These are oldies, but goodies. I actually didn’t discover these until recently. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley and Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce are fantastic YA fantasies with strong female characters. Alanna is part of the Song of the Lioness series. The series begins when Alanna Trebond is 11 years old. She wants to train to be a knight but girls aren’t allowed and so she switches with her twin brother Thom. Disguised as a boy, she goes to train as a paige while her brother goes to train in sorcery. She soon learns training to be a knight is not easy but her determination and courage help her through.
In The Sword and the Crown, Aerin is the princess of Damar, but has never been fully accepted as royalty because of the rumor that her mother, a witch woman, used a spell to enchant her father. Wanting to prove her worth to her kingdom, Aerin sets out to do the lowliest of tasks that the king’s soldiers are assigned, rid any dragons who appear in the villages. Dragons are seen as pests, but Aerin is determined to do this job well. In doing this job, another destiny presents itself where she must save her kingdom by finding the crown and the blue sword.
These stories are so much about finding your place in the world and learning who you are in it. By the end of each story, the main characters have undergone such a fantastic change that you can’t help but cheer for them. I highly recommend these if you’re in the mood for fantasies with strong female characters who persevere under impossible circumstances. Note: Alanna is more of a middle grade read. The Hero and the Crown has some graphic scenes dealing with killing dragons. Full reviews of both of theses books are on my Goodreads account!
This post was for my March book challenge #jennsbookishchallenge for the theme “Rebirth/Renew” and #nerdybookchallenge “Girl Power”.