Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Diverse Characters

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn
  2. Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows
  3. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments
  4. Dean Thomas from Harry Potter
  5. June Iparis from The Legend Trilogy

First up on my list of diverse characters is Shahrzad from The Wrath and the Dawn. She is a fierce, brave Arabian beauty who risks it all for revenge. Shazi holds her own in a deadly political landscape when the cards aren’t always in her favor and seeks out the truth whatever the cost.


Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows is another diverse character just coming onto the page and she may be my favorite of The Dregs crew. Once a Suli acrobat, now a member of a notorious Ketterdam gang. A spy who can move without being detected, a master of blades, Inej is known as The Wraith. She is a wise yet quiet voice to be reckoned with.


A quarter Indonesian, a quarter Dutch, and half demon, Magnus Bane from the Shadowhunter novels is a fantastic character. An immortal warlock alive for over 400 years, he’s not afraid to be outlandish and stylish. Loves attention, throws the best parties, and bisexual to boot. Each Shadowhunter novel seems to delve deeper into his backstory and I love it.


I feel like Dean Thomas from the Harry Potter series is totally underrated. A Gryffindor student, Dean clearly fits into the brave and chivalrous house. He’s a talented artist and a hardcore West Ham football fan. His friendship with Seamus Finnegan mirrors that of Harry and Ron’s. Plus he’s a member of Dumbledore’s Army, willing to fight against tyranny whatever the cost.

Last but not least is June Iparis from the Legend series. A talented young girl physically and mentally, she rises above the rest only to find the world isn’t what it seems. Tactical prowess, extremely observant and very selfless, June stands out in her world. Its a rare occasion to find a Native American character in most stories let alone in a dystopia. I really appreciated this.

Let me know your Top 5 Diverse Characters and check back next week for Top 5 Authors I Discovered this Year!


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