100 Best “Strong Female” Fantasy Novels, According To Goodreads Users

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1. Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore(4.10)

2. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead (4.14)

3. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas (4.24)

4. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1) by Tamora Pierce (4.27)

5. Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder (4.16)

6. Fire (Graceling Realm, #2) by Kristin Cashore(4.12)

7. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare (4.12)

8. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs(4.18)

9. Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix (4.17)

10. Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones(4.30)

11. The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson (4.43)

12. His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1–3) by Philip Pullman(4.25)

13. Wild Magic (Immortals, #1) by Tamora Pierce (4.32)

14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling(4.61)

15. First Test (Protector of the Small, #1) by Tamora Pierce (4.24)

16. Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3) by Richelle Mead (4.38)

17. Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, #4) by Richelle Mead (4.35)

18. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (3.96)

19. Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy, #1) by Jacqueline Carey (4.05)

20. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare (4.33)

21. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews (4.07)

22. Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead (4.30)

23. Trickster’s Choice (Daughter of the Lioness, #1) by Tamora Pierce (4.27)

24. The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley(4.12)

25. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare (4.34)

26. The Blue Sword (Damar, #1) by Robin McKinley(4.24)

27. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin(4.44)

28. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, #5) by Richelle Mead (4.37)

29. Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6) by Richelle Mead (4.43)

30. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare (4.21)

31. Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters, #1) by Juliet Marillier (4.28)

32. Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1) by Tamora Pierce (4.16)

33. A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray (3.78)

34. In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2) by Tamora Pierce (4.25)

35. Lady Knight (Protector of the Small, #4) by Tamora Pierce (4.30)

36. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas (4.50)

37. Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #1) by Patricia C. Wrede(4.14)

38. Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong (4.06)

39. Lirael (Abhorsen, #2) by Garth Nix (4.29)

40. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) by Kim Harrison (4.04)

41. The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #2) by Robin McKinley(4.21)

42. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, #3) by Tamora Pierce (4.20)

43. Trickster’s Queen (Daughter of the Lioness, #2) by Tamora Pierce (4.28)

44. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost (4.19)

45. Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3) by Ilona Andrews (4.44)

46. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1) by Gregory Maguire(3.52)

47. Green Rider (Green Rider, #1) by Kristen Britain(4.09)

48. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost (4.19)

49. Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor (4.04)

50. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) by Philip Pullman(3.93)

51. Abhorsen (Abhorsen, #3) by Garth Nix (4.29)

52. The Black Jewels Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness (The Black Jewels, #1–3) by Anne Bishop (4.39)

53. Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4) by Ilona Andrews (4.46)

54. Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) by Gail Carriger (3.91)

55. Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Kristin Cashore(4.01)

56. Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh (4.12)

57. Crown Duel (Crown & Court #1–2) by Sherwood Smith (4.19)

58. The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30; Tiffany Aching, #1) by Terry Pratchett(4.25)

59. Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1) by Ilona Andrews (4.07)

60. Sunshine by Robin McKinley(3.85)

61. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee (4.19)

62. The Novice (Black Magician Trilogy, #2) by Trudi Canavan(4.07)

63. The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa (3.92)

64. Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter (3.89)

65. The Magicians’ Guild (Black Magician Trilogy, #1) by Trudi Canavan(3.96)

66. The Deed of Paksenarrion (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1–3) by Elizabeth Moon(4.29)

67. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas (4.54)

68. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1) by Alison Goodman (3.99)

69. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by Robin LaFevers(3.92)

70. On the Edge (The Edge, #1) by Ilona Andrews (4.02)

71. The Naming (The Books of Pellinor, #1) by Alison Croggon (3.99)

72. The High Lord (Black Magician Trilogy, #3) by Trudi Canavan(4.15)

73. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling(4.52)

74. Kushiel’s Avatar (Phèdre’s Trilogy #3) by Jacqueline Carey (4.37)

75. Kushiel’s Chosen (Phèdre’s Trilogy, #2) by Jacqueline Carey (4.31)

76. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling(4.52)

77. Son of the Shadows (Sevenwaters, #2) by Juliet Marillier (4.32)

78. At Grave’s End (Night Huntress, #3) by Jeaniene Frost (4.31)

79. Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4) by Tamora Pierce (4.28)

80. By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey(4.23)

81. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas (4.30)

82. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling(4.37)

83. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling(4.46)

84. Deerskin by Robin McKinley(3.88)

85. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling(4.53)

86. Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, #4) by Patricia C. Wrede(4.19)

87. Wolf-Speaker (Immortals, #2) by Tamora Pierce (4.21)

88. Emperor Mage (Immortals, #3) by Tamora Pierce (4.30)

89. Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12; Witches #3) by Terry Pratchett(4.19)

90. Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1) by Robin Hobb (4.12)

91. The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1) by Rae Carson(3.81)

92. Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton (4.08)

93. Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2) by Patricia Briggs(4.26)

94. One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2) by Jeaniene Frost (4.32)

95. Touch of Power (Healer, #1) by Maria V. Snyder (4.17)

96. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas (4.61)

97. River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) by Patricia Briggs(4.26)

98. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley(4.05)

99. The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2) by Ursula K. Le Guin(4.07)

100. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (3.95)

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1023.Best_Strong_Female_Fantasy_Novels