The list author says: "When I was younger, reading fantasy novels with male main characters left me not quite soaking in the story. When I discovered a story or two with a female protagonist, I felt as if someone had read my mind. Finding more fantasy books with fabulous heroines is the point of this list. Send me notes so we can add to it! sandy_lender at yahoo dot com."
""Jane Eyre" has fantastical, supernatural elements, thus can be considered more than a gothic romance. Consider the Rochester-in-drag fortune-teller; the ghost of Jane's uncle; the wind that carries Rochester's voice to Jane and Jane's spirit to Rochester. There are fantastical elements in the book...and a fabulous heroine that needs no explanation."
"More than the other books in the Bridei Chronicles (so far), Juliet Marillier paints the young Tuala as a simple, dependent woodland girl who eases into a fantastic heroine. In this first novel, Tuala grows into a mature, self-assured woman who...well...I guess I shouldn't give it away."
"Amanda Chariss is the fantastic heroine in this first novel of the Choices series. She starts out not believing in herself or her "power," but the more she sees of the gods and issues around her, the more she grows into the role the author has for her."
"Amanda Chariss only grows in her ability to kick butt in this second novel of the Choices series. What's interesting is she's going through an arc that she fears...an arc that pulls her in two different directions."
"Kahlan Amnell is the Mother Confessor and a strong, independent, wise, cool woman. She knows how to wield her power confidently. (She kicks butt.) Her character is strongest (in my opinion) in the first two to three of the Goodkind novels."
"Krag is a wonderful heroine growing and going through an arc that young adults will relate to easily...even those who can't make themselves invisible. ;) This is a great YA fantasy that I enjoyed even as an adult."