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The Women's War

(2019)
(The first book in the Women's War series)
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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


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?

Praise for The Women’s War

The Women’s War is an epic feminist fantasy for the #MeToo era. . . . The Women’s War does what so many classic adult fantasy books do not: It gives us a nuanced portrayal of grown women dealing with a wretchedly unfair society. It is rare to read a fantasy novel with a middle-aged mother as a main character. And it is refreshing to see women becoming heroes in a world that wishes to keep them muzzled.”—Sabaa Tahir, TheNew York Times Book Review

“A blend of the traditional Western European epic fantasy and the birth control revolution of the 1960s, The Women’s War takes the reader on a journey toward revolution. . . A fascinating and entertaining read, and a welcome addition to the world of epic fantasy.”New York Journal of Books

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A rich and multilayered dark fantasy filled with unforgettable characters." - Kelley Armstrong

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

"A wonderful read set in a well-realized world filled with terrific characters . . . I cannot wait for the next book!" - Kristen Britain

"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

"#MeToo and #Resistance though the lens of epic fantasy." - Nicola Griffith

"Secret magics! Secret passages! Systematic destruction of the patriarchy! The Women’s War is 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. . . . Simply fabulous." - Kevin Hearne

"The Women’s War is a must-read, with gripping action, a complex plot, and engaging characters. I thoroughly loved it!" - Melissa Marr

"A compulsive read, riveting characters, life-or-death stakes . . . a smashing book!" - Tamora Pierce


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Used availability for Jenna Glass's The Women's War

Hardback Editions

March 2019 : Hardback
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Title: Women's War
Author(s): Jenna Glass
ISBN: 1-984817-20-5 / 978-1-984817-20-4
Publisher: Del Rey Books
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Women's War: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Glass
ISBN: 0-525-61836-8 / 978-0-525-61836-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Audio Editions

March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Women's War: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Glass
Publisher: Random House Audio
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Women's War: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Glass
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Women's War: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Glass
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA