If I’m being 100% honest, I love a well-written character death. If a book can make me cry, I immediately love it so much more. And I’ve read plenty of books that had me crying myself to sleep because OH MY LANTA, HOW CAN YOU PUT A CHARACTER THROUGH THAT KIND OF PAIN?!?!
And because I don’t want to be alone in my pain, I thought I’d share the 5 most painful character deaths, and remind you guys of all the pain, too! BWAHAHAHA!!
Also, it probably goes without saying, but there are probably gonna be some spoilers in this post.
#5- Lost Boy by Christina Henry
I downloaded this audiobook because I was promised a dark fairytale retelling about Captain Hook, and I was not disappointed! But when I say “dark fairytale retelling,” there is definitely an emphasis on “dark.” As we follow around Jaime, aka young Captain Hook, we see just how sadistic Peter Pan could be toward his Lost Boys. Because of how much Jaime cares for each one, every lost Lost Boy was a new pain! And because he cared for each one differently, and each one died in such horrible (and often gruesome) ways, it’s hard to say which death is actually the worst!
#4- Fire by Kristin Cashore
For about the first half of this book, Fire has one, and ONLY ONE friend. AND THEN HE DIES TRYING TO HELP HER!! AND IT’S PAINFUL AND SAD!! Poor Archer goes on this quest all by himself to try to help Fire resolve some issues from her past, and later, when she hunts down the same bad dude, she finds his body in the woods and it was double painful because Archer was gone AND Fire felt all alone in this world and I may have cried a little bit.
#3- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
So, I stuck this one in here, because I was getting sad and I felt the midway point would be a great time to mention a character death I appreciated even though it WASN’T sad. For this whole book, I watched Pietyr love and encourage Katherine. For goodness sake, I SHIPPED them! And when his master plan was revealed, he didn’t just betray Katherine, HE BETRAYED ME! And while I definitely appreciated his cunning and political saavy, I definitely did not appreciate him “killing” Katherine. So when she practically returned from the dead full of nothing but revenge and sheer determination, it almost made me forget everything I didn’t like about the book. It was definitely one of my favorite character “deaths.”
#2- Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
There are a lot of highs and lows in this series, but for me, one of the lowest of lows is when my sweet, beloved Nehemia died. She was everything I wanted and more. Her death was one of those moments when I just had to put the book down and stop reading for at least two full minutes, and, in the interest of open honesty, yes, I did cry when I read that whole scene. A lot. And then I cried again later when we found out in Empire of Storms that she knew from the beginning that she’d never make it back home. Yes, I may be a bit of an emotional reader.
#1- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Poor, precious Elias had already been through so much before I got to the end of this book. And then the last 100-ish pages put him through so much more! And even after all this pain and heartache he’s been put through, he goes through even more pain, literally dies, and then agrees to become the Soul Bringer, a job that is not as cool as it sounds, just so that he can come back and help his friends. Probably the first real friends he’s ever had. Needless to say, I am DYING to read A Reaper at the Gates.
Thanks for reading!
What about you? Did any of these deaths cause you as much emotional distress as I experienced? Did you think any of these were no big deal? What were some of your most traumatic character deaths? Let me know in the comments below!