If Arya Stark Is Your Favorite 'Game Of Thrones' Character, You Need To Read These 15 Fantasy Novels

By Kerri Jarema

If there's one thing that never surprises me, it's that women can get things done. This goes double for Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. Audiences everywhere watched the Battle of Winterfell on Sunday night with bated breath, waiting to see which beloved characters would be sacrificed and just who would be revealed as the show's ultimate hero. (Spoilers ahead!) And after one hour and 15 minutes of fight scenes, deaths, and lots of zombies, Arya killed the Night King.

On the one hand, Arya has never been a damsel in distress: The third Stark child has always been headstrong, and she wields her smallsword named Needle with a particular brand of ruthlessness. On the other hand, many fans predicted that her elder sister Sansa Stark, or Jon Snow, or Daenerys Targaryen would ultimately defeat the Night King. (Apparently even Maisie Williams' boyfriend thought it should have been Jon Snow who killed the villain.)

But if you're an Arya fan who always knew she had it in her, you might be pleased to know that there are plenty of other fantasy stories where women also rise up and defeat their enemies. Below are 15 novels that feature a heroine who never backs down — "Not Today," not ever — and does so not despite her age, her size, or her expectations, but because of them:

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