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Books with Strong Female Characters

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Posted on Feb 5, 2012 2:50:59 PM PST
Gee Gee says:
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. While the story is told from the perspective of the hero, it's the heroine who's the revelation. As her character slowly unfolds, you see how strong, determined, and valiant she is. In fact, all the women in the book, even the secondary characters, are strong and brave. But in a very realistic, believable way. Wonderful book!

Also the two books by Kristin Cashore:Graceling and Fire (Graceling). Two wonderful, strong heroines, who have to learn how to use their unique powers with honor and integrity. There is a third book in the series, Bitterblue (Graceling), which I have not read yet. However, the heroine in Bitterblue is a secondary character in Graceling, and from what I read of her there, I'm sure she will be an admirable heroine in her own book.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 11:29:16 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 6, 2012 6:51:33 AM PST
Alma Alexander has written a number of thoughtful and intelligent novels with powerful female protagonists and characters. One them them, 'The Secrets of Jin-shei,' has EIGHT, count them, eight strong women characters.

Her young adult series, Worldweavers, features a young woman who can't do magic in a magic-filled universe until she discovers a secret butt-kicking talent. And take a look at her 'Hidden Queen' and 'Changer of Days' novels featuring a woman who readers have fallen in love with.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2012 6:27:15 AM PST
Caron Rider says:
Check out Andre Norton's books. You should start with Witch World.
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2012 10:02:52 AM PST
Reader79 says:
I agree with Jared Anderson - I have been disappointed with Mercy's evolution. I was really disappointed with her character. Now that her relationship with Adam is in place she has lost alot of her spirit.
I really enjoy the October Daye series which starts with Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel. The heroine is so far from perfect it is almost laughable, but she is honorable and courageous.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 11:51:52 AM PST
I'm not sure if all of these have been mentioned yet (because of the flood of responses), but I have to recommend any part of the Terry Pratchett series (though you could start with Equal Rites and go from there). Additionally, the books of William Gibson, though they're considered sci-fi, have some of the strongest female characters I've seen in that genre. Additionally, the books of Connie Willis, again with the sci-fi. Finally, I'd recommend "The Gate to Women's Country" by Sherri S. Tepper. Sorry if these have all been recommended. Good luck with your search!

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 4:56:24 AM PST
Maxed-out says:
Some great news: Ben McCool, author of NEVSKY has been slotted on the IDW panel at Wondercon (comic book convention is Chicago), on March 16th to talk about the graphic novel NEVSKY based on Sergei Eisenstein's classic film ALEXANDER NEVSKY. Some great and strong female characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 10:27:49 PM PST
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Posted on Apr 24, 2012 8:04:02 AM PDT
Try Shelly Adima's Lady of Devices or Gail Carrigers Parasol Protectorate, if you are at all into steampunk, and you might even read my book, Maven Fairy Godmother. For classics, try anything by Andre Norton.

Posted on May 26, 2012 2:54:35 AM PDT
Blimey, I had to search for ages to find this thread, which was slowly sinking down the list.

For anyone who's interested, my sister sent me an interesting article by Greg Rucka, about why he writes strong female characters. (There's also quite a good paragraph about world building in general, as well).

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 5:37:25 PM PDT
The green rider series by Kristen Britain is phenomenal and has an amazing female lead. I have read the series three imes now. I highly recommend it!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 3:04:39 PM PDT
B. Kaufman says:
All the Tiffany Aching, (Teen) Witch stuff is quite nice, not to mention his Death's Daughter, Susan, The Colour of Magic, Witches Abroad (all by Terry Pratchett). Their Majesties Bucketeers, Bretta Martyn, Wardove, Crystal Empire, Taflak Lysandra by L Neil Smith. Almost anything by Elizabeth Bear, Lilith Saintcrow, Demon fighting seems to be heavily Gender biased, but works out okay...

Pretty much anything by Gael Baudino.

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 2:13:45 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2013 1:36:32 PM PDT
Here are two of my favorite all time characters that have not been mentioned:
The Reapers are the Angels: The female character Temple
These is my Words: The diaries of Sarah Agnes Prine

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 6:18:47 PM PDT
Another good, new, well-done series with a strong, but believable female MC and action-packed is the Bite Back series by Mark Henwick, starting with "Sleight of Hand" Sleight of Hand (Bite Back 1) , has the second book out now (Hidden Trump) and just released the prequel (Raw Deal), which is free on Amazon for now. (*I have no ties to the book or author, I just really enjoyed them and want to see his work successful so I can keep enjoying them!)

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 8:23:19 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 24, 2013 8:28:10 AM PDT
Oh for goodness sake! Enough with the self-promotion.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 10:25:49 AM PDT
DivineBovine says:
These may have already been suggested, but Diana Rowland's White Trash Zombie and Kara Gillian series feature strong female leads. My Life As A White Trash Zombie is the first in the zombie books and features Angel Crawford, a former drug addict and high school drop out trying to get her life together. Angel's pretty kick-ass, makes mistakes, faces plenty of self-doubt, and learns throughout the series not to put herself down, while, you know, preventing bad zombie people from hurting good people. Plus, she's a zombie!

The Kara Gillian books are urban fantasy that border on "high" fantasy (especially in the 5th book). Kara's a cop and demon summoner. There are sex scenes in this series, so be warned. Blood of the Demon is the first book. Rowland does an amazing job building the story up over several books in this series so pieces really began to fall into place in the 5th book. The 6th book - due out in January - will hopefully answer even more pieces. And as to snark...well, as Kara mentioned in the 5th novel: "Hell, right now my only weapons were Obnoxious and Snark, and I intended to use them whenever possible."

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 11, 2013 5:59:48 PM PDT
I'm guessing authors daughter.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 7:15:48 PM PST
Ella says:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns this is a very good series with a very strong heroine and hero.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 9:08:31 PM PST
Quiet guy says:
The Soprano Sorceress: The First Book of the Spellsong Cycle Very Strong female protagonists in the entire series, L. E. Modesitt Jr. writes strong female characters in both SF & F. I am currently reading the Imager Series.
Elizabeth Moon also writes strong Females

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 10:03:08 PM PST
karbie says:
There are no weak women in any of Terry Pratchett's books; all the women are kick-ass and many of them are sarcastic. His YA novels are not just for young adults; in the Wee Free Men the young protagonist has the gift of seeing things as they really are and rescues the Baron's son. The sort of young girl who measures the oven before assuming someone was roasted in it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2013 8:12:42 AM PST
Aerin says:
You are so right. I read that book and most of the subsequent series many years ago and thought it was enchanting. She is a strong woman who grows and matures. Highly recommended.
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