In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
The following books feature more gifted, kick-butt heroines, who are fighting to restore justice and honor, and in the process, find themselves.
Longing to escape her dead-end, completely non-magical town, gunslinger Amani unexpectedly falls in love with exotic stranger Jin, who reveals his identity as a magical rebel in a secret movement to overthrow the Sultan. A first novel.
Secretly learning to read and write despite the laws that forbid slaves to obtain an education, Raisa is selected to continue the work of her tutor who was executed and must make a terrible choice when she is asked to join the resistance against the prince she loves.
Working as an official assassin in her kingdom's highest-ranking clan, Lea pursues a forbidden relationship with a boy from a rival clan that she believes is responsible for her parents' murders. A first novel.
The notorious adopted daughter of a local inventor who has built her a powerful mechanical arm is challenged to prove that a wealthy family of newcomers are the cannibals who murdered her family nine years earlier. A first novel.
Plotting to infiltrate the kingdom of a corrupt ruler who ordered the genocide of her people and murdered her family, Em finds her plans challenged by her growing feelings for the king's son. By the author of Reboot.
Hiding in a tower and allowing the world to believe that she is dead after an evil chancellor murdered her parents and seized the throne, Luna, a princess in a kingdom cloaked in perpetual darkness, flees her shelter alongside a mysterious archer and finds their burgeoning love threatening her survival.
Wishing to be free instead of serving as an Auraseer, or psychic warning guard, to an oppressive emperor, young empath Sonya struggles with her unwieldy powers while guarding a charming yet volatile new ruler and questioning her loyalties in the face of a growing rebellion.
Witnessing the murder of her younger brother by Mexicans, Siki, a young Apache woman, vows to become a warrior and uses her skill with weapons and her clairvoyant powers to fight against the Mexicans and "White Eyes" who try to take away the land of her people.
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts.
Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.
Scarred and cast out after surviving the blood plague, Adelina finds a place for herself among the Young Elites who use their magical powers to advocate on behalf of young innocents and who are targeted by the white-robed soldiers of the Inquisition Axis. By the best-selling author of the Legend series.
After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Surviving a usurper's attack that killed the Lumatere royal family, young Finnikin witnesses the effects of a devastating curse that is trapping and killing subjects and compels him to team up with an outspoken novice who believes a royal survivor will save the land.
Determined to exact revenge against an evil faery who killed her mother, Aileana Kameron of mid-19th-century Edinburgh discovers her identity as the last in a line of female warriors who must stop increasingly powerful faeries from destroying humanity.
With her father long overdue from his journey and a lecherous merchant blackmailing her into marriage, seventeen-year-old Ai Ling becomes aware of a strange power within her as she goes in search of her parent.
Avoided by the rest of the court because of her divine ability to kill with a single touch, executioner Twylla pursues a forbidden romance while confronting a terrible sacrifice to help the queen destroy her enemies. A first novel.
A debut entry in a new trilogy by the author of the Jenna Fox Chronicles introduces Princess Lia, who flees an unwanted marriage and expectations about her supernatural legacy only to be pursued by her jilted fiancé and a ruthless assassin.
Raised by a member of the Order of Engineers, apprentice Fever is dispatched to assist archaeologist Kit Solvent with a top-secret project that causes Fever to recall bizarre memories that raise questions about her origins. By the author of the award-winning Here Lies Arthur.
Raised with court privileges throughout her 16 years, Princess Nalia discovers that she is a false stand-in for the real princess who was hidden away for protection, a finding that precedes her dismissal to a humble village, where she experiences an awakening of dangerous magical powers.