Magician, wizard, practicer of magic, whatever you want to call that person, I bet some of the first examples that pop into your head are male: Harry Potter, Merlin, Gandalf. The greats of the fantasy genre are usually males with women in support roles. They are the wife, jealous lover, or know-it-all, and sometimes in a world full of men practicing magic, they have no magical ability at all; they are a foil for their wizard counterpart.
Growing up enamored with the fantasy genre and novels filled with magic, I found my favorites: Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet, Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series and of course the biggie, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. But for every Alanna and Sabriel there were dozens of Harrys and Eragons. YA and Juvenile fiction have been quick to turn around, but it can be pretty difficult when browsing the Adult Fantasy shelves to find a novel centered on a well rounded female character. Fantasy has long been reigned over by male protagonists, but there are female writers like Ami McKay and Kat Howard who are daring to go where only Robert Jordan and J. R. R. Tolkien had gone before. Let me talk to you about witches in America. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Read More..