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!

EyeoftheStorm Fri 09-Nov-12 14:29:09

Sheri S Tepper
Katherine Kerr
Patricia McKillip

I always think Robert Jordan was natural progression from reading David Eddings as teenager. If you get into the Wheel of Time series it will keep you going for years.

Peka Fri 09-Nov-12 14:34:07

Tnanks will amazon these now!

EyeoftheStorm Fri 09-Nov-12 14:42:12

I also really like Margaret Atwood and would buy one of her books without even looking at the blurb. Another Canadian writer I like - not fantasy - is Carol Shields.

bruffin Fri 09-Nov-12 14:44:27

Katherine Kurtz or Marion Zimmer Bradley

Indith Fri 09-Nov-12 14:44:49

robin hobb?

liveship ones have a good female lead.

Peka Fri 09-Nov-12 21:28:55

Thanks everyone! Lots to get started on

marceline Fri 09-Nov-12 23:49:20

I came across a brilliant debut fantasy novel with a plucky heroine - 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' by Laini Taylor. Quite well written and entertaining!

Oldyellow Sat 10-Nov-12 22:22:51

If You have a Kindle, Snare by Katherine Kerr is free at the moment. It would at least give you a taste of what her stuff is like.

NotAChocolateRaisin Sat 10-Nov-12 23:08:45

Kelley Armstrong - Fantastic fantasy about werewolves written by a woman and very woman friendly!

PrincessSymbian Sat 10-Nov-12 23:10:53

Rhapsody and the sequels by Elizabeth Haydon. They are proper hardcore stuff!0

Bimblepops Sat 10-Nov-12 23:13:20

Was going to suggest Sheri S Tepper, but have been beaten to it. Great writer. And Margaret Atwood.

victoriaplum01 Sun 11-Nov-12 00:01:31

I loved Barbara Hambly as a teenager (also loved David Eddings et al). My favourites of her's were the books featuring Sunwolf and Star Hawk. Good mix of fantasy adventure and a bit of wry humour. Haven't seen her books around in ages though, so not sure if she is still in print. (Makes me feel old!)

gaelicsheep Sun 11-Nov-12 00:03:59

Deborah thingy, something about Witches. Not v helpful, ok book though.

gaelicsheep Sun 11-Nov-12 00:05:33

Deborah Harkness (remembered). A Discovery of Witches.

OstrichSized Sun 11-Nov-12 11:46:18

Some great authors recommended here

Trudi Canavan is another. The magicians Apprentice Trilogy has a female lead.
Raymond E Feist was a favorite of mine when I first started reading fantasy.

notcitrus Sun 11-Nov-12 12:36:58

Ursula leGuin is amazing - the Left Hand of Darkness, and the Dispossessed are perhaps the best.
Also Diana Wynne Jones - many are for younger kids and then there's a few adult ones which aren't her best, but the young adult ones like Dogsbody are very good.

Marion ZB's retellings of King Arthur and also.the Romans in Britain were good, but the book she then wrote to link the two wasn't. Some of the Darkover books are very good.

motherinferior Sun 11-Nov-12 12:41:16

Barbara Hambly is still in print and you might enjoy Sisters of the Raven and Circle of the Moon.

OneHandFlapping Sun 11-Nov-12 12:42:54

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Set on an unnamed Celtic island with a terrible tradition..

Great young female lead character

Spirael Tue 20-Nov-12 09:19:25

Kristen Britain's "The Green Rider" is a good fantasy book with a strong female lead.

I also enjoy The Guardian Cycle by Julia Gray - which is actually a Husband/Wife team.

BoulevardOfBrokenSleep Tue 20-Nov-12 09:43:04

I've enjoyed Naomi Novik's Temeraire books.

They're kind of set in the Napoleonic wars, as reimagined with the addition of dragons. I realise that premise may not sound terribly appealing grin but they are good, honest! Not too bloodthirsty despite the war thing. Not a lot of female characters, but the ones there are are strong (one class of dragon can only be ridden by women, much to the horror of polite Georgian society)

Plus they're normal paperback size as opposed to the huge bricks that fantasy books often are (I'm looking at you, George RR Martin....)

Gherkinsmummy Tue 20-Nov-12 11:54:48

The Hunger Games trilogy; Katniss Everdeen is definitely a strong female lead.

IndridCold Wed 21-Nov-12 17:21:30

I would also recommend Ursula le Guin, the Earthsea books are excellent too.

crescentmoon Thu 22-Nov-12 18:46:32

I just found the sequel to 'daughter of smoke and bone' yesterday in w.h.smith! have started reading it and it's just as well written as laini Taylor's first book. You will enjoy both OP!

MrsSnaplegs Thu 22-Nov-12 18:50:51

Anne Mccaffery dragonriders of pern series is good although the series was first started in the 70's so you may need to buy them used off amazon or from charity shop wink she is still writing them now with her son but they are still very good
Also cornelia funke (?) ink heart trilogy is good

crescentmoon Thu 22-Nov-12 18:51:10

'days of blood and starlight' I bought it in hardback for 9.99 - it literally came out 2 weeks ago!

ValentineWiggins Thu 22-Nov-12 18:52:43

Jacqueline Carey "Kushiel" series...amazing fantasy/alternative history which is also about 10000 times sexier than 50 shades!

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.

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

Woman on the edge of time by Marge Piercy.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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,

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!

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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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

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

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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 13:12:44

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.

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?

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

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

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