Sunday, August 5, 2012

Top 5 Sundays #14 - Super Powers You'd Love to Have for a Day

Confession time: when I was little, my sister and I would spend a great deal of time playing in imaginary worlds, a great number of which we'd borrow from television, movies, and books. We were MIB agents. We were X-Men. We were monster hunters. We were witches. The list goes on. My point, however, is that I've had quite a bit of experience wishing for super powers of one kind or another. Needless to say, therefore, that my biggest problem with this week's Top 5 was narrowing it down to only five; especially five I would want to borrow for just one day!

But enough of my blathering. Without further ado, I give you Calliope's Domain's Top 5 Super Powers You'd Love to Have for a Day!

#5 - Trance's shields and orbs - Kelly Meding's Metawars series
Once upon a time, Theresa West could instill thoughts and emotions into another person's mind through eye contact. Then super powers the world over disappeared. Fast forward fifteen years and without warning super powers return. Suddenly, Theresa's powers get one hell of an upgrade; in lieu of her former trance-like powers, she finds herself able to create protective force fields and conjure explosive energy orbs to her hand. Sure, it took some time to get a handle on these new powers, but, dang, do they prove useful, especially for a superhero!

#4 - Mercy's coyote shifting - Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series
Unlike her werewolf friends who take fifteen minutes of painful contortion to shift shape, Mercy's shift to coyote form is painless and instantaneous. Not to mention that once shifted, coyote Mercy has the speed and agility going on that even the wolves can't compete with. Plus, plus, and, and this lovely power also comes complete with a bunch of frills - like immunity to certain magics and the ability to chat with the dead - that even Mercy is just beginning to discover. Heck, even the vamps want to give her a wide berth - at least since killing her isn't an option. What's not to love about that?

#3 - Kate's power words - Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series
 With one word (mind you, not the same word), Kate can slice and dice undead giants, destroy indestructible swords, and bring whole armies to their knees. Admittedly, acquiring said words isn't exactly a cakewalk and using them can be more than a little draining...but there's something to be said for a one word take down that goes literal on the take down part.

#2 - Charley's Reaper abilities - Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson Series
She sees dead people. She's a portal to Heaven. She has more gifts she's only just beginning to discover and understand. She's like the Melinda Gordon (Ghost Whisperer) meets Dawn Summers  (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with the son of Satan as her very own personal bodyguard. It's one hell of a package deal - pun intended.

#1 - Elena's Hunter Born/Angel Made gifts - Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters series
She can fly, which all on its own is awesome enough. Add to that her accelerated healing, heightened senses and strong psychic shields and Elena is practically the Jean Grey of her world; uniquely powerful but with the compassion necessary to keep her on the side of more ways than one.

And, as Porky says, th-th-th-that's all, folks!

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