The Crown and Key Trilogy features great story lines and a fun cast of characters. The world is a combination of magic, steampunk, and merry Old England. There really wasn’t a character that I disliked in the series. It was hard to narrow down which one to write about. It was a tie between this featured character and Penny Carter. I’m picky about female characters and both of them are crushworthy. However, I went with the lovely Kate for this round.
Who is She?
Kate Anstruther is a brilliant alchemist in Clay and Susan Griffith’s The Crown and Key Trilogy. Kate comes from a noble family but prefers to spend time in her lab. A chance encounter with a werewolf during a party sends her into Simon Archer’s path. She is introduced to the world of magic. Along with her potions and short sword, she fights against the dark monsters terrorizing England.
Kate carries around a perfume bottle filled with a spray that makes people have an allergic reaction.
Why So Crushworthy?
Kate fights on the side of good to protect her family and England’s citizens. Her intelligence is amazing. She creates potions that save her friends numerous times. She is also handy with a sword. Kate is the opposite of the delicate ladies of her time. She doesn’t like to play the part of the genteel noble woman. She finds her calling in monster hunting and stopping evil. Kate is a tough cookie who uses her brains and her wit to stave off evil. These are just the surface of her crushworthy attributes.
Kate never gives up. She will fight to the end for the best outcome. I love her self-reliance. Furthermore, that self-reliance is paired with the trust she has in her friends. She doesn’t need a man to help her, but she forms equal partnerships with Simon and Malcolm. It can also be said that Kate is a uniting force. If it weren’t for her, the monsters of England would run wild since Malcolm and Simon would be too busy bickering. Lastly, Kate is beautiful inside and out. She is a real looker. However, a good mind and heart makes an entirely crushworthy character.