The Mongoliad is a very realistic work of historical fiction but unlike a lot of medeival fiction it has lots of strong 3-dimensional female characters. Cnán and Lian are not warriors but they have their own strengths – Cnán is a hunter and tracker, and Lian is an expert in the ways of the court. There are also groups of Shield Maidens who are warriors. This book has lots of interesting characters, male and female.
This is the first book in a quartet called Protector of the Small. Keladry is the first girl to take advantage of a new decree that women can become knights. She must overcome all kinds of prejudices and challenges in a male-dominated environment, but she won’t let anyone or anything stop her.