The main character Widdershins is super-smart and resourceful, and has a great relationship with two other fleshed-out female characters who are her friends. She also has a female rival in the thieves guild.
“Once a fabled Blade of Namara, Aral Kingslayer fought for justice and his goddess alongside his familiar, a living shadow called Triss. Now with their goddess murdered and her temple destroyed, they are among the last of their kind. Surviving on the fringes of society, Aral becomes a drunken, broken, and wanted man, working whatever shadowy deal comes his way. Until a mysterious woman hires him to deliver a secret message-one that can either redeem him or doom him.”
This series (I’m on the second book now) has interesting, fleshed-out female characters. You can tell the author thinks of men and women as equal, and considers them as individual people first. I love the character of corrupt city guard Fei. I’m glad she has a bigger role in the second book & I look forward to reading more about her! I also love the relationship the main character has with his goddess, Namara, who stood up to the other gods to fight for justice.
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.
Elena the protagonist is smart, driven, and likeable without the need to be perfect or reasonable on all occasions- she’s also a female werewolf. Armstrong never falls into the trap of the woman needing rescued- friends (male and female alike) may be on their way but Elena and all of Armstrong’s female protagonists rely on their own inner physical and mental stregnths to get them through just about anything.
This is book one of a very large wonderful series full of terrific women. Look for Otherworld Series.
Katherine, the main character in The Privilege of the Sword, was brought up in the country knowing the rules of civilized society, but she’s encouraged to break them all by her uncle who summons her to the city in Riverside. She starts learning swordplay instead of following the usual path of finding a well-to-do husband to take care of her. This book explores issues like gay relationships in a homophobic society, breaking traditional gender roles, and different aspects of female friendships.
The main character of The Emperor’s Edge series, Amaranthe Lockdon, starts off as an Enforcer for the Empire – sort of a policewoman. The Empire has just recently begun to allow women to become enforcers, and Amaranthe doesn’t get much respect.
Though this book struggles with the Bechdel test (Amaranthe’s “Emperor’s Edge” team is all male), I love the way it portrays Amaranthe as an ambitious woman in a sexist society. Many fantasy book either for granted patriarchal societies without examination, but this series doesn’t ignore the problem.