The Women's War (Women's War, #1) by Jenna Glass

The Women's War (Women's War, #1)

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

Details The Women's War (Women's War, #1)

TitleThe Women's War (Women's War, #1)
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherDel Rey Books
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Feminism, Adult

Reviews The Women's War (Women's War, #1)

  • Carrie
    The Women’s War by Jenna Glass is the first book in the epic fantasy Women’s War series. This is another book in which women have been treated as if they are property instead of equals along the lines of things like The Handmaid’s Tale or Vox.In here though we start off meeting Alys who is the daughter of a King but her mother was exiled years before when the King decided he was finished with her so Alys has been disinherited. While visitin...
  • Lucia
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the arc. 2.5 stars. Maybe. This book contains a richly drawn world, believable characters, a complex but neat system of magic and enough political machinations to keep you on your toes the whole way through. What it isn't is fast paced or exciting, and this took me over a month to get through. While I really, really appreciated the concept of this book—that the world changes because women gain the po...
  • Helen Power
    Synopsis:In this patriarchal, high-fantasy world, women are used by royals as bargaining chips and are valued only for their ability to reproduce.  But the tables have finally turned. A curse has been cast, one that allows all women to choose whether or not they want to bear a child.  Women have finally regained some control over their lives, but the battle has just begun.  Many men will do whatever they can to keep their power.Plot & Charact...
  • Jenny
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (Del Rey). This review is unbiased and honest.2.5 ⭐Trigger warning: misogyny, sexism, rape, violence, racismContent warning: white feminismDNF at 65%URGH! This is such a hit and miss it hurts. It could have been an amazing epic fantasy about women overcoming sexism and misogyny and fightin for equality. Instead it became a chain of how many times the author could include sex in those women'...
  • Lesa Divine
    5 🌟I actually enjoyed. Seen a lot of reviews with people DNF this it had me worried but I decided to give it a try.Seen all the trigger warnings but as i kept reading I noticed those trigger warnings are part of the plot that these women must fight for or to upcome and fight in the women's war. Characters growth, the magic system, very vivid. I enjoyed the suspense of what to come next with these women and how to get out of the crap that held ...
  • Sami
    The Women's War is an incredible, tour-de-force answer to Naomi Alderman's book, The Power. In this epic fantasy, women seize control of the magic of the land, creating a world where women chose if they become pregnant and consequences befall any man who would fight a woman's will. Glass' heroines are women of every age, who each offer a unique perspective on their sudden gain in power. As these women begin to seize control over the dominion of m...
  • Sahitya
    When I first read the premise of this book, I was blown away and I was so sure I was gonna fall in love with it. And when I actually got approved for the ARC, my joy had no bounds. However, I’m quite unsure about how the experience turned out to be. So, let me share my thoughts. I definitely went into this book expecting a very fiery feminist fantasy world where the women are finally ready to take down the patriarchy, but I got was a very under...
  • Rike @ RikeRandom
    cn: death (by suicide, beheading, mercy killing, magic, (off-page) torture, …), sexual assault (rape, forced prostitution, …), miscarriages, violence against childrenTHIS IS NOT A FEMINIST BOOK!I really wanted to like this book because the premise was awesome. Then I started reading it and within the first 10 % several characters committed suicide / were pressured into killing themselvs, countless women were raped and I don't know what else. ...
  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    I finished this SO fast compared to my recent reading pace, which should tell you how much I enjoyed it. It's political, it's dark, and it really draws you in.The heroes face incredible odds, but there's also a really incredible sense that their world changing around them so anything could happen. I love that feeling of possibility, and of course the possibilities for revenge that permeate the story.The magic system is interesting. It's a little ...
  • Ashley
    I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.CW: rape, sexual assault, violenceWho could turn down the opportunity to read a book labeled as "feminist fantasy"? Overall, I liked this book, but unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. My major issue w/ this book is that I felt like the events, actions, characters, plots, relationships, etc were not allow...
  • Beth Cato
    I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley.The description defined this a "high fantasy feminist epic," and that is dead-on. This is a secondary world setting where women are marginalized, abused, and maligned, and they finally start to fight back. That also means this is a difficult read at times, as it doesn't shy away from incidents of rape and abuse. That said, this IS a book from a mostly feminist perspective, and it doesn't let t...
  • Renee
    I received free books from Penguin Random House in exchange for this review. What would happen in a world where women are marginalized and abused, if they found a way to get the upper hand over the men that dominated them? The book begins with an earth shattering event that had me turning pages, and it didn’t let up. This book had great characters: strong women and good, supportive men living through extremely difficult situations. There are so...
  • Geonn Cannon
    This is a very three star book, and that's in no way a bad thing. It's an amazingly detailed epic with a feminist bent. It's heavy on political maneuvering on all sides. It doesn't pull its punches in any way. The magic, the worldbuilding, the characters, are all extremely well drawn. It's a dense book, and a smart book, and it's not something that can just be torn through. I enjoyed it. Some people will like it a lot more than I did, some will h...
  • Riley
    The Women’s War is one hell of a story. Based on a society where women are considered second-class citizens, if they are lucky, this is the story of revolution led by two extraordinary women.Alysoon Rai-Brynna is a widowed mother of two and daughter of a king. When her father divorced her mother in favor of a more politically advantageous marriage, Alys and her brother were declared illegitimate. And her mother became an Unwanted, sentenced to ...
  • Anneke
    Book Review: The Women’s WarAuthor: Jenna GlassPublisher: Random House/Del ReyPublication Date: March 5, 2019Review Date: March 3, 2019I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This is a very long book, 545 pages. It is a combination of genres. It is fantasy, with a very different and interesting take of how magic and spells are created. It is also about a world that is very patriarchal and women-hating...
  • Nichole
    The Women's War is set in a time when a woman's only importance is to produce an heir. Men are the magic users. Men have all the power.Three women decide to change that. Even if means their deaths.I loved this book. I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars, but even if I'm in the minority, I felt it deserved the 5. A fantasy where the women rise up and take a stand? I'm in! I love political intrigue in fantasy, and this book has plenty. I thou...
  • MundiNova
    I give up. I can't do it.Made it 7% into The Women's War before calling it quits. It was the 10th mention of how tidal waves work in chapter three that did it for me. Hopefully an editor gets to this before it's officially published, someone who can remove the repetitive information and the repetitive word usage. There's tons of information dumps in the first three chapters too, not much is 'shown' rather than 'told'. It's too distracting and pre...
  • Melissa
    Great fantasy novel based on feminism. The magic system, while I can’t picture exactly what it would look like, is still explained intricately in is mechanics. The politics of the various principalities is well thought out and intriguing. The characters are multifaceted, and in fact I feel like there is still a lot to be learned about most of them. The only slight issues I have with this novel is that 1) it was slow going as 80 percent of it wa...
  • Darcy
    I really liked how this was a "I am woman, hear me roar" book. Sure with magic and potions things look a bit different than our world, but women are suppressed and used and abused in different ways. The one way that horrified me was how women were thrown away in disgrace if they were divorced, forced to join the Abigails, which were legalized whores, ones who had to work a marketplace and couldn't say no. When the King divorced his wife she was i...
  • Shelby
    *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*I was very excited to read The Women's War, the blurb hooked me but the story really blew me away. Imagine a male dominated world full of mystery, magic, and politics. Now imagine women taking power over their fertility and flipping the entire world on it's axis...Alys is stuck in a terrible position: she's been disinherited by her father (the king), her mother has been completely ostraciz...
  • Jypsy
    The Women's War is a complex fantasy story. It's also a long story. Be prepared to read for days. Definitely a feminist leaning story. In a world where women are treated like trash and sold or sent away by men, a few strong willed women cast spells to change that. What will happen with women in charge of very important things? The beginning of the story is slow and just bogs down in too much information. It does pick up, but the entire story is c...
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    4.5 starsRead my full review on my blog: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I am trying to read outside my comfort zone and this high fantasy feminist epic totally rocked! This novel is all about female power, not just with unprecedented royal ascension but with a unique spell which allows women the ability to control their own fertility and wield ...
  • A.R. Hellbender
    4.5 starsThis is an amazing and well thought out story with engrossing political intrigue, calling into question how hostile the world is to women and how little some men will do about it even when they have their own consequences.Though this takes place in a medieval-esque setting, it’s still so relevant to what goes on today.The only reason this didn’t get 5 stars from me is because there were a few instances of fat-shaming, plus a few time...
  • Julith Perry
    *Actual rating, 3.5*The Women’s War by Jenna Glass is an epic high fantasy full of girl power and it is just WOW. A very much needed book! 🔥••This book, oh my gosh, what a book! A spell gives women the ability to control their own fertility, which in turn gives them the power they didn’t have before. The men in power will do anything to fight back. I’ve never read a book more important than this one, specially in today’s world. It ...
  • Erika Sullivan
    It took a little bit to get in to but once I did I was HOOKED. While I had a difficult time connecting with the characters right away, the little things that kind of bothered me started to not matter as much. I've really grown to love Alysoon and am totally invested in the Woman's Well. The man antagonist is probably one of this least redeemable or likable characters that I have ever met which made really the parts about him a little difficult bu...
  • Vee
    Loved the premise of this novel, and the idea that in a man’s brutal world the women finally start to have a say. I just wish it hadn’t taken so long for things to pick up. Arguably there is action from the beginning, but still somehow the amount of time it took to get to where we all know the story is headed was slightly annoying. The magic system is different and interesting, especially the concept that there are different men’s and women...