“Another world is colliding with this one,” said the toad. “All the monsters are coming back.” “Why?” said Tiffany. “There’s no one to stop them.” There was silence for a moment. Then Tiffany said, “There’s me.” Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk’s local Nac Mac Feegle – aka the Wee Free Men – a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds – black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors – before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler […]
Alex creates a world in which the women ‘players’ are every bit as lethal and daring as the men –and in some cases more so! We fall in love with Adelayne, admire Roxette’s intuition, and admire Miranda’s courage and tenacity.
The protagonist, Alexa Costa, and her guardian, Ivy are confident and clever, as well as skilled in swordplay and shooting. A minor character, Sophie, is an excellent markswoman as well as a scholar. The antagonist, Queen Jada, is also skilled in weaponry and is incredibly cunning. The second protagonist, Caleb Whitman, greatly respects women and loves Alexa for her wild spirit. Several of the fictional countries in the story are named for women, including Netira, Minako, and Andina.
This novel is about twenty-two year old Kelsey Porter who has dedicated her life to avenging the death of her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land of Xanadu. Before she can locate the murderers, she has to discover their motives for the brutal crime and finds herself at the epicenter of a Buddhist mystery as old as time. With the help of her companion, Detective Desmond Gisborne, she hunts the killers across the globe and discovers a darkness in her spiritual past that tests the very limits of her soul. Soon she realizes that it is not she who is doing the hunting, but the one being hunted. Kelsey must find a way to survive, while ancient demons attempt to destroy her.
There’s an entire guild of women warriors who fight for justice, protect families from attacking monsters, and don’t put up with people who try to intimidate them or “put them in their place.” Two of them are featured as major characters in the novel.
SM Reine is great about writing well-rounded female characters. The main character, Elise, defies pretty much every stereotype about women. She’s a super-strong warrior who kicks ass but really lacks in emotional maturity (for good reason considering the way she was raised). There are lots of other well-written female characters, including Stephanie, a witch and doctor. I also love how diverse the characters are. There are people from all over the world in these books.
Katerina Svetlana, the daughter of a woodcarver, has inherited her father’s skills and a little magic. She can make carvings that reveal people’s secrets. Alone in a harsh medieval poverty, Kat makes a trade with a stranger and must recover her losses. The main character, though a young girl, never uses sex, or feminine wiles to achieve her goals. She has skills usually restricted to men and loses her beauty during a plot event. Even without looks, Kat overcomes using problem solving, dedication, resilience and a strong belief system. Entertaining and supportive of women/girls who have more to offer than just the female body.
Even pacifists have their limits.
“Odysella” grew from the question, “What if the violence against young people is not just global, but intergalactic? And how would hip hop fit in the future since critics thought it would die decades ago? Odysella (pronounced Odd-Is-Ella) is a futuristic tale about two young people, Odysella, a 23rd century farm girl thrust into her destiny as an intergalactic leader and War B, a handsome rapper from Chicago whose group, Floss Angeles is in the midst of a comeback tour, but ends up involved in a military mission with Odysella to save her planet of Nar from a coup that could turn the peaceful planet into a place of chaos. Odysella brings the past of hip-hop and politics slamming into the future much like a deadly asteroid. The exception is Odysella and War B find a positive way to blend their odd and very different backgrounds. Odysella is a unique […]
Predominantly written from a female point of view about a young woman coming of age while apprenticed to a master assassin. While technically a steampunk fantasy, the genre is used to supplement the narrative rather than drive it.