Giveaway & Top 10 List: Amanda Bonilla’s favorite assassins & win SHAEDES OF GRAY

December 9, 2011 Guests 58


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Top Ten Favorite Assassins:

First of all, thanks so much to ATUF for hosting me on my blog tour today! I’ve always been fascinated by assassins, the way they can sometimes be portrayed as gray area characters. The complexity of putting the character’s conscience on hold to carry out a hit while later retaining his or her humanity enough to interact with other characters always has a way of drawing me in. And since the Shaede Assassin series is now out in the world, I thought I’d share my list of top ten fictional assassins:

10. Jason Bourne

Even without his memory intact, Jason Bourne kicks some serious booty. He’s all about getting answers and righting wrongs. It’s not his fault if he has to take some serious players out in the process. This guy is trained. Not even the obliteration of his memory can shake loose the mad skills he’s got. Watch out, big government mucky-mucks…Bourne is coming for you!

9.  Darth Maul

Your browser may not support display of this image.Okay, so if you think Darth Maul might not be considered an assassin, let’s break it down: He’s a trained killer. His light saber expertise is proof enough of that. Plus, come one, his acrobatic and hand-to-hand combat abilities are stellar. He’s the strong arm of Darth Sidious and does his master’s bidding. When the head honcho wants someone offed, Darth Maul is his go-to guy. If that doesn’t make him an assassin, I don’t know what does.

8.  The Bride from Kill Bill

The scene in Volume 1 with O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Lui) and her crew is enough to earn this character a spot on my list. Need I say more? Throughout the course of the movie series, The Bride is kicking ass and taking names. I love movies with tough female leads and I’m a sucker for a good sword fight.

7.  Charles Cornick from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega Series

Son to the alpha of all alphas, Charles brings a little something extra to the werewolf table. Namely his mother’s Native American heritage and shamanistic magic. Charles is Bran’s enforcer, the guy who gets his hands dirty so the werewolf leader doesn’t have to. Charles is cold, calculating, and flat-out scary. Any were in Patricia Briggs’ world would be wise to steer clear of him. That is, unless you’re a sexy Omega wolf named Anna. 😉

6.  Léon from The Professional

Your browser may not support display of this image.I can’t have a Top Ten Assassins list without including this character. The hubs would otherwise divorce me. Discreet, efficient, and damned accurate with a sniper rifle, this cold-hearted assassin is worth every penny. That is until 12-year old Mathilda enters the picture, and then he becomes an almost endearing mentor. I mean, he encourages her to drink milk! Kids need calcium. Let’s just ignore the fact that Léon is teaching a little girl to be a deadly assassin on the side.

Your browser may not support display of this image. 5.  Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire

Oh, Richard Harrow, how you break my heart! Your scrapbook full of loving-family images brings tears to my eyes. The war was hard on Richard and he has to wear a mask to cover one ravaged half of his face. But just when he didn’t think he had anything to live for, salvation came in the form of Jimmie Darmody, aspiring gangster. He put Richard’s skills to use and now that Jimmie’s cleaning house, anyone who messes with him is going to have deal with Richard. And a man who has nothing to lose is a dangerous man, indeed.

4. Nikita

For my number four assassin, I’m thinking more of the Nikita from the Luc Besson film, La Femme Nikita and the later American version, Point of no Return, rather than the television version. Nikita has hit rock bottom. She’s a junkie, desperate for a fix, and in the act of robbing a pharmacy, she winds up killing a cop. With nothing left but a life in prison, you’d think this was the end of the road. That is, until a shady government agency swoops in, cleans her up, and trains Nikita to be a bad-ass killing machine. But they didn’t count on Nikita having a mind of her own. No amount of brainwashing is going to make her the agency’s puppet. Nikita goes rogue, escapes the clutches of the agency and proves that she’s a woman not to be trifled with.

3.  Xhex from JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series

Out of all of Ward’s females, Xhex is by far my favorite. Tough is an understatement when describing this Sympath. She’s faced horrors in the course of her life that have made this assassin as tough as they come. Her advantage over the run-of-the-mill vampire comes from her Sympath heritage which enables her to venture out in the light of day. Rival vampires and evil Lessers won’t know what hit them until it’s too late. Oh, and the fact that she has the attention of my favorite brother: AKA, John Matthew doesn’t hurt either.

2. Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad from Assassin’s Creed

Your browser may not support display of this image.I’m not a gamer, but I wish I was. I can rock Super Mario, but give me anything with dual joysticks and I’m lost. I happen to live with a couple of gamers, though, and I love to watch my guys play. One of my all-time favorite game franchises is Assassin’s Creed, and for me, Altaïr takes the cake. You can’t get any more hard-core than this Syrian assassin. He’s been raised from birth for the sole purpose of killing. He’s on a mission to redeem himself after being demoted to the rank of novice after a botched job. Templars are his targets and his stealthy attacks and ability to blend in make him nothing more than a ghost in the crowd.

1.  Selene from Underworld

This vampire takes bad-assery to a whole new level. She’s everything I love inYour browser may not support display of this image. an alpha female: cynical and tough, with a mind as sharp as a tack. Her wardrobe isn’t too shabby either. Come on, if I had a body like that, I’d wear her patent-leather cat-suit to the grocery store. Every. Day. Selene knows her weapons and how to use them. She’s been hunting Lycans for centuries and she’s honed her skills to a sharp edge. And say what you will, but her stringy, dirty-looking hair only makes me love her more.

So there you have it. My top ten fictional assassins. Who are some of your favorites?


About the author:

Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. She loves the outdoors, black clothes, pink appliances and thinks junk food should be a recognized food group. In the summer, she can be found sitting by the lake, enjoying the view from her dock.

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In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind-an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

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58 Responses to “Giveaway & Top 10 List: Amanda Bonilla’s favorite assassins & win SHAEDES OF GRAY”

  1. Lexi

    Altair! I am a gamer (result of growing up with two brothers that love everything electronic) and so love Assasins Creed. He is just so stealthy and there is something sexy about him….

    Your book sounds like a great read. Darians character seems like a great combo of Assasin and an otherworldly Shaede. I love a good Assasin story!

  2. Niko

    Ack! I'm totally drawing a blank on assassins! I'll go with Altair from Assassin's Creed, because he's as much fun to play as (even if you're a girl) as he is to watch.

  3. acm05

    Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assasain series. I was surprised to see Charles Cornick listed here. I never think of him as an assassin, but I guess he really is since he's the pack enforcer.

  4. CdnMrs

    I love Leon the Professional, it is one of my all time favourite action films and Selene, you've got to love her too.
    Thanks for the contest I've heard nothing but great things about the book.

  5. Miss Mel

    This is a great list. Xhex from BDB is my favorite UF assassin. She is made of awesome.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. ahz1

    I have to add my vote to Gin Blanco as my favorite assassin in UF, although Sabina Kane runs a close second.

  7. justpeachy36

    The Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep is one of my favorites in UF, so I'll have to say Gin Blanco. She is fantastic!

  8. Cathy M

    Great list so far. Would probably pick Leon from The Professional as my top favorite, with Anita Blake a close second.

    cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  9. Danielle D

    I have to agree with the Altaïr choice, but you can't have one without dropping Ezios name in there also.

    One other assassin I'd add to the list is Sawa from the anime series KITE

  10. Rebe

    Well, James Bond (Daniel Craig) definitely gets my vote, although I'm not sure he counts as an assassin. I love Charles Cornick as well – he's my choice for favorite all-time werewolf.

  11. Marlene Harris

    I would have to say Zevran Arainai from Dragon Age. Of course he fails miserably, otherwise the game would end very, very early, but Zev is so much fun!

  12. Amanda Bonilla

    Thanks again to ATUF for hosting me today! I love everyone's suggestions for fav assassins! Looks like great minds think alike! 🙂

  13. Kristina

    Okay I have to agree with Leon from The Professional as far as movies go..but if i had to choose and assassin from a book it would definately be Gin from the elemental assains series….

    Awesome post! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Chris

    D from Zero at the Bone gets my vote. Of course D is just his super secret assassin name…there is much more to that story and I loved it! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. Edyta

    I have to go with Edward from the first 10 or so Anita Blake books.
    I want this book, thank you for the giveaway.

  16. Pamela {Spaz}

    Looooove this list! The Bride from Kill Bill, and Charles Cornick from A&O; are my favorites!!! Great list 🙂 I also love Darian from SHAEDES OF GRAY too 🙂

  17. Amanda Bonilla

    Leon is definitely a top assassin! Altaïr too! 🙂 Looks like Edward from LKH ranks pretty high for you guys as well. Thanks Pam for adding Darian to your list! It'll be interesting for readers to see my tough assassin soften up over the course of the next few books. 😉

  18. Amber Hughes

    Great list! Xhex is definitely one of my favorites too. Love her character! Cat & Bones (Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series) would also be on my list 🙂

  19. Barbara E.

    My favorite assassin is Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. I see I'm in the majority here. 😀

  20. Anonymous

    Jason Bourne was always my favorite until the movie came out. Bleah. But I would probably go with Fitz from Robin Hobb's Assassin series. Mainly because I like his wolf friend!

  21. Anonymous

    Darth Vader is one of the deadliest assassins and one of my favorites. However, Darth Maul has an extremely creepy face!

    Shaedes Of Gray sounds great! I can't wait to read it!

    Happy Holidays!

  22. mervih

    I'm not from US but I love fictional assassins so I had to answer. 🙂

    I agree with the Bride, Darth Maul, Jason Borne, Selene, and Nikita. They're all awesome! I'll have to see if I can find the Professionals.

    I'd add Vlad Taltos from Steven Brust's fantasy series and Mara Jade from Star Wars books. From comics I like Elektra, Deathstroke, Black Widow, and Modesty Blaise.

  23. JenM

    I definitely have soft spot for assassins. Charles Cornick is one of my favorite characters, but I never think of him in those terms. Also love Gin Blanco. One of my favorite books is Death Angel by Linda Howard which features an assassin named Simon, although you don't actually learn his name until halfway through the book.

  24. Amy

    I really like Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassin series. I would love to read Shaedes of Gray!

  25. SacredmOOn

    I have to say my favorite asassions characters are Selene from Underworld, Anita Blake in the early books 1-7, and Cat and Bones from JF. TY for this great giveaway! DeAnna S. @SacredmOOn1

  26. Kristin

    I love, love, love that you included Charles Cornick!!! He is so cold and calculating and such an awesome character, esp. if you've read Mercy first, then Alpha & Omega (unfortunately, I read them the other way around!). Leon and Nikita (foreign version) are classics and such awesome movies! Jason Bourne – HOT! (who knew Matt Damon had it in him?)

    Overall, I have to go with Selene, b/c, well, she's got the killer outfit 😉

  27. Goldilox

    Hmm…Well Selene was a VERY good choice so brava Amanda! I'm reading Mind Games by Carolyn Crane right now, and the disillusionists are a different kind of assassin. In a way what they do is often worse than killing the person so I'm going to go with them for now!!!

    Goldilox 🙂

  28. Pabkins

    Oh that's such a good question. Jeez I like The Bride choice – I've never thought overly much on favorite assassins before. So yeah, I'll go with The Bride from Kill Bill since I've watched those movies a million times!

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  29. Sandy Williams

    Love your list, but you didn't mention Sidney Bristol from Alias. Loved her! 🙂

    (Don't enter me in the giveaway. I already have
    Amanda's book!)

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