It moves on its own, changes color on a whim, and can even defends you from enemies! Myth, religion, and folklore is full of well-known stories of men and women with magical hair: people like Medusa, Rapunzel, Samson. As it turns out, so is fantasy fiction. Here are a few novels featuring characters with hair that is a cut above.
by Sofi Oksanen
Mother and daughter Anita and Norma have a secret they’ve tried to hide all of their lives: Their supernatural hair. It moves as it will, and is sensitive to the moods of others . After Anita apparently commits suicide, Norma decides that it is time to learn more about the power that has protected her from her harm from harm at the price of separating her from everyone around her. The mystery deepens when she learns that her mother may have known more about their hair than she let on. This suspenseful literary fantasy will keep you guessing.
The Girl from the Well
by Rin Chupeco
Three centuries ago, a man murdered Okiku and threw her down a well. Her spirit refused to pass on, and now she takes her revenge. The man who killed her may be long gone, but other child killers like him must pay for their crimes — and the only coin that the little dead girl will accept is terror and pain. Okiku is a vision of horror incarnate: a soaking wet, decaying corpse with long, stringy hair atop a head titled at an unnatural angle — a gruesome testament to the snapped neck that killed her. Running only makes it works: She climbs walls, walks ceilings, and has hair with a mind of its own, slithering where it will. There is no escaping her, in life or death.
by Jim Butcher
In Death Masks, the fifth book in Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, wizard Harry Dresden is hired to locate and retrieve the stolen Shroud of Turin. During his adventure, Dresden runs afoul of Dierdre, the host of a fallen angel. She looks human enough until she assumes her demonic form: a green-scaled, four-eyed monster with claws and a 15-foot mass of hair that appears to have been cut from scrap metal. Opponents who somehow manage to dodge her razor-like claws still have a very good chance of being sliced, diced and pin-cushioned by her deadly, semi-autonomous hair. Of course, Dresden isn’t your every day slice of demon chow…
by Brandon Sanderson
In Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy novel Warbreaker, those who die a glorious death return to live as gods in the kingdom of Hallandren: a powerful land whose inhabitants harness the powers of breath and color in a practice known as BioChromatic magic. Next door in the kingdom of Idris, members of the royal family have hair that changes colors in response to their emotions. Despite that, Idran royals shun the color-based powers that Hallandren embraces, and work hard to control their fantastic follicles. In an attempt to avoid war between their two kingdoms, the hand of a royal daughter of Idris, Vivenna, has been promised in marriage to Hallandren’s God King. An unexpected deception sets off a series of events that enable Vivenna, along with her sister Siri, to come into their own.