterly fangirling over when the series turned to an anime (both times…).
Honestly, I was tempted to name just dragons on this list, but then I found I couldn’t name a whole lot where I totally loved the books in, so yeah.