Good fantasy novels with female protagonists?
September 1, 2012 1:07 AM Subscribe
Try as I might, I can only think of one fantasy novel that I've ever (*ever*) read that had a girl as the main character. Can you suggest some for my 8yo daughter?
posted by nonspecialist to writing & language (90 answers total) 101 users marked this as a favorite
So as not to leave you hanging, the one novel I read was Terry Pratchett's "Equal Rites".
Miss 8 is reading at a very high level -- has gone through all Harry Potter books, is now reading Great Expectations, voluntarily, but what she really loves is a good fantasy book. The main problem is that it's really, really hard to find any which have a female main character; it's all "stable buy becomes ultra-powerful wizard, saves world" stuff, which is fine and all, but usually only contain female characters as incidental bits of trophy-fluff. As a good Dad, this is not a message I want my daughter to internalise.
What vaguely age-appropriate fantasy novels with strong female characters exist? Bonus points where the female character is not merely part of a group of ragtag orphans who save the world, unless they're all girls.