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A little late this week – but here it is! I thought I’d give you a list of my 10 favourite fantasy novels or series that contain strong female lead characters.
Mistborn Trilogy / Brandon Sanderson –> Vin is not a super likeable person, but a great and powerful heroine & the center of the Mistborn Trilogy.
Hythrun Chronicles / Jennifer Fallon –> Fallon always creates strong female characters. A lot of them are annoying, but Marla Wolfblade, who is the main character in the Hythrun Chronicles, is just awesome! We get to know her in her childhood and follow her grow up, deal with love, betrayal, constantly being in danger and becoming a great ruler.
Demon Child Trilogy / Jennifer Fallon –> R’Shiel is the focus of this trilogy. And she’s a handful! I loved reading about her though and didn’t mind that she was a scheming & ruthless little bitch sometimes. She’s still one of my all-time favourites.
The Mists of Avalon / Marion Zimmer Bradley –> Can’t leave this out. The story of King Arthur told by Morgaine.
Daughter of the Forest / Juliet Marillier –> The whole Sevenwaters series features female main characters, but the first one about Sorcha, who is faced with the difficult task of saving her brothers, will always be the best.
Dark Horse Series / Mary H. Herbert –> One of the first Fantasy novels I read when I was a kid. Especially Kelene, the heroine in City of the Sorcerers and Winged Magic impressed me. And they had flying horses and talking cats!
Liveship Traders / Robin Hobb –> It has a couple of main characters, but a lot of them are women. I especially liked Althea Vestrit, as she never gave up and fought for what was hers! Also, Amber 🙂
The Queen of the Tearling / Erika Johansen –> The story of 19-year old Kelsea who suddenly becomes ruler of a struggling nation and needs to be brave & strong for her people. Love her development!
Uprooted / Naomi Novik –> One of favourite books last year, with a believable heroine and great magic.
A Song of Ice and Fire / George R. R. Martin –> A ton of strong female main characters! Daenerys, Arya, Sansa, Brienne, Cersei… So much variety!
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms / N.K. Jemisin
Kushiel’s Dart Trilogy / Jacqueline Carey
Sabriel / Garth Nix
Symphony of Ages / Elizabeth Haydon
The Paper Magician / Charlie N. Holmberg
Black Jewels Trilogy / Anne Bishop