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My Top Five Favorite Fictional Vampire Hunters
In Legally Undead, Elle Dupree is catapulted into becoming a vampire hunter when her fiancé is turned. Hunting vampires was never in her plans—she wanted to be a college history professor. But when it becomes necessary, she takes up a stake and starts slaying.
Elle has become one of my favorite vampire hunters, but I have been a fan of these kinds of characters for a long time; I love watching them as they develop their abilities as hunters! In no particular order, here are my top five favorite vampire slayers to be found in books:
Abraham Van Helsing: This list wouldn’t be possible, I think, without Dracula’s Dutch doctor. Even the ridiculous accent can’t detract from his status as vampire hunter extraordinaire.
Anita Blake: I tend to prefer the earlier books of Laurell K. Hamilton’s series, but even the later ones have some interesting vampire-hunter moments. Anita Blake is tough and strong, and as the urban-fantasy progenitor of kick-ass, vampire-hunting women, she is an important addition to this list.
Jane Yellowrock: Faith Hunter’s series about the shapeshifting, Harley-riding, leather-wearing vampire hunter/bodyguard has become one of my favorite urban fantasy reads. Jane rocks!
Rae Seddon: The narrator of Robin McKinley’s novel Sunshine remains one of my favorites. I’ve even taught the book in a gothic literature class. Rae (also known as Sunshine) wants desperately to be a normal person, but being kidnapped by vampires forces her to tap into her powerful heritage.
Magiere: Dhampir by Barb and J.C. Hendee draws nicely on the mythology of the half-vampire, and the high-fantasy setting of the book (along with Magiere’s half-elf partner) make this a fun genre mash-up with a great protagonist!