Raisa is heir to the throne, but power hungry wizards are conspiring against her and the power she is destined for.
A nation ruled by queens – a queendom instead of a kingdom – where power is passed from mother to daughter and women are accepted as equals in political, economic, military, and educational matters. The series is never preachy, but a powerful reminder of what could be.
The Mongoliad is a very realistic work of historical fiction but unlike a lot of medeival fiction it has lots of strong 3-dimensional female characters. Cnán and Lian are not warriors but they have their own strengths – Cnán is a hunter and tracker, and Lian is an expert in the ways of the court. There are also groups of Shield Maidens who are warriors. This book has lots of interesting characters, male and female.
Elixir Bound is centered around a world that was created by Mother Nature and is populated by people who worship her. Within that world, Katora Kase must decide if she will become guardian of a secret healing Elixir and bind herself to its magic. It also features strong female characters with Kylene Kase and Zelenka of the tilli demicks, who accompany Katora on her quest.
No token female characters in this book. Men and women are treated as equals and it is never seen as strange or even mentioned as such for women to be soldiers, engineers or regents. It has two very different and strong female characters.
The Evanescence Chronicles: Volume I is feminist friendly because it’s a joke on modern day paranormal romance. The first part “Evanescence” satirizes many of the despicable elements of modern day paranormal romance. The second part “The Mirror” builds on a more complex story, and by the third part “Soul Cannibal,” the satirized despicable elements previously established begin to gleefully decimate into something far darker, realistic, and feminist friendly.
The main character in this novella is a rather ordinary wife and mother of two, until raiders attack her city and kidnap her kids. Left alone, she picks up her father’s executioner’s ax and follows after her children. She learns to fight and raises an army of women whose families have been killed by the raiders.
Alyda Stenna, Captain of the finest knights in the kingdom of Antia is a woman in charge of her own destiny. Bear Berwick, the best friend of the Captain’s love interest, Prince Talin, is loud, brash and can drink just about anyone under the table. She’s also pretty good in a fight, which is handy as there are quite a few.
Our hero Sonoria, is a girl on the cusp of her womanhood, a small god who discovers her gifts of willful strength, a slave who refuses her bondage to her masters or their traditions. Once free, she grows into her fullness as a warrior and as woman. Her credo: Question authority, deny their answers, love your freedom.
Rosemary and Rue is the first of 6 (so far) books concerning October Daye a ‘changeling’ (half fae and half human) woman and hero. She is the definite director of action in these novels and is accompanied by a varying cast of male and females each with their own unique powers and abilities. This is fast paced adventure style reading with very little time for deep thought. It is a fun series and worth the look.