This book has an ensemble cast of mostly-female queer characters. It’s set in the near future where the world is threatened with destruction by nuclear apocalypse and these gals plus one bi guy have to travel through time and use powers given to them by the gods to save the world. The characters are written in a very realistic way, it makes you wonder, if I were a gay teenager given a magic amulet and told to save the world, could I do it? Wonderful stuff.
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.