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Good fantasy book - perhaps by female author NOT twilighty

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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.

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

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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

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