FIRST BOOK IN A NEW SERIES: This is feminist fantasy at its finest, as well as a terrific thought experiment played out large: What would happen in a patriarchal world if women could suddenly control their own reproduction? Book 2 in the series is scheduled for a Spring 2020 release, while Book 3 is scheduled for Spring 2021.
GENDER POLITICS COULD NOT BE MORE TOPICAL: In a world dominated by #metoo, generations of women should embrace the ideas at the heart of this novel—which was written as a cri de coeur in the wake of the 2016 election.
SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS OF BOTH GENDERS ABOUND: Though gender politics form the beating heart of this novel, this is not a novel written just for women, or just about women. And the read is engrossing and immediate, with a fantastic twist ending that will have readers champing for the next book.
UNIQUE WORLDBUILDING: The magic system in this world is based on elements that themselves are gendered. And, as an added bonus, are inspired by art that the author herself has created and markets through Etsy.
“The Women’s War is an epic feminist fantasy for the #MeToo era…. While feminist science fiction and fantasy books have been around for decades—see Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin and Anne McCaffrey—tales that reflect recent feminist movements like #MeToo are an essential next step in an ongoing conversation. That’s what makes The Women’s War, by Jenna Glass, so noteworthy…. The Women’s War does what so many classic adult fantasy books do not: It gives us a nuanced portrayal of grown women dealing with a wretchedly unfair society. It is rare to read a fantasy novel with a middle-aged mother as a main character. And it is refreshing to see women becoming heroes in a world that wishes to keep them muzzled.”—Sabaa Tahir, The New York Times Book Review
“Gloriously paced, plotted, and constructed with such elegance that it ceases to feel like a story and begins to feel like the truth.”—Seanan McGuire
“A thrilling and heartwrenching tale that explores the issue of body autonomy, with a middle-aged mom as the heroine…I couldn’t put it down.”—Kevin Hearne
“A must-read, with gripping action, a complex plot, and engaging characters…I thoroughly loved it!”—Melissa Marr
“The Women’s War is more than a story. It is a roar. And it’s magnificent! The wonderful fierceness of its women will steal your breath and your heart.”—Sarah Beth Durst
“A rich and multilayered dark fantasy filled with unforgettable characters.”—Kelley Armstrong
“A wonderful read set in a well-realized world filled with terrific characters…I cannot wait for the next book!”—Kristen Britain
“A bold, gripping story of women and power that had me cheering both for its rich, wonderful characters and its vital message.”—Callie Bates
“The interconnected story lines, excellent pacing, and heart-wrenching ending will have readers clamoring for the next book. Offer this to fans of other recent feminist speculative fiction like Naomi Alderman’s The Power, Ausma Zehanat Khan’s The Bloodprint, or Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Stands out as both social commentary on contemporary issues of bodily autonomy, gender, and social power and as feminist retribution fantasy, made manifest through an appealing epic fantasy setting and grounded in a carefully designed magic system…. Though female leads take center stage, Glass gives real depth to her male characters as well. Personal and political aspects of the story blend gracefully together to provide a high-energy story with sweeping forward momentum toward the next installment.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“I am very here for this book…the first what’s sure to be an incredible series.”—SyFyWire
“The Women’s War is #MeToo and #Resistance and #Prochoice through the lens of epic fantasy. Read it.”—Nicola Griffith
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