Fantasy novel with strong character?
I want to read a fantasy or sci-fi (preferably fantasy) with a very strong character.
Here strong doesn't mean that he should have power like gods or such, Strong means that he should have powerful moral compass and strong will...if I were to give you an example it would be ENDER from ENDER's Game series.. In that he didn't had particularly any power except his mind...
and I don't want to read those novels which spend many days describing the characters' journey through wilderness and his hunger, etc. I hate those....
Thx in advance..
- 7 years agoFavorite Answer
My Blog: Best Fantasy Books with effective strong characters
#1o: His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman: Young Lyra Belacqua tries to prevent kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments; helps Will Parry — a boy from another world — search for his father; and finds that she and Will are caught in a battle between the angelic forces of the Authority and those gathered by her rebel uncle, Lord Asriel.
#9: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusac: Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
#8: The Giver by Louis Lowry: In the future, society has eliminated discord, converting everyone to "Sameness." In three linked stories, Jonas, destined to hold memories of the time before Sameness; Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg; and healer Matty must discover the truth about their society and restore emotion, meaning and balance to their world.
#7: The Hobbit by J. R. R Tolkien: Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
#6: A Catcher in the Rye by J D. Sallinger: With the author's death, the classic novel about young Holden Caulfield's disillusionment with the adult world and its "phoniness" will only rise in popularity — and controversy, since it is a favorite target of censors, who often cite profanity and sexual references in their efforts to ban the book.
#5: A Hitchtaker’s guide to Galaxy- A trilogy in Four Parts by Douglas Adams: In this collection of novels, Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction, and embarks on a series of amazing adventures, from the mattress swamps of Sqornshellous Zeta to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. #4: The Fault in our Stars by John Green: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
#4: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten
#3: To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee: This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from author Harper Lee explores racial tensions in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Ala., through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch. As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and her friends learn about the unjust treatment of African-Americans — and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.
#2: The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins: In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.
#1: Harry Potter Series series by J K Rowling: The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters. The best teen book series written of all time
- Anonymous7 years ago
I loved the Ender books and based on your question details, I highly, HIGHLY recommend that you read 'Off Armageddon Reef'. It does have a character with seemingly the powers of a god, but it is the character's character (no pun intended) that is paramount. It is part Sci-Fi, part fantasy, part swash-buckling, and all fun. Here's a link to a summary- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off_Armageddon_Reef
- Rose DLv 77 years ago
You might try Dune, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or Old Man's War. These are all sci fi. For fantasy, try he Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.
- Fittings DocLv 57 years ago
In FANTASY here are some I (Fittings Doc) would recommend:
"Legend” (1984) by David Gemmell (The MASTER of Heroic fantasy)
(first book of the “Drenai Saga”)
Hell EVERYTHING by David Gemmell is worth reading!!!
He is a master at character development and readability.
If you like HEROIC FANTASY, You’ll find you cannot put his books down.
“The Seer King” (1997) By Chris Bunch
(first book of “The Seer King Trilogy”)
"The Cross Time Engineer" (1993) by Leo Frankowski
(first book of the "Cross Time Engineer" / "Conrad Stargard" series)
Twentieth-century Polish-American engineer Conrad Schwartz is accidentally and mysteriously dumped in thirteenth-century Poland. (Just before the Mongol invasion of 1241.)
This was an eye opening look at how technology could transform a society, and gave some very good descriptions of simple improvements that lead to our own industrial revolution.
I guess you can tell I loved these books.
"Magician:Apprentice" (1982 / 496 pages) by Raymond E. Feist
(first book in "The Riftwar Saga")
“Seventh Son” (1987 / 256 pages) by Orson Scott Card
(first book of the “The Tales of Alvin Maker” series)
(Locus Fantasy Winner, nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards)
"The Misplaced Legion" (1987) by Harry Turtledove
(first book of the "Videssos" series)
One of Julius Caesar's legions is transported to a world with magic.
In SCIENCE FICTION, here are some I (Fittings Doc) would recommend:
"Foundation" (1951 / 255 pages) by Issac Asimov CLASSIC
(the first book of the "Foundation Series")
Postulates the societal change, which would accompany the expansion into the stars.
The series won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966.
(One of the other books in the series also won a Hugo Award.)
"The Forever War" (1974 / 236 pages) by Joe Haldeman
Deals with the effect of time dilation, on those involved in an interstellar war.
(Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)
"Hammer's Slammers" (1979) by David Drake
(the first book of the "Hammer's Slammers" series)
“With the Lightnings” (1998) by David Drake
(the first book of the “Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN)”/ “Lt. Leary” series)
"Sten" (1982 / 279 pages) by Chris Bunch and Allen Cole
(the first book of "The Sten Chronicles")
Sten is orphaned and then recruited into the Eternal Emperor's "Mantis" covert intelligence corps.
"Dorsai" (1959 / 159 pages) by Gordon R. Dickson
(the first book of “The Childe Cycle”)
Deals with genetic drift and specialization, and there effects on humanity as a whole.
Nominated for the Hugo award.
“Dune” (1965 / 412 pages) by Frank Herbert
(the first book of the “Dune Series)
(Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)
"Warriors Apprentice" (1986 / 312 pages) by Lois McMaster Bujold
(the first book of "The Vorkosigan Saga")
(FOUR other books in the series Won Hugo Awards.)
After being genetically "damaged" by a bio weapon in his mother's womb, Miles Vorkosigan overcomes prejudice to claim his birthright.
"On Basilisk Station” (1993 / 448 pages) by David Weber
(the first book in the "Honor Harrington" series)
This Space Navy series has FEMALE lead character. Beyond the Technology of the spacecraft and weapons, the story revolves around interpersonal relationships with which you will be able to identify.
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"The Forge" (1991) by S.M. Stirling.
(the first book of "The General" series)
On a colony planet that has fallen back to medieval technology, a military officer discovers "Battle Central", a 1000 year old computer, that shows him what will happen to the planet without intervention.
"An Oblique Approach" (1998) by Eric Flint
(the first book of the "Belisarius" series)
Belisarius, a Greek era general, is aided by a Crystalline based intelligence sent back in time to defeat a plot headed up by a computer based AI sent by disgruntled humans (political losers in the far future) intent on the molding of humanity.
“The Rim of Space” (1961) by A. Bertram Chandler
(first book of the “Rim World” / “John Grimes” series)Source(s): 40 years a sci-fi / fantasy fan