More female characters than male characters. Passes the bechdel test multiple times. Every character is either gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual or asexual. Women are heroes, villains, captains, world leaders, and everything inbetween. Nobody is degraded for their gender.
[The publisher provided me with an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.]
I LOVED this book- flawless! Sophie Hansa is the perfect example of how a you can have a strong female character who doesn’t literally kick ass. She’s a complex, believable character who develops and grows though the story to be able to face her fears. I love her unique background as a marine videographer and how she uses her education, curiosity, and quick thinking to solves the puzzles the plot presents.
The cast of characters includes several well-developed and believable female and male characters, and definitely passes the Bechdel test hands-down. It also has a diverse cast with POC main characters and tackles issues like homophobia.
The worldbuilding was also phenomenal, very unique. I loved the city made of a fleet of ships, and Sophie’s questions about the logistics of such a community made it very believable. The magic system is great, too, with spells relying on specific natural materials, written inscriptions (or “scrips”), and true names.
Also, love the gorgeous cover!
I’ll definitely be looking up the author’s other books, and I eagerly await the next book in the series.
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.
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.