The Passage (TV Tie-in Edition)
Amy, Alicia, Sarah and Lore
This battle between humans and vampires, or “virals” as they’re called, is full of tough ladies. There’s our protagonist Amy, a child who was infected with a form of the virus, but who remains good. There’s Alicia of the Blades, a kick-ass warrior, Sarah, a nurse, and Lore, an oiler who plays a vital role in humanity’s penultimate battle. And the best part? The men love and respect these women as both romantic interests and comrades in arms.
Aomame, the Dowager and Fuki-Eri
This tome has several strong female characters to rally behind. Masami Aomame is a very precise assassin who works for the Dowager, a wealthy, older widow who hires her to kill the men who have abused the victims in her private shelter for women and children. And there’s Fuki-Eri, a dyslexic teenage girl who writes a critically acclaimed fantasy novella that turns out to be much more than just a story.
The Handmaid's Tale
A misogynistic totalitarian regime has taken control of the nation following a terrorist attack, and women are quickly stripped of their rights. Offred, a member of the lower, reproductive class of women called “Handmaids,” is assigned to The Commander to bear him a child. But Offred’s simplest gestures of self-respect show how easily some things can become acts of defiance in a world where women have no agency.
The Night Circus
Within the black-and-white-striped tents of Le Cirque des Rêves, magic and inexplicable spectacles abound. But what the revelers don’t know is that it is all the result of a fierce dual between the two brilliant magicians, Marco Alistair and Celia Bowen. Celia has been able to hone her talents as an illusionist, adding bigger, more magical wonders as the competition continues to dangerous extremes.
They say that behind every great man is a great woman. But in Fantasy, great women stand on their own. Whether it’s female warriors fighting for humanity in the battle between good and evil, a powerful matriarch who is much more than she seems, or a female scientist sent to uncover the secrets of a mysterious land, here are 14 books that give us strong female characters we can look up to.
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