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BileDemon Posted - 03 Jun 2023 : 22:23:53

So a while ago I got into reading FR novels and already have read my share of it.

I really enjoyed the War of the Spider Queen series with the evil protagonists.

I also liked the related Empyrian Odyssee trilogy. While not all main characters are evil I have to say I really rooted for Kaanyr Vhok to succeed and was disappointed that at the end he got killed . While I enjoyed the trilogy this was a let-down because why not let him have his bath...he was in my opinion the most interesting character there.

So...are there any other novels with mainly evil protagonists?
Thanks for suggestions .
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Seravin Posted - 12 Jun 2023 : 07:43:04
While not the main protagonist - I am re-reading Finder's Bane and Walinda of Bane is one of the main characters on the quest, and gives insight to being a priestess of Bane to the good characters. It is a rare character/point of view especially for earlier Realms novels.
BileDemon Posted - 04 Jun 2023 : 23:43:52
Ok thanks, that sounds promising!
Let#180;s see if there is more.
Lord Karsus Posted - 04 Jun 2023 : 17:25:41
-Prince of Lies and Crucible: The Trial of Cyric the Mad had evil characters as the primary characters at least in certain large portions of the story, if not the entire books. The Black Bouquet also had chapters from the evil character POV.
BileDemon Posted - 04 Jun 2023 : 00:10:33
Well, I know what the terms are...the protagonist is the main character, regardless of his alignment.
I mentioned the WotSQ for a reason.
Maybe these are the only novels with evil protagonists, but then I wouldn´t bet it with the 300 or so publications yet.

So can we please get back to my question? I was looking for recommendations, not for debating terms. Thanks.
Ayrik Posted - 04 Jun 2023 : 00:07:10
It's just a normal "Antagonist".

Good or evil isn't as relevant as the character's narrative role and relationship vs the protagonist.

Stories can have deuteragonists, tritagonists, etc - more central "protagonist" types who cooperate, ally, assist, oppose, compete, confront, or obstruct the main protagonist. And modern authors often like to twist and blur things to defy the classics and invent something new (which has already been done many times before in the classics).

A well-written antagonist can be an interesting, entertaining, organic part of the narrative.

A not-well-written antagonist is just more uninteresting, unoriginal villain monologue trope.

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