Seven Women Fantasy Authors To Read- Who AREN’T JK Rowling

This Women’s History Month, let’s explore some contemporary female names in the fantasy genre- who AREN’T J.K. Rowling.

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This Women’s History Month is a great way to celebrate and commemorate the literary achievements of woman authors is by exploring their written imagination. In other words, reading the wide and expansive fantasy worlds that women authors have created. If we’re considering fantasy female authors, you might be thinking of the creator of Harry Potter. But if that’s a little cliche for your taste, we’ve created our own recommendations for some female authors to fulfill and enrich your literary fantasies.

Robin Hobb

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Margaret Ogden, or more well-recognized as Robin Hobb, is an American writer active since the 80s. Her books span different fantasy genres, from urban fantasy to science fiction-fantasy. She used several pen names throughout her writing career, such as “Megan Lindholm” and of course, as “Robin Hobb.” Some of her well known books include the Assassin’s Apprentice book of the Farseer Trilogy and other book series that have sold over a million copies.

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Her work as a female fantasy writer can be considered influential, as even in the 80s, Hobbs wrote about themes of queerness, femininity, and even themes of tolerance. Hobb received critical acclaim for her writing style, especially for her well-developed and three-dimensional characters.

N.K. Jemison

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Nora Keita Jemison, or N.K. Jemison, is known for her science fiction in addition to her fantasy writing. Her work focuses on themes of culture and oppression, and she won multiple awards throughout her career for her novels and short stories. Her writing style often focuses on a multiple points-of-view narrative, and is recognized for her strong world-building in the fantasy worlds of her books.

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Some of Jemison’s most famous fantasy series include the Broken Earth trilogy (2015, pictured above) and her Inheritance trilogy (2010). Outside of her fantasy novels, Jemison also ventured into non-fiction writing as well as comics!

Erin Morgenstern

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Erin Morgenstern is possibly a name that might strike some nostalgia in you. She is best known for her fantasy novel, The Night Circus (2011), a fairy tale-esque story of magic and romance set in a magical circus of 1800s London. She wrote the novel, fun fact, for National Novel Writing Month, or more popularly recognized as NaNoWriMo- if any of you happen to be hopeful authors one day!

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If any of you happen to be hopeless romantics, Morgenstern might just be the author for you! Outside of The Night Circus, Morgenstern also wrote the fantasy novel The Starless Sea (2019). Although she has not authored more fantasy books, The Night Circus received enough critical and public acclaim to provide Morgenstern a solid status of exemplary female fantasy writing.

Sabaa Tahir

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Tahir is a Pakistani-American YA fantasy writer. Her most notable work, An Ember in the Ashes (2015), appeared on The NY Times Bestselling List and she has since continued the novel into a series with three more novels, the final published in 2020. Similar to Jemison, Tahir’s writing style also appears to use multiple points of view in her novels, and features characters of different racial and ethnic backgrounds against her own imaginative fantasy world.

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Tomi Adeyami

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Tomi Adeyami is a Nigerian-American fantasy novelist, with Nigerian-born parents. Her love of writing rose at an early age through her childhood to teenage years. She explored this passion at Harvard University as an English major. Adeyami went to write the Legend of Orïsha book series, most notably with its first book, Children of Blood and Bone. Her writing centers on West African mythology and culture. She’s still active in the writing game and also works as a creative writing coach in Southern California today.

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What’s more amazing? Adeyami is only 28! She was the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and is quite literally a woman pioneer, being put in TIME Magazine’s “Pioneers” category of 100 Most Influential People of 2020. Her stories combine fantasy with young-adult. Recently, Disney announced a new movie adaptation based off her novel Children of Blood and Bone!

Leigh Bardugo

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Leigh Bardugo is another Ivy-Leaguer fantasy writer on our list! Bardugo graduated from Yale University, and is most recognized for her Grishaverse– a literary universe she created through her YA fantasy book series of Six of Crows, Shadow and Bone, and King of Scars. If you’re looking for a wide, expansive fantasy universe- Bardugo’s your woman! Her novels also cover romance, and she’s even written for DC Comics!

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Bardugo’s novel, Shadow and Bone, is also currently a Netflix show, with each season based on the consecutive novel of its series.

Sarah J. Maas

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You can’t expect a list of contemporary female authors without Sarah J. Maas! Plenty of YA fantasy fans will recognize her for her Throne of Glass series, which she started writing at just 16 years old! The Throne of Glass series also contains some fantasy-esque remnants- based off Maas’s idea of bringing a twist to the classic fairytale of Cinderella.

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Her other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, also contains fairy-tale influences, being based off the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. Maas’s writing style has heavy romance influences, so she’s also a great comfort read for you hopeless romantics out there! Her books sold over 12 million copies, and she’s still killing it in the writing game today! Maas recently started her Crescent City series, and won multiple GoodReads awards for her book series.

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