A strong female character is, to me, someone who isn't playing the victim or is proactive rather than reactive. They set the pace. They get things done.
Another good suggestion. But I've already read a bunch of hers as well, so I'll stick her further down the list to pick out something I've missed.
They get better with each successive volume. It's pure sword-and-sorcery type fantasy and the female lead is an extremely atypical character for female
Bacchus has won the Internet.
I'm highly amused by the opening scene in Sword-Dancer.
In my line of
Ooooo, I didn't have that one -- and the blurb intrigues me. I shall put it near the top of the list.
Thanks for backing