Book List

Feminist Fantasies You’ll Fall in Love With

April 27, 2023
Emily Ritter

I recently realized that my favorite genre of all time is feminist fantasy. Not just fantasy, but fantasy with girls kicking butt and saving the world. It’s now my mission in life to make everyone love these fantasies as much as I do; so get ready to fall in love.

Want even more ladies kicking butt? Check out these YA Books Featuring Strong Female Characters!

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Miller

The Lady of the Lake is the *true hero* in this cinematic twist on the tale of King Arthur created by Tom Wheeler and legendary artist Frank Miller. Whosoever wields the Sword of Power shall be the one true King. But what if the Sword has chosen a Queen? WHHHHAAATTT YES. Make sure to read this one before you watch the Netflix show!

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

A girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father in this new book from swoon-worthy author Jenn Bennett. If you're into old-fashioned ladies with new-fashioned ideas and a lot of gumption, this book is for you.

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

In this lush fantasy novel, a girl disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors that ride phoenixes into battle. It's like Mulan but with phoenixes instead of dragons!!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I will never stop talking about how much I love this book about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom. Magic books, an enemies-to-lovers relationship, AND a sidekick you'll adore? What are you waiting for??

Slayer by Kiersten White

Buffy is such a feminist icon and this book totally fits right in! In this series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you're introduced to a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing her incredible powers that she’s just beginning to understand.

Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

A determined young woman sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor in this stunning fantasy debut. DRAGONS AND GIRLS RESCUING GIRLS!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

All of Esta’s training in modern-day New York has been for one final job: traveling back to 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of a magical society—before the Magician can destroy it and doom them all to a hopeless future. Remember how I'm obsessed with feminism in history? THIS IS IT!

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

This is the book that started it all for me. Alanna of Trebond is no ordinary girl: her dream is to become a knight. So she disguises herself as a boy and begins training, which ultimately leads to a magical destiny that will make her a legend.

Spin by Rebecca Caprara

The Song of Achilles and Circe get a sapphic, young adult twist in this GORGEOUSLY lush, feminist retelling of the myth of Arachne! This book is completely written in verse and will pull you into Arachne's world while reminding you of what women have survived through the centuries.

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