For over a month, our judges read and studied three books: "Entertaining Angels," by Emerald Barnes; "Plenilune," by Jennifer Freitag; and "Resistance," by Jaye L. Knight. Specifically, we examined the three heroines of those novels: Madison, Margaret Coventry, and Kyrin Altair respectively. We thoroughly enjoyed reading about all of them, but one particularly caught our eye. Although it was difficult, we have made our decision.
But first, meet these lovely girls!
MARGARET COVENTRY has a perfectly reasonable plan: in order to avoid family scandal, she will flee to
KYRIN ALTAIR can remember with perfect detail everything she experienced from the age of four. This curse disguised as a blessing attracts the attention of the malevolent emperor, who forces her into his service. Kyrin cannot hide her controversial faith forever, though, and soon she must face perilous choices in her quest for a free life.
The winner is...
Margaret stands apart from the crowd in a variety of ways. Tough-as-nails and selfless, she also behaves with manners and inhibitions entirely believable in a Victorian lady. She is witty, fierce, and though not fearless, brave enough to behave the same way. She is a golden heroine, and I adored reading about her.
We are lucky enough to have an acceptance speech from her creator, Jennifer Freitag:
"I want to thank all my supporters for the opportunity to be nominated for the Blogger Awards of 2014. You did it behind my back, without my knowledge that the Blogger Awards was even in existence, which means you actually cared about Plenilune and my work enough to spread the word. I want to thank everyone who voted my character Margaret Coventry as Best Heroine: you all know that Plenilune is a long book, and having come to know and love Margaret over such a lengthy period of time as it took to write the novel, it is wonderful to see others enjoying her company as well. My hope is that this award will inspire others to meet her as well. Thank you."
Well said, Ms. Freitag! I hope you enjoyed the awards, readers-- and be sure to check out these lovely books and tune back in for the rest of the awards! Head over to Hannah's blog tomorrow for Best Hero! And if you're interested in hosting a category next year, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.