As a fantasy fiction fan, I love reading fantasy fiction series written by women authors. Surprising to some, female authors have created some of the best fantasy fiction in the genre, including writing technically-correct battle scenes and in-depth details about military tactics and strategy, as well as the usual dungeons, dragons, wizards, magic and damsels in distress. For readers who haven’t read much in the fantasy fiction genre or have gone through many of the big name male fantasy fiction writers and are looking for someone new, try these three women authors. Their fantasy fiction series are wonderful and absolutely addictive.
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb – Robin Hobb is one of the best women fantasy fiction authors in the United States today; not surprising really as Robin Hobb is the second pen name of author Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, who also writes fantasy fiction under the pen name Megan Lindholm.
Under the name Robin Hobb, she has written several fantasy fiction series, but the best I think is ‘The Farseer Trilogy’. Taking place in a typical European medieval fantasy world, ‘The Farseer Trilogy’ consists of ‘Assassin’s Apprentice’, ‘Royal Assassin’ and ‘Assassin’s Quest’. The series begins with Fritz, bastard of the king, who is trained in the art of assassination, and who sets out to save the kingdom from an invading force that is trying to turn people into ‘Forged Ones’, emotionless drones kept alive to serve their masters. Similar to a medieval historical novel, but completely fiction-based, ‘The Farseer Trilogy’ is a character-driven series, with some of the best writing in the genre.
The Rhapsody Trilogy by Elizabeth Haydon – My favorite female fantasy writer by far is Elizabeth Haydon. From the minute I picked up the first book in ‘The Rhapsody Trilogy’, I couldn’t put it down. High fantasy at its best, her prose is beautiful, her characters are addictive and the storyline thrilling. Rhapsody is a ‘Namer’; someone who remembers the history of her people and her nation and who’s task is to pass this down to the next generation. Namers also can change the identity of something or someone by giving it a different name, its ‘true name’. At the beginning of the first book in the series, Rhapsody accidentally renames someone she meets to the new name, Achmed the Snake, and that’s when all the trouble (and the fun!) starts.
The three books in this fantasy fiction series are ‘Rhapsody: Child of Blood’, ‘Prophecy: Child of Earth’ and ‘Destiny: Child of the Sky’.
The Dragonlance Series by Margaret Weis (and Tracy Hickman) – Margaret Weis actually writes the Dragonlance series (and the following books) with a male writing partner, Tracy Hickman. This series of books are so incredible though, Margaret Weis simply has to be included as one of the best female fantasy fiction writers around.
The Dragonlance series starts out with ‘Dragons of Autumn Twilight’, a marvelous book that’s based on a Dungeons & Dragons game. It features the fantasy world of Krynn and an incredible cast of characters that include Tanis Half-Elven, Sturm Brightblade, Flint Fireforge, Caramon Majere, Raistlin Majere, Kitiara uth Matar, Laurana Kanan and, my favorite, Tasslehoff Burrfoot. Similar in some respects to the classic ‘Lord of the Rings’, the series features quests, dragons, gully dwarves, dragons, draconians and wars that will suit any battle fan.
The Dragonlance series started out with three books, ‘Dragons of Autumn Twilight’, ‘Dragons of Winter Night’, and ‘Dragons of Spring Dawning’. In later years, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman added 18 other books with more still in the works, A must-read for any fantasy fiction fan.
These are just three of the best fantasy fiction series written by women. Also try The Sword of Shadows series by J. V. Jones and The Tears of Artamon series by Sarah Ash.