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Tired of Crappy Fantasy!! Teen Looking for Good Stuff!!

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Initial post: Jan 23, 2012, 7:10:51 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2012, 6:01:42 PM PST
Grace says:
I'm looking for a good quality fantasy adventure series with a female protagonist. I'm really NOT into the vampire, angel, werewolf, zombie, hell-smashers stuff. I REALLY love books with well developed characters, and I do like romance, but I'm tired of books where the main plot is wrapped around the romance. I like quirky and realistic protagonists, and I prefer books with a slightly more old fashioned adventure feel (where the weapons are things like swords or arrows)

I'm looking for books like these:

"The Protector of the Small" series by Tamora Pierce
"The Song of the Lioness" Quartet by Tamora Pierce
"The Harper Hall" Trilogy by Anne McCaffrey

I'm desperate for suggestions because I'm tired of the modern stuff!!!! It feels so... fake. Think Tamora Pierce or Anne McCaffrey!! Relatively clean books aimed preteen/young teen.
Thank you!!

Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 7:15:45 PM PST
I kind of liked this one; haven't read the second one yet, but it's available.


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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2012, 7:30:26 PM PST
Doreen Glynn says:
May I recommend "Arrows of the Queen" by Mercedes Lackey? It should suck you into her Valdemar series quite nicely. It did me anyway! Added benefit-there are MANY more where that came from.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 8:02:29 PM PST
I"d recommend The Hero and the Crown by Robin Mckinley, if you haven't already read it. It's one of my all-time favorites, and it's aimed at teens. Dragon-slayers, enigmatic but totally un-cliched mages, and a really compelling heroine. Also a very subtly done romance sub-plot.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 9:25:12 PM PST
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Sabriel (Abhorsen Trilogy)
His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass)
Crown Duel (Crown Duel / Court Duel)
Inkheart (Movie Cover)
Poison Study

Also if you go to Tamora Pierce's website she has lists of tons of books she personally recommends!

Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 9:52:39 PM PST
I absolutely love the Fablehaven series, by Brandon Mull. It's finished, and it's fabulous. It's about a nature preserve for fantasy creatures, and it's bursting with creativity.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 10:12:38 PM PST
The Night Angel Trilogy
The Black Prism (Lightbringer)

These are some of the best fantasy novels i know of. Give them a try. :)

Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 10:20:30 PM PST
I'm with you on loving an older fantasy feel. Try Jill Williamson's Blood of Kings trilogy, although the protagonist is male. Jill endorsed my own novel, but its not out yet. You may also enjoy Anne Elisabeth Stengl'sTales of Goldstone Wood.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 10:31:35 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 11:20:48 PM PST
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Bellini says:
I second The Hero and the Crown, Graceling, The Abhorsen Trilogy, and His Dark Materials. They are all so, so, so good. Madeline L'Engle has written quite a few novels and many of them have a sci-fi element and many have female protagonists. I loved The Young Wizard's series by Diane Duane which starts with So You Want to be a Wizard. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray was pretty good, although it occasionally drags. I also recommend the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, although with a few comments. I got sucked in after picking them up at a thrift store and I read them while I was flu ridden on my couch over winter break. I really enjoyed the stories, and there is a little romance to them. I will say that occasionally I found the characters a little too teenage-y, but that may be because I'm a bit older than the target audience. Although they start in our world, they do end up spending most of their time in faery so they are not terribly modern-ishI will say that I never felt the books listed at the beginning of this post to be directly aimed at teens despite being YA, in the way that Kagawa's books are. That said I enjoyed the Iron Fey books. In a similar vein I'm pretty fond of Holly Black's faery books, Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. It kind of depends on how much depth you're looking for, IMHO the faery books (both authors) are kind of like bubblegum. Happy reading!
EDIT: The Holly Black books are definitely not clean (and they are modern), so maybe not rec'd for pre-teen, younger teens.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012, 11:44:34 PM PST
Kribu says:
Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, definitely - very clean, adventure-oriented, with a lot of scientific magic and good vs evil (and while I'm not religious, I think the series is also compatible with religious worldviews, as I'm pretty sure it implied there being a Creator-sort of force behind all creation).

With Sabriel, I'd say it depends on how comfortable you are with the protagonist (a young woman) having some rather pointedly sexual thoughts. It was a very small part of the book, and it's certainly more fantasy adventure than romance (and nothing explicit or even anything beyond a kiss actually happens), but I remember the fairly pointed thoughts centering around the male protagonist's naked dangly bits made me raise an eyebrow when I got to that part as I'd for some reason expected the book to be aimed at a younger crowd. If a few paragraphs here and there of an 18-year-old girl thinking curious thoughts about things doesn't bother you, though, then yes, I think Sabriel (I haven't read the rest of the Abhorsen books) would certainly qualify.

This one doesn't have a female protagonist, and it's sort of modern setting at first (one of those "kids stumble through a portal-like thingy in the contemporary world and end up having adventures in a world very different from their own" things) so I'm a little unsure about reccing it, but what about Suzanne Collins' Underlander series, with Gregor the Overlander being the first book? It's more children's than YA and it read a bit too young for my taste (but I'm also considerably older), but it was good old-fashioned straightforward fantasy adventure, very clean.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 7:41:49 AM PST
Ada Davis says:
Elizabeth Moon's series:
The Deed of Paksenarrion: A Novel
The Legacy of Gird (Trade Paperback)
And the final trilogy has two of the three books, with the final one out this year:
Kings of the North (The Deed of Paksenarrion)

Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 8:12:21 AM PST
Pwyrdan says:
If you do read The Hero and The Crown, don't miss her book The Blue Crown - it is one of my favorites, a little romantic, but clean and with an amazing world! Some other older books that are not to be missed are the Riddlemaster Trilogy by Patricia McKillip, The Enchanted Forest Chronicles and Magic and Malice, both by Patricia Wrede. Awesome characters, humor and light romance - just the right balance!

Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 8:19:32 AM PST
I enjoyed this series by Tad Williams a lot:
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1)
The Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Book 2)
To Green Angel Tower: Book Three of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

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Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 9:05:35 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012, 9:15:56 AM PST
K. McNamara says:
You might also try:
Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series (The Wee Free Men)
Hilari Bell's Farsala trilogy (a multi point of view book, but one of the main protagonists is a girl)
Patrica Wrede & Caroline Stevermer's Sorcery and Cecelia and sequels
Patricia Wrede's Mairelon the Magician and Magician's Ward
Patricia Wrede's Dealing with Dragons

The main protagonist is male, but based on your liking for "old fashioned adventure" and quirky and realistic protagonists, you might like
Megan Whelan Turner's The Thief & sequels
Hilari Bell's Knight and Rogue series

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012, 9:26:28 AM PST
I second Patricia Wrede (LOVE the Mairelon books) and Whelan Turner's Thief books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012, 9:31:48 AM PST
Gotta disagree; Paksenarrion is boring as hell. Couldn't finish it when it first came out and barely made it through 25 years later. But Robin Mckinley is a good one. You might even like David Eddings' Belgariad series, if you don't mind a touch of silliness.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2012, 12:35:50 PM PST
Zen Druid says:
>Gotta disagree; Paksenarrion is boring as hell.

Yeah, I didn't find it that bad but (having just read the first book) I didn't find it all that interesting either. I'd give another nod to Sabriel (Abhorsen Trilogy) and the rest of the series. Very entertaining.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 12:47:17 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 1:24:15 PM PST
foxtail_too says:
How about the Wheel of Times series by Robert Jordan? It a long series (with a slow section around book 9), but generally very good with well developed characters. The final book will be out later this year, so the story will be complete soon.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 4:06:32 PM PST
The Mistborn Trilogy
Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set (Mistborn, The Hero of Ages, & The Well of Ascension)

Great series, strong female, very unique magic system.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 5:00:13 PM PST
Captain says:
The Deed of Paksennarion is the best recommendation so far.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012, 5:52:41 PM PST
S Nicole says:
The Seven Realms novels are brilliant. They definitely meet your criteria! It's told from two perspectives, one girl and one boy. The Demon King, The Exiled Queen and The Gray Wolfe Throne. The 4th and last one "The Crimson Crown" will come out later this year. This series is completely epic with a HUGE plot and many characters to love & hate. And yes there is definitely romance, but it's not too much at all. I just loved these and fell in love with the characters and story, you would like it I'm sure :)
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