Emma‘s list of YA Fantasy Books with Strong Female Protagonists
Young adult (YA) fantasy books are often filled with magic, adventure, and coming-of-age stories. However, what makes these stories even more special are strong female protagonists who defy societal norms, break stereotypes, and inspire readers to be their best selves. Here are some of the best YA fantasy books with strong female protagonists that will leave readers feeling empowered and inspired.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic world where children are forced to participate in an annual televised fight to the death. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers as a tribute to save her sister and becomes a symbol of hope and rebellion against the oppressive government.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Graceling is a novel about Katsa, a young woman with a rare skill called Graceling, which gives her the ability to kill anyone with her bare hands. Katsa rebels against the expectations placed on her by society and becomes a warrior for justice and freedom.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, an assassin who is offered a chance at freedom by competing in a tournament to become the King’s Champion. Celaena is a strong, capable protagonist who fights for justice and freedom while navigating political intrigue and personal relationships.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles is a series of fairytale retellings with a futuristic twist. The main character, Cinder, is a cyborg who uncovers a conspiracy that threatens her world and must navigate a web of politics and relationships to save it.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is a novel set in a magical world where the main character, Alina Starkov, discovers she has the power to save her country from darkness. Alina is a determined, strong-willed protagonist who fights for her beliefs and the people she loves.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Girl of Fire and Thorns follows Elisa, a princess who is chosen by a god to carry out a destiny that she does not understand. Elisa is a complex, multi-faceted character who grows and develops throughout the series.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
An Ember in the Ashes is a novel set in a brutal, oppressive world where the main character, Laia, goes undercover to save her brother from the ruling class. Laia is a courageous, resourceful protagonist who defies expectations and fights for what she believes in.