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Initial post: 29 Apr 2010, 15:51:50 BST
kats says:
I posted on here a little while ago for any idea's and their were quite a few,however i have ordered them and read them already so need more idea's,i have a huge list of books i have read, too many to put on here so instead i will tell you what i like!
I like magic,female lead but not too fussed,i hate vampire books,i prefer trilogies or longer,i really hope everyone can come up with some good suggestions,really looking forward to some new reads!

Posted on 29 Apr 2010, 16:50:26 BST
Wheldrake says:
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy?

Posted on 30 Apr 2010, 01:26:36 BST
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2010, 01:28:49 BST
FantasyFan says:
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, starting with "The Eye of the World" features strong female characters, and is a great read. Be warned though there is a dip in quality around books 8-9 before it picks up again, and, due to RJ's untimely passing the final 3 books (12-14) are now being completed by a second author.

I would highly recommend "Magician" by Raymond E Feist which can be read as a standalone, but also leads on to numerous other books if you like what you find. While Magician and it's direct sequels do not feature female leads, the connected "Empire" trilogy co-written by Janny Wurts has a strong female lead and comes highly recommended.

Ignoring the request for female leads now, you could also try David Gemmell for fast-paced heroic fantasy, George RR Martin for a darker grittier read, and Steven Erikkson's Malazan books for a rich complex fantasy world. David Eddings 5 book Belgariad, starting with "Pawn of Prophecy" is easy to read but good fun, with frequent touches of humour. And going all the way with humour you could also try Terry Pratchett who offers a wealth of books featuring several sets of characters, but isn't everyone's cup of tea.

For something a little different try the "Incarnations of Immortality" series by Piers Anthony (but I wouldn't bother with any of his other books).

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Posted on 30 Apr 2010, 09:37:19 BST
N. Murphy says:
HI, have you tried The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan or her Age Of The Five trilogy? Or how about Graceling/Fire by Kristin Cashore? These two aren't a series they are just stand alone but they're pretty good. The Painted Man and The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett are excellent but the lead is male for the most part but the story is told from other characters' perspectives too. These two are also part of a trilogy but the third book hasn't been done yet :( I'd also recommend The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher as these were brilliant. The lead in these is male too but he's a wizard private investigator so lots of magic. However there are vampires in it but they aren't that constant and are definitely worth reading, there are 12 books in the series so far. The Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks is really good but this too has a male lead, sorry i can't seem to think of books with female leads at the mo. that don't have any vampires or anything but these are worth having a look at anyway.

Posted on 30 Apr 2010, 09:39:34 BST
N. Murphy says:
oh and Red Gloves/White Star by Beth Vaughan aren't bad either

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2010, 09:47:08 BST
asrana84 says:
try the Kelley armstrong books, it starts with bitten but you can read them individually try Dime Store magic and Industrial magic, also try Jim Butcher no female lead but lots of magic and there are currently 12 books in the series

Posted on 30 Apr 2010, 15:42:20 BST
S. Bond says:
Ha you tried Christine Feehan Drake Sister Series or Leopard series. I have read all of her books some of which are vampire related although the main charaters are Carpathian not vampire and I love them all. The stories all have great twists and turns. Also try Lori Handeland.

Posted on 30 Apr 2010, 15:58:09 BST
kats says:
Hi all,sorry to say i have read most of your suggestions,although i have not read painted man,jim butcher or nissa gordon so will check those out thank you very much for all your suggestions so far

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2010, 17:03:44 BST
Sorry in advance if my book is too young for you but you could read the first of my Fantasy Trilogy, The Tales of Mossy Dell, aimed at the teanager or younger reader but suitable for all. The Following adventures are now being penned and are even more weird and wonderful. You can get a copy of the book on line at this site etc etc. There is a short review on Midwest Book Reviews USA. A description of the author and the book are available on line on The Book Network Site. Regards. Mark Wetherby.

Posted on 30 Apr 2010, 17:09:52 BST
Try Joe Abercrombie's 'The Blade Itself', first part of a superb trilogy although with a male lead.

Posted on 1 May 2010, 01:25:13 BST
Miss J. Eyre says:
Hi, I can't remember if these were recommended before, but have you tried anything by Sharon Shinn? I'd compare her to Maria V. Snyder in that she writes 'lighter' weight fantasy novels with mostly female main characters and a little romance. They're not what I would call action packed, but her characterisation is pretty good (similar to how Robin Hobb's books concentrate more on characters than action). Check out Mystic and Rider (Ace Fantasy Book) and Archangel.
Some other female lead character fantasy novels i've liked recently:
Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliasotti
Beguilement (Sharing Knife): 1 by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Two Pearls of Wisdom by Alison Goodman
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins (young adult but just as violent as adult - similar to Battle Royale)

Posted on 1 May 2010, 11:16:57 BST
AnetteF says:
I am just re-reading the 'Banned and the Banished' series by James Clemens... I think you might like it. The focus of the series is female, there is a lot of magic and you get five well written books. The story is on the dark side but seeing as I, a known 'feel-good-factor-high' reader, still love it, that shouldn't put you off. I would call the series a fantasy 'must-read' and it always amazes me that it isn't better known. Recommended to me by a bookseller as being the hot word-of-mouth tip when I first came across it and one of the best leads I have had in my reading career.

Another less known author is Elizabeth Haydon. Her 'Rhapsody' series had me enthralled all the way through. Worth chasing. Strong female character and unusual story. On my 'keeps' pile.

Only the first one of this trilogy is out, but I reckon it is one worth keeping an eye on... 'The Last Stormlord' by Glenda Larke. I got totally caught in the story and have the next one on pre-order.

You have probably read these, but just in case...

Steven Erikson (and I.C. Esslemont) - Malazan series (my top favourite fantasy series - click on my name for a Listmania with the recommended reading order including the books by IC Esslemont)

Adrian Tchaikovsky - Empire in Black and Gold series (entertaining fantasy adventure and incredibly good value for money at the moment with books only about £4 each. There is a natural break in the story at the end of book four, so these first four could be read almost as a completed series. No need to be put off by the mentioning of bugs as the characters are all very human and things like moth-kinden being able to see well at night only add to the fun. I thought it quite funny when some characters doubt the existence of magic as we would look upon many of those special abilities the various bug-kinden possess as being pretty magical)

And for something quite different...

...try Diana Gabaldon's 'Outlander' series. A hint of fantasy as there is some time travel, it is simply an amazing tale that can become extremely addictive. Whether you love the characters and their actions or you hate them, you'll unlikely be bored. You don't have to have an interest in eighteenth century Scottish history (I didn't either) as the books are really the ultimate genre-crossover series. From fantasy, adventure, romance, mystery, history to gay fiction... the series has it all. The author tries different storytelling techniques in each of her books and isn't adverse to shocking her readers. In fact, the last book has half of the readership up in arms because of the actions of two of the characters. It would be a toss-up between Gabaldon and Erikson if I could only read one author for the rest of my life.

If you are having a look at my Malazan Listmania, there is another one with some of my favourite fantasy series on it... might give you a few more ideas...

Good luck chasing :-)

Posted on 1 May 2010, 11:18:11 BST
M. Torrance says:
Have you tried Naomi Novik's Temraire series. No female lead but really good fantasy none the less.
Who could imagine Dragons and the Napoleonic work working as a concept

Posted on 1 May 2010, 18:11:07 BST
David Eddings Belgariad (5 books) and mallorian (5 books), there are also some spin off books about 2 of the main characters. the lead is male but there are lots of strong female characters

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2010, 00:02:28 BST
Last edited by the author on 2 May 2010, 23:40:39 BST
LEP says:
Have you tried Nora Roberts witchy/paranormal series?

Three Sisters series (start with Dance upon Air, Heaven & Earth, Face the Fire - in that order) - very good, strong female leads.
Key of Knowledge series
Sign of Seven series (very similar to The Key series in my opinion)
The Donvans series - Charmed, Captivated, Entranced (start with first in series and I don't think I've put them in the right order, so please check)
The Gallaghers/Irish series
The Circle series - I would suggest that you buy all at once and read them one after the other in order. In my opinion the books should have been printed as one book in 3 parts.

The majority of her books have strong female leads. You could also try her ".....in Death" series writing as J D Robb, followed by Remember When. It is a futuristic fiesty female cop romantic suspense series - read in strict order, as they follow on in time time straight after another and the earlier ones' give Eve and Roarke's backgrounds, which you need to understand the books.

She's also done some witchy/magic anthologies. She's heavily into Irish folk tales/magic. I think that you might like her non-magic trilogies as well e.g. Cheasapeake series etc.

Posted on 2 May 2010, 12:30:06 BST
kats says:
Lep i will definatley look into Nora Roberts they look interesting!also Naomi Novik......i have read and enjoyed all the David Eddings books over and over and never get tired of them,i think these forums are great i have come away with some great new authors to try,from a previous post i found Carol Berg which i have enjoyed reading,thank you allx

Posted on 2 May 2010, 16:55:29 BST
AnetteF says:
C.L. Rogers - like me you seem to have quite a wide range of books you like...

What about Tamora Pierce? Definitely young adult, but like Eddings it's easy comfort reading. 'Song of the Lioness' is the first Quartet and 'The Immortals' the name of the second. Wow!!! Just had a look at availability... used copies for the four-in-one edition of the Lioness are advertised for £274+. Well, all I can say is I have a copy and would be very willing to part with it for that sort of money. After all, the books are still available individually and I could get half my wish list for the money left over!! Ah, well...

As you have read Feist... have you also read Janny Wurts? She of 'Empire trilogy' collaboration? Her 'Wars of Light and Shadow' series is pretty epic. I also read and liked the stand alone 'To Ride Hell's Chasm'.

It's been a while since I have re-read them, but the 'Earth's Children' series by Jean M. Auel definitely has a strong female lead and is one of those literary works that are probably on the must-have-read list. Book two is my favourite in the series. Got a bit annoyed with the latest one because it seemed to contain a lot of sex as page filler... still, rumour has it that we won't have to wait ten years for the next one in the series (if you thought GRRM is bad...) and overall they are worth the wait. Not strictly fantasy... though riding a lion must come close.

One book I have not read and which is pretty unknown... 'Seaborn' by Chris Howard. It was one of the books suggested to me when I was looking into new/unknown authors. Unfortunately, I do have a bit of a phobia about drowning and the book sounded just that little too 'watery' for me, though the sample chapter I read was most intriguing. So I am hoping for someone else here to take the plunge and come back with an encouraging report *g* Here is a link to the sample: http://www.saltwaterwitch.com/files/seaborn/seabornChapt1-4F.html

Let us know how it's going... great to see you liked Carol Berg :-)

Posted on 2 May 2010, 21:06:31 BST
S. O. Yerou says:
I thoroughly enjoyed Jacqueline Carey's "Kushiel" series as well as Anne Bishop's "Black Jewels" Trilogy. Both have strong female leads.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2010, 23:39:45 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 May 2010, 00:13:37 BST
LEP says:
Don't know whether you'll like these or not. I've come across them purely by chance. I'm not that much into fantasy/SciFi/Paranormal. I like some but don't like Vamps. Anyway I ordered a book called The Invisible Ring. Only to find that it's one of a series of Black Jewels Novels by Anne Bishop. I've just started reading it and it's rather good. She's created "an invented world of cultures in conflict...plenty of adventure, romance and dazzling magic and wizardly pyrotechnics and fascinating hierarchical magic system" in which the women dominate the men i.e. it's a matriarchal society. Now the one I'm reading is not the first in the series unfortunately, so I had to keep turning back to her key of jewels and hierarchy listing for a bit until I got into it.

Just discovered Daughter of the Blood is the first in the series (Blood refers to their caste and social system, not vamps); then Heir to the Shadows; Queen of Darkness, Invisible Ring etc.

She's also written other series i.e. The Ephemera series and The Tir Alainn trilogy.

Have you tried Jane Ann Krentz writing as Jane Castle? Her Harmony series is 'other world' fantasy - After Dark and it's sequal After Glow are probably the best.

Posted on 2 May 2010, 23:59:18 BST
Miss J. Eyre says:
Hi, just thought of another one; have a look at Sarah Zettel's The Isavalta Trilogy: Sorcerer's Treason Bk. 1. I read it a few years ago so you might already be familiar with it - female main character and fairly rich eastern European mythological feel to it (i'm pretty sure it had a Baba Yaga type character in it, which is usually always a good thing in my reading experience...) If you like well written fairy-tale like fantasy then look up Patricia McKillip's novels, they can be a little slow paced but very rich in language and characters; try Alphabet of Thorn or In the Forests of Serre (which also has a Baba Yaga character...)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2010, 01:03:27 BST
Robert Jeff says:
Have a look on fantasticfiction.co.uk

Look at the authors you like and see who they recommend. Then go from their recommendations to their recommendations etc.

Hopefully you will find some you like.

Posted on 3 May 2010, 18:00:55 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 May 2010, 18:06:01 BST
Dusty Angel says:
Allyson James has a semi-series starting with Mortal Temptations. I think there are a couple of books now. Very good writer, based on the idea of a curse put on the men to be love slaves and their hearts broken when the lady leaves. They are searching for the "cure" so to speak. Very funny, if a little over kill on the sex scenes sometimes.

Aside from them the Cassandra Palmer Series by Karen Chance are wonderful. They do have vampires in them, but they have most of the supernatural community in them tbh. The lead is a Clairvoyant woman, who is thrown in at the deep end when a power comes to her which makes her a target for everyone, some mean to use her, others to kill her. Magic is abound and the second book is even better than the first and so on. Ghost "familiars", magicians with attitude, a faerie/sprite who gets a bit grumpy, were animals, the books have the lot. And although you'll love Cassie in her lead role, I couldn't help but love Billy her ghost, he is a great character.

Also Garth Nix's Aborsen series are good, they are made for young adults, but they are a delight to read and contain some brilliant magics and storylines.

Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series are good. Although the first one is vampire led, it isn't as over kill on the vamp blood thing like most vampire books are.

One of the people above also recommended Sarah Zettel's The Isavalta Trilogy which I also recommend, brilliant bit of writing and the lead character is brilliant!

Good luck, and happy reading.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2010, 22:54:47 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 May 2010, 22:57:20 BST
LEP says:
Rebecca York's Moon series (start with the first one).

Karen Marie Monings Highlander series and the follow on Fever series, which is less romantic and much darker. I think you need to read the Highlander series first so that you understand the Fever series which is set in Ireland. Again read both series in order (you stand no chance of understanding the Fever series unless you read them in strict order). Out of the Highland Mist is the first I think in the Highlander series. All have strong female leads and all involve magic, the fae (Sidhe) and druids. The Highlander series is very romantic and softer than the Fever series, but the Kelters(? sp), the druids of the Light Sidhe, appear in both series.

I know I mentioned her before, but Nora Roberts is a VERY prolific writer and has written loads of trilogies, not all witchy/magic, in fact most aren't. Her romantic suspense books are very good too, but start with the older ones e.g. Carolina Moon, Sanctuary, Carnal Innocence etc. She'll keep you going for ages! Look her up on Amazon Search, Books, above. It gives all the trilogies and other series and stand alone books.

Posted on 4 May 2010, 17:01:51 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2010, 17:02:07 BST
I would suggest anything by Brandon Sanderson but his Mistborn Trilogy in particular would fit your request.
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