We here at Romantic Fantasy Shelf thought it a good time to celebrate our favorite fierce warrior women and magic users in a post of books about women who fight hard and fall in love. These books were selected by our administrators and community members. We hope you find your next favorite read!
1. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
In a world where some are bestowed with special gifts, Katsa is given the gift of killing. An action-packed fantasy that tackles what it means to be strong.
“I absolutely adored Katsa. She was such a fierce, independent heroine…”Amazon Reviewer
2. First Test by Tamora Pierce
One woman fights to realize her dream of becoming a knight amidst discrimination. This is a fantastic tale about persistence despite opposition.
“This series tackles weighty issues like sexism, bullying, classism, poverty, crime, and the injustice of law head-on, all while never once sacrificing the suspense and delight of the story itself. “Amazon Reviewer
3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
A deadly assassin must win a contest against the most wicked, bloodthirsty men in the kingdom for a chance to win her freedom.
“I couldn’t put the damn book down! From the moment I started reading I was entranced in a world I had never been yet felt like I had known my whole life.”Amazon Reviewer
4. The Blue Sword by Robin Mckinley
Exceptional prose, strong characterization, and an imaginative world that readers adore.
“A strong female lead, horses, swords, magic… i read it probably a dozen times. “Amazon Reviewer
5. By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey
An action-packed romantic tale about one woman’s journey to realize her destiny.
“This is one of my favorites books of all time. Lackey writes very real, very diverse characters and her Heralds of Valdemar series has the best fantasy world I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.”Amazon Reviewer
6. Steelflower by Lilith Saintcrow
An adventure story featuring a foul-mouthed assassin and her companions. Filled with action and romance that readers rave about.
“The world that Saintcrow constructs pulled me in and her characters were alive and emotionally invaded my life it seemed.”Amazon Reviewer
7. Steal the Dragon by Patricia Briggs
A slave turned assassin, political unrest, and plots abound in this exciting romantic adventure.
“This takes you into a completely different world with heroes, villians, magic and much more with a plot that twists and turns – P. Briggs at her best!”Amazon Reviewer
8. Embellish by Demelza Carlton
A fun and fast-paced retelling, mixed with a great romance.
“I loved this story. A great female role model, a great equal relationship between the two main characters and supportive families in the background.”Amazon Reviewer
9. Mercenary by Catherine Banks
A human girl raised by elves fights for her place at the mercenary academy, despite her parents’ opposition and fending off kidnap attempts.
“The characters were outstanding and I enjoyed the pacing: fast, and action-filled.”Amazon Reviewer
10. Duel of Fire by Jordan Rivet
In a world where swordfighting is king, one girl is paired with an indifferent prince. A story packed with magic, battles, and danger
“The author’s merging of prose and world building is sublime. “Amazon Reviewer
11. Savages by Katherine Bogle
A warrior with a dark past and a fight for freedom that may just cost her life. An epic story that you can get lost in!
“This book had me gripped from the time I picked it up”Amazon Reviewer
12. Ishtar’s Blade by Lisa Blackwood
A woman chosen by the goddess as her warrior maiden, a kingdom ripe with intrigue and romance that will leave you swooning.
“It’s not too often that I can’t put a book down, but this was definitely one of those times. I loved the fresh, intriguing mythology. “Amazon Reviewer
13. The Shadow and the Sun by Monica Enderle Pierce
A story packed with action and romance, featuring a badass heroine and hero you’ll fall in love with.
“I loved that a woman was the hero of the story, which is something lacking in this genre. I LOVE a good dose of girl power! “Amazon Reviewer
14. The Fifth Knight by Clare Luana and Jesikah Sundin
A clever take on the usual King Arthur retelling. This reverse harem is packed with action and slow burn romances.
“Every page is filled with gorgeous, poetic prose and deliciously vivid imagery that makes it easy to fall into the magical world that Luana and Sundin have masterfully created. “Amazon Reviewer
15. Curse of the Fae Queen by Delia Castel
A fae huntress, a curse, and a slow-burn why-choose romance that we think you’ll love.
“It is such a beautiful tale that I couldn’t get enough of from page one. I want more!!! Now!!”Amazon Reviewer
Do you have any recent reads you’d add to the list? Comment below!
About the Author
Nicolette is a native San Diegan with a passion for the world of make-believe. From a young age, Nicolette was telling stories, whether it be writing plays for her friends to act out or a series of children’s books (which her mother still likes drag out to embarrass her with in front of company).
She still lives in her imagination, but in reality she resides in San Diego with her husband, children, a couple cats, and an old dog. She loves reading, attempting arts and crafts, and cooking.
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- Website: www.fantasyauthornicoletteandrews.com
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Nicolette also writes books about warrior women, with her latest being Okami:
(Romantic Fantasy Shelf March 2019 Book Club Winner)
An enemies-to-lovers romance set in ancient japan.
“I was honestly so hooked on this story that I couldn’t put it down. The characters are very strong and well written… the story and plot flowed well with many twists and turns.”Amazon Reviewer