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Initial post: 16 Jan 2013 21:22:47 GMT
Isa says:
Hello, what I'm looking for is quite specific, but hopefully there's more good novels like this out there. I'm fine with either series or stand alone novels.
The main points I want are:
-a fantasy world(magic, myths or something like that)
-a female protagonist
-the most difficult point: a good sub-plot romance where the female protagonist at the beginning doesn't like and/or trust her future boyfriend
-the reader is not quite sure if the male lead likes the protagonist for a while
- no tragic ending

Books I read like this that I loved are the Study series by Snyder, Crown duel by Sherwood Smith, the Black Magician trilogy by Trudy Canavan and Daughter of the woods by Juliet Marillier.

Any help would be great, Thanks!!!

Posted on 17 Jan 2013 11:35:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013 11:38:52 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
You've possibly read this if you like Snyder, but:

Touch of Power (An Avry of Kazan novel)


The Sentinel Mage (Cursed Kingdoms Trilogy)

Which might fit the bill.

There's always the series 'A song of Ice and Fire' by George RR Martin, which does from the third book on have a male and female character [Jamie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth] who start out with an uneasy relationship that develops in unexpected ways. But that's just one plot strand among many and two characters among many.

I'll see if I can think of any more.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 17:09:18 GMT
Miss J. Eyre says:
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy 1) fits all your requirements I think, although it's quite different in style/tone to the other books you've mentioned. Also second the Sentinel Mage and Emily Gee's other 2 novels Thief with No Shadow and The Laurentine Spy.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 18:09:23 GMT
Isa says:
Thanks for the recommendations.
I've read Touch of power, forgot to write it down. Not sure about 'A song of Ice and Fire' but The sentinel Mage sounds great!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 18:21:03 GMT
Isa says:
The 3 novels by Emily Gee sound really interesting too. I'll read The Sentinel Mage and see if I like her style of writing.
I'll definitely will try The Inheritance trilogy. It sounds great and is on kindle too!

Thanks for your help!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013 18:43:56 GMT
LEP says:
Try the Dalraida trilogy by Jules Watson (The White Mare is book 1)
The Raven Queen - Jules Watson
The Belladonna duo - Anne Bishop (Sebastien is book 1)
The Black Jewels trilogy + add on books - Anne Bishop

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 15:06:33 GMT
cypher says:
Hi Isa, I was looking for something similar to what you're asking for after reading 'The Hunger Games', and found Fuel to the Fire, for me it has the things your looking for. Only on Kindle though.

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 17:04:03 GMT
You might try "Feast Of Souls: Magister: Book One" by C.S. Friedman. I think it ticks the boxes you're looking for, although it takes a while to become clear exactly who the primary male protagonist is going to be ...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 17:55:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2013 17:57:02 GMT
L. Sengul says:
Hi, I've just read your post, with the above Criteria The Danfians Prophecy The Danfians Prophecy ( An Epic Scifi Fantasy Romance ebook) is the right match for you...
It has a female protagonist Chloe Rose - both female and male do not trust each other as Chloe is the male lead's (Alexander's) prisoner. Promise you no tragic ending. And a second book to follow. Only available on Kindle 4*

Posted on 19 Jan 2013 20:05:13 GMT
Isa says:
Thanks for all the suggestions, I've a Kindle so it's perfect! They all sound really interesting and can't wait to start on them.
I'm glad to discover new authors too!

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 00:34:03 GMT
Fantasy-Fan says:
It's difficult to find something to tick all those boxes. I was going to suggest the Black Magician trilogy but I thought the tragic ending would put you off - then I saw you listed it as a favourite! :)

I would suggest you try The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One by Brandon Sanderson. The romance sub-plot doesn't kick in for a while, but other than that it fits your criteria fairly well. You could just read book 1 and stop, but if you really enjoy it there are 2 more books you can read too.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 07:57:19 GMT
Heide Goody says:
A Gateway Made Of Bone by Iain Grant ticks your boxes I think. It's a really enjoyable read.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2013 11:42:11 GMT
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Posted on 21 Jan 2013 12:33:11 GMT
A. Janucik says:
I surprised that no one mentioned Sharon Shinn.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 13:03:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 13:06:26 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
Would people wishing to recommend their own books please read this:

I was thinking of mentioning Sharon Shinn but since most of her books are technically science fiction rather than fantasy, and since the twelve houses series doesnt always involve couples starting at loggerheads, I hadn't

But what the heck. She's a great writer. Start with:


Posted on 21 Jan 2013 15:34:35 GMT
Miss J. Eyre says:
I love Sharon Shinn's books as well and Lois McMaster Bujold's are worth checking out, try The Curse of Chalion or Beguilement (Sharing Knife): 1.

Also, Kate Elliott's Cold Magic: Spiritwalker: book 1 ticks all the boxes for the romance sub-plot.

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 16:36:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2013 16:46:43 GMT
Fee fee says:
Try Kristin Cashore, starting with Graceling
Also Jacqueline Carey Naamah's Kiss and Elizabeth/Beth Vaughn Warprize (Chronicles of the Warlands)
Red Gloves, the second in this series is more like what you're looking for White Star

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 14:15:36 GMT
Isa says:
Thanks again everyone! So many good books to look forward to!!!!
I guess I'll try Sharon Shinn as her name came up so often :)

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 14:24:33 GMT
Isa says:
The Black Magician is a brilliant trilogy but I haven't been able to read it again....I do think the tragic ending was badly done (could have been avoided easily) and only done so that the author could make her next trilogy. Sorry, I'm ranting. Anyway, that's why I put no tragic ending as a requirement :-)
The final Empire sounds really good thanks! I'll definitely read it

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 22:39:51 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2013 17:24:39 GMT
Fantasy-Fan says:
I hope you like it. It's suprising how few female leads there are outside of Paranormal Romance - If you're interested in those I'm sure there are many that people could recommend.

At the risk of straying slightly from the initial brief, can I also recommend Daughter of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts. A definite female lead, but I'm not sure the romance quotient will satisfy (and I could say the same for my previous Mistborn suggestion too). Both are great books though, with more romance in books 2-3 (for both series).

Posted on 6 Feb 2013 00:03:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Feb 2013 00:19:21 GMT
D. Roberts says:
Sharon Shinn is fantastic and I thought Touch of Power was brilliant, I want to read the next book, but I'm wrestling with the cost, seem silly really. Another good one no one mentioned is Elfhunter by C.S. Marks, strong female protagonist, strong fantasy setting with Elves, dwarves and the like, no tragic ending for the good guys, wonderful budding romance. It's a must read.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2013 16:47:05 GMT
utopian9 says:
Short but sweet, anything by ' Peter.V.Brett

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2013 23:02:21 GMT
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Fits everything on your list. Lots of likeable characters, and the reason for why we don't know if the main guy likes the main girl ties the plots together. Also, the 'baddies' of the book? You won't see it coming.

The Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa. The main girl comes from America and the main guy is an evil faery. There are five main books to the series so far, plus three e-books

Wit'ch by James Clemens. Five books. Full of wizards, swamg hags, ogres, dwarves, and various other mythical beings, it's packed with myth and magic, and the main guy sees the main girl as an irritating child.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2013 17:03:29 GMT
Isa says:
Thanks for the recommendation. I'm reading Warbreaker at the moment and I'm loving it!!! I'll try the others too.
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