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Initial post: Jan 11, 2010 9:35:29 PM PST
Okay, so over the holidays I overdosed on urban fantasy so I simply can't read another story about a herione in tight clothes destroying a hoard of evildoers.

However. I'm in the mood for a fantasy novel similar to Poison Study by Maria Snyder. I want something with a heroine, cause I only read about women characters in fantasy. Something with some sexual tension and romance, I don't really care if it's fufilled or not. Also, I want something that doesn't take place in the crumbling cities of the postapocalypse. Anything else is fare game. Any suggestions? Sorry it's so detailed but I'm bored

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 10:12:14 PM PST
C. Sachs says:
The Wizard Hunters (The Fall of Ile-Rien, Book 1)
I liked it.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 11:31:59 PM PST
Melissa says:
I haven't read POISON STUDY, but I can highly recommend the fantasy romance series that got me back to reading fantasy. <There was a nasty incident with a cliffhanger that took yrs to finish, and subsequently had me swearing off fantasy for yrs.>

C.L. Wilson's TAIREN SOUL series. It is simply great writing. There are fey, mages, humans, and tairens. The heroine is a young human woman who finds out she is mated to the king of the fey; she goes from woodcutter's daughter to fey queen in one quick step. I like that the reader grows with her from a mindset of a `girl' in her parents home and wanting to please her parents to being a queen and the challenges beyond. And of course there is the romance with her fey king who is quite literally her fantasy man. Oh yeah then there is the evil mage plot for world domination happening somewhere in the back ground. ;)

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 3:47:38 AM PST
You might check into 'Bitter Moon' by Amy Lane. Not Urban, not really post-apocalyptic. I wrote a very detailed review of it--you can get there quickly on the book page or via my profile. Gave it 4-and-a-half stars, rounded up for those moments wherein the writing was just...inspired. Some grand shapeshifting stuff.
Plenty of romance, plenty of sex but not a central theme, tons of emotion.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 4:25:11 AM PST
Michelle P. says:
Oh! I know. Try these
Once Upon a Winter's Night
Once Upon A Spring Morn
Once Upon a Summer Day
Once Upon an Autumn Eve

These are based on tradional fairy tales, and all contain romance, they are wonderful!

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 7:36:57 AM PST
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Ithlilian says:
Poison Study is different than many books I've come across. Have you read the rest of the series? They are all pretty similar so you may enjoy the rest of them.

I suggest The Black Magician Trilogy. There is a tiny bit of romance there as well. It's similar to Poison Study in the sense that there is danger and that the main character is learning new skills.
The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1)
The Novice (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 2)
The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 3)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 7:43:20 AM PST
My favorite book that has a female mc is Terry Pratchett's Equal Rites. It is about a girl who wants to be a wizard. In this world, women who have a magical endowment are traditionally witches and the boys are the only ones allowed to attend the school of wizardry. It is typical Terry Pratchett. Very well written, funny and all around good reading.

Equal Rites: A Discworld Novel

One note, it is very english humor. I for one love the whole Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams styles of humor, but it may not be for everyone.

Chris Allen
AKA Gus Gallows
The Price Of Honor: Book 1 Of The Minotaurs Of Algoron
The Price of Honor (Minotaurs of Algoron) Kindle Edition

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2010 3:01:10 PM PST
Boric says:
For 'non urban Fantasy with some romance' told from the heroine's pov try:

The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley
Graceling, by Kirsten Cashore
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E Feist & Janny Wurts

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 3:49:31 PM PST
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Arolem says:
I haven't read Poison Study. With that caveat:

The Glasswrights' Apprentice is the start of a series; I enjoyed the first one, haven't read the rest yet. Female main character, medieval and magic setting, and the heroine is not the usual fighter/thief/sorcerer.

The Morgaine Saga (Daw Book Collectors) by CJ Cherryh. Dark, fabulous prose, great heroine protagonist; she is a warrior character, but no tight clothes :-).

Have you read Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover books? She writes a lot of heroines, all different kinds in different situations and eras of her world. Some are loosely connected, but most of the books can be read in any order.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 6:23:49 PM PST
J.E. Johnson says:
Hey trainspotter1965 - I'll have to take advantage of this list myself :) (I loved Poison Study). I would recommend any of Sharon Shinn's books - Mystic and Rider (The Twelve Houses, Book 1) is a good series to start with (not always a kick-butt heroine, but her female characters tend to be strong). Lois McMaster Bujold's Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, Book 1) is good as well. Finally I would recommend The Magicians' Guild (The Black Magician Trilogy, Book 1). Good characters, a strong heroine and a great interpretation of magic and it's properties. Good luck!
-J.E. Johnson The Legend of Oescienne: The Finding (Volume 1)

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Posted on Jan 16, 2010 2:40:48 PM PST
I second Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and their sequels, Fire and Catching Fire respectively are also really good, although they are all technically YA books, but I'm not YA and I definitely enjoyed them.

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Posted on Jan 18, 2010 9:40:53 AM PST
Well, if you are looking for a good fantasy based around a heroine try Elfhunter by CS Marks. Archer did a fantastic job in developing the characters in this book and it does have some romance in it, but it isn't so over done as to take away from the rest of the story. It is a great read.

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Posted on Jan 20, 2010 6:59:56 PM PST
Sweetheart says:
I suggest SHADOW PROWLER by Alexey Pehov. The #1 bestselling Epic Fantasy author is Russia with over a million copies in print. The translation was done by the same translator who did NIGHT WATCH. You can find SHADOW PROWLER on Amazon. It is a Febuary release. This is the first book in the series. The author also has an excellent website in English as well. Some terrific art on the website all done by Russian artists. There is a new generationof Russian Fantasy author coming on to the scene.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 6:04:42 AM PST
You may want to try Catherine Asaro's fantasy series. The first book is The Charmed Sphere.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2010 8:06:29 PM PST
fwivot says:
I haven't read Poison Study, so I don't know if this is along those lines, but I would recommend Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. It might not seem like a heroine book at first, but it does turn into one once the main character gets up to speed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2010 4:03:33 PM PST
Jenny Smith says:
Have you read The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. The books are based on Alice in Wonderland. Would be a great book to read before the Alice in Wonderland movie comes out March 5th.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2010 4:51:18 PM PST
I suggest the Kushiel's Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey.

Kushiel's Dart

Kushiel's Chosen (Kushiel's Legacy)

Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy)

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 12:27:37 AM PST
I would also suggest reading the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain. It is another heroine based fantasy with just a slight hint of romance in it, but not so much that it over takes the basic story line.

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Posted on Jan 31, 2010 7:38:39 AM PST
Aquaria says:
A Vision Of Light by Judith Merckle Riley, a fanatsy romance found in literatutrre or fiction sections. And its funny, too!
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