lhinneill: (LotS - Kahlan and Cara)
So...I didn't mean to do just these two. I was planning to do a picspam for my favorite girls of LotS, including Nicci and Verna, but...that didn't happen. Kahlan and Cara took over. Heh.

Anyway. Here it is, my picspam for [livejournal.com profile] legendland

I had a lot of difficulty reading the Sword of Truth books. As much as I'm grateful to Terry Goodkind for sharing these incredible characters with the world, I quite frequently found his writing to be brutally painful to read. The man certainly enjoys torturing the characters. O_O

The first reason I kept reading was Kahlan Amnell, the Mother Confessor. She's a strong, capable woman who can ride a horse, wield a sword (or daggers), and beyond all that--she's the supreme authority in the Midlands, and she truly, deeply cares about the people she's sworn to serve. Despite their fear of her, she still cares for them.

What I honestly love most about her is that she's not your stereotypical fantasy female character. She has flaws, she has weaknesses. She's essentially two women--one, the Confessor, feels nothing, allows nothing to interfere with her duty. The other, the woman, the human in her, just wants a normal life. She wants to settle down with the man she loves and raise a family, forget the world and the duties of her title.

Most of all, she's no damsel in distress. Some of my favorite parts in the series have her at the head of an army, fighting right alongside the men who follow her. She's tough, she can stand on her own two feet, and doesn't bow to men (or anyone else) who might try to bully her into submission. Yet all at the same time, she's still a woman.

Best. Character. Ever.

The second reason I kept reading? Caaaaaaara! She tends to make me forget that Kahlan's my favorite character. ^-^

In the series, the first time we see her, she's a bad girl. She's fighting for Darken Rahl. Season 2 is all about her growing as a human, learning to feel again. Her character pretty much made the season for me. The books are different, but she's still the same character. Strong, witty, and just...well, badass. She's the steel against steel, the personal protector of Richard, her Lord Rahl--by her own choice. I love seeing her grow in the beginning of Faith of the Fallen and I think my favorite scene with her will always be the scene in Chainfire
where she tries to capture the magic of the beast to save Richard.

She's unfailingly loyal, willing to sacrifice her life not only to save Richard, but the woman he loves as well. In both the books and the series, she protects Kahlan as if she were the Lord Rahl. I love friendship almost more than I love ship, and I love seeing how sworn enemies--the Mother Confessor and a Mord-Sith--become best friends.

In short...OMGCARA!
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