Fantasy novels with positive portrayals of female leadership

A list of books that provide an antidote to the "God Save Us From the Queen" trope. Any book in which at least one woman holds authority (as a queen, a commander, an employer, etc.) and exercises that authority with competence, wisdom, and a modicum of kindness belongs here. (Note: Princesses wouldn't belong here, unless in the course of the book/series they rise to be queens in their own right.)
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64 books · 12 voters · list created October 29th, 2016 by Kelley Ceccato (votes) .
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