Hungry Ghost is book 2 of the Tales of the Pack series, which explores feminism, sexuality, and gender through the lens of the werewolf mythos.
Strange is the new normal for college freshman Lexie Clarion. She could be writing papers and going to frat parties like a normal girl, but Lexie is no normal girl. She spends each full moon fighting against the beast that threatens to escape her body, and the rest of the time mooning over her alpha ex-girlfriend. When Lexie discovers the eviscerated body of a fellow student, she knows the violent full-blood Rare wolves are back on the prowl. But with no proof, no plan, and no allies, Lexie and the Pack have to decide how to fight back. And they have to do so fast, before all the women of Milton become prey.
Lunatic Fringe indulges the feminine wild by giving the classic werewolf myth a lesbian twist. Lexie Clarion’s first night at college, she falls in with a pack of radical feminist werewolf hunters. The next morning, she falls for a mysterious woman who may be among the hunted. As Lexie’s new lover and the Pack battle for Lexie’s allegiance, the waxing moon illuminates old hatreds, new enemies, and a secret from Lexie’s childhood that will change her life forever.
“Enthralling, empowering, and well written.”
- Curve Magazine
“Lunatic Fringe is a pretty foxy romance and an excellent exploration of groups and identity, both of which make it a strong debut from Ms. Moon.”
“Lunatic Fringe is a groundbreaking creative accomplishment that is certain to make a splash among readers of both queer literature and speculative fiction.”
-Dr. David Higgins, Science Fiction Division Head for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (iafa.org)
“Allison Moon has written a novel that reflects women today with an engaging story filled with folklore, romance & sex. She could very well be the writer to give feminism a good name again.” – Jon Imparato, Artistic Director of the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center.
“Capturing all the awkwardness of a new life, new love and new limbs with a startling and honest intensity, Lunatic Fringe isn’t afraid to show you its teeth. Full moons, feminism, and fisting, Allison Moon’s novel kept me turning pages.”
-Alexandra Erin, TalesofMu.com
The main character Widdershins is super-smart and resourceful, and has a great relationship with two other fleshed-out female characters who are her friends. She also has a female rival in the thieves guild.
“Once a fabled Blade of Namara, Aral Kingslayer fought for justice and his goddess alongside his familiar, a living shadow called Triss. Now with their goddess murdered and her temple destroyed, they are among the last of their kind. Surviving on the fringes of society, Aral becomes a drunken, broken, and wanted man, working whatever shadowy deal comes his way. Until a mysterious woman hires him to deliver a secret message-one that can either redeem him or doom him.”
This series (I’m on the second book now) has interesting, fleshed-out female characters. You can tell the author thinks of men and women as equal, and considers them as individual people first. I love the character of corrupt city guard Fei. I’m glad she has a bigger role in the second book & I look forward to reading more about her! I also love the relationship the main character has with his goddess, Namara, who stood up to the other gods to fight for justice.
Rosemary and Rue is the first of 6 (so far) books concerning October Daye a ‘changeling’ (half fae and half human) woman and hero. She is the definite director of action in these novels and is accompanied by a varying cast of male and females each with their own unique powers and abilities. This is fast paced adventure style reading with very little time for deep thought. It is a fun series and worth the look.
It’s written by a feminist and examines gender roles in a fantasy setting as well as gender slippage and a variety of sexualities. It also examines power outside traditional forms (money, might). Out September 17th.
Elena the protagonist is smart, driven, and likeable without the need to be perfect or reasonable on all occasions- she’s also a female werewolf. Armstrong never falls into the trap of the woman needing rescued- friends (male and female alike) may be on their way but Elena and all of Armstrong’s female protagonists rely on their own inner physical and mental stregnths to get them through just about anything.
This is book one of a very large wonderful series full of terrific women. Look for Otherworld Series.
This novel focuses on a female character not defined by the men around her, nor by the state of her virginity. She acts instead of being acted upon, and overcomes obstacles not with “feminine wiles” but with native wit and resourcefulness.
Katherine, the main character in The Privilege of the Sword, was brought up in the country knowing the rules of civilized society, but she’s encouraged to break them all by her uncle who summons her to the city in Riverside. She starts learning swordplay instead of following the usual path of finding a well-to-do husband to take care of her. This book explores issues like gay relationships in a homophobic society, breaking traditional gender roles, and different aspects of female friendships.
The heroine, Kate Daniels is a strong warrior who relies only on herself out of necessity. This series sees her face a variety of dangers head on as she learns more about herself. The setting of these books includes a variety of characters of both genders, making their way in a tough environment.