Resourcefulness – Cunning – Ambition – Determination – Self-Preservation – Fraternity – Cleverness
Hi guys! This is the last of my Hogwarts House Recommendations posts and this time I’m finally doing my own house: Slytherin! (I’ve also done Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff) Anti-heroines and morally grey characters are my favorites, so of course that’s what this post is going to be all about.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Tea never intended to raise her brother from the grave – but she did. She is a bone-witch, a necromancer, able to control the dead as well as raise them. When her powers are discovered she’s taken from her family and homeland to be trained by another bone-witch in the arts of the asha – dancing, music, combat and of course, magic. When we first meet Tea she’s alone and exiled on a deserted beach, raising an army of giant beasts (#SlytherinGoals). A story collector comes to see her and she concedes to tell him her tale. The darker sides of Tea’s story are mostly foreshadowed in this first book – but I can’t wait to see more of her inner Slytherin to come out in the next books of the series.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
This is an East Astian re-imagining of Snow White from the perceptive of the Evil Queen, more of a prequel to the fairy-tale than a straight retelling. Xifeng is a beautiful peasant girl raised by a cruel aunt who’s always told her she destined to become empress of Feng Lu. But a throne is no easy thing to come by and after securing herself a place at court, Xifeng quickly learns to be as cunning as she is ambitious – because she’s not the only one with big aspirations and you can’t be queen if you’re dead.
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Vlad the Impaler was a ruler so cruel he was the real-life figure behind the vampire Dracula. In And I Darken Kiersten White re-imagines history by turning Vlad into Lada. No one expects a princess to be brutal and Lada likes it that way. Ever since she and her brother Radu were taken from their homeland to be raised as hostages at Ottoman court, she’s been planning her vengeance for the day she can return home and claim her birthright. Full disclosure: I haven’t actually read this book yet. But I’m currently on page 108 and it only took about 10 to know this is a very Slytherin book, with a very Slytherin protagonist.
Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
This French classic from 1782 is the source material for the cinematic masterpiece Cruel Intentions, which is arguable the most Slytherin movie ever made. (Kathryn Merteuil is Slytherin aestethics) The original story is told through the letters of Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, two bored aristocrats who amuse themselves by scheming and playing games of seduction.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
When Jude was seven her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later Jude’s become a master of self-preservation, a natural consequence of living with the ever-present threat of the cruel fae who place no value on human life. She dreams of carving out a place for herself in her adopted home by becoming a knight, but when the opportunity is denied her she discovers another path to power – a path paved with blood and secrets. In a book full of Slytherins Jude’s the queen of them all – cunning, ambitious and resourceful. If you need more proof she blessed us with quotes like this: “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.” That’s a pretty Slytherin state of mind.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo:
Set in Ketterdam, an alternate version of Amsterdam, a city ripe with crime Six of Crows is the mother of all heist-novels. Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker’s been offered the payday of a lifetime and all he has to do to claim is pull off the impossible: break into an impregnable fortress and kidnap their most valued hostage. Not even Kaz Brekker can do that alone so he assembles a crew of the city’s most deadly outcast and starts plotting. Kaz is a scheming mastermind and a Slytherin to the bone – cunning, clever and ambitious.
Secret History by Donna Tartt
When I force this book on my friends I usually tell them it’s about aesthetics and murder – which I personally think is an accurate and adequate description. It’s told from the perspective of Richard, a Californian at an elite Vermont university, who becomes captivated by an exclusionary group of fascinating classics students (Obviously Slytherins) and inserts himself in their midst. It’s revealed in the novels first pages that the group will murder one of their own, but for some reason knowing both who will die and who will kill him only serves to heighten the tension.
The Kind Worth Kiling by Peter Swanson
In this modern re-imagining of the Highsmith classic Strangers on a Train a man and a woman meet in an airport bar. They have some drinks and engage in the kind of conversation you’d only have with a stranger. But once the plane takes off talking turns to planning and by the time it lands – more than one life is in danger. Every single character in this book is a Slytherin and while we all know not all Slytherin’s are bad, these people sure are. Swanson is the king of fucked up characters and wild twists – so if you pick this one up you best prepare yourself for one hell of a ride.
Dare Me by by Megan Abbott
Addy has always been Beth’s best friend and second in command, Beth calls the shots – Addy carries them out. Together they rule the intensely competitive cheer squad with an iron fist – until the new, young coach arrives. She draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth remains on the outside, waging a subtle war to remain top girl. Dare Me is all purple prose, mean girl power-struggles, toxic friendships and unlikable characters – best described as a Cheerleader-Noir.
Have you read any of these books? Or have them on your TBR? Do you agree with my picks? Let me know in the comments!