when-women-were-warriors

Y’all if i can recommend a really good book series right now, please read When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M Wilson, its about women warriors who love women and they fight and lead armies and strive for peace and save their people and guess what THEY DON’T DIE. Its well written, there’s multiple love stories, 90% of the characters are women and of all character types. 

Its really an amazing story, i love it a lot i’ve read it many times (its a 3 part series, i only linked to the first part) and i don’t think its spoilery to say it has a genuinely happy ending. We deserve to have happy endings. 

Book Recs + Reviews: Queer Female Leads

Shadows of Aggar, Chris Anne Wolfe: If you like epics, world building, foreign races and creatures, and want a blend of science fiction and fantasy with a powerful romance between two strong and capable women, look no further. Shadows of Aggar is a captivating adventure that will keep you glued to the pages until the end of the journey. This book is wonderfully written and I’m extremely perplexed at the fact that it hasn’t exploded into a phenomenon in the queer sci-fi community.

When Women Were Warriors, Catherine M. Wilson: This trilogy (I really see it as one novel instead of three because of its short length) is likely my favorite on this list. Based during the Bronze Age, it tells the story of a time when women were fearless and brace Warriors in the British isles, with a sprinkle of mysticism. The writing is so beautiful, it reads like a poem. The characters are wonderfully crafted and the world described in such an enchanting way that you feel you are there exploring the hillsides and forests with the heroes of the story. There is romance yes, but also sisterhood and motherhood. This book is about the joys and fears of womanhood. Could not recommend it more. Also the first book is free online, so you have no excuse. Read it.

Patience and Sarah, Isabel Miller: This is my lovely and comfy go to on sunny days outdoors. Patience and Sarah seems like it would read as your typical lesbian romance but it is so much more. Isabel Miller (Alma Routsong) has a gift for writing in a way that echoes the true inner thoughts of all of us. I saw myself in the characters (particularly Sarah) and identified so heavily with the conflict in the story. Set in early 19th century New England, it is the classic tale of forbidden love but with the excitement of adventure and a true coming of age tale.

Landing, Emma Donoghue: Emma Donoghue is always difficult to recommend because while many love her writing style, some do not. She is famous for her book Room which went on to be a hit film of the same name. This book is wonderful but not for everyone.

In the world of literature, it is rare to see the various relationships between women explored as fully as those between men or those between man and woman. The Warrior’s Path, Catherine Wilson’s debut novel, does a fantastic job with this – featuring the female mentor and her student, the mother and child, a female ruler and her vassals, romance between two women, and even (and especially) that rarest scenario in fantasy fiction showing war, the bonds and loyalties between sisters-in-arms. Tamras, who knows little of life beyond her mother’s farmstead but dreams of being a warrior, is sent to live among warriors and apprentices in the house of a great Lady. Too small to fight, she becomes the companion and caretaker of the mysterious, stoic warrior Maara; underneath her foreign habits, Tamras finds a wise if unconventional mentor. But where do her loyalties really lie? Can Tamras someday become a warrior? And what is in store for the Lady’s kingdom when people from Maara’s homeland threaten to attack?

This book is a wonderful choice for those who look to fantasy fiction for rich emotions, endearing characters, and interesting world-building. Wilson’s emotionally fluent writing draws the reader deeply into the characters’ lives, leaving them eager to see how the story unfolds, but where she truly excels is moments of pride, tenderness, and triumph – in spite of bleak events and tragedies, you will cheer and feel your heart rise whenever the characters succeed or grow. 
It should be noted that although there is some suspense/ action, this story is driven more by its characters and world than battles and bloodshed – I presume there will be more action in the later novels, though, which I will definitely be picking up!

The Warrior’s Path, the first volume in the When Women Were Warriors trilogy, is free for eBook download at Amazon.com.

GUYS.

Okay guys you need to read this:

There’s this trilogy called When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson, set in a Bronze Age British Isles, cenetred around the main character, Tamras, who is sent to become an apprentice warrior.

It’s chock full of strong female characters, it’s easy to read and beautifully written, and each of the books are a good length. I was so enraptured by them that each book took me approximately a night and a half to finish, and I’ve since read them each three times.

Now I’m not good at reviewing stuff, but you can pick up the first book FOR FREE on Amazon so why not? It won’t cost anything but a bit of your time.

Also there are lesbians.

children, sit down and let grandpa tell you about the When Women Were Warriors trilogy

short version: it’s about lady knights/warriors in a matriarchical society, beautifully written and everyone is gay

long version: it’s in 1st person and, being a medieval-type story, its a ye-olde type of storytelling, but you get used to that in a while and like i said, it’s fucking wonderful and there are countless lines/passages that will make you pause and go “hOLY FUCK THAT WAS DEEP” or “oh no my poor heart”. and when i said everyone is gay i mean more like, 90% of people are gay, but the story focuses on loads of different relationships between women (mother/daughter, siblings, mentor/student, sisters-in-arms, friendship, etc.) i mean, there are dudes too, but there are maybe 3 named male characters (which is very refreshing) at least up until the third book when the protagonist travels to other places where society is different and all. what else? oh yeah, it has “warrior” in the title and its about warriors, but theres barely any fighting in it, cuz a) our hero prefers to solve situations by being smart and cunning instead of using force and b) even when the fighting does happen its usually not described in detail. rest assured, its a great read even if youre more into actiony stuff (the plot gets wonderfully complex towards the end seriously youre in for a ride)

the first book (A Warrior’s Path) you can find online for free (and tbh if you take some time you can find the other two for free online too) so you have no excuse to not go check it out pls go give this serioes all your love

okay now that that’s done, imma go on a reblog spree. expect fanart/passages from the book. also im working on my own fanart too. armor is fun to draw.

BOOK REC TIME

“All the women of my family had gone to war. Now my turn had come. So it is the custom that a free woman leave her mother’s house to bind herself and those of her blood to a neighboring clan, either by the sword or by the cradle.”

Set in the British Isles during the Bronze Age, thus begins the tale of Tamras, just sixteen, as she leaves her home and everything she knows to continue the custom of her clan and journey to become a warrior’s apprentice.

guys, if you haven’t read When Women Were Warriors you should because 

-lady knights (warriors, whatever)
-cool worldbuilding
-interesting protagonist
-VERY GOOD BOOK
-f/f romance but definitely not the main focus of the book
-JUST… read…. it

All I can tell you is this. Some hearts break from grief and some from joy. Some even break from love. But hearts break because they are too small to contain the gifts life gives us. Your task will be to let your heart grow large enough not to break.
—  When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M Wilson

you guys keep asking for like lesbian knight stories and stuff but 

just

read when women were warriors

it is that exactly

it’s centered on adventure and self-discovery and prejudice and family and almost everyone is gay because it’s normal and it is perfect

do yourselves a favor

Feminist Fiction Masterpost

People expressed interest in a book recommendation master post of feminist fiction, as there is obviously a lack of such, for those of us tired of reading the same misogynist bullshit. I’ve compiled a list of the fiction I’ve read, you might not agree with my assessment - if so, please excuse me.

Fantasy

Tortall-universe by Tamora Pierce

Beka Cooper

Alanna of Trebond

Keladry of Mindelan

Veralidaine Sarrasri

Alienne of Pirate’s swoop

Emelan-universe by Tamora Pierce

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

Prequel

Sequel 

Age of the Five T

rilogy by Trudi Canavan

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Enchanted Forest Chronicles

(Not really fantasy, mostly a fairytale and geared towards kids but awesome anyway)

Hidden Sea Tales by A.M Dellamonica

(Books 2 and 3 have yet to be published.)

 Damar-series by Robin McKinley

Exiles-series by Melanie Rawn

The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E, Feist

Crown Of Stars-series by Kate Elliot

Fairy Tales by Mercedes Lackey

Doran-series by Monica Furlong

Santa Olivia-series by Jacqueline Carey

Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony

Lives of the Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice

Cherub-series by Robert Muchamore

(Despite the main protaganist being a boy, then a later a guy,not to mention an asshole - there is amazing female characters, who often beat him for being an ass (also just generally)and it is made obvious that his behaviour is not okay in any way. Also, gay and poc characters!)

Angels Unlimited by Annie Dalton

(Mostly for girls and teenagers, but fuck if I didn’t adore this.Read it first time as a fourth grader or something, thinking of re-reading it.)

Castings by Pamela Freeman

The Orphan’s Tales by Catherynne M. Valente

The Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

The Sevenwaters-series by Juliet Marillier

Keeper Chronicles

The Icemark Chronicles by Stuart Hill

When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson

The Chanters of Tremaris by Kate Constable

The Guild Hunter-series by Nalini Singh

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Katriona-series by Lene Kaaberbøl

The Books of Pellinor by Allison Croggon

Stand Alone Stories

Science Fiction

Earthseed-series by Octavia Butler(Black woman!)

Xenogenesis-series by Octavia Butler

Patternmaster-series by Octavia

Stand-alone novels by Octavia Butler 

Hainish Cycle-series by Ursula K. Le Guin

(All following books are stand-alone, but exist in the same universe)

Great Alta-series

Stand alone

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Millenium by Stieg Larsson

Stand alone

MISC

Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Stand Alone Stories