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Posted on Apr 30, 2010 4:53:25 AM PDT
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Posted on May 6, 2010 12:54:53 AM PDT
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Posted on May 10, 2010 3:37:33 PM PDT
The character Karigan from 'Kristen' Britain's GREEN RIDER is a great character you might enjoy. I also think the character 'Elyn' from McKiernan's DRAGONDOOM fits what you're looking for.

Posted on May 10, 2010 3:57:04 PM PDT
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KJ says:
I'm surprised no one mentioned Kristin Cashore's novels, Graceling and Fire. Both have very strong and independent female protagonists and a beautiful world Cashore has created for them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2010 6:55:38 PM PDT
L. Hathaway, may I suggest my epic fantasy fiction series, Crossover and Dark Fire. Danai is the lead character, and she is anything but fluffy. Readers have written to share they appreciate her self-discovery and growth and that it's refreshing to find a young woman who not only stands on her own two feet, but stands up to the guys.

Claudia Newcorn
Author of Crossover & Dark Fire
Award-winning fantasy fiction like nothing you've ever read!
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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2010 7:02:28 PM PDT
Annie Litson says:
Check out Lady of the Haven and Black Midnight by Graham Diamond

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B.L. Newport says:
Reapers, Inc.- Brigit's Cross

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Posted on May 16, 2010 9:17:08 PM PDT
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MightyMork says:
It's possible that it's been mentioned before, but I'm not going to look through every post.

The Kencyrath Saga by PC Hodgell follows Jamethiel, and yes she does kick ass. The first in the series is The God Stalker Chronicles, which is actually the first two books re-released as one.

Posted on May 25, 2010 10:16:49 AM PDT
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Alicia says:
Try The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie. It's one of my favorite books!

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Posted on May 27, 2010 6:34:24 PM PDT
I suggest Mike Carey's Felix Castor series. It's a cross between urban noir and fantasy, set in London, about an exorcist who banishes ghosts/demons. The main character Felix Castor is male, but there is an extremely kick-ass female demon named Juliet, who definitely fits your bill for strong females. She has a small role in the first book but thereafter appears in all the sequel books as a supporting cast character. Plus, the series is really good.

Posted on May 28, 2010 7:29:19 PM PDT
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Darksylph says:
The Frontmire Histories has a real neat strong female character. Though she was crying when we first met her, it only took a few minutes for her to assert herself., and she continues to do it throughout Book I,. She has all the men giving her plenty of space. Then in Book II, she becomes the most powerful magical force on the planet, with attitude to match. You should definitely give her a try.

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In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2010 11:39:49 AM PDT
C. Sachs says:
Well, I'm glad that you have a heroine in her sixties.
One of the ideas that I will never develope into a book character is a widow farmer, two grown sons deciding 'what the heck' and leaves her village to see the world. If the Wife of Bath can travel, than it's ridiculous to assume that women didn't travel in quasi-midevil milieus.

Posted on May 29, 2010 1:15:13 PM PDT
Don't forget Ista, from _Paladin of Souls_ by Lois McMaster Bujold. Widowed, her mother recently dead of pneumonia, her daughter married and a mother herself, Ista goes on pilgrimage to see what she is after you take away daughter, wife, widow and mother. Apricots never tasted so good.

Posted on May 29, 2010 1:49:13 PM PDT
You may want to read the books written by Michelle Sagara titled Cast In _____ Fury, Shadow, Courtlight, Secret, Stone.... There may be more out now. I've read many of the books listed here. I loved most of them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2010 2:29:59 PM PDT
Dune. The Sisters kick ass in every one of the six books. The main character is of course Paul, but where would he be without his mom's training and the Bene Gesserit [Jesuit?] can be ruthless, far-seeing, and yet loving.

Posted on May 29, 2010 2:35:11 PM PDT
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Posted on May 31, 2010 1:28:25 PM PDT
I'll add

The Thieves' World anthologies - lots of good characters there!
The Liaden books by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee (first book - Agent of Change)
Patricia Wrede's Marielon the Magician and Magician's Ward
Barbara Hambly's Women of Mandrigyn and Dragonsbane

give two thumbs up for

P.C. Hodgell - Chronicles of the Kencyrath - all-time totally awesome strong female character and still awesome after all these years!
Elizabeth Moon - the Paksennarion book as well as the Serrano books
Tamora Pierce - really good YA series that's still fun for adults
David Weber's Honor Harrington
Garth Nix - the Abhorsen books

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 3:37:38 PM PDT
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Beth says:
I am surprised I don't see more of Mercedes Lackey's books listed. The Diana Tregarde mysteries are urban fantasy with the main character a Guardian in New York City protecting from people from evil. By the Sword is more sword and sorcery fantasy. It is all about a female (Kerowyn) who is unwilling to sit and simper but instead becomes a mercenary. In fact many of the Valdemar books have strong female main characters.
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