Looking for a great book to read? In honor of Women’s History Month, why not pick up a book by a fabulous female author! Here are some of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy women writers! (In no particular order)
Carey is probably best known for her novel Kusheil’s Dart. The book is an alternate history fantasy novel set in medieval-esque times. It’s all about intrigue, and it’s epic. Her writing is so detailed. I’ve reread Kusheil’s Dart so many times, and each time I get completely transported to her world. She has a few other series, and their tone is very different. Her newest series is very urban fantasy. Regardless of the style she’s writing in, Carey is fantastic. Check out the books she’s written!
Kowal writes gorgeous books. Basically, if you took a Jane Austen novel and added a bit of subtle magic to it, you’d get Kowal’s Glamourist History series. The style is spot-on, and her writing is precise, in as much as she exhaustively researches the time period and makes sure to not be anachronistic. The first novel in that series is called Shades of Milk and Honey, and after I read it, I immediately snatched up the second book. Check out the books she’s written!
McCaffery is a legend. Her Dragonriders of Pern series is fantastic and expansive. I grew up reading the series, and I loved it. I’m pretty sure she irrevocably influenced the way I imagine dragons when I read fantasy novels. Her Pern series is really interesting, because even though they start out squarely in the fantasy genre, as you go through the series, they travel towards the sci-fi end of the spectrum. Check out the books she’s written over her lifetime.
4. Laini Taylor
The first book I read of Taylor’s was Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I was floored. Her descriptions are hauntingly beautiful, and the story is rich and mystical. She brings ancient folk stories to life in modern times. I freaking love her books! If you’re in the mood for something that you literally can’t put down, check out her books. You won’t be disappointed. And, if you like audio books, check out the Daughter of Smoke & Bone audio book. The narrator is incredibly evocative.
Le Guin is another staple of the literary community. I know her by her Wizard of Earthsea books, which are fabulous. Like many excellent books, they tried to make a TV series out of it, and failed miserably to live up to the quality of the books. The Earthsea books are very short, but packed with amazingness. If you don’t have time to read an epic, sprawling novel, but still want a book of high quality, pick up these books. Check out all of the books she’s written.
I started reading L’Engle’s books when I was a child, and the first book I read, A Wrinkle in Time, blew my mind. I was easily able to relate to the characters, and the scenarios were amazingly fantastic. I loved her explanations of how these fantastic things were able to be accomplished. Seriously worth reading, or rereading if you’re feeling nostalgic. Or, if you feel like diving into a new book of hers, check out all of the books she’s written.
Bradley is another fantasy staple. The Mists of Avalon is awesome; I actually made one of my first friends in middle school because of that book. There was a TV show made out of it, and it was awful. I’ve read a ton of her Avalon books, and I absolutely love her book about Cassandra of Troy called Firebrand. Her books are probably some of the first historical fiction novels I ever read. Here’s a list of all of her books.
I freaking love Mercedes Lackey. I literally have more than a whole shelf dedicated to her books. I inhaled her books as a kid. Many of her books feature strong female protagonists who kick ass, and they continue to inspire me. Seriously, if you haven’t read some of her books, you should pick one up. Or, if you have children, buy one of these books for them. Check out all the books she’s written.
McKinley is awesome. I still sometimes flash back to the first two books I read by her, The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword. She writes really strong female characters who refuse to abide by the gender stereotypes of their worlds. They persevere through pain and fear, and while they succeed, they often face horrible consequences – but even then, they manage to overcome. Super inspiring and super awesome. Here’s a list of all of her books.
10. N. K. Jemisin
I recently discovered N. K. Jemisin (thanks to the awesome book club Vaginal Fantasy), and man, is she an awesome writer. I’ve only read her book A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and it is gorgeous. I devoured the book in two nights. About halfway through, there was no way I was going to put the book down until I was finished. I am super excited to pick up her other books and add them to my growing list of “books I really need to read.” Check out all of the other books she’s written.
These are just some of my favorite female writers. Who are your favorites?!