Tough Travelling hosted by Fantasy Review Barn.

Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This week’s topic is A LADY AND HER SWORD

Fantasyland is full of threats. A lady and her sword can keep those threats at bay.

The two who immediately sprang to mind:

Xena the warrior princess: she has many skills, including superior swordswomanship.

Buffy the vampire slayer: Buffy uses often her bare hands or stakes but she does use a sword, too.

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews: I’ve only read the first two books but even though Kate’s an urban fantasy heroine, who usually use guns, she has a sword.

Aliera e’Kieron by Steven Brust: she’s of the House of Dragon and currently she wields the Pathfinder which is one of the most powerful enchanted weapons in her world. It’s a sword.

Mira by Jocelynn Drake: Mira is a 600-year-old vampire and she has the natural ability to create and control fire. However, since her enemies, the naturi, use swords, she also often have to use them, too. And Mira does saves the world.

Eowvyn by J. R. R. Tolkien: she was instrumental in bringing down the Witch-King of Angmar.

Talia by Jim Hines: she’s also known as the Sleeping Beauty. She’s one of the three princesses starring in Hines’ Princess series. She’s an expert swordswoman with a dark past.

October Daye by Seanan McGuire: Toby is a changeling and at the start of the series she’s a private detective and a Knight. She uses a knife most often (easier to transport in modern San Francisco) but she also has been trained as a knight so she can use a sword and sometimes does.

by Robin McKinley: she’s the main character in the Hero and the Crown, a princess who is shunned because of her strange looks and lack of magical talent. She’s known as the Dragon-killer.