Favorites Friday (Character Edition): Best heroines with ‘K’ names

Posted August 23, 2013 in Favorites Friday / 1 Comment

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Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins)

The main character and narrator of the story. Katniss is slender with black hair, grey eyes and olive skin. She is sixteen years old and attends a secondary school somewhere in Appalachia, known in the book as District 12, the coal mining sector. She is often quiet and is generally liked by District 12’s residents, mostly because of her ability to provide highly-prized game for a community in which starvation is a constant threat. Katniss is an excellent hunter, archer, gatherer, and trapper, skilled just like her deceased father. She and her father shared singing ability, too. Since his death in a mine explosion, which killed Gale’s father too, Katniss has been the sole provider for her family, a role she was reluctantly forced to assume at the age of eleven when her mother’s grief overcame her ability to function. Katniss is surprised when her sister is chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, and willingly steps forward to take her place out of love.

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Katsa from Graceling (by Kristin cashore)

[Katsa’s just awesome in every way. She’s Graced with survival, so she can fight better than pretty much anyone and has tons of other awesome skills. She has a fiery temper, but she can use it to her advantage.]

Karana from Island of the Blue Dolphins (by Scott O’Dell)

Karana is a young twelve-year-old girl who jumps ship after a evacuations from her island, Ghalas-at, off the coast of California, to come for her brother, who has been left behind. her brother then is killed and Karana spends eighteen years on the island, alone, untill a ship comes for her.


Kaya from Meet Kaya: An American Girl (by Janet Beeler Shaw)

Kaya dreams of racing her beautiful mare Steps High. Her father warns her that the horse isn’t ready, but when a pesky boy insults Steps High, Kaya accepts his challenge to race. As they ride, Kaya loses sight of her little brothers. Her carelessness earns her a nickname that her friends won’t let her forget.


Kathleen “Kitty” Jones from The Golem’s Eye (by Jonathan Stroud)

[Kitty is basically the ultimate badass with a heartwrenching backstory. At first, you want to hate her, but then you believe her cause is 100% worth it and all of a sudden you see how awesome she is. Plus, she’s resistant to magic, which comes in handy when fighting magicians. She’s very resourceful]

Kanaya from Homestuck (webcomic by Andrew Hussie)

Kanaya Maryam, also known by her Trollian handle grimAuxiliatrix, is one of the Hivebent Trolls. Her associated zodiac sign is Virgo (♍), just like Andrew Hussie. Her left horn curves into a hook, emulating the tail of her astrological symbol when viewed from the front. She capitalizes the first letter of every word, and writes in jade green.
Her name comes from the Sanskrit counterpart of Virgo, which is ‘Kanya’; and ‘Maryam’ is the Arabic name for ‘Mary’, as in the Virgin Mary.
She was the last member of the Red Team to enter The Medium.
[from the Homestuck Wikipedia. It’s a kinda sucky description, but her role is really important to the story.]


Descriptions provided by Goodreads. [] = blogger’s note.
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