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Female Superheroes Who Save the World

If you love the fast-paced action of superhero movies like Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman, and can’t wait for the release of Black Widow, you’ll love these wonderful books led by female heroines. Most of these fantasy and science fiction reads are part of a series, so we have to warn you, you may be hooked for a while…

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    The Gilded Ones Book Cover Picture
    The Gilded Ones Book Cover Picture

    The Gilded Ones

    by Namina Forna

    When Deka is cast out of her village, she has the choice to submit to her fate or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. As she journeys to the capital, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one is quite what they seem to be—not even Deka herself.
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    The Gilded Ones Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    Heroine Complex Book Cover Picture
    Heroine Complex Book Cover Picture

    Heroine Complex

    by Sarah Kuhn

    Asian-American superheroines Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter protect San Francisco from perilous threats in the first book in Sarah Kuhn’s snarky and smart fantasy trilogy.
    Heroine Complex Book Cover Picture
    Heroine Complex Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Triumphant Book Cover Picture
    The Triumphant Book Cover Picture

    The Triumphant

    by Lesley Livingston

    If you loved Captain Marvel AND Wonder Woman, Fallon’s fight in the gladiatorial arena is the series that will have you turning pages faster that Carol lights up her photon fists!
    The Triumphant Book Cover Picture
    The Triumphant Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $11.99

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    The Women's War Book Cover Picture

    The Women’s War

    by Jenna Glass

    When a nobleman’s first duty is to produce a male heir, women are treated as possessions and bargaining chips. But as the aftereffects of a world-altering spell ripple out physically and culturally, women, at last, have a bargaining chip of their own. And two women, in particular, find themselves at the liberating crossroads of change.
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    The Women's War Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Storm Cursed Book Cover Picture
    Storm Cursed Book Cover Picture

    Storm Cursed

    by Patricia Briggs

    In this powerful entry in the bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…
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    Storm Cursed Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Legend Book Cover Picture

    Legend

    by Marie Lu

    June is determined and ready to uncover a mystery that may change her understanding of everyone she knows around her. Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.
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    Legend Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $11.99

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    Victory Conditions Book Cover Picture

    Victory Conditions

    by Elizabeth Moon

    Elizabeth Moon’s thrilling Vatta’s War series, featuring the no-holds-barred space-faring heroine Kylara Vatta, has secured her reputation as a master of first-rate military science fiction. Now Commander Vatta is back–locked and loaded and ready to win the fight against the marauding forces of ruthless space pirate Gammis Turek.
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    Victory Conditions Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $7.99

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    Six Crimson Cranes Book Cover Picture
    Six Crimson Cranes Book Cover Picture

    Six Crimson Cranes

    by Elizabeth Lim

    A princess in exile, a shapeshifting dragon, six enchanted cranes, and an unspeakable curse…Drawing from fairy tales and East Asian folklore, this original fantasy from the author of Spin the Dawn is perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone.
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    Six Crimson Cranes Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    Seafire Book Cover Picture

    Seafire

    by Natalie C. Parker

    If Carol and Monica’s friendship had you feeling girl power goals, Caledonia and her fierce need to protect her female pirate crew is the book for you! In Seafire, a warlord killed Caledonia’s parents and kidnapped her brother. Now, on the deadly Bullet seas, Captain Caledonia Styx and her all-female crew are ready for revenge.
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    Seafire Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $10.99

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    Night and Silence Book Cover Picture
    Night and Silence Book Cover Picture

    Night and Silence

    by Seanan McGuire

    In this twelfth installment of the Hugo-nominated, bestselling urban fantasy series, October “Toby” Daye’s fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams.
    Night and Silence Book Cover Picture
    Night and Silence Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.00

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    Magic Triumphs Book Cover Picture
    Magic Triumphs Book Cover Picture

    Magic Triumphs

    by Ilona Andrews

    Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling bestselling urban fantasy series.
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    Magic Triumphs Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $9.99

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    Bloodline (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture

    Bloodline (Star Wars)

    by Claudia Gray

    As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia distrusts the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option.
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    Bloodline (Star Wars) Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $9.99

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    Binti: The Complete Trilogy Book Cover Picture

    Binti: The Complete Trilogy

    by Nnedi Okorafor

    Collected in an omnibus edition, now is the time to discover the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy; the story of one extraordinary girl’s journey from her home to distant Oomza University.
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    Binti: The Complete Trilogy Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Winter of the Witch Book Cover Picture
    The Winter of the Witch Book Cover Picture

    The Winter of the Witch

    by Katherine Arden

    The Winternight Trilogy introduces an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse.
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    The Winter of the Witch Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Akata Warrior Book Cover Picture

    Akata Warrior

    by Nnedi Okorafor

    A year ago, Sunny Nwazue was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, she learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse. Sunny knows she must confront her destiny and go to battle in order to save humanity. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history, and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.
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    Akata Warrior Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $11.99

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    The True Queen Book Cover Picture

    The True Queen

    by Zen Cho

    In the follow-up to the Regency fantasy novel Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae.
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    The True Queen Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.00

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    Spinning Silver Book Cover Picture

    Spinning Silver

    by Naomi Novik

    Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into a glittering realm of fantasy.
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    Spinning Silver Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Last Sacrifice Book Cover Picture
    Last Sacrifice Book Cover Picture

    Last Sacrifice

    by Richelle Mead

    In the Vampire Academy series, Rose Hathaway is iconic for her powerful punches and her smart mouth and, just like Carol Danvers, her desire to help others gets her into difficult situations.
    Last Sacrifice Book Cover Picture
    Last Sacrifice Book Cover Picture

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    $11.99

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    Before the Storm (World of Warcraft) Book Cover Picture

    Before the Storm (World of Warcraft)

    by Christie Golden

    The Horde and the Alliance defeated the demonic Burning Legion, but a dire catastrophe is unfolding deep below the surface of the world. There is a mortal wound in the heart of Azeroth, struck by the sword of the fallen titan Sargeras in a final act of cruelty.
    Before the Storm (World of Warcraft) Book Cover Picture
    Before the Storm (World of Warcraft) Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $7.99

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    Holy Sister Book Cover Picture

    Holy Sister

    by Mark Lawrence

    Holy Sister is the searing conclusion of the thrilling epic fantasy trilogy that saw a young girl trained by an arcane order of nuns grow into the fiercest of warriors…
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    Holy Sister Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $7.99

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    Dark Queen Book Cover Picture
    Dark Queen Book Cover Picture

    Dark Queen

    by Faith Hunter

    Preparing for a life or death duel requires all of Jane’s focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight.
    Dark Queen Book Cover Picture
    Dark Queen Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $8.99

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    Ship of Destiny Book Cover Picture

    Ship of Destiny

    by Robin Hobb

    As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city’s inhabitants together against a momentous threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship, the Vivacia.
    Ship of Destiny Book Cover Picture
    Ship of Destiny Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $8.99

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    Circle of the Moon Book Cover Picture

    Circle of the Moon

    by Faith Hunter

    Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately, she’s been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes.
    Circle of the Moon Book Cover Picture
    Circle of the Moon Book Cover Picture

    Mass Market Paperback
    $7.99

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    Four Dead Queens Book Cover Picture

    Four Dead Queens

    by Astrid Scholte

    Keralie is a crafty thief just trying to get by but when a major murder conspiracy lands almost in her lap, she can’t help but uncover the truth. Discover the enthralling fast-paced murder mystery where competing agendas collide with deadly consequences.
    Four Dead Queens Book Cover Picture
    Four Dead Queens Book Cover Picture

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    $10.99

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