This is another Top 5 Saturday that made me realise that, although I love a good spy drama/movie, I have read very few books with characters that are spies, not the traditional kind anyway, the ‘bond like’ spies all suave and lethal and likely to blow things up. So this post is going to be based around the non traditional, subtle spies, the court infiltrators, the ones who sneak up on you out of nowhere and can create chaos and heartbreak. Am i going to be using the term spy loosely? Absolutely. But wheres the fun in sticking to the book every time.
Top 5 Saturday was created by the amazing Mandy over at Devouring books and she should get ALL the credit for coming up with interesting and fun prompts every week!
Ead – The Priory of the Orange Tree
Sent to court to spy on and protect the Queen by the Priory, Ead is part spy part secret body guard. But she’s like a good spy, not an evil one with ulterior motives, her job is to protect the Berethnan line… so falling in love with the queen probably wasn’t the best idea!
Amaya – Scavenge the Stars
Ok so part spy part infiltrator Amaya has a whole new identity created for her to infiltrate the upper classes and bring about the downfall of the man that supposedly ruined her life. She plays the part well enough until she ends up falling for the son of the man she is trying to bring down… I’m seeing a theme here.
Davon – Spellhacker
This guy annoyed me, although I definitely saw his betrayal coming. Once he realises what Diz is up to he spies on the gang making sure he is in on their plans enabling the MMC to arrest her friends ‘thinking’ he is protecting Diz in the process. A bad spy and a delusional one at that. I may have seen the betrayal coming, but man did it hurt.
Ashlinn – Nevernight
Another spy/infiltrator. This is one plot twist I did not see coming and broke me in so many ways. Determined to bring down the red church for ruining her family she becomes an apprentice, she gets herself ingrained into the story which makes her betrayal hit all the harder… like seriously I know Mia forgave her, but me? Yea, still not over it.
Feyre – A Court of Wings and Ruin
Literally risking her life and her mental health to protect her people, this woman has skills. I don’t think there are many of us that could go back to a man like Tamlin and act like we were still in love with him after all he did, but infiltrate the Spring Court she does and to devastating effects. And man, that scene when Cassian and Azriel rescue her… gives me chills every. single. time!
So those are my top 5 ‘spies’ see what I mean by using the term loosely. Since I realised I haven’t read many proper spy books hit me up with you recs so I can fix that!