Strong female characters who can kick butt, using magic or swords or both. Well-developed universe where gods often appear to mortals.
Book 1 of the Song of the Lioness series.
Adventures of three mice, Saxon, Kenzie and Lieam patrol borders, and strive to make safeways to keep the mouse territories free from predators.
After 14 years as a slave girl, Kale is free, because of a dragon's egg. Since she found it, the village elders have decided that she must present herself and the egg to the great wizards of the walled city of Vendela, where she expects to become a servant of Paladin, the earthly representative of Wulder, supreme being of Amara. Her journey is interrupted by ogres and along the way she discovers more dragon eggs. Two of her eggs hatch on the way and become her constant companions. To them, Kale is much more than just a slave girl–she is the last of the great Allerion dragon-keepers.
Sequels: Dragonquest, Dragonknight, Dragonfire
Max leads her “flock” of "birdkids," flying kids and teens that are the result of genetic experimentation, away from the scientists who have kept them in cages. But when mutant Erasers (wolf-hybrids) abduct the youngest member of their group, Max must lead the flock right back where they least want to go: to the dangerous grounds of the lab they’ve escaped from. Action-packed, fast-paced adventure and humor.
Book 1 of the Maximum Ride series.
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence Earth and another planet are at stake.
Sequel: Daniel X: Watch the Skies
In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
Sequels: Eldest, Brisingr
Set 65 milllion years ago, when Dusk, the world's first bat, must lead his colony to safety in a time of changing species, as he is the first bat to echolocate and he and his colony have to fight off carnivorous beasts to survive.
Sequels: Sunwing, Firewing, Darkwing
Matt, a cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.
Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious fantastical house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key, and that is only the beginning of his trials in this very original series full of dark Nothing and evil Morrow Day people.
Book 1 in the Keys to the Kingdom series.
Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers (one nice, one evil) undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking, and he must go to a spooky boarding school for “endowed” children.
Book 1 in the Children of the Red King series.