Recommendations: SFF by women

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. You guys may or may not be aware that The Fantasy Hive and Nils at nils.reviewsit are spotlighting SFF (science fiction and fantasy) by women and so I thought now is the perfect time for me to put together a recommendations post of SFF written by women. The books mentioned are mainly series or trilogies, but there are also a few standalones in there too. A few of the series mentioned are currently unfinished but I’ve enjoyed them so much so far I wanted to share them anyway. Let’s get started, because I have 13 books/series to talk about. 

The Sword of Kaigen / M. L. Wang / ★★★★★

Publisher / M. L. Wang

Length / 649 pages

Full review

The Sword of Kaigen is a self published, Japanese-inspired, high fantasy book set in the same world as the author’s Theonite series. It was one of my favourite reads from last year.

Fudoki / Kij Johnson / ★★★★★

Publisher / St. Martins Press-3PL

Length / 316 pages

Full review

Set in Japan, it follows Harueme (a dying, unmarried noblewomen) as she prepares to leave the Emperor’s court to go into seclusion for her last days. While her attendant Shigeko continues with preparations, Harueme begins writing a story of a young cat who sets out on an adventure to the other side of the empire.

The Pellinor series / Alison Croggon / ★★★★★

The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Naming

Publisher / Walker Books

5 reasons to read review

It is a four book fantasy series written by Australian author Alison Croggon and is set in the fictional land of Edil-Amarandh. I first read this in my teens and it remains one of my all time favourite series.

The Beast Player / Nahoko Uehashi / ★★★★★

Publisher / Pushkin Press

Length / 512 pages

Full review

Originally written in Japanese and published in 2006, this edition is translated by Cathy Hirano. Set in a fictional fantasy world, the story starts when a young Elin’s life is thrown into disarray when her mother is sentenced to death.

The Goblin Emperor / Katherine Addison / ★★★★.5

Publisher / Solaris

Length / 480 pages

Full review

This is a fantastic slower paced fantasy book that follows Maia, a young half goblin and half elven male, who becomes the emperor at the very start of the book. It is probably going to be one of my favourite reads from this year.

A Tale of Stars & Shadow series / Lisa Cassidy / ★★★★

A Tale of Stars & Shadow, A Prince of Song & Shade and A King of Masks & Magic

Publisher / Tate House

Full review of book 1

A Tale of Stars & Shadow is a fantasy series by Australian author Lisa Cassidy. It is a dual perspective story following Talyn Dynan and Shadowhawk. A fourth book is currently in the works – no title or release date right now.

The Winternight trilogy / Katherine Arden / ★★★★

The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower and The Winter and the Witch

Publisher / Del Rey

5 reasons to read review

This is an adult historical fantasy trilogy set in a medieval Russian village and is influenced by Russian folklore. It follows a young girl called Vasya as she grows up in the Russian wilderness, in a male orientated society.

The Coraidic saga / Alicia Wanstall-Burke / ★★★★

Blood of Heirs, Legacy of Ghosts and an untitled third book

Publisher / Alicia Wanstall-Burke

Full review of book 1

This is a debut fantasy series that follows two main character perspective; Lidan and Ran. If you are looking for some great character driven fantasy then this is well worth checking it out.

Daughter of the Forest / Juliet Marillier / ★★★★

Publisher / Harper Voyager

Length / 672 pages

5 reasons to read review

It is a historical fantasy book loosely based on the Celtic myth, the Six Swans. If you are looking for fantasy with a fairy tale feel to it, then you should definitely check this one out.

The Winnowing Flame trilogy / Jen Williams / ★★★★

The Ninth Rain, The Bitter Twins and The Poison Song

Publisher /

Full review of book 1

This is a fantastic fantasy trilogy, full of incredible characters, a compelling plot and a vivid world. The covers of these books are also amazing.

The Crystal Ribbon / Celeste Lim / ★★★★

Publisher / Scholastic Press

Length / 352 pages

Full review

Set in medieval China, this is a middle grade historical fantasy book that follows a twelve year girl called Li Jing, who must adapt to a new life when she is sold as a bride to the the three year old son of the Koh family. This is the author’s debut book.

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld / Patricia A. McKillip / ★★★★

Publisher / Tachyon Publication

Length / 240 pages

Full review

Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a fantasy standalone that follows Sybel, a sixteen year old girl who has grown up alone on Eld Mountain. Her only companions are mythical beasts, until a man brings a baby for her to raise.

The Black Magician trilogy / Trudi Canavan / ★★★★

The Magicians’ Guild, The Novice and The High Lord

Publisher / Orbit

Full review of the trilogy

This is a fantasy trilogy that follows a young girl from the slums called Sonea, who discovers that she has magic. It is a sentimental favourite for me and I will always recommend it to people.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ve found some fantasy books by women to check out, or I’d love to know if you have any recommendations for me. Have you guys read any of these books? Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.


3 thoughts on “Recommendations: SFF by women

  1. Great list! I really need to pick most of these up, especially The sword of Kaigen!



  2. I’ve only read two (The Sword of Kaigen and Daughter of the Forest). Quite a few of the others are on my TBR though! Oh, although I might have read that Canavan book?! I’ve read some of her books but I can’t remember which ones 🤔

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