This series, while telling the story of the main character Dar, examines the role of women in human society and compares it to the role of women in orc society. Dar, who grew up isolated in the mountains, is conscripted to serve the army and assigned to the orc regiment. The orcs are assumed to be barbaric but throughout the story they show more humanity to Dar than her fellow humans.
Dar learns about orc culture and even strives to learn their language in her struggle to escape from a life of servitude. The Queen of the Orcs series is full of adventure and great characters, especially strong-willed Dar. The worldbuilding, especially the orc’s matriarchal culture, is very unique.