Good fantasy book - perhaps by female author NOT twilighty

(52 Posts)
Peka Fri 09-Nov-12 14:26:00

Hi I'm thinking of reading a book (!) but want something lighter than literary fiction and when a teenager used to enjoy David Eddingsy things. DH has listened to game of thrones but seems to be perpetual fighting and rape etc can't quite stomach it. Also like Margaret Atwood and was wondering if there are any other good female fantasy writers. Twilight makes me want to be sick on myself however, need a girl with a bit more oomph in main character!

BoxHillBessy Sun 09-Dec-12 17:40:38

I second Jacqueline Carey. Well written, strong female heroine.

Bearandcub Sun 09-Dec-12 13:14:12

Have you read any of Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy? Discovery of Witches, etc?

Or male authors: Justin Cronin - The Passage, The Twelve or Jasper Fforde - Thursday Next series or Shades of Grey?

kelpeed Sun 09-Dec-12 13:12:44

also just finished reading read Meljean Brooks' The Iron Duke. interesting alternative history with mechanised people . took me a while to work out how this world all worked.

kelpeed Sun 09-Dec-12 13:08:13

thumbs- ipad - posted too early

juliet marillier

her female heroines have various magical abilities, and are thinkers and doers. (but not in kick em down sort of way) .

kelpeed Sun 09-Dec-12 13:00:27

Juliet Marillier -
She has written several different series covering Pictish Scotland and pre-christian Ireland.
female heroines on all of them

ArthurPewty Mon 03-Dec-12 21:04:40

the True Blood books are all written in first person - as if the writer were Sookie. Massive Mary Sue, omg.

hugoagogo Mon 03-Dec-12 20:51:02

Scarlett Thomas-The end of Mr Y, is a little dark, but a good read. She's wrote a couple more, but I haven't got round to reading them yet.

Try your local library for ideas too and save some pennies; lot's of them do e books too now, if you are interested.

Ahhhtetley Mon 03-Dec-12 20:38:10

Have you read any if the True Blood books. Easy reading and a bit more grown up than Twilight

2kidsintow Mon 03-Dec-12 20:36:12

I second Anne Mccaffrey.

For preference, though, if you want a strong and extremely sassy heroin. Lots of swordplay (kickass fights), humour in the writing and a host of magic and shapeshifters.... I heartily recommend the Ilona Andrews 'Magic Bites' series.
I absolutely love it.

MilesAwayGirl Mon 03-Dec-12 20:33:26

Its. Darn autocorrect

MilesAwayGirl Mon 03-Dec-12 20:32:55

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is amazing, I can't recommend it highly enough. Also it's sequel Wise Man's Fear. I can't wait for the third to come out.

ArthurPewty Mon 03-Dec-12 20:26:58

Sam Stone writes some excellent fiction.

fozmeadows Mon 03-Dec-12 20:26:07

Seconding everyone who's recommended Lois McMaster Bujold, Laini Taylor, Katharine Kerr and Suzanne Collins.

Would also suggest anything by Kate Elliott, N. K. Jemisin and Tamora Pierce.

Virgil Mon 03-Dec-12 18:57:53

Try the host. Same author as twilight but very different. I really enjoyed it. How about Joanne Harris runemarks. Reminded me of Philip Pullman northern lights series.

CantStopEatingCheese Mon 26-Nov-12 20:29:14

And I second the Ursula LeGuin suggestion, I'd definitely want to re-read those too!

CantStopEatingCheese Mon 26-Nov-12 20:27:36

I love the Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. It's more SF than fantasy and the lead character is male but there are also strong female characters in them. In fact in the first two books of the series the main character is Miles' mother. The whole series is quite thought provoking but still quite light and funny in places. I really want to read them all again!! She's also written some fantasy which I haven't read and some of those might have female lead characters?

nogoodusernamesleft Sun 25-Nov-12 19:05:42

Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the sequel are breathtakingly good - totally agree about the visual style Valdeeves - some sentences I would just sit and savour over and over! smile

Another I recently enjoyed was Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas - I got so involved with this that I immediately downloaded all the previous short novellas she had written with the same character!

Valdeeves Sat 24-Nov-12 08:51:55

I would echo - Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Lainie Taylor isn an artist and her style is so visual it's mesmerising,

piprabbit Sat 24-Nov-12 02:23:11

Angela Carter's writing is fantastic - and the books of fairytales that she edited will introduce you to all sorts of excellent writing.

I love the short stories of Sara Maitland - something like "The Book of Spells".

I've also just finished reading "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern and really enjoyed it.

gokhuvegeta Sat 24-Nov-12 02:10:51

The Darkness in the Shadows- m l briers. It has vampires too but nothing like Twilight- sex- drinking of human blood and are extremely sarcastic.

lucysnowe Fri 23-Nov-12 14:37:50

Robin McKinley! Robin McKinley! Robin McKinley! Robin McKinley! Sunshine by her does have vampires in it - but is v. non-twilighty IMHO.

Liskey Thu 22-Nov-12 19:03:36

Can recommend daughter of the empire trilogy by Raymond e feist and Janny Wurts.

I was going to suggest Anne McAffrey too, MrsSnaplegs - the Pern books and her other fantasy novels too.

ElectricSoftParade Thu 22-Nov-12 18:54:19

Woman on the edge of time by Marge Piercy.

InNeedOfBrandy Thu 22-Nov-12 18:53:12

Ah my suggestions have already been suggested. Daughter of smoke and bones is great although very light. Discovery of witches is an amazing amazing book but lots of history in it.

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