a couple days ago, i asked people to rec fantasy book that were written by women and starred a woman protagonist. since finding these sorts of books is something of a Recurring Problem for me, i figured i’d make a list of all the books! i organized as best i could, let me know if something’s goofy!
author recs ilona andrews (my rec– wife/husband writing duo) leigh bardugo (my rec) n.k. jemisin shannon hale kameron hurley ursula leguin anne mccaffrey robin mckinley tamora pierce lj smith patricia c. wrede
high or historical fantasy (alphabetical by title) ya the firekeeper saga | jane lindskold girl of fire and thorns | rae carson graceling | kristin cashore a great and terrible beauty | libba bray the grisha trilogy | leigh bardugo (my rec)
howl’s moving castle | dianna wynne jones the naming | allison croggon princess ben | catherine gilbert murdock the queen’s thief series | megan whalen turner (not a lady protag, but lots of awesome ladies) seraphina + shadow scale | rachel hartman six of crows | leigh bardugo (my rec) sevenwaters series | juliet marillier (my rec, dark/triggering themes for book one: daughter of the forest) snow like ashes | sarah raasch the sunbolt chronicles | inistar khanani (my rec) thorn | inistar khanani (my rec) the water trilogy | kara dalkey
adult bel dame apocrypha series | kameron hurley (dark themes/graphic) brother to dragons, companion to owls | jane lindskold deathless | catherynne valente (folklore) deerskin | robin mckinley (warning: dark themes) the elements: descension | lauren drube (available on inkshare) the hero and the crown | robin mckinley the hundred thousand kingdoms | n.k. jemisin the fifth season | n.k. jemisin (rec’d multiple times!) parasol protectorate series | gail carriger (steampunk) the spiritwalker trilogy | kate elliot the study series | maria snyder (warning: dark themes) the tombs of atuan | ursula leguin uprooted | naomi novik (warning: sex/violence)
urban fantasy ya the darkest part of the forest | holly black the lynburg legacy | sarah rees brennan
the mortal instruments/infernal devices | cassandra clare shadowfalls (born at midnight) | cc hunter shatter me series | tahereh mafi
adult alex craft series | kalayna price (my rec) the broom closet mysteries | marianna roberg (irish mythology + paranormal) the edge series | ilona andrews (my rec) kate daniels series | ilona andrews (my rec)
honorable mentions for dudes writing lady protags who don’t suck the craft sequence series | max gladstone (urban fantasy/adult)
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Warrior Dash! We did it! Allison @nursedean, Dana @pennygirl47, Megan (omg i don’t know her tumblr, does she have one?), and me @rosworms all completed Warrior Dash Minnesota 2016!
How clean Allison and I look before we started…
Allison and I started before the others…. probably by 15 or 20 minutes. And she made me run.
“Oh, let’s jog to the next flag.”
“You can do it. C’mon!”
“I hate you.”
“You love me!”
….. later on…
“Let’s jog again. Just a leisurely jog.”
“No such thing as a leisurely job! Jogging sucks!”
Yes, I whined every single time LOL.
So we get to the first obstacle and it sinks in that this is harder than it looks on the website with all these fit athletes going at it. They make it look so easy. Pulling yourself up a slippery incline with a rope and climbing over walls.
I ended up skipping obstacles 2 and 3 because I was so fucking thirsty, I was almost at a breaking point. They said there would be water all along the trail. They had two fucking water stops. Two. And I hadn’t reached the first one yet. We fell down and had to sit… srsly like 100 feet from the first water stop. A girl brought us back two cups of water. Srsly an angel…
We drank, we recovered, Dana and Megan passed us LOL. We got back up and made it to the water station where we both had two more cups of water. I think the fact that the WHOLE path was this like… glue, clay, squelchy mud… really made it more difficult. There were several shoes abandoned along the way.
At one point, we saw an abandoned pair of shorts that had been flung into a tree.
Mmkay, so there were trenches and mud mounds… fuckin’ obstacles that were srsly no harder than the trail because the trail was just… mud.
So where Allison and I got separated was at this obstacle… which might have been one of my favorites, actually.
There was one path on the far left of ours that the bar/rope things were lower so I could reach them. I got through…. and there was water spraying on me, and I felt so clean… and after I finished it, I fell flat on my butt in the mud.
Yes, because… unlike in this picture from a random dash… see there is grass in the background? No… ours was complete mud the whole way. A group of strangers helped me back up. I met up with them later after we finished and congratulated each other.
So down the path a little bit… there is an obstacle called pipeline. You climb up and crawl through these rope… tubes.
And after you get through the tubes, you climb down this wall with pegs on it.
My foot slipped about halfway down and I slid, my butt hitting the pegs on the way down. BTW, my husband said one butt cheek is a complete bruise.
There is an obstacle where you jump over fire. That was cool… though, most of the courses don’t have you approach while running in the thickest and slipperiest mud ever! LOL.
And there is Goliath…. you climb up two levels and then you slide into mud.
I didn’t realize how deep it would be until I was halfway down the slide. And then I yelled “Oh shit!” and held my breath before I was thrown into mudwater deep enough I didn’t touch the bottom before I swam my way up and swam out.
And the very last obstacle… Muddy Mayhem, in which you literally crawl through this sludgy mud.
And then…. and THEN… you make your way to the finish line to get your medal.
So… it started out rough for me, but it got better after I figured out how to pace myself and my body. Actually started to have fun halfway through LOL.
And now…. the next day… I feel like I died. Moving is so hard… omg. So sore. So sunburnt.
BTW, i have never been in a situation where so many strangers were willing to help you along. You slip and fall and they’ll pull you up, cheer you on, let you lean on them.