The main protagonist is a female and she is heroic in her own right, not because she is a female but because of her abilities and beliefs. Coming from an age of sexism and white knighting galore, she moves through it to succeed.
A strong female protagonist brings a blooming relationship to light with a man she rescues in this Romantic Fantasy novel.
This book supports a female main character who is trying to change the way things work in her tribe and become the first female shaman. the shaman has only ever been allowed to be a male.
The main character is a female who is defined by her actions and not her looks. She operates on a level with men
The world in which the main character finds herself after being spirited away from earth has never known sexism–no division of labor, no stereotypical gender-based roles, etc. Plus, both men and women can carry babies to term. Need I say more?
A multi-viewpoint story of political intrigue in a pseudo-Renaissance fantasy world, this series so far is ultimately about several women in very different walks of life (a pope’s daughter, a barmaid, a bounty hunter and a witch) dealing with the constraints of a patriarchal society and finding, in their own styles, ways of surmounting the obstacles in their path. The story’s women have agency, they’re free to make bold choices (and mistakes), and there’s a lot of subtext here. One of the villains, the Owl, is horrifying, but all of her actions come from a very human place of anger and grief. Meanwhile, one of the male characters is a Nice Guy who commits a horrible violation upon one of the leads (not rape — no rape in this series so far, thank God) in the belief that he’s “helping” and knows what’s best for her. (And in another situation, […]
Drawing inspiration from Beauty and the Beast, the beast in Uprooted is a powerful magician, the heroine a super-powerful witch in her own right, and they are not only love interests, but equals in many ways! Agnieszka is a fantastically complex character who submits to no one and does her share of traditionally male assigned fairy-tale rescuing. Add in a strong sisterly friendship that carries through the narrative, an awesome female sword-forging POC, physicality that is consensual (and the stopping of it when it isn’t), and a villain who is magical, female, and entirely creepy, yet also a complicated character and you’ll get the feminist fantasy I didn’t know I was looking for!
The Gantean offers a whole new scope for a “strong female lead,” forging a new path for a heroine rather than a hero. Narrated in the first person, The Gantean shows us the inside of a heroine’s mind as she negotiates a woman’s difficulties in a complex world. A celebration of the mystic feminine!
“Set in a post-holocaust feminist dystopia that offers only two political alternatives: a repressive polygamist sect that is slowly self-destructing through inbreeding and the matriarchal dictatorship called Women’s Country. Here, in a desperate effort to prevent another world war, the women have segregated most men into closed military garrisons and have taken on themselves every other function of government, industry, agriculture, science and learning.”
he primary setting of the series seems to be a mysterious Library – a place that is all about finding “unique works of fiction and saving them in a place out of time and space”. The Library is treated as its own world, with its own laws and regulations, social hierarchy, treaties and agreements, and its own language. The protagonist, Irene, is a bisexual librarian spy turned detective whose job is to jump across alternative worlds and retrieve rare works of fiction for the Library. The book features rich worldbuildiong with characters of many races, professions and sexualities. It’s the first in a series that promise to deliver more noir librarian mysteries set in steampunk-y alternative worlds. Our main character has a strong sense of duty which conflicts with her desire to solve mysteries and learn more about the Library. The seeds of this conflict are planted in this first […]