It’s about a teenage girl rising to a traditionally male position of power, and how her mother and other allies have to navigate a treacherous power struggle – but beyond that, it features a sizeable number of women as main characters and doesn’t force them to be good or evil, or portray them in a shining light. They are flawed, well-fleshed out women, and they do and act on what they feel is best for their country or personal interests. They are not paragons, or tropes; they are women with agency.
This book is #2 in the Kelsey Porter series, a series about a brilliant and resourceful young woman who must confront her spiritual past to help solve problems in her present life.
I have read several literature in relation to gender equality. But this is my first time reading a story in relation to gender roles or gender equality that is based on the Asian culture and practices. I hope this story will be a reminder or eye opener about how people are at times being treated according to their gender.
Besides the “author” using more than one gender-neutral pen name to highlight the difficulties of female writers in our culture, the main characters must re-evaluate gender identity. One character, Odys, gains a female Automaton who is an extension of himself (meaning, he has two bodies and one is now female).
Fátima is the woman who talks to God and who convinces Jesus to return to earth to defuse the conflict between JFK and Castro.
My thoughts on heroines: http://itsanightmare.blogspot.com/2014/09/my-kick-ass-heroine-just-wants-to-be.html Book 2 out in Feb 2015! An Amazon reader review: 5.0 out of 5 stars breath-stealing masterpiece October 26, 2014 By Merrick Hansen Format:Paperback This novel has me hooked. Quinn manages to take science fiction and fantasy, familiar post-apocalyptic themes, and blend them into something indescribably breathtaking. It’s like a trip down the rabbit hole. The very first scene had my heart pounding, and I don’t think that feeling subsided. I read this all in one day and I feel like I’m still lingering in the world Quinn so masterfully created. Honestly more fantastic than the more popular YA series I have read and scene turned into movies, I hope Quinn’s series garners so much more attention and soon. I feel honored to have read this novel and I’ll be spreading it like wildfire! This world of dreams and nightmares is absolutely unforgettable.
STONEHILL DOWNS introduces AVANI, an orphaned hedge witch making a life for herself in a foreign land. She’s self-confidant, stubborn, fallible, and human – just like any other good fantasy protagonist.
Shanti distinguishes herself as a competent leader in a man’s world, but she soon realizes that other women achieve success without first having to prove their worth. As the author, much of this story is my fight against the usual female tropes of fantasy. Shanti battles the coming-of-age princess with magical powers whom she deems unfit to rule, AND she battles a woman who’s more interested in looking like a warrior than being one.
Nearly every page passes the Bechdel test with flying colors. The Land of Princesses is a pink-and-purple, pony-infested wasteland where every girl is royalty, for all the good it does them. Meet Brigid, an underachiever sent off to a bottom-tier boarding school that “teaches the controversy” over science vs. sorcery. There she makes a few friends and a terrible enemy, an enemy so terrible that he can’t seem to stay away from his old school, and is thwarted by someone too young to have a driver’s license. That’s how terrible this enemy is. Thrill to a tale of swords & sorcery, dueling & delinquency, and napping & necromancy.
“Premonitions” kicks the Bechdel test’s ass- and then some. The book is full of well-rounded female characters, straight & lesbian, includes a lesbian relationship, and a racially diverse cast as well, with black and Asian main characters. I LOVED this book. The way that Karyn’s psychic abilities are described was very evocative- it felt like watching a horror movie. I loved the very diverse cast of characters and how all of them had their own distinct personality, backstory, and motivations. My favorite character was actually the “bad guy,” Enoch Sobell :) The plot had great pacing: it was fast-moving and full of action, but still left time for character development. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who likes urban paranormal/fantasy/spec-fic and diverse, well-developed characters. I can’t wait till the next one comes out!!