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.
The last Bennet daughter remaining at Longbourn, Mary leads a quiet life in Hertfordshire, where gossip about the intriguing new vicar provides the only entertainment. Having developed a taste for novels, Mary lives vicarious adventures through their heroines. But when a mysterious book arrives addressed to her, she embarks on a magical and thrilling adventure of her own. Before long Mary finds herself at the center of a deadly war between light and dark forces. Mary gains strength and confidence as she learns to control her magic, ultimately becoming a heroine who can rescue a hero and defeat the dark forces arrayed against her.
Cutthroat velocipede racing enthralls the citizens of Seren, and Emmeline Escot was born to ride. There’s only one problem: she’s a girl. Serenias—the high-born women of the city—live tightly laced lives, cloistered by their families before marriage, rigidly controlled by their husbands after. Emmeline watches her twin brother gain success as a professional racing jockey while her own life grows increasingly narrow. Yet her hunger to ride never dies. Ever more stifled by the rules of her life, Emmeline rebels—with stunning consequences. The Velocipede Races is a woman’s story of rebellion against limits that confine her because of her gender.
Her power is unmeasured. Her abilities untested. Her destiny inescapable. Faria Phiraco is a resonator, a manipulator of the elements via rare crystals. The Dhraka, malicious red-scaled dragons, have discovered an ancient artifact from the mysterious lost city of Nazreal, and they are hungry for more. They besiege Xayall, pummelling the city to find Faria and rip more of Nazreal’s secrets from her. When her father goes missing, Faria has to rely on her own strength to brave the world that attacks her at every turn. She soon realises that this is not the beginning, nor anywhere near the end. For Faria, one unsure of the world, she starts off unsure and requires some guidance, but the journey she takes turns her into a force to be reckoned with as she discovers the true extent of her past and her powers. She has a female bodyguard, a wolf archer. There […]
Brianna, privileged daughter of one of the noble houses of the Faeland, will inherit her mother’s position on the ruling council and her estate, upon her marriage. In the matriarchal Fae society, marriage solidifies political ties between the noble houses and provides a Defender for the estate, allowing the Matriarch to concentrate on her responsibilities in the council. Brianna will inherit everything – if she plays by the rules. Instead she chooses a half-human commoner, a man she trusts, and dares her society to cast her out. Read reviews and download sample chapters at http://www.DaughterOfOreveille.com