This is an incomplete list of my favourite authors. They will often have triggering content. And I don’t always remember to warn about it.
Some of these books may not be available in your preferred format or from your favourite retailer (there is a reason I use 3 different ebook retailers)
Patricia Briggs, who currently writes Urban fantasy, and as a hand full of traditional fantasy books. Her books do contain Sexual assault and other types of abuse. (but as a negative, shouldn’t happen issue). Her main series is about a shape-shifting Native American Coyote, who works as a Mechanic. It focuses on her interpersonal issues (who she should date/marry) and her friends. And she is an underdog, who always wins. First book is Moon Called
Sherrilyn Kenyon writes series where each book has it’s own couple (Except the belador series, which is currently only being written by co-writer). She deals mainly with Urban Fantasy, and her books deal with sensitive topics, including abuse (especially the League series, and DH books with a high page count). Her Dark Hunter books deal with her take on mythology, and fighting the bad guys. Generally the guys get most of the view point time, but her women are generally strong in some way. Her league series is set in the space travelling future, and is about fighting the League which has become corrupted, along with various corrupt planetary rulers. NEGATIVE: her writing has suffered in recent years, and she has taken to revisiting events for multiple books, sometimes with large portions of the new release c/p from previous books.
Garth Nix is a Fantasy author. I’ve read his Abhorsen series, and love it. It’s about powerful women who save the world (not to spoil it, but there are 5 books, with 3 different lead females). It’s a take on good necromancy vs bad necromancy and demons/monsters/etc. It’s better then I’m making it sound.
Karen Chance has two series, and while the main series female can seem less kick butt, she was just thrust into a world/power without preparation. She’s a seer, with little training. And now she has to use the power she’s gained, and that of her allies to save the world. In the other series, a Half vampire has to use her abilities to undercover plots and stop them. To save the world. She’s super kick butt, but dealing with being a half vamp, where half vamp has an unusual twist.
Lynsay Sands writes vampire romance books with one or both main characters belonging to the equivalence of the vampire government(s) to protect unwitting humans from rogue vampires. Lots of blood, violence, and some abuse. Lots of humour to counteract that. If they don’t work for their secret government, they are related to them (it’s also that the police force are basically all related, since having kids is the main way vampires are allowed to increase the population). Lots of reoccurring characters, but new main couple every book. I find these books full of humour. NEGATIVE: Child abuse is seen only as sort of bad in at least 2 books.
Shelly Laurenston writes shifter romances, where the women are all strong, sarcastic, and lots of laughs. There is a over arching plot, with most books dealing with moving it forward a bit.
Ann Aguirre writes different types of fantasy, and I love what I’ve read. it’s been awhile, so I can’t really summarize what I’ve read. I just loved it.
Devon Monk writes different types of fantasy too. I’ve only read the Allie Beckstrom series. And I loved it. it’s about a really powerful magic user, and the price she pays to use her magic and save the world. I accidentally started with the second book in the series, and didn’t feel like I missed anything until later books.
Keri Arthur writes Urban Fantasy. I find her books hit and miss, I really liked her Riley Jenson Guardian series, but not it’s follow up series. Riley is a kick butt heroine, whose half vampire half werewolf and dealing with that and her place in a world that does iirc know about magic and stuff.
Kresley Cole writes Urban Fantasy, either young adult or very steamy romance. I couldn’t get into the YA stuff, but others I know love it. her Immortals after dark series if full of kick butt women, who frequently tell their SO where to stick it, and/or are just coming into their powers.
Anne Bishop, I’ve read and loved all her books. She writes traditional fantasy, or more steam punk fantasy. But she writes a lot of darker subjects, and very likely to trigger people with traumatic pasts or self harm issues (her courtyard series). Her Black Jewel series is about finding the Witch who will save the worlds, and freeing the people from a corrupting force, then the aftermath of that. The corruption occurs by heightening the harmful impulses in people, like violence and abuse esp sexual abuse. The first Courtyard series is about a blood prophet finding freedom and finding her place in the world after legally being kept a prisoner for her entire life. She gets prophets by cutting her skin. And she finds freedom within a courtyard of Others, who are multi-shaped people (generally they have 2-3 shapes), who are very powerful, feared, and control the continent (NA equivalent). And the world is in a precarious situation as the fear-hatred of the Others is about to come to a head, in a Anti-others movement. And that is the other plot line. The Emphera series is about a family finding their place and saving the world from an unleashed evil and the existing evil that hid among the population in general. The Pillars of the world series is essentially a take on the inquisition/witch hunt in a world where magic did exist.
Joanne Bertin’s physical books may be hard to find, and aren’t available in Audiobooks, but are easily available as ebooks afaik (I have them on google’s app). She has 3 books, about a few dragon lords and their friends. Dragon lords are long lived people who are born from mortals, and only find out who they are after their first change. (it’s random, though usually commoners). They are considered god blessed, and are the incorruptible force in the world, and try to keep the peace. I’ve been rereading the 2nd book since I was 13, and the first book since I was about 20 and the 3rd book since publication. they are great.
Anne McCaffrey’s books are going to be hit and miss to find. Ebooks are available of course. They are generally older books, so there are -ism issues with some of them. Also some continuity issues. Her most commonly know series is her Pern series. which is a futuristic non-tech based world, where they have dragons, and fight thread. There is a series set among the Harper’s Hall (scribes, bards, instrument makers, and more). Otherwise it focuses on the life around the Dragon rides and their society, at different times. Then there is her Talent series, focused on the development/advancement of people with physic powers, and eventually dealing with a deadly enemy with their powers. (2 series, one focused on the foundation/creation of the society/culture needed to deal with sensitive people and the second dealing with the deadly enemy). She also has multiple other series set in space.
Sharon Shinn her books can be seen as either YA or on the line. I really like the ones I’ve read. Especially the 12 houses series or the Elemental blessing series. The first is about a country on the brink of war due to a few different issues (a few people who want to rule instead of the king, and lower nobles who hate being beholden on the existing 12 houses of nobility, and growing fear of magic due to a newly powerful religion). the characters support the king and work to stop the war and protect the kingdom and mystics (magic users). In this world, magic is more like X-Men mutants rather then harry potter witches/wizards. each book has a new main couple, but we still see the other couples. In the Elemental Blessings the country everything is split into 4, based on their belief system. They believe in a type of numerology and categorizing of people (based on their personality) as belonging to certain elements. There are also 4 families where the head of the family has magic based on their elements. There are 4 books (boo, I want more), with a new main female in each book.
Teyla Branton‘s Unbounded Series is about another long lived/superhero series, where each person has a set of power, and are really hard to kill. there are two groups, one who wants to control everything to gain power, one who wants to help the people. They aren’t known to the public, and fight each other. (not available in Audiobooks )
Lindsay Buroker is a good author. I’ve read two of her connected series. One is available in a ebook set, the Forgotten Ages saga, and is about a really smart woman with a talent for languages (like Hidden figures smart, or The Arrival smart), getting kidnapped and escaping, getting home, and more. The second deals with her SO’s homeland and a one of the characters from the first saga. And saving The kingdom, and the ruler’s life.
Jasmine Walt’s Baine Chronicles are about a shape-shifter mage whose life is illegal, and getting caught. During a fraught time, with essentially a terrorist group, and stopping it. And fixing the problems that let the group gain power. Also has a spin-off series about a character from that series. She also writes other series, which are hit and miss. (I strongly believe I was not in the right mood to read the books that were misses). Some of them are also closer to erotica and feature multiple partner relationships. (Linsey Hall uses the same narrator for her dragon’s gift world)
Derek Alan Siddoway has the Gryphon Riders series about a princess who is chosen by a baby griphon to be their rider, and them growing together, and what they when the gryphon is grown. (save the world type things)
Michelle Sagara writes one series I’ve listened to (and might be better for reading then listening IDK). The Chronicles of Elantra, which is about a “chosen one”, and you can either start with book 1 (Cast in Shadow) or the prequel (Cast in Moon light). The thing is, no one knows why she is a chosen one. The books are about her finding her place, whether she wants it or not. And coming to terms with her past, her magic, and ignorance. She works for the equivalent of the police force. It’s a mix technology history (but also not earth) setting Fantasy book. There are mentions of abuse, and torture, but iirc it’s mostly not shown, just talked about. Also children being killed in the first book.
Melissa F. Olson, she has a world with (so far) 3 trilogies tied together. and they were very good. The first one I read was about a woman with death magic, who didn’t know it. The other 2 are about a null, who is a witch whose magic is that she cancels out magic.
Linsey Hall has the Dragon’s gift world. each series about 6 books long, iirc you can buy the books as one though and save some money. The first 3 don’t stand on their own well, though the 4th does. The books are about very powerful women coming into their own while saving the world, and making it so they don’t have to continue to run. (Jasmine Walt uses the same narrator for her Baine series)
R.K. Thorne has a trilogy about a prince who has magic, in a world that scorns or outlaws magic. And thus is force to hide it. And he gets kidnapped by a very headstrong woman, and what follows after that.
Tamora Pierce writes two worlds. The first is Tortall, which she has written 6 series about, and two companion books. They are on the line between YA and adult fantasy, so they will appeal to older teens and adults (though they are usually considered YA). The first four series are written in chronological order. the other two series happen prior to the first four. The other, Emelan series is in a different world, and contains 3 series. The first two are solidly YA, and will appeal to younger readers more easily then the Tortall series. the 3rd series is more advanced, and may not. Tamora Pierce bases her books on historic places/cultures and people.