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Five Female Fantasy Authors I Hope you’ll Love.

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Female fantasy is coming

Are you a Game of Thrones fan looking to fill the void left by a year with no new season? Maybe you grew up on Harry Potter but you’ve read the series a million times and you don’t where to start with the breadth of fantasy out there. Did you love Lord of the Rings but feel disappointment that women weren’t represented in the fellowship? Well, this is the list is for you. Here are five female fantasy authors that I absolutely adore, and I hope you do too.

 

  1. Katherine Arden

 Newcomer to the genre Katherine Arden may have only released one book so far, but it’s a book that exemplifies how rich fantasy can be. The Bear and the Nightingale is filled to the brim with Russian mythology and the novel evokes the Arthurian conflict between pagan belief and Christianity. Set in the backdrop of medieval Russia, Vasya, the protagonist, is a wild and independent young woman with a special connection to the ancient spirits of the Russian mythology. She’s an outsider in her community and out of place in a male-dominated society as she fights to protect all that she loves from the misguided actions of a newly arrived priest. The book is the first in a series, though it can be read as a stand-alone novel with an open yet satisfying conclusion. Buy now.

 

 

  1. Ilona Andrews

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

I am sort of cheating with this suggestion, Ilona Andrews is the pen name of the husband and wife writing team behind the Kate Daniels urban fantasy series. The series is set in a post-apocalyptic Atlanta, where the sudden return of magic has wreaked havoc on the human world. Starting with Magic Bites we meet the protagonist Kate Daniels; a young woman with magical powers who works as a mercenary to deal with a whole host of problems caused by the newly magical status quo. It’s my favourite urban fantasy series and I’d definitely recommend it to any fans of Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Harry Potter looking for an easy and engaging read. £8.50 on Amazon.

 

  1. Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

 Naomi Novik is a fantasy author best known for her alternate history series Temeraire. The series is set during the Napoleonic wars, but in Novik’s world, the battles are fought on the backs of dragons. Starting with His Majesty’s Dragon and running for nine books this is a truly epic series to get your teeth into. If you don’t feel up to taking on a series that requires such a time investment Novik has other offerings too. I can highly recommend her award-winning short novel Uprooted which turns the trope of virgin sacrifice on its head. Agnieszka, the novel’s protagonist, is taken by the mysterious wizard known as “The Dragon” in return for protecting her village from malevolent forces. Reminiscent of a fairy tale but with a darker tone Uprooted is a great place to introduce yourself to Novik’s books. £5.50 in paper back on Amazon.

 

  1. N. K. Jemisin

N.K Jemisin has taken the fantasy world by storm since her first novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was published in 2010. She writes fantasy as you’ve never read it before. Creating truly unique works of speculative fiction and offering a fresh perspective on the genre. Her books explore themes of race, class and the inevitability of human conflict and suffering. Her second trilogy, Broken Earth, takes place in a world where humanity is constantly at war with a natural environment out to destroy them. The series follows a protagonist that is both infuriating and inspiring at the same time; a woman shaped by the trauma of her past who despite her many faults and failures, continues to fight to make the world a better place. Around £6 on Amazon

 

  1. Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm

The Inheritance by Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm

 Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm are the pen names of fantasy writer Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden. Her two pen names reflect her two distinct writing voices. Hobb is the name she uses for epic fantasy. Lindholm, by contrast, tends to write shorter novels and stories which fall more into the urban fantasy or weird fiction genres. She writes from the perspective of exploring questions rather than answering them and her books reflect this with their lyrical prose, authentic characters and beautifully crafted worlds. Hobb’s The Realm of The Elderlings contains some of my favourite literary characters and I can’t recommend picking up the first book, Assassin’s Apprentice, enough. If you want a taste of both Hobb and Lindholm check out her short story collection The Inheritance. Buy now for £8.30

 

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