Welcome to Drying Ink, blog hoppers! I review an eclectic mix of fantasy and science fiction, with my favourite authors including Robin Hobb, Steven Erikson, and Patrick Rothfuss. I also include a number of articles and toplists: just below this post, for example, you can find my (very subjective) ranking of what I think are the best five fantasy (non review) blogs. I've been lucky enough to be featured today (why, thank you) and it'd be great if you could stop by and say hello in the comments.
So, time for the question:
Have you ever wanted the villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one?
Oh, it's a tough one - but I think I'm going to have to go for Brandin from Tigana, which is definitely one of my favourite fantasies. He might be an antagonist, but he and one of the viewpoint characters are in love - and he's begun to make amends for what he did. And then... Well, I won't spoil the ending for you - you should read it. But let's just say the protagonists are almost as grey as Brandin, and it might even be Brandin we're cheering for!
In close second place has to come Tywin Lannister, I think - he's nasty, plots for the betterment of Lannister without any qualms whatsoever... And we just can't wait to see what he does next. Maybe Tyrion would be a better choice, but more properly, I think, he's a protagonist. We see through his eyes, and Stannis is scarcely a hero either - and that is who Tyrion attempts to thwart, for the most part!
And now to ask you yours - what are your villains that you hoped to win? Comment, tell me, and say hello below! (...I'm really not that terrifying, honest :P )