There, she and her friend Prince Jonathan defeat the much-feared Ysandir, a race of demons that has kept the Black City captive for generations. In the process, Jonathan learns that Alanna is a girl. Despite this, he chooses her as his squire when he becomes a knight. Plot summary[ edit ] Alanna of Trebond and her twin brother Thom may be twins , but are very different; Alanna is a tomboy who dreams of being a knight, and Thom wishes to become a sorcerer. Unfortunately, Alanna is shortly to be dispatched by their inattentive father to a temple in the City of the Gods, to learn to become a young lady—to her, a fate worse than death—whilst Thom is similarly destined for the royal palace, where he will train as a knight: his worst nightmare, as he believes that his destiny is to be a sorcerer.
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Neha Patel Apr 15, Reading and watching The Lord of the Rings as a child was a revelation and ignited a true love for high fantasy. There was a secret pleasure to escaping into a fantastical world with different rules and, of course, magic. But as much as I loved fighting orcs and marveling at Rivendell, I noticed a missing piece of the puzzle: female authors.
High fantasy novels are fascinating because writers are building worlds. And who builds and designs things? Who stays at home waiting to hear the tales? Fortunately, many female writers have challenged the status quo by building remarkable worlds with complex female characters, some who have even dared to become warriors. Even the stories with central male characters contain female characters who challenge the notion of the damsel in distress, wise woman, and lover.
Here are some fantastic high fantasy novels with incredible female characters written by female writers. The story follows Bryce Quinlan who, along with a Fallen angel aptly named Hunt Athalar, is hunting down the demon who murdered her friends.
Essun doggedly ventures through the wrecked land with the singular goal of saving her daughter. The Poppy War by R. Kuang R.
In the story inspired by the bloody history of 20th century China, Rin has aced the Keju, an Empire-wide test that determines who can enter the Academies. However, she quickly learns that a dark-skinned peasant girl is a target.
But Rin discovers that she has the rare gift of shamanism, which might be the only thing that can save her people from an impending war. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin was a voracious writer of speculative fiction, science fiction, and fantasy, giving readers over 20 novels to enjoy.
In the first installment, A Wizard of Earthsea , readers meet Ged, a great sorcerer who was called Sparrowhawk as a youth.
The story recounts how he tampered with magic that should have been left alone. The Priory of the Orange Tree intertwines the lives of three women within a Queendom you read that correctly. The current queen, Sabran the Ninth, has assassins knocking on her door and desperately needs to birth a female heir. She is secretly protected by Ead Duryan, a lady-in-waiting.
While these three women reckon with their circumstances, the East and West turn away from peace, beckoning chaos. The story follows Lazlo Strange, a war orphan and junior librarian who dreams of Weep, a mythical lost city.
At the academy, she meets Elias, the star student who dreams of a different world. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce Tamora Pierce needs no introduction, with her books introducing so many young readers not just to high fantasy, but to capable female heroes. I discovered Tamora Pierce in my school library and was immediately drawn to the tale of Alanna of Trebond, a young noblewoman who dreams of becoming a knight.
At the palace, Alanna must master all the skills associated with knighthood while artfully disguising her gender. As an Indian American growing up in the South, I dreamed of seeing myself in a high fantasy book.
In The Star-Touched Queen , Chokshi tells the story of Maya, a cursed princess whose father marries her off to quell a rebellion. Now the queen of Akaran with her new husband Amar, she must dig into the secrets of her new home once she realizes that her life is in danger. Enter here :.
10 High Fantasy Novels By Women
Alanna, The First Adventure
Alanna: The First Adventure