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The Women's War

Narrated by: Robin Miles
Series: The Women's War, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a feminist fantasy epic, a revolutionary spell gives women the ability to control their own fertility - with consequences that rock their patriarchal society to its core.

“A compulsive read, riveting characters, life-or-death stakes...a smashing book!” (Tamora Pierce, New York Times best-selling author)

When a nobleman’s first duty is to produce a male heir, women are treated like possessions and bargaining chips. But as the aftereffects of a world-altering spell ripple out physically and culturally, women at last have a bargaining chip of their own. And two women in particular find themselves at the liberating crossroads of change.

Alys is the widowed mother of two adolescent children, and the disinherited daughter of a king. Her existence has been carefully regulated, but now she discovers a fierce talent not only for politics but also for magic - once deemed solely the domain of men. Meanwhile, in a neighboring kingdom, young Ellin finds herself unexpectedly on the throne after the sudden death of her grandfather the king and everyone else who stood ahead of her in the line of succession. Conventional wisdom holds that she will marry quickly, then quietly surrender the throne to her new husband. Only, Ellin has other ideas.

The tensions building in the two kingdoms grow abruptly worse when a caravan of exiled women and their escort of disgraced soldiers stumble upon a new source of magic in what was once uninhabitable desert. This new and revolutionary magic - which only women can wield - might well tear down what is left of the patriarchy. The men who currently hold power will do anything to retain it. But what force in the world can stand against the courage and resolution of generations of women who have tasted freedom for the very first time?

Advance praise from book authors for The Women’s War:

“Gloriously paced, plotted, and constructed with such elegance that it ceases to feel like a story and begins to feel like the truth.” (Seanan McGuire)

“A thrilling and heartwrenching tale that explores the issue of body autonomy, with a middle-aged mom as the heroine...I couldn’t put it down.” (Kevin Hearne)

“A must-read, with gripping action, a complex plot, and engaging characters...I thoroughly loved it!” (Melissa Marr)

©2019 Jenna Glass (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

The Women’s War is more than a story. It is a roar. And it’s magnificent! The wonderful fierceness of its women will steal your breath and your heart.” (Sarah Beth Durst)

“A wonderful read set in a well-realized world filled with terrific characters.... I cannot wait for the next book!” (Kristen Britain, New York Times best-selling author)
 

“A bold, gripping story of women and power that had me cheering both for its rich, wonderful characters and its vital message.” (Callie Bates) 

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  • Micai
  • hartford, ct, United States
  • 06-08-19

great read,

this book was an amazing blend of politics and character growth. i llved it. narrator was very good at giving each character a fitting voice.

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Wow

I loved this book with it’s multiple characters. Jenna Glass wrote a page turner that grasped the mixed messages and derision that women face even in today’s modern world. This is a must read. I can hardly wait for the sequel.

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Slow to Start, but Finishes Powerfully

Holy crap, this book! It starts off slowly, but throughout the book it rises into a rushing crescendo. you find yourself rooting for the protagonists at every turn and hating the world that's been built around them. A remarkable book and I can't wait for more!

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A prequel if I ever read one...

I picked this out of the Audible line up after reading the NYT review. Maybe it's the reviewer's fault, but I truly thought this was to be a stand-alone opus, not the birth of a new RR Martin saga. Everything was teed up in 20 hours for another 200 hrs of follow-up stories with spin off generations and friends of friend. Sigh. Sometimes I get tired of captipal "S" Sagas. Dude...just tell me a story.

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Feminism without Inclusion is not Feminism

This book has a great concept but falls short in its execution.
The main characters are all white noble women, struggling to fight male oppression but with no WOC, queer women, or poor women in sight.
The magical elements are intriguing but there's so much unnecessary violence towards women.
That all being said, I'm used to magical fantasies being all white, so I'll probably finish the series.

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Engaging, but frustrating.

Across a large cast of sympathetic women, all seem to come from wealthy backgrounds, most/all are white (it's ambiguous), and even including all the barely mentioned characters, I don't think there was a single queer person. Not all feminist fiction necessarily needs to reflect modern feminism, but in a novel where the feminism is so overt, the fact these groups were no where to be seen feels pretty glaring.

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Great hook and concept, ending falls short.

great hook! however, after first few chapters it slumps. it takes a long time to get where it's going and the plot lines are fairly predictable. I liked the characters and found them believable but felt quite cheated by the ending. The ending tied nothing up and didnt leave me wanting more because I was didnt like the place the author chose to end. Would I read book two.....yes but I'm not anxiously awaiting it.

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Great book

I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. The story line is amazing.

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Better than I expected

Overall, this book was a better story than I expected, based on the synopsis, and there were definitely some twists I had not anticipated. My biggest complaint was the fat phobia- you could literally predict how evil/ruthless a character would be by how fat they were. King described as chubby and robust is ruthless, King who wears stays to control his corpulence and is the brunt of weight based insults is evil, Prince initially described as evil turns out to be slim and hawkish...and an ok guy after all. Seriously, Jenna Glass, this isn’t a prejudice you should be promoting in an book specifically promoted as feminist and upsetting biases.

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Disappointing

This could have been so much better but the path the author chose was not a good one. The spells were boring. The nemesis was fairytale like in his evil except for his foul mouth. And the leads were useless and helpless. I could barely finish it. It was disappointing.

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